[Hong Kong—12 August 2022] Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) teams up with M+, Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, in partnership with The ADM Capital Foundation, HK2050isNOW and CWR, to present the online festival Beyond Carbon from 20 August to 4 September. With an array of exciting and inspiring programmes including free online streaming of nine experimental dance pieces, online talk and parent-child workshop, the festival aims to inspire members of our community to take steps now to confront the threats we face and ensure a better future for us all.
Set against the monumental architecture of the Herzog & de Meuron–designed M+ building, the eight short, choreographed chapters by Jessica Burrows, Luis Cabrera, Sarita Chan, Feng Jingyi, Li Lin, Lin Chang-yuan Kyle, Leung Chunlong and Jonathan Spigner, address environmental emergencies from two perspectives: Mortal Ignorance, tension between nature and humankind, and Human Traces, the material traces on earth left by human activity. Viewers will be taken on a journey of exploration, reflection, and empowerment.
The online festival also comprises a special screening of The Measures, a new piece choreographed by Stephen Shropshire. This finale resonates with the overall theme by engaging the abstract form of dance to animate the materiality of the climate crisis.
At the online talk ‘Museum, Dance and Climate Change’, Doryun Chong, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Curatorial of M+; Septime Webre, Artistic Director of HKB; and Debra Tan, global thought leader on climate and water risks and Director and Head at CWR will unpack the background of the collaboration and discuss the responsibility cultural institutions have to bring public attention to critical issues. Parents and their children can also learn more about how climate change is impacting Hong Kong through the interactive and engaging workshop held by HKB and CWR at the Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District.
HK Ballet ✕ M+ Live Art: Museum, Dance and Climate Change
Online talk (In English, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese)
Date & Time: 26 August 2022, 7pm
HK Ballet ✕ M+ Live Art: Beyond Carbon Parent-Child Workshop
Date & Time: 28 August 2022, 3pm & 5pm
Venue: Studio 8, 2/F, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District
About Hong Kong Ballet
One of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant arts institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly 50 dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.
With almost 50 international tours, HKB has won recognition from critics and fans both at home and abroad. Its diverse repertoire includes classic and modern masterpieces, original full-length ballets created for HKB, an interactive ballet series for younger fans and groundbreaking dance by today’s most sought-after choreographers, including Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiří Kylian, Nacho Duato and Trey McIntyre, among others. HKB maintains an active schedule of community initiatives throughout Hong Kong to ensure that ballet is accessible to people from all walks of life.
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, it is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. M+ is a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.
HK Ballet ✕ M+ Live Art: Beyond Carbon Promotional Photo | Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Top Photo | Invisible Echo by Feng Jingyi | Dancer: Jessica Burrows | Photography: Keith Hiro