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Hong Kong Arts Festival opens on Feb. 9 (until Mar. 12)
 This is Hong Kong’s biggest arts festival that runs for about a month each year just after the Chinese New Year. The Hong Kong Arts Festival Society Ltd. was founded in 1972 by a gathering of volunteer contributors. Since the holding of the organization’s first festival the following year in 1973, it has continued for more than 30 years to introduce outstanding performing arts from Hong Kong and abroad. The festival is run mainly on support from The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong territorial government and the Jackie Charities Trust. Besides presenting highly varied programs of opera, music, jazz, world music, theater, musicals, dance and exhibitions from Asia and countries around the world, the festival also features educational programs including workshops and art management seminars. This year’s program includes a Berlin Schaubuehne production of Nora-A Doll House (directed by Thomas Ostermeier), a Birmingham Royal Ballet production of Beauty and the Beast and more. Also there will be performances by the Belgian contemporary dance company Rosas of Rain, Once, and Raga for the Rainy Season/A Love Supreme (choreography by Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker. Rain is the latest in a series of works using the music of Steve Reich and the costumes are created by the top designer of Belgium, Dris Van Noten. Once is a solo piece by Anna Teresa first performed in 2002 as a special 20th anniversary Rosas performance and is dedicated to the folk singer Joan Baez. The newest work, Raga for the Rainy Season / A Love Supreme is a two-part work on the theme of love. Raga for the Rainy Season is a piece about the quest for lost love set to the music of the Indian raga. In contrast, A Love Supreme explores the aesthetic of transcendent love to the spiritual jazz sound of John Coltrane. The dancers become one with the music as if they were instruments in a dance that seems to bring back to life mythical musicians of the past.
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