This year’s “What Is Stage” series culminates with a five-day artist workshop. Led by acclaimed German stage designer, costume designer and art educator Anna Viebrock, the workshop offers twenty-five theatre practitioners the opportunity to talk with Viebrock in-depth about her experience and work in set design, costume design, directing and art education.

To simulate an authentic working experience, the workshop venue – The Room at Freespace – will be redecorated as a copy of Viebrock’s workshop in Vienna. During the five days, participants will accompany Anna Viebrock on field trips to various Hong Kong communities to take inspiration from everyday life. They will also be joined by a team of opera singers for a live coaching demonstration.

The workshops are co-hosted by “What is Stage” curators Edward Lam and Low Kee Hong.

Participants will be selected by the West Kowloon Theatre team and Edward Lam Dance Theatre from applicants attending the 2019 Screening and Discussion series.

22–26 September 2019 (Sunday to Thursday)

The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Anna Viebrock (Stage designer, costume designer, director and art educator, Germany)

Edward Lam (Artistic Director, Edward Lam Dance Theatre)
Low Kee Hong (Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon)


Number of participants:

Administrative fee:

Details to be announced during the Screening and Discussion series

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the workshop will be postponed until the following day.

Ms Siu (852) 2200 0804,

Anna Viebrock
Stage designer, costume designer, director and art educator, Germany

Anna Viebrock studied stage design at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her collaboration with Christoph Marthaler has taken her to Theater Basel, Volksbühne Berlin, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Frankfurt Opera, the Paris Opera, the Royal Theatre Madrid, the Vienna Festival, the Festival d’Avignon, as well as to the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals.

With Stefanie Carp and Christoph Marthaler, Viebrock directed the Zürich Playhouse from 2000 to 2004. Since 1994 she has been working with the direction team Jossi Wieler/Sergio Morabito on opera productions at the Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and the Stuttgart Opera, among others. She has also designed for director René Pollesch and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In 2017 Viebrock showed the exhibition “The Boat is Leaking, The Captain Lied” at the Fondazione Prada in Venice, which she designed in collaboration with Alexander Kluge, Thomas Demand and Udo Kittelmann.

She has been awarded “Stage Designer of the Year” and “Costume Designer of the Year” 16 times. In 1997 she was awarded the Hessian Cultural Prize by the State of Hesse. In 2004 she was awarded the Berlin Theatre Prize and in 2013 the Hein-Heckroth Prize. She was awarded the Zürich Festival Prize in 2015.

Since 2002, Anna Viebrock has also directed at the Staatsoper Hannover, the Bastille Opera House in Paris, the Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (HAU), the Schauspiel Köln, the Mannheim National Theatre, the Munich Biennale and the Schwetzinger Festival. Anna Viebrock is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Edward Lam
Artistic Director, Edward Lam Dance Theatre

Artistic Director and Theatre Director of Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Lam founded Zuni Icosahedron with friends in the early 1980s, and established Edward Lam Dance Theatre during his residence in London (1989 to 1995). Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, he has devoted himself to theatre and directed 58 original works. Lam was awarded Best Director at Modern Drama Valley’s One Drama Awards for his works Men and Women, War and Peace (2010), The Doppelgänger (2012), and What is Sex (2017), and was named Artist of the Year (Theatre) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2017. His musical theatre piece, Art School Musical (2014) has toured to over a dozen cities in Asia, and has its fourth rerun in Hong Kong at Freespace in October 2019.

Books of Lam’s collected essays include Waiting For Hong Kong, The Meaning Of Entertainment, Evil But Glamorous, My TV Dinner Years and Leading Ladies In The Mandarin Cinema. Who Is Afraid Of Edward Lam, Alexander Hsu’s analysis of Lam’s stage works from 2006 to 2015, was published by Performing Arts Review in Taiwan (2016).

Low Kee Hong
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Low is the Head of Theatre at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for Drama and Theatre Arts.

In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of several projects and programmes that engages in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation. Before joining West Kowloon, Low was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. He was also General Manager of the Singapore Biennale from 2005 to 2009.