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Program lineup for the 35th Hong Kong Arts Festival (Feb. 27 – Mar. 25)
 Hong Kong’s largest arts festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is being held this year from Feb. 27th to Mar. 25th with the Hong Kong City Hall and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre as its main venues. This year marks the festivals 35th holding and the tenth year since the return of Hong Kong to China. Coming as it does at the start of the traditional Chinese New Year in this hallmark year, the festival will be especially large and festive this time, highlighted by some 44 productions of opera, theatre, dance and classical and jazz music. For 2007, the new executive director, Ms. Tisa Ho, takes the reins from former director, Mr. Douglas Gautier. The festival is organized by an NPO organizing committee with support from the public sector Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Jackie Charities Trust.
The festival’s opening will feature the first Hong Kong performance by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Russia’s Yuri Simonov, the performances will include soloists Konstantin Lifschitz (piano) and Boris Belkin (violin) from Russia and Shen Wenyu (piano) from China, performing works from the orchestra’s repertoire over the first three days of the festival (Feb. 27 – Mar. 1).
Highlights of the festival program will include a China-Japan production of Lost Village featuring artists from Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo jointly created by Li Liuyi of Beijing People’s Art Theatre and Oriza Hirata, leader of the Seinendan Theatre Company. Li and Hirata collaborate on the writing and directing of this production that has been put together mainly in China and includes actors from both China and Japan. In this sense it is truly a product of a network of Asian theatre artists (Mar. 20 – 24).
The Los Angeles based theater company The Actors’ Gang led by Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins will present a production of 1984 based on the George Orwell novel. Written in the background of the government repression and censorship of the 1940’s, this play tells the story of people fighting against totalitarian rule. This production was recently added to the schedule because of its popularity (Feb. 28 – Mar. 4).
A highlight of the music program will be the “Asian Super Guitar Project” bringing together the famous jazz guitarists Eugene Pao of Hong Kong and Kazumi Watanabe of Japan, joined by the young Korean guitarist Jack Lee in a dynamic joint concert (Mar 9 – 10).
The performance of Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan’s Sacred Monster will surely be one of the highlights of the dance program. The meeting of leading artists who transcend the boundaries of their respective fields of the classical ballet and contemporary dance will feature choreography by Lin Hwai-min of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre (Mar. 2 – 3).
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