監製:Diana Wan


    Merry Christmas! Hello and welcome to The Works and 藝坊星期天 Christmas Special, one of the rare times in the year you’ll see all three of our presenters together.
    As usual for our Christmas specials, the whole show has a festive theme. Later, singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak will be in the studio to sing two songs: one a Christmas classic, and another she’s written herself especially for the season. But first, for Christians, Christmas, December 25th, is primarily a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s been observed on that date on the Gregorian Calendar since around the fourth century in the West. Some Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate it on the same date on the Julian Calendar, which falls on January 7th. Of course, even for the less religious there’s another name synonymous with Christmas and that’s Santa Claus, Father Christmas himself. And the Father Christmas we know today is a combination of several traditions. In Britain, he’s part of an ancient folk tradition and was once known as “Sir Christmas” or even “Captain Christmas”. The United States draws on a different tradition for Santa Claus, the Dutch tradition based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th-century Greek bishop famous for his generosity to the poor. In the popular mind, the two figures, both of whom known for bringing gifts, have long since converged. The story of Father Christmas preparing for his busiest season is at the heart of one British theatre production. We went to ask him what gifts he might be bringing this year.

    One story that personifies the spirit of the season for many is the story of a cold-hearted miser who despises everything about it. Ebenezer Scrooge. Charles Dickens’ Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”, a man who undergoes an astonishing change of heart after being visited by a number of ghosts, is one of the most famous characters in English literature. “Bah, humbug.” That’s his simple dismissal of Christmas spirit and all those who try to share it. But the story of that one terrifying and transforming night of his life has now been told in song and dance in a musical presented by the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.

    Locally-based singer songwriter Danielle Denquar Chupak is here with her band to sing her original Christmas song, "Not Even Tinsel" and another Christmas classic.

    聯絡: wanyt@rthk.hk


    • The Art Market Report 2018, Art Basel & Art Central

      The Art Market Report 2018, Art Basel & Art Central

      Statisticians tell us global inequality is growing, with half of the world’s wealth now in the hands of just 1% of the population. That’s not good news for most of us, but it can be good news for the art market. Millionaires and billionaires with money burning a hole in their pockets like to buy, or invest in, art. The art market generated an estimated US$63.7 billion last year. Art fairs and auctions are among the main drivers of such deals. In the last decade, the number of international art fairs has quadrupled. There are now more than 260 every year, and Art Basel is the brand that galleries and collectors don’t dare overlook. The sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong ended two weeks ago. The three-day fair attracted 80,000 people. 248 galleries from 32 countries took part, 28 of them for the first time.

      Art Central was launched in 2015, by a team of art fair veterans who had founded the original ART HK that was later sold to Art Basel. Although the works of some of the same artists appear in both shows, Art Central’s founders say they don’t want it to be a mini Art Basel. They want instead to focus on artists who might not be quite as well established or quite as expensive. This year’s week-long fair ended on 1st April. Like the previous ones, it was held on the Central Harbourfront. Organisers say the fourth edition attracted a record 39,000 visitors. But as we saw earlier in the latest art market report, while things are going well for high end galleries, many smaller and medium-sized ones are having a tougher time.

    • Interview with filmmaker Werner Herzog & in the studio: singer-songwriter Kevin Kaho Tsui

      Interview with filmmaker Werner Herzog & in the studio: singer-songwriter Kevin Kaho Tsui

      The just ended Art Month had a lot more to offer than visual art. There was something for lovers of performing arts and of cinema too, in the shape of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. This year’s film festival, which ended last Thursday, was the 42nd. Apart from many recent international movies, the festival featured themed retrospectives such as one that included 14 films starring Taiwan’s Lin Ching-hsia, otherwise known as Brigitte Lin. Another retrospective featured one of cinema’s most celebrated filmmakers, in both fiction and documentary, Werner Herzog, and included 20 of his classic films, a masterclass, and sessions with the public.

      As a teenager, Kevin Ka Ho Tsui studied in England, ultimately graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in art history. Soon after that he set out on a busking tour. Kevin’s a self-taught musician who learned to play guitar by watching YouTube videos. Since then he’s been writing songs, mainly in English, about daily life in Hong Kong, songs such as “Tai Po”, “Kowloon City”, “Sham Shui Po” and “Let’s Head to Lan Kwai Fong”. He’s here to talk about his upcoming projects.

    • Christopher Wool,

      Christopher Wool, "Intimate Encounters" from MK Lau collection, Dale Chihuly & in the studio: Jabin Law

      With Art Basel and Art Central just over, there are still many exhibitions worth catching up on, but at least now you might have a little more time to relax, take a deep breath, and listen to some interesting local music. “But Tonight, the Boulevard is Mine” is a new album from locally-based singer-songwriter Jabin Law. Jabin will be in the studio later to tell us more.

      But first, visual art, and hedge fund billionaire J. Tomilson “Tom” Hill is no stranger to Hong Kong. His business often brings him here. He’s also an avid art collector who, during Art Basel, opened an exhibition: “Christopher Wool: Highlights from the Hill Art Collection” at H Queen’s Atrium. Hill says the exhibition, which showcases 15 paintings and works from his collection, is a taster for the opening of the Hill Art Foundation’s first permanent exhibition and education space in New York this September.

      Long before cinema, or even comic strips, Chinese paiuinters found a way to impart a sense of passing time in the art of the handscroll, traditionally unrolled and viewed from right to left, inviting the viewer on an interactive journey. Until April 5th, you can see examples of this, as well as a selection of albums and paintings from the MK Lau Collection, at PMQ. The exhibition includes 50 paintings, handscrolls and albums by such masters as Ding Yanyong, Zhang Daqian, Pu Ru, Lu Yanshao, and more.

      Now in his seventies, American artist Dale Chihuly is known for his techniques with blown glass and has been credited with "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture." Throughout his 50-year career, he and a dedicated team have taken glass as a medium from the realms of craft to fine art. Now in his seventies, American artist Dale Chihuly is known for his techniques with blown glass and has been credited with "moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture." Throughout his 50-year career, he and a dedicated team have taken glass as a medium from the realms of craft to fine art.

      Jabin Law began giving live public performances in 2012. He released his double disc demo album “Day and Night” two years later. This month he’s releasing a new album: “But Tonight, The Boulevard is Mine”. There’s no CD version though. Instead, he’s released a booklet that contains a scratch card and a redemption code allowing you to download the entire album as from April 6th. He’s here now to tell us more.

    • NGO artspace Spring Workshop takes a break, Face-off: Picasso/Condo & jazz singer Kylie Estrela

      NGO artspace Spring Workshop takes a break, Face-off: Picasso/Condo & jazz singer Kylie Estrela

      There’s no need for us to remind lovers of the arts, the visual arts in particular, that this is the month we’re spoiled for choice. With Art Basel starting next week, galleries, auction houses and other art organisations are putting their best feet forward. Many exhibitions are open only for a short time, and we’ll be reporting on the major exhibitions and more over the coming few weeks, bringing you some you might otherwise have missed. That includes one that we’re featuring in part two, an exhibition of portrait paintings by Pablo Picasso and George Condo side by side.

      But first, the non-profit art space Spring Workshop opened in 2012 in Wong Chuk Hang. Its founder Mimi Brown devised it as a platform and laboratory for exchange, particularly between music and the other arts.

      In terms of his artistic style, Pablo Picasso was a restless soul, moving from one approach to another on a regular basis. Apart from his Cubist works there were others in a variety of styles and techniques, including pen drawings, collages, prints, and sculpture. Many works were portraits of people he knew. Contemporary American artist George Condo also frequently focuses on portraits, in pieces that are part of an ongoing dialogue with art-historical traditions, including the work of Picasso. You can see an exhibition of their works side by side until the end of this month at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery: “Face-Off: Picasso / Condo”.

      Local musician, Kylie Estrela is not only passionate about music but also a lover of theatre and musicals. That passion took her to Paris to study voice performance and choreographic theatre, including the techniques and approach of vocalist Roy Hart. Since 2010, Kylie’s been focusing on jazz and touring China with big bands. She’s with us now.

    • "Hi Hill" project in Chuen Lung Village & in our studio: guitarist Julia Lange

      Last year we featured the “Hi! Houses” project, a public art project organised by the Art Promotion Office. It involved local artists creating site-specific works in four historical Hong Kong buildings. This year, the project, under a slightly different name, is centred on a Hakka village in Tsuen Wan. “Hi! Hill” has invited 13 artists to Chuen Lung Village in Tsuen Wan to create art in relationship to our land.

      The 19-year-old German guitarist Julia Lange plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar, and sometimes combines both classical and contemporary music. She gave her first solo public concert at 15, has toured Chile with the Youth-Guitar-Orchestra of Baden-Württemberg, has been invited to perform in music festivals, and has also acquired an enthusiastic considerable following on social media. She plays renowned guitar classics, transcriptions of more contemporary songs, and her own compositions. Julia’s with us right now.

    • Vasily Shukshin in

      Vasily Shukshin in "Theatre of Nations", Chinese ink artists, art made from found objects & in the studio: violin & guitar duo

      Russia. Vasily Shukshin was born into a Siberian peasant background, but had become a much-loved name in the Soviet Union by the 1960s and early 1970s. One of Russian cinema’s leading figures, a film director and actor, he also wrote novels, plays, movie scripts and short stories. Last month, as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, a selection of those stories was featured in a three-hour stage production.

      In an 1971 essay, American art historian Linda Nochlin asked, "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” It was a pertinent question, and its asking had a galvanizing effect on feminist art history and feminist art theory. The topic of “women in art” will be taking centre stage during Hong Kong’s Art Month as the Asia Art Archive is organising a series of talks on the issue. Last week, to coincide with Women’s Day, Alisan Fine Art featured 11 Chinese women artists working in ink art at a charity exhibition called “Hope”.

      Hong Kong’s recycling rate for waste products is pretty low. A measly 1%. That’s bad news from the environment, but for one group of artists it has led to opportunity. At the Art Experience Gallery, five artists are incorporating discarded objects, domestic waste and rubbish into ceramics, sculptures, installations and paintings. The exhibition’s called: “Recover”.

      On Monday evening this week, two of Italy’s most accomplished musical performers, violinist Domenico Nordio and guitarist Massimo Scattolin gave a concert featuring the work of renowned 19th century players and composers – Niccolò Paganini and Mauro Giuliani. While Paganini’s known for his violin virtuosity and his pieces designed to exhibit it, he was also very interested in the guitar. Giuliani, his contemporary, was praised as a consummate guitarist who also composed for solo and accompanied guitar. Domenico Nordio and Massimo Scattolin are with me in the studio right now to tell us more about the two men and the repertoire for their instruments.

    • HK Arts Festival: Ballet Zurich's

      HK Arts Festival: Ballet Zurich's "Anna Karenina", Vox Clamantis from Estonia & Harbour Arts Sculpture Park

      March is upon us, and as usual for art lovers it’s a pretty hectic month. Towards the end of the month, in visual arts, we’ll be welcoming Art Basel, Art Central, the Asia Contemporary Art Show, and an array of other events organised by galleries and museums. Under way already, and with the focus on performing arts, is the 2018 Hong Kong Arts Festival. This year it includes more than 1,700 international and local artists, 130 performances, and more than 300 outreach and education activities. In today’s highlights from that festival we’re bringing you a dance programme from Zurich and a music programme from Estonia. The dance is a ballet version of Tolstoy’s classic Anna Karenina.
      The novel’s been turned into several films, TV series, and stage plays. Ballett Zürich opened this year’s Arts Festival with its two-and-a-half-hour production, choreographed by Artistic Director Christian Spuck.

      Keeping up with Hong Kong’s cultural activities every week isn’t always a walk in the park, but this week, for one story at least, it was exactly that: a walk in the park.
      The Hong Kong Arts Centre’s “Harbour Arts Sculpture Park” which is open until 11th April, features 21 works by 19 artists from seven countries. It includes sculptures by artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Tracey Emin, Jenny Holzer, Antony Gormley, Kacey Wong, Morgan Wong and more. You can touch or interact with many of them. But do keep your hands off of Kusama’s iconic pumpkin.

      The Estonian vocal ensemble, Vox Clamantis was founded by conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve in 1996. It’s known for its interpretation of Gregorian chant and medieval plainsong. But it’s also known for performing the more contemporary music of composer Arvo Part. Apart from two evening concerts in the Arts Festival that included Gregorian chant, Liszt, Poulenc, Messaien and Arvo Part, the ensemble also ventured outside the concert hall and into an art gallery, for a site-specific performance that brought together Arvo Part’s music and the paintings of Gerhard Richter.

    • "Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Village", Rene Magritte and in the studio: Vincy & the Prototyke

      Local theatre production by Theatre Horizon, “Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour” recounts the history of Hong Kong through the eyes of a rather unusual protagonist, maybe not too far removed from a character in the movie “The Shape of Water”. It’s a trilogy. The first part was performed in 2014, the second in 2016, and the third - “The Awakening” - which tells the story from 1997 to 2017, opened last Wednesday.

      Certain iconic images can be immediately identified with certain artists. If I mention clouds, pipes, bowler hats and green apples you might immediately know I am referring to the work of the Belgian surrealist painter Renee Magritte. The exhibition “Renee Magritte: The Revealing Image – Photos and Films” included 132 original photographs and eight films created by the artist and his friends. His paintings weren’t here, but there were resized replicas of some, and the photos and films did reveal another side of the artist. The exhibition, at Artistree, ended on Monday but in case you missed it, here’s a chance to catch up.

      Keyboardist and singer-songwriter Vincy Chan is a non-binary trans musician, artist, and activist whose studies include jazz vocals and Ghanaian drumming. It’s no surprise then that Vincy is interested in crossing boundaries in music. In 2015 Vincy released a debut album “Porcelain Soul”. Last year, and earlier this month, Vincy and the Prototyke Lab performed in Freespace in the West Kowloon Cultural District. They’ve also taken part in a Freespace Mixtape that includes songs about displacement and the rights of sex workers. Vincy and the band are here with Ben right now.

    • Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      Compilation of the best music performances & Chinese New Year song from our three presenters

      That’s a Happy Lunar New Year from the three of us for this first episode of The Works and 藝坊星期天 in the Year of the Dog.

      Regular viewers will know that we have live music on our show pretty much every week. Today we’re featuring highlights from the distinguished musicians who came through our studio last year. You may have seen them on the show at the time, but we have something a little extra today as they all also performed something special for just this occasion. Last July, Hong Kong hosted the World Harp Congress for the first time. More than 800 harpists from 50 countries came to town. Among them was Chinese musician Gao Xiaotang, here performing the piece, “Pipa Language” on a very special harp.

      Thanks to its range and versatility, the piano is one of the most popular and versatile instruments in music. Over the years, many world-renowned pianists have passed through our studio. Last May, Venezuelan musician Gabriela Montero played us a piece by Schumann. But she also showed us another skill for which she’s celebrated: creating an instant improvisation on a given tune, this time on a Cantopop song 喜帖街 by Kay Tse.

      As Montero pointed out while talking to us, classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Liszt were all themselves noted improvisers. Italian composer Ferruccio Busoni was also no slouch in terms of adapting the work of other composers into new forms. Among those whose music he transcribed were Liszt, Bach, Schubert and Mozart. Pianist Chiyan Wong, who was on our show in May, is also fascinated by transcriptions. He performed one of Busoni’s Mozart transcriptions for us.

      French composer Pierre Gabaye’s composed in the French neo-classical tradition. His music is light-hearted, chirpy and upbeat. Trumpeter Paul Archibald gave us a taster when he played one of Gabaye’s liveliest pieces, “Boutade”. And while we’re on the subject of light-hearted and lively music, the marimba instantly imparts energy to a piece, whether in solo performance, as part of small ensembles, or even with marching bands or orchestras. In December, percussionist Matthew Lau came to visit us. He played a piece by Steve Reich for us, but he also performed, for this week’s show, a piece by Argentinian composer, Julian Rulo.

      And to wrap up our musical extravaganza we’re bringing you a highlight from one of the many ensembles we’ve featured. Last April, we featured the Storioni Trio from the Netherlands playing part of Beethoven’s concerto for violin, cello and piano. But they also recorded another treat for us, an excerpt from from Dvorak’s Piano Trio No. 4. Well, that’s it from us for this Lunar New Year Special. Keep watching through the Year of the Dog for more of the best music in town.

    • Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      Tribute to Jao Tsung-i, Lok Ga-chung's handprinted stamps & cellist Alexander Kniazev

      It’s St Valentine’s Day, and later in the programme we’ll be featuring a Russian cellist Alexander Kniazev who on Sunday performed a recital with pianist Colleen Lee that featured music with a decidedly Romantic twist, from composers Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck.

      First though, and on a sadder note, distinguished scholar Jao Tsung-i died last Tuesday at the age of 100. Born in Guangdong, Jao was known for his erudition in Chinese culture, particularly its ancient history, oracle bone inscriptions and Chu Ci – an anthology of Chinese poetry also known as “Poetry of the South”. He and Ji Xianlin, who died in 2009, have long been considered considered China’s two greatest sinologists. Throughout his life, Jao produced around a thousand scholarly articles, over a hundred books, calligraphy and paintings. He also composed for the guqin. Since coming to Hong Kong in 1949, he taught at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University, and other international tertiary institutions. His last major public appearance was at an exhibition in Beijing that featured 126 of his lotus flower paintings, a symbol of his feelings for Hong Kong.

      Stamp lover Lok Ka-chung doesn’t just collect stamps. He also likes to paint on the envelopes to which they are stuck. Over the years, he’s painted more than 10,000 such images. His subjects range from the historic to the contemporary, and include major events, architecture, and scenes from everyday Hong Kong life.

      In 1999, cellist and organist Alexander Kniazev was named best musician of the year in Russia. That’s just one of many musical plaudits he’s received. He’s also won prizes at numerous international music competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Cassado Competition in Florence. Other than performing as a soloist with world renowned conductors and in prestigious halls, he also performs with smaller ensembles. At Sha Tin last Sunday, in keeping with Valentine’s Day week, he gave a one-night recital of romantic music by Brahms, Shostakovich and Franck with pianist Colleen Lee.