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RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

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    RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene.

    The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

    Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also in – most weeks – a live studio performance.

    The Works is aired on TVB Pearl every Tuesday at HKT 1900 -1930 and on RTHK 31 & 31A every Wednesday at 00:00-00:30 and a repeat at 17:30-18:00.

    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.



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    29/03/2017

    Pina Bausch Cafe Muller & Rite of Spring, Trisha Brown Tribute & German Hornsound

    The Works has been featuring Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal for over a decade, particularly during their visits to Hong Kong to perform at the annual Arts Festival. Dance lovers in Hong Kong have been lucky enough to see “Iphigenia In Tauris”, “1980”, “Full Moon” and “Carnations”. This year, the company was here again, this time with two of Pina Bausch’s very significant early works, “Café Muller” and “Rite of Spring”.

    Pina changed people’s view of what dance could be by introducing theatrical elements and collaborating with her dancers to bring the human psyche and human emotions to the fore. American choreographer Trisha Brown, who died on 18th March at the age of 80, took dance in another direction, towards the more conceptual ideas of postmodernism. She was one of the pioneers of the New York postmodern dance tradition. In 2014, a year after she’d had to leave the company due to illness, the Trisha Brown Dance Company came to the Hong Kong Arts Festival with some of her most iconic works. We spoke to them.

    Think of the German horn, and you may think of brass bands and beer, or – if you’re of a more sophisticated frame of mind – Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s horn theme, or Wagner’s Siegfried playing the horn that awakens the dragon Fafner. It’s a favourite instrument in German music, and that may be part of the reason that, in 2009, four friends at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts set up German Hornsound. The ensemble performs a repertoire that includes not only classical music but also original works and arrangements. They’re here in our studio with Ben Pelletier.

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    • Pina Bausch Cafe Muller & Rite of Spring, Trisha Brown Tribute & German Hornsound

      The Works has been featuring Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal for over a decade, particularly during their visits to Hong Kong to perform at the annual Arts Festival. Dance lovers in Hong Kong have been lucky enough to see “Iphigenia In Tauris”, “1980”, “Full Moon” and “Carnations”. This year, the company was here again, this time with two of Pina Bausch’s very significant early works, “Café Muller” and “Rite of Spring”.

      Pina changed people’s view of what dance could be by introducing theatrical elements and collaborating with her dancers to bring the human psyche and human emotions to the fore. American choreographer Trisha Brown, who died on 18th March at the age of 80, took dance in another direction, towards the more conceptual ideas of postmodernism. She was one of the pioneers of the New York postmodern dance tradition. In 2014, a year after she’d had to leave the company due to illness, the Trisha Brown Dance Company came to the Hong Kong Arts Festival with some of her most iconic works. We spoke to them.

      Think of the German horn, and you may think of brass bands and beer, or – if you’re of a more sophisticated frame of mind – Richard Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s horn theme, or Wagner’s Siegfried playing the horn that awakens the dragon Fafner. It’s a favourite instrument in German music, and that may be part of the reason that, in 2009, four friends at the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts set up German Hornsound. The ensemble performs a repertoire that includes not only classical music but also original works and arrangements. They’re here in our studio with Ben Pelletier.

      29/03/2017
    • Singer Arianna Savall, artist Yang Jiechang & recorder player Piers Adams

      Singer Arianna Savall, artist Yang Jiechang & recorder player Piers Adams

      Swiss-born Spanish singer, harpist, and composer, Arianna Savall’s parents, viol player, composer and conductor, Jordi Savall, and the late singer Montserrat Figueras, have long specialised in Early Music, particularly from Catalonia and the Middle East. Arianna has taken up the same legacy. She's here at this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival.

      Guangzhou-born Yang Jiechang mixes traditional practices with Western concepts to critique contemporary society. His own personal history reflects his own country’s late 20th-century upheavals: as a teenager he was a member of the Red Guards before rebelling and deciding to be an artist. He studied Chinese ink painting and calligraphy in the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, where his graduation project “Massacre” on the devastation of the Cultural Revolution was censored. He began to study Taoism, leaving behind, the red of patriotism and communism for, “a black and grey world.”

      Well, this may be the first time we’ve had anyone trained as an astrophysicist on The Works, but Piers Adams is here because he discovered a calling to be a recorder player at the age of 21. A chance encounter with a group of Hungarian gypsy musicians at a music festival in Belgium gave him the inspiration to develop greater freedom, emotion and virtuosity in his style of playing. He’s here with Ben now.

      22/03/2017
    • The role of museums in HK, Art from Myanmar & the 18-member Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir

      The role of museums in HK, Art from Myanmar & the 18-member Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir

      The introduction of a branch of the Palace Museum in West Kowloon has been presented to Hong Kong as a fait accompli, and through a financing structure that removes its construction, although possibly not its running costs, from any legislative oversight. The issue has raised questions for many about just what Hong Kong society expects and needs from its public museums and how it might get it.

      According to the government of Myanmar, or Burma, some 135 different ethnic groups live within the country. It may be hardly surprising then that the nation has been caught up in ethnic conflicts and civil wars for generations. It was colonised by the British for 124 years, was more recently ruled by a military dictatorship, and is now making a tentative transition to a more democratic system under the partial guidance of State Counsellor and long-time democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi. Ethnic conflict still remains - the Rohingya people in particular are currently bearing much of the brunt – as does political uncertainty. Against this background, the country’s contemporary artists are exploring their identity and society in general, with vibrant colour and in assorted media formats, as you can currently see in the exhibition “Yangon Made My Heart Beat Fast” at the Karin Weber Gallery.

      In 1970, American missionary Merle Kelly introduced the handbell to Kinjo Gakuin, a private Christian girls’ school in Nagoya, Japan. The handbell programme began in the junior high school and continued on to high school and then up to university level. Many members of the Kinjo Gakuin University Handbell Choir began ringing as juniors and kept it up all through their education. The members of the current 18-member handbell choir are with us right now.

      15/03/2017
    • HKAF Special: Bavarian State Ballet II, jazz drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington &

      HKAF Special: Bavarian State Ballet II, jazz drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington & "Typography and the Sea of Words"

      We’re about half way through the 45th annual Hong Kong Arts Festival, which opened just two weeks ago. And whatever your taste in performing arts, there’s been, and will be, plenty to see. You have 129 dance, music, or drama shows to choose from, featuring more than 1,600 international and local artists. Based in Munich, Germany, the Bavarian State Ballet opened at this year’s Arts Festival with a Russian classic set in India, and not seen in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, “La Bayadere”. The Junior Company of the Bavarian State Ballet, the Bavarian State Ballet II, was also here. They performed a programme of four more recent pieces. And three-time Grammy award jazz drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington is probably best known as a drummer, but she’s also a composer, singer and record producer. She’ll be talking to us about “Mosaic Project: Love and Soul”.

      If there’s one thing that tourists who visit Hong Kong almost certainly photograph it’s our array of brightly coloured street signs. For visitors, as for many locals, business signs moulded in plastic, written by hand, or created to neon, are an integral and intriguing part of the cityscape. Inevitably the forms of our street signs reflect our urban and cultural development. They may also reflect that our lives are becoming blander, as our streets become more homogenous. The exhibition “Typography and the Sea of Words” organised by the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage at Sai Ying Pun, focuses on the changing signs of our times.

      08/03/2017
    • Jaffa Lam x Sam Tung Uk, Luis Chan, Chou Chinghui's Animal Farm & violinst Adrian Anantawan

      Jaffa Lam x Sam Tung Uk, Luis Chan, Chou Chinghui's Animal Farm & violinst Adrian Anantawan

      RTHK' s The Works focuses on Hong Kong's arts and cultural scene. The Works features news and reviews of visual and performing arts, design, literary and other “ works ” .

      Added illumination comes from interviews with leading performers and producers, interspersed with updates on events affecting the development of the territory 's artistic and cultural life. There's also a regular critical review of what' s on at the movies, and – most weeks – a live studio performance.

      01/03/2017
    • The Legendary Pulp at HK Open Printshop & flautist Jasmine Choi

      The Legendary Pulp at HK Open Printshop & flautist Jasmine Choi

      Over the past year the Hong Kong Open Printshop has been adopting the theme of paper for its exhibitions. It’s rounding off that year of projects with a finale exhibition “The Legendary Pulp” in preparation for which three artists, from the United States, Australia, and Hong Kong, took up a one-month residency to demonstrate the versatility and possibilities of paper, and of art on paper.

      Korean flautist Jasmine Choi grew up in a musical family. Her grandfather is a conductor and her mother a violinist. She didn’t pick up the flute until she was nine, although she’d previously tried the violin and the piano, but within seven years, at 16, she was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. After earning a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, she played in several orchestras before developing a solo career that includes work with orchestras and chamber groups, and even incorporates experimental jazz and pop music. She’s here right now with Ben.

      22/02/2017
    • Migrant Women Workers, Wilson Shieh x Sun Yat Sen Museum & Singer Songwriter Najwa Mahiaddin

      Migrant Women Workers, Wilson Shieh x Sun Yat Sen Museum & Singer Songwriter Najwa Mahiaddin

      Like many other hard working cities, Hong Kong would most likely find it hard to thrive as it does without the presence of female migrant workers from countries like the Philippines and Indonesia. The same story is repeated across much of the world. Economic disparities mean many in poorer countries have to leave their own homes, and work in the homes of others, to survive and earn money for their families. And sometimes the work they do is considerably harder on them than domestic work. The challenges of the lives of female migrant workers is the subject of a current exhibition at the University of Hong Kong.

      Over the past month, The Works has been introducing the Hi! Houses series, in which artists are invited to create site-specific art works in some of Hong Kong’s most significant older buildings. So far we’ve seen Lam Tung-pang’s work in Wong Uk in Shatin, and an exhibition by ceramic artist Fiona Wong at Law Uk in Chai Wan. Today, we’re heading to mid-levels, to Kom Tong Hall, and the work of Wilson Shieh. And in case the name “Kom Tong Hall” doesn’t mean anything to you, you might know it better as a museum dedicated to one particular revolutionary thinker.

      In 1974, as part of a small group of philosophers and literary figures from France, Roland Barthes visited China, during the final stage of the Cultural Revolution. The group was warmly received by Chinese writers and academics, but their visit was tightly controlled and they were kept to a highly planned and monitored itinerary. Barthes planned to write a book on the trip when he returned to France, but he never completed it. However, in 2011, more than three decades later, “Travels in China” a book based on notes and other materials he wrote at the time, was published. At Blindspot Gallery five Chinese artists have taken those notes as the starting point for their group exhibition “After Party: Collective Dance and Individual Gymnastics”. Their aim, they say, is to highlight the complex political tension between the ideological control of the state and the expression of the individual will.

      A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Malaysian singer songwriter, Najwa Mahiaddin released her first album “Innocent Soul” six years ago, and was instantly recognised for her soul and R&B style. Now though, she’s changing musical direction a little. She’s here to tell us more about it.

      15/02/2017
    • New art space

      New art space "Casphalt", art in convenient stores, Lee du Ploy & African American art at HKU

      There’s no doubt Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, and our government often tells us that there’s a land shortage here. In his Policy Address this year Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying continued to insist on the idea of developing our country parks for housing. Green groups and other organisations have pointed that there is in fact quite a bit of so-called “brownfield” land here that could be developed. And the Audit Department has revealed that land is also occupied by as many as 234 vacant schools, 80% of them primary schools, some of which have been left empty for decades. To stop at least part of that space being wasted, one group of likeminded people has made use of one of those schools, a former village school that used to belong to the Ching Leung Nunnery in Tuen Mun, by converting it into an art space.

      Convenience stores are an inevitable part of Hong Kong, as of any city that never entirely sleeps. One particular chain has over 900 convenience stores in Hong Kong, with one outlet every 1.16 square kilometres. But convenience stores are not just an outlet for things you feel you desperately need in the middle of the night. At least not any more. How about a little “convenience store” art?

      Born in South Africa to European parents, Lee du Ploy has since lived in Paris, Amsterdam and London before coming to Hong Kong. In all that time he has followed twin passions: art and psychology. In Hong Kong, one of those obsessions led him to set up his own gallery, the ZZHK Gallery. Organised by Blue Lotus Gallery until 24th of this month, you can see how his own art reflects his other obsession in “The Glass Façade” which focuses on, he says, “flawed troubled human beings”.

      Look at images of Barack Obama’s administration and his supporters, and Donald Trump’s administration and his supporters, and you can’t help but notice one thing: a marked reduction in the number of non-white faces. The ascension of Barack Obama to the White House was perhaps the most potent acknowledgement so far of the contribution that African-Americans have made to the history and culture of the United States, and an exhibition at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery called “Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection” aims to reflect not only the hard and dark times of slavery and the past, but also the fact that without its African-American population the United States would not be the nation that it is today. The exhibition is the first privately owned collection to have been displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and has been seen by over six million people in 24 cities across the United States. This is the first time it has travelled outside America.

      08/02/2017
    • CNY Special: a musical celebration

      CNY Special: a musical celebration

      Kung Hey Fat Choy!

      Welcome to the first edition of The Works in the Year of the Rooster. I am Ben Tse. And I’m Ben Pelletier. Just like the Rooster that gives the year its name, we’re going to start the Lunar New year by making some noise, and by looking back at some of the great musicians who have visited our studio in the previous twelve months. Regular viewers will have seen some of them before, but even if you did, many are performing extra pieces they recorded especially for today’s programme. One of our musical highlights of last year was the visit of German jazz and experimental singer Michael Schiefel who came to our studio in March and performed his song “Maiden Voyage”. Apart from vocalists, we were lucky enough to have many fine instrumentalists in our studio. In July, harpist Emmanuel Ceysson played us two pieces of music from French composers Tournier and Couperin. We’ve saved the Couperin until now. And in November, guitarist Yang Xuefei prepared for us, in advance, a Chinese traditional tune, “Fisherman’s Song at Eventide”.

      You probably know that we often feature jazz musicians on the programme, and in October last year we featured a jazz trio from Switzerland twin brothers, Michael and Florian Arbenz and bassist Thomas Lahns, who make up Vein. Here they are with “Ode to the Sentimental Knowledge”. Among our most prized possession s here in the studio is our Steinway piano, and over the years we’ve already had many extremely talented classical, jazz and pop musicians make stunning use of it. Well, those are some of the highlights of last year, and we promise to keep bringing you more live music in the new year. Before we go, from the sublime to the well … not so sublime Ben, Billy Lee from our sister programme 藝坊星期天, and I have a little treat in store for you.

      From all of us on The Works, best wishes for a happy and healthy Year of the Rooster.

      01/02/2017
    • Oxfam's

      Oxfam's "Poverty.Full-time", Fiona Wong x Law Uk, Konstantin Grcic & Borromeo String Quartet

      According even to government figures, at least 1.34 million people in Hong Kong are living in poverty. Social workers and community organisations say that number is an understatement. Many of those poor are retired, but even among those still working, salaries are often too low. After a long tug of war between unions and employers, the government has agreed to raise the hourly minimum wage by just $2 to $34.50 with effect from 1st May, subject to Legco’s approval. As a recent exhibition organised by Oxfam points out, even having a job doesn’t guarantee you can afford to live comfortably in this expensive city.

      Last week, we took a look at an art project organised by the Arts Promotion Office, “Hi! Houses”, and at artist Lam Tung-pang’s encounter with Wong Uk Village. Today we’re bringing you another pairing from the same project: ceramic artist Fiona Wong and the Law Uk Folk Museum in Chai Wan.

      The Wall Street Journal described German-born designer Konstantin Grcic as the “quiet superstar of industrial style”. The airy and three-dimensional looking Chair 1 and Stool 1 are among his most recognised works. At the Hong Kong Design Institute until 2 April you can see Grcic’s first large solo exhibition in Asia. It includes over 200 exhibits, including products, prototypes, drawings, and everyday items, as well as three large-scale installations representing his personal ideas for life in the future.

      Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Borromeo String Quartet has been in residence at the New England Conservatory in the United States since 1992. The ensemble, which performs works by 20th and 21st century composers, is known for pioneering the use of certain technology in its performance sand educational programmes. They’re here with Ben Pelletier.

      25/01/2017
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