“What Is Stage: Dynamics of Seeing”– Workshop on Jan Versweyveld’s Aesthetic of Scenography

The highlight of the “What Is Stage” series is a four-day workshop with renowned scenographer Jan Versweyveld, the Head of Design & Photography at Toneelgroep Amsterdam.  From 3 to 6 September, participants can exchange ideas, discuss the works and explore the possibilities of space and time design with Jan Versweyveld exclusively.

To ensure an in-depth level of discussion, participants should have extensive knowledge of Versweyveld’s work. Interested applicants are required to attend a minimum number of Screening and Discussion as below. Twenty-five participants will be selected by the West Kowloon Culture District and Edward Lam Dance Theatre.

Required Screening and Discussion attendance:

  • At least two screenings/discussions from Session 1, as well as
  • At least two screenings/discussions from Session 2, and
  • At least two screenings/discussions from Session 3

Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to attend all screenings if possible. Due to copyright arrangements, no other viewings will be provided.

3-6 September 2017 (Sunday to Wednesday)

2:00pm – 6:00pm

Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Rd, Wan Chai)

Jan Versweyveld

More speakers to be announced

Low Kee Hong (Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon)


Edward Lam

Conducted in English

Number of Participants:

Details will be announced at Screening and Discussion

Ms Lam: (852) 2200 0804, pa1@wkcda.hk

The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speaker. All changes will be announced on the website.

Oversea participants must shoulder their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Inclement Weather Arrangement:

If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no.8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts, the workshop will be cancelled and postponed to the following day. For enquiries, please contact Ms Lam (9am - 6pm) at 2200 0804.

About the Speaker

Jan Versweyveld

Scenographer and lighting designer Jan Versweyveld trained at the Sint-Lucas Institute in Brussels and at the Royal Academy in Antwerp. In 1990, he became the regular scenographer of the Zuidelijk Toneel theatre group, and in 2001 he joined Toneelgroep Amsterdam as head of scenography and regular designer and photographer. He has worked on numerous productions including dance and opera.

Awards include the Bessie Award in New York for his scenography for Drumming Live, the Obie Award for Hedda Gabler, and the Prosceniumprijs and the Amsterdam Prize for Art for collaborations with Ivo van Hove. His scenography for Scenes from a Marriage at the New Theatre Workshop was recognised with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Scenic Design. He won the Knight of Illumination 2016 Award for his lighting design of Song from Far Away

Jan has been a guest lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and is one of the co-founders of the scenography training programme in Antwerp.

About the Moderator

Low Kee Hong (Hong Kong)
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, WKCDA

Low Kee Hong is the Head of Theatre of 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, Kee Hong has overseen the launch and co-presentation of several projects, including the outdoor arts event series “Freespace Happening” and the world-wide exchange programme “International Workshop Festival of Theatre” – projects that have stimulated new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation.

Before joining West Kowloon, Kee Hong was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. During that time, one of his key initiatives was the launch of “com.mune”, a year-long education and outreach programme designed to sustain the festival’s engagement with the public beyond individual shows. Kee Hong was also General Manager of the Singapore Biennale.

About the Co-moderator

Edward Lam

Artistic Director and Theatre Director of Edward Lam Dance Theatre. He 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 57 original works. His most recent work, Finding Loveless Land, premiered in Hong Kong in 2017. Lam was awarded the Best Director in Modern Drama Valley’s One Drama Award in 2010 for his work Men and Women, War and Peace, and in 2012 for The Doppelgänger.

Recent books include Leading Ladies of the Mandarin Cinema (2014), and his first book on directing, Who is Afraid of Edward Lam, published by Performing Arts Review in Taiwan in 2016.