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Working in collaboration with CAAHK, the Authority sent the first delegation of the Xiqu Cultural Exchange Programme to the acclaimed Zhejiang Xiaobaihua Yue Opera Troupe in Hangzhou on 1 April.
From 4 to 19 April, the Authority held three guided tours of Tai Ping Shan Community Storytelling, a project born from New Works Forum: ‘Social Acupuncture’ in the Tai Ping Shan Area. Participants were able to listen to the stories and history of the Tai Ping Shan community directly from residents and shop-owners, and they were encouraged to engage with the community through interactive games and movement expressions.
The second sharing session of the Overseas Training / Research Programme for Leaders from Local Arts Groups on Future Arts Development in Hong Kong, co-organised by the WKCDA and the ADC, was held on 28 April. Three of the programme’s participants – Sean Curran, Artistic Director of Theatre du Pif; Mo Lai, President of FM Theatre Power; and Marble Leung, Head of Programme and Education of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre – shared the insights they gained from recent overseas visits.
Tea House Theatre Taster, a demonstration of xiqu excerpts, Cantonese music and sung music in a tea house setting, returned on 8 and 9 May to test out ideas for the design, operation and programming for the future Tea House Theatre.
Tsang Kin-Wah: The Infinite Nothing, Hong Kong in Venice – a solo exhibition by Hong Kong artist Tsang Kin-wah co-presented by M+ and the ADC – opened on 9 May at the 56th Venice Biennale and ran through 22 November. The exhibition was complemented by a series of free talks in Hong Kong.
On 15 May, a simple ‘baisun’ ceremony took place to mark the countdown to the completion of the M+ Pavilion.
On 20 May, the Authority announced a partnership with Google Cultural Institute to further expand the visibility of the Mobile M+: NEONSIGNS.HK exhibition among global audiences.
The Producers’ Network Meeting and Forum took place from 20 to 22 May to bring together like-minded cultural workers from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mainland China and overseas and to shape the development of the region’s burgeoning performing arts sector.
The Authority supported the two-day 2015 Cultural Leadership Summit co-organised by the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and Leisure and Cultural Services Department on 10 and 11 June.
M+’s participation in YOKO ONO MORNING PEACE 2015, a global sunrise gathering, took place on 21 June with two local artists, Choi Yan-chi and Leung Chi-wo, presenting participatory performance works. The event was organised by The Museum of Modern Art in New York, in partnership with M+ and leading museums in Milan, Moscow, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Sydney and Tokyo.
On 21 July, the WKCDA Board announced the appointment of Duncan Pescod as the new Chief Executive Officer with effect from 3 August.
From 21 to 24 July, M+’s first youth-targeted initiative, M+ Summer Camp ‘Unframed’, brought together 100 secondary school students to develop their independent and critical thinking skills, and to nurture creativity and inquisitiveness.
The Authority and the City Contemporary Dance Company co-presented New Works Forum: Screendance, which comprised a two-week workshop from 20 July to 1 August and a public forum on 1 August featuring screenings of 20 short choreographed films by participants.
A one-day Introductory Screendance Workshop for local artists by leading Australian choreographer, educator and dance-filmmaker Sue Healey was held on 2 August.
The inaugural biennale International Workshop Festival of Theatre ran from 6 August until 14 November, featuring a series of workshops, public lectures, artist dialogues and an online archive for theatre practitioners.
The monthly Freespace Happening series were launched on 9 August. Working in close partnership with Youth Outreach, the Authority staged an array of dynamic programmes including music performances, sports, street performances, workshops and handicraft stalls. The series took place on the second Sunday of each month in the Nursery Park from August 2015 to March 2016.
The fifth episode of the Xiqu Centre Seminar Series, ‘New Thinking on the Development of Chuanju’, was held on 22 August. It featured a dialogue between Shen Tiemei, renowned Chuanju artist and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Theatre Association, and Dr Fredric Mao, the Chair of the School of Chinese Opera at HKAPA.
On 26 September, the main construction works contract of the M+ building was signed with Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd. for commencement in early October.
French choreographer Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh hosted New Works Forum: Writing Choreographic Process for a group of local dance professionals to explore and research the relationship of the body and the voice. The five-day workshop was held from 28 September to 2 October.
On 5 October, the Authority announced that Dr Lars Nittve would be standing down as Executive Director of M+ upon completion of his current contract in January 2016.
The Culture Mixer Workshop took place on 10 October, offering 130 senior secondary students the opportunity to have dialogue with artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs.
New Works Forum: Dance Dialogue with Wayne McGregor, co-presented by the Authority and the British Council from 14 to 17 October, provided an opportunity for face-to-face artistic exchange with world-renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor. A public forum then took place on 17 October where McGregor shared some of the interdisciplinary collaborative research he conducted with cognitive scientists.
The Xiqu Cultural Exchange Programme sent a delegation of 12 young local Cantonese opera artists to Chongqing from 19 to 24 October, where they were offered training and exchange sessions led by Shen Tiemei, President of the Chongqing Chuan Theatre.
On 9 November, the WKCDA Board approved the incorporation of M Plus Museum Limited; the establishment of the M+ Collections Trust; and the M+ Public Art and Design Policy.
The M+ Pavilion was officially ‘topped out’ on 10 November.
On 16 November, M+ and Design Trust announced the recipients of the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2016:
Joseph Grima and the team of Daniel Cooper and Juliana Kei.
The inaugural M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow, Ling Fan, concluded his term by presenting his research results at the talk ‘Power, Economics, and Urban Forms: How Hong Kong Helped Shape Beijing and the Contemporary Chinese City’ on 24 November.
On 27 November, the Authority announced the open recruitment of young Hong Kong actors for the continuation of the Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera series in August 2016 and February 2017 respectively.
The construction of the M+ building took a major step forward as WKCDA Chief Executive Officer Duncan Pescod and other officiating guests filled an acrylic box shaped like the M+ logo with sand during a ceremony on 9 December. The act signified the commencement of the museum building’s superstructure works.
Over 17 days from 4 to 20 December, Mobile M+: Live Art brought more than six cross-disciplinary public performance art events and three exhibitions to various locations, covering an exciting range of contemporary practices and forms of public engagement.
Freespace Happening series programmes were increased to twice a month in support of the Government’s Appreciate Hong Kong public participation campaign.
The WKCDA Board announced the re-appointment of existing co-opted members and the appointment of two new co-opted members to its committees and subcommittee till 31 December 2016.
On 13 January, the WKCDA awarded foundation works contract for LTC and surrounding basement below Artist Square and commenced works on site.
M+ Screenings: Visible Places showcased a diverse range of moving image works from 15 to 17 January, presenting works by 13 artists and filmmakers from Hong Kong and around the world.
M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art took place in its home of Hong Kong from 23 February to 5 April. The exhibition tracked the development of Chinese contemporary art through a selection from the magnificent M+ Sigg Collection.
Weighing approximately 2,400 tonnes, the Xiqu Centre main theatre’s steel roof structure with fly tower was successfully lifted to its final position at the top of the building’s mega columns. The work was carried out in two phases on 15 January and 24 February.
On 26 and 27 February, the Authority presented an innovative double bill of genre-twisting contemporary productions: The Ghost Seller by the GuoGuang Opera Company from Taiwan, and His Butterflies (Version 80) by the Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop from Hong Kong.
From 28 February to 29 March, the Authority presented Someone Else (Hong Kong Version), an ‘autoteatro’ show performed in collaboration with acclaimed British theatre maker Ant Hampton and local theatre company Cinematic Theatre.
M+ Rover: Travelling Creative Studio, the first major school outreach programme organised by M+, toured to 43 schools and completed 13 community visits between March and July 2016.
On 2 March, M+ presented a special screening of six rarely seen moving image works from the 1960s and 1970s by renowned Taiwanese artists and filmmakers Chen Yao-chi and Chang Chao-tang.
The Authority announced the re-appointment of the Chairman and 12 existing members as well as the appointment of four new members to its Consultation Panel till 28 February 2017.
A simple ground-breaking ceremony was held on 4 March to mark the commencement of the foundation works for LTC and the surrounding basement below Artist Square.
On 7 March, the Xiqu Centre announced that it would sign a Letter of Intent with the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas to establish a long-term partnership covering professional and operational exchanges as well as collaboration on artistic development.
Held in conjunction with the M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibition, M+ Screenings: Forty Years took place from 11 to 13 March to examine the evolution of Chinese contemporary art over the last four decades through eight rarely seen moving image works.
M+ Matters: Confronting Activist Art and Design from a Museological Perspective was held on 21 March to examine creative practices arising from acts of civil disobedience and movements for social change, as well as the challenges and opportunities they present for collection-based museums of visual culture.
On 22 March, the WKCDA announced the appointment of William Chan as new Chief Operating Officer with effect from 4 July 2016.
The Public Infrastructure Works for an at-grade road, water supply systems, drainage and sewerage works launched with a traditional roast pig-cutting ceremony on 30 March.
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