Artistree Open Rehersals
ArtisTree, 1/F Cambridge House,
Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
The ArtisTree Open Rehearsal Series 2018 offers audiences a look at performances in their rawest form. Audience members have a chance to participate in the ideation of two productions-in-progress. Also, there’s free food!
“We wanted to give people something different during their lunch hour,” says Swire Properties’ Head of Office Marketing Babby Fung. “With Open Rehearsals, we want people to come in, have some lunch, but more importantly, be part of a work-in-progress production where they can actually interact with the artists.”
Highlight artist of this July’s production Emoto by CITA Theatre ( Japan) and The Nonsensemakers ( Hong Kong )includes Jo Ngai, the former news anchor now the Executive Director of an independent professional theatre company in Hong Kong.
Emoto is a multi-media experimental theatre experience inspired by the book Water Knows the Answer, written by Japanese scientist Dr Masaru Emoto. This work-in-progress invites audiences to join local and Japanese artists – in a shallow pool – as they contemplate the meaning of life; and uses words, physical movement, puppets, dance, music and video projection to represent life’s endless possibilities.
“It’s very rare in Hong Kong to be able to rehearse and experiment inside the actual performance area,” says Ngai. “The same performance area, the same size, same environment.”
Any other thing that’s rare? Live audience interaction and immediate feedback, which, according to Ngai, is invaluable to the show’s development and success. “Previously, we rehearse and go straight into the performance,” she says. “We can’t do anything about comments; everything is already set.” Open Rehearsals, however, change all that. “[We] are with the audience in the process, so there will be more flexibility to think about the show, and the experiment, before we make alterations. It’s somewhat like we are working on something together.” “For closed door rehearsals, we can only imagine what they think,” adds Chan. “But now we can get their feedback directly.”
Open Rehearsals are a new and enthralling concept to even these theatre veterans – one that they may or may not be ready for. “Actors always take risks,” says Chan. “It might work, maybe not work, maybe the audience will see us fail, but let’s try something new.”
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