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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 RTHK 31 every Wednesday at 17:30. 

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    15/01/2020

    In the old days, popular entertainment in Hong Kong was closely related to traditional customs and practice, often part of celebrations of birthdays or deities or festivals.
    Most of the entertainment took place outdoors, or even on the streets and in the markets. Dragon dances, lion dances, outdoor Cantonese opera, martial arts displays … all were sometimes part of the vibrant “tai tat tei” or flea market culture. That nostalgic ambience is currently being brought to life again in a project called “Mobile Theatre: The Happy Poor Guys”. 28 pop-up performances in different outdoor locations around Hong Kong bring back memories of the now disappeared markets.

    Artists David Jasper Wong and Lam King Ting specialise in printmaking, especially in using historical printing techniques. In 2015, the pair set up a workshop called Marble, Print & Clay. Now in its second edition, the workshop’s exhibition, “Why Print 2”, running in Sham Shui Po until 19th January, features works by 18 local and overseas artists.

    December 16th or thereabouts this year – there is some uncertainty - is the 250th anniversary of the birth, in the city of Bonn, of Ludwig van Beethoven. In celebration, the maestro’s work is being highlighted all around the world throughout the year. Germany, in particular, is going all out for the anniversary, with more than 700 events planned. Here in Hong Kong, as one part of the celebration, Beethoven’s music is highlighted in an upcoming concert organised by Premiere Performances.
    The Finnish pianist and composer, Olli Mustonen, is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s work. The programme includes 12 Variations on the Russian Dance and the Appassionata sonata, as well as two of Mustonen’s own compositions, one of them “Taivaanvalot”, in its Asian premiere.

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    • Mobile theatre: The Happy Poor Guys,

      Mobile theatre: The Happy Poor Guys, "Why Print 2" & in the studio: pianist Olli Mustonen

      In the old days, popular entertainment in Hong Kong was closely related to traditional customs and practice, often part of celebrations of birthdays or deities or festivals.
      Most of the entertainment took place outdoors, or even on the streets and in the markets. Dragon dances, lion dances, outdoor Cantonese opera, martial arts displays … all were sometimes part of the vibrant “tai tat tei” or flea market culture. That nostalgic ambience is currently being brought to life again in a project called “Mobile Theatre: The Happy Poor Guys”. 28 pop-up performances in different outdoor locations around Hong Kong bring back memories of the now disappeared markets.

      Artists David Jasper Wong and Lam King Ting specialise in printmaking, especially in using historical printing techniques. In 2015, the pair set up a workshop called Marble, Print & Clay. Now in its second edition, the workshop’s exhibition, “Why Print 2”, running in Sham Shui Po until 19th January, features works by 18 local and overseas artists.

      December 16th or thereabouts this year – there is some uncertainty - is the 250th anniversary of the birth, in the city of Bonn, of Ludwig van Beethoven. In celebration, the maestro’s work is being highlighted all around the world throughout the year. Germany, in particular, is going all out for the anniversary, with more than 700 events planned. Here in Hong Kong, as one part of the celebration, Beethoven’s music is highlighted in an upcoming concert organised by Premiere Performances.
      The Finnish pianist and composer, Olli Mustonen, is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Beethoven’s work. The programme includes 12 Variations on the Russian Dance and the Appassionata sonata, as well as two of Mustonen’s own compositions, one of them “Taivaanvalot”, in its Asian premiere.

      15/01/2020
    • Rooftop Institute's

      Rooftop Institute's "Hok Hok Zaap", Tonga's koloa at ParaSite & in the studio: jazz singer Joses Liu

      For those of us who think we might keep them, the beginning of the new year can be a good time to make resolutions, such as to start a new chapter in life or learn something new. “Hok Hok Zaap” is Cantonese for learning. It is also the name of a two-year project that promotes communal learning in Hong Kong organised by Rooftop Institute.

      The Kingdom of Tonga in the south western Pacific Ocean is made up of some 170 islands and has a rich Polynesian culture and many traditional arts and crafts. One category of those arts is “koloa” or customary women’s art. On show at Para Site till 24th February, “Koloa: Women, Art, and Technology” is a rare presentation of the life-long research of Tunakaimanu Fielakepa, the kingdom’s foremost authority on “koloa”. It includes a rich collection of some of the main elements of “koloa”, including bark cloth making, fine weaving, and creating ceremonial mats, and weaving ropes.

      Hong Kong born and raised Joses Liu received her vocal training under the tutelage of such veteran local musicians as Tony Carpio and Christine Samson. She regularly performs at intimate local and regional venues and at private functions. Her debut album “J for Jazz” contains a mix of English, Cantonese, and Mandarin songs, jazz standards and pop tunes in a style inspired by female vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Esperanza Spalding. She’s here right now to tell us more.

      08/01/2020
    • Terayama Shuji, Borrowed Scenary @Cattle Depot & in the studio: Toolbox percussion

      Terayama Shuji, Borrowed Scenary @Cattle Depot & in the studio: Toolbox percussion

      Happy new year!
      Hello and welcome to The Works, I’m Ben Pelletier. Later in the show, ringing – or should that be banging and hitting? – in the New Year, members of Toolbox Percussion will be with us. They’re an organisation that promotes contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.

      But first, in the words of theatre critic Akihiko Senda, the Japanese film director, writer and dramatist, Shuji Terayama was “the eternal avant-garde”. Terayama died relatively young, at 47, but despite his short creative life, his work encompasses experimental television, feature-length and short films, theatre, photography, countercultural essays, short fiction, and more. In December his play “Nuhikun (Directions to Servants)” was presented for two days at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

      "Borrowed Scenery” is a traditional East Asia garden creation technique that incorporates the background landscape into the composition of a garden. It is also the title of an exhibition that’s part of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Jockey Club New Arts Power programme. Seven artists and art groups use different mediums to reimagine Hong Kong’s urban space against the background of our colonial past.

      Welcome back. Toolbox Percussion promotes the creation of contemporary percussion music in Hong Kong.
      It does so by commissioning musicians to do new works, taking local musicians on tour to neighbouring cities and organising education programmes.
      From 6th to 12th January, Toolbox Percussion is bringing back the Toolbox International Creative Academy for its second year.
      Co-presented by the University of Oklahoma, the programme includes concerts, lectures, panel discussions and workshops. The event’s director Louis Siu is here to tell us more.

      01/01/2020
    • Artists as district councillors in Wan Chai,

      Artists as district councillors in Wan Chai, "Theatre of Gods" exhibition & in the studio: The Flashback's "Wintertime"

      It’s Christmas Day and naturally we’re going to have something festive for you music-wise in part two, so don’t go away. First through, to echo the “glad tidings of great joy” as mentioned in the Bible, there were glad tidings of great joy for artists with an interest in the political scene this year. The landslide victory of the pro-democrat camp in last month’s District Council election also brought victory for three local artists. Standing as candidates for the first time, artists Clara Cheung, Susie Law and Wong Tin-yan won in their constituencies. In terms of the arts, that’s particularly good news in the Wan Chai district as Clara Cheung and Susie Law will now join fellow artist Clarisse Yeung, who first won her seat four years ago.

      For Christians, Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also about how God came to the world in the form of a man to atone for the sins of humanity. In other cultures and religions, the relationship between god, or gods, and man can be quite different. On show at the Rossi & Rossi gallery, “Theatre of New Gods” is a group exhibition that features 12 Cross-Strait artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. It looks at the idea of god and man as reflected in religious activities, rituals, and the spiritual interaction between humans and their deities.

      The four members of the Hong Kong-based alternative rock band Flashback got together in 2015. Early this month, they released a single, “Awaken the Power” which they say is inspired by a 1968 John Lennon speech. They’ve also recently released another song inspired by a Beatle, this time Paul McCartney, called “Down By the River”. They say both singles are love poems dedicated to Hong Kong. And the band is here right now, with a Christmas present for us.

      25/12/2019
    • CUHK art students'

      CUHK art students' "Healing Cave", Indonesian artist, Yunizar & in the studio: clarinettist Linus Fung & harpist Lillian Kong

      The healing power of art. Many people believe engaging in creative activities is not only a good stress reliever but can also provide a catharsis (relief) for difficult emotions. Half a year into Hong Kong’s current wave of street protests, more than 6,000 people have been arrested, about a third of whom are under 18. The conflict has increased pressures not only on the mental health of the protesters but also the public. In the light of this, at the end of September, a group of art students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong created a “Healing Cave” to help people cope with those pressures.

      Indonesian artist Yunizar’s subjects are often related to everyday life. His semi-abstract paintings often incorporate elements from still-life scenes and use a controlled palette of colours. He works mainly in acrylic and pencil, working and re-working the surface to achieve variations in texture. Sin Sin Man, founder of the Sin Sin Fine Art met Yunizar in the early days of setting up the gallery. On show at Sin Sin until the 20th January, “The Original Story” showcases Yunizar’s signature style.

      At the beginning last year, members of the five-man chamber music group Timecrafters, came to our studio to tell us about their group’s aims of injecting new elements into the string repertoire. As young players themselves, they also want to introduce classical music to a wider audience by collaborating with other musicians. One manifestation of that plan is an upcoming concert in which clarinettist Linus Fung, will be performing with harpist Lillian Kong. They’re here to tell us more.

      18/12/2019
    • Reopening of the Museum of Art & in the studio: pianists Warren Lee and Colleen Lee

      Reopening of the Museum of Art & in the studio: pianists Warren Lee and Colleen Lee

      One of the most anticipated openings on the Hong Kong art scene. After a four-year renovation costing almost a billion Hong Kong dollars, the Museum of Art reopened its doors to the public on the November 30th. The renovation expands the museum’s exhibition space by about 40%, from 7,000 square meters to around 10,000 square meters.

      The piano duet became popular in the second half of the 18th century. Among the composers who turned their hands to it are Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Grieg, Debussy, Stravinsky and Bartok. For establishments or homes that didn’t have the luxury of two pianos, some, including Mozart, Schumann and Brahms, also wrote pieces for four hands on one instrument, as did Schubert with his “Fantasy in F minor”. That’s one of the pieces to be featured in a concert by pianists Warren Lee and Colleen Lee and two percussionists this Friday. Warren and Colleen are here to tell us more.

      11/12/2019
    • Yim Tin Tsai Art Festival, Eric Fok's wood paintings & in the studio: guitarist & composer, Tsui Chin-hung

      Yim Tin Tsai Art Festival, Eric Fok's wood paintings & in the studio: guitarist & composer, Tsui Chin-hung

      We take a boat ride from Sai Kung to Yim Tin Tsai, an island once populated by fishermen and salt farmers, but that gradually became deserted as people moved to the city. But there are now new signs of life in Yim Tin Tsai. Designated a heritage site, it’s now become an open museum, and even has an art festival. The one-month long Yim Tin Tsai Art Festival is part of a three-year pilot scheme to promote the island’s unique culture and history.

      Eric Fok uses motifs from different historical periods in his paintings. In his second exhibition, “Notes On the Future”, on show at the Karin Weber Gallery until the beginning of December, Fok examines possible futures of Hong Kong and Macau, with particular reference to themes such as the Age of Exploration, colonization and globalization. For the works in this show he’s also merging inspiration from local movies, such as Wong Kar-wai’s “2046” and Stephen Chow’s “From Beijing With Love”, with images of period architecture and meticulous detail. And he’s painting on a new medium for him: wood.

      Composer and guitarist Tsui Chin-hung studied music in Los Angeles. He went on to study film scoring and conducting in Boston. Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music with a major in composition, he has composed for a variety of media and forms. He has created works for films, ballet, pop music, and even a Buddhist monastery. He has also worked with many Cantopop singers and he’s here right now.

      04/12/2019
    • Art and cultural funding in district councils & in the studio: pianist Alice Sara Ott

      Art and cultural funding in district councils & in the studio: pianist Alice Sara Ott

      As you can’t fail to have noticed, Hong Kong’s elections for all 18 district councils took place last Sunday and it’s fair to say they considerably shook up the scene in terms of district politics. After the 2015 elections, pro-establishment candidates had controlled all councils. This week the pro-democracy camp gained a majority in 17 of the 18 district councils, taking 388 seats. Three artists and art practitioners, Clara Cheung, Susi Law and Wong Tin-yan ran for the first time. They all won in their districts. Those results may well have a knock-one effect on Hong Kong’s arts and cultural scene. Since 2013, the government has been running the Signature Project Scheme, under which a one-off grant of HK$100 million is given to each district to implement projects. Apart from those one-off payments, additional yearly funding from different programmes also injects extra cash to promote art at a community level. But not everyone’s convinced the money has always been spent in the best interests of neighbourhood arts and culture.

      Both Alice Sara Ott and her younger sister, Mona Asuka Ott are professional pianists. They were born in Munich to a Japanese mother, who had studied piano in Tokyo, and a father who is a German civil engineer. Both went on to study with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Alice began studying the instrument when she was four and had already won awards in Germany by the age of seven. Today, as one of the world’s most in-demand soloists, Alice regularly works with leading conductors and orchestras. On Tuesday, she performed in Hong Kong for the first time in a one-night only recital organised by Premiere Performances. She’s with us right now.

      27/11/2019
    • HKPhil

      HKPhil "Sounds of Hong Kong", artist Carol Bove & in the studio: harmonica player Patrick Yeung & Gordon Lee

      At the beginning of the month, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra presented a concert called “Sounds of Hong Kong”, featuring many local musicians and groups. The concert also featured commissioned works by four Hong Kong composers: Ray Leung, Austin Yip, Pui-shan Cheung and Joyce Tang. We went to talk to two of them.

      New York-based conceptual artist Carol Bove is known for her large vibrantly-coloured metal sculptures that often combine found scrap metal and square steel tubing that has been crushed and manipulated. Often, they also incorporate a smooth, highly polished steel disk. How you interpret them is very much up to you. One of Bove’s aims is to challenge and expand the possibilities of formal abstraction to let the viewer decide on the different narrative that could emerge. Until the middle of December, the David Zwirner gallery is showing pieces from her ongoing series of “collage sculptures”, a series of compositions in steel that she began creating in 2016.

      Harmonica players Patrick Yeung and Gordon Lee have been friends since they met at university. Both later decided to become full-time musicians. They formed a harmonica band, The Myth, in 2012. The two not only play the standard harmonica repertoire, they’re also dedicated to expanding by arranging and commissioning new works for the instrument. They’re with us now to tell us more.

      20/11/2019
    • Tai Po Art Centre, Yukiko Morimot & studio performance: pianist Angela Cheng

      Tai Po Art Centre, Yukiko Morimot & studio performance: pianist Angela Cheng

      The Hong Kong Arts Development Council implemented the ADC Arts Space Scheme in 2014 to help address the problems of the lack of space for artists in Hong Kong. Under the scheme, three venues have been opened for a while, one in Aberdeen five years ago, and two in Kwun Tong last year. In late September, the scheme added a new space, this one in Tai Po, through repurposing a former secondary school.

      Japanese printmaker, Yukiko Morimoto mixes copperplate printmaking with mixed-media techniques such as photography, fabri transfer printing, pencil drawing and acrylic painting in her work. On show at the Art Projects Gallery until the end of the month, “Longing for Innocence” features a collection of images of children wearing masks of real and imaginary creatures.

      The Hong Kong Generation Next Arts annual music festival got under way last week. Now in its sixth year, the three-week long festival this year focuses on celebrating “great women artists of the world”. One of the highlights is a tribute to composer and pianist Clara Schumann. This year – September 13th to be precise - is the 200th anniversary of her birth. Canadian pianist Angela Cheng opened the festival with the Philharmonia APA, and she’s here to tell us just what made Clara Schumann such a musical pioneer.

      13/11/2019
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