Hong Kong New Music Ensemble: Contain

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble: Contain

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble: Contain

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble: Contain

Freespace The Box


A multimedia experience combining live music, video and installation (Hong Kong premiere)


The shipping route between Hong Kong and Hamburg is one of the busiest in the world. Every year, thousands of containers get lost, floating in the seas … 


The cross-disciplinary collaboration Contain is a multimedia experience combining live musical performance, video and installation. The Hong Kong version of this international co-production brings together new pieces by Berlin-based composer Simon James Phillips, works by artist Samson Young, and other stimulating live performances by soloists of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.


Developed over the course of four years, and inspired by the busy shipping routes connecting transcontinental sea ports like Hamburg and Hong Kong, the work explores shifting cultural identities and notions of in-betweenness – and draws the audience into floating states of disorientation through an interactive acoustic, visual and spatial experience. 


On 3 and 4 September (Saturday and Sunday) the performance is accompanied by two free afternoon Sonic Encounter sessions in The Room. Curated by Freespace, and performed by Hong Kong-based avant-garde musicians, the improvisation sessions showcase the dynamic possibilities of sounds on Eurorack. 


Various stages of Contain have been made possible with the kind support of the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme (Hong Kong), Goethe Institute International Coproduction Fund (Germany), Radialsystem (Germany) and Kulturstiftung des Bundes (Germany).


Performers: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble
Artistic Team: Amy Chan, Nathalie Cheung (Drama COLLABoratory)
Artist: Samson Young

Remote contribution from Germany:
Performer: Ensemble Resonanz
Composer: Simon James Phillips
Concert designer and videographer: Folkert Uhde
Dramaturg: Elisa Erkelenz


Co-presented by:
Freespace and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble


Supported by:

Goethe Institut

with the support of the International Coproduction Fund of the Goethe-Institut



Supported by Radial Stiftung and Ensemble Resonanz


Kulturstiftung des Bundes



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