Robert Lepage "887", Heyse Ip's photographic work & in the studio: poet & singer-songwriter Deborah Mannas
Robert Lepage is a playwright, film director, stage director and actor. He’s also the founder of the multidisciplinary company Ex Machina, conceived as a laboratory and incubator for performing arts, dance, opera, music, filmmaking, video art and multimedia. As part of this year’s Hong Kong Arts Festival, Lepage examined the process of memory and his own past in the autobiographical production: “887”.
Heyse Ip is a Hong Kong-born artist, currently living and working in London, who is interested in finding new ways to approach photography. Among other experiments, he has used everyday objects such as kitchen gloves, painting his hands with light absorbent materials to create his works through a pinhole camera. At Lumenvisum at JCCAC until the end of this month, Ip is showcasing and documenting his unconventional approaches to the photographic art form.
Coming from an Anglo-Indian background, poet and singer-songwriter Deborah Mannas says “she grew up in traditional India but in an untraditional family.”
She adds that in her family “no topic was taboo and debates on social issues and injustices were normal family life.” Having studied psychology, she likes to bring her interest in human behaviour into her song-writing. Last year, she joined forced with musical director AgnesQ and the neo-Soul and funk band, Soul Sessions to produce her solo album, “Inspired”. The team is now working on a second album, planned for release this June. They are here to tell us more.