An Invitation: On Empty Theatre
Presented by: Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Freespace - West Kowloon Cultural District
Produced by: Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Freespace - West Kowloon Cultural District
Synopsis: Right now, the theatre industry faces an uncertain future.
Since the outbreak of the global pandemic at the beginning of 2020, closures, cancellations, travel bans and lockdowns have had a major impact on theatres, actors and industry workers around the world.
This June, Edward Lam Dance Theatre and Freespace invited 30 Hong Kong-based actors to place themselves inside an empty theatre and reflect on their relationship with the audience, and the meaning of theatre, both as a space and as an art form, in the absence of audience and performers.
There were no rehearsals. Standing alone in Freespace’s black box theatre, facing an empty auditorium, each artist produced intuitive, heartfelt, short solo videos responding to the space, and exploring the nature of theatre when live performance is impossible.
Series: An Invitation: On Empty Theatre
Art Form: Drama
Participating Artist: Pak Ching-ying
Original Concept and Director: Edward Lam
Dramaturg: Low Kee Hong
Producers: Lai Siu Fai, Bobo Lee
Associate Producers: Waisun Chung, Franco Yau
Video Director and Editor: Kenneth Yuen @ Gain
Production Cameraman: Wong Hing Hang
Creative Co-ordinators: Ho Ting Wai, Ray Leung, Darwin Ng
Co-ordinator: Meredith Wong
Subtitle Editors: Lam Kiu Yan, Lau Ka Ying, Alysa Leung, Tina Zheng, Kitty Ho, Peace Chiu, Vikki Weston, Loretta Tsang, Yolanda Cheng, Guk Yu
Technical and Production: Annie Yim