“What Is Stage: Dynamics of Seeing”– Screening and Discussion: 11 productions from Jan Versweyveld

The second event of the “What Is Stage” series is a programme of Screening and Discussion. The screenings offer participants the chance to see 11 theatre productions featuring the scenography of Jan Versweyveld, Head of Design & Photography at Toneelgroep Amsterdam and to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary European concepts of scenography and the use of space. The 11 productions are grouped into three sessions:

  • Session 1: The Human Voice, The Other Voice, Song From Far Away, A View from the Bridge
  • Session 2: Antonioni Project, Cries and Whispers, The Fountainhead 
  • Session 3: Scenes from a Marriage, Roman Tragedies, The Damned, Kings of War

In Sessions 1 and 2, each workshop consists of a screening followed by a discussion. In Session 3, the screening and discussion take place over two days, due to the length of the films.

Target participants:

  • Theatre professionals, including stage directors, choreographers, playwrights, stage designers, multimedia designers, producers, production managers, performing arts critics, interdisciplinary professionals, etc
  • Students of performing arts, theatre and entertainment arts, visual arts, visual communication, architecture, performance studies, etc
  • Those who have basic knowledge in stage design and production, and aspire to work in the theatre industry

29 July (Sat) to 12 August (Sat) 2017


Session Date Time Content Production Title
1 29 Jul (Sat) 2:00–5:00pm Workshop Introduction  
1 31 Jul (Mon)  2:00–6:00pm Screening and Discussion The Human Voice  (2009)
(1hr 15min)
7:00–11:00pm Screening and Discussion  The Other Voice  (2016)
(1hr 15min)
1 1 Aug (Tue)  2:00–6:00pm Screening and Discussion Song From Far Away (2015)
(1hr 20min)
7:00-11:00pm Screening and Discussion A View From the Bridge (2015)
(1hr 55min)
2 2 Aug (Wed) 2:00–8:00pm Screening and Discussion  Antonioni Project (2009)
(2hr 30min)
2 3 Aug (Thu) 7:00-11:00pm Screening and Discussion Cries and Whispers (2009)
(1hr 40min)
4 Aug (Fri)  2:00–6:00pm Screening The Fountainhead (2014)
7:00-11:00pm Discussion The Foundtainhead (2014) 
3 7 Aug (Mon) 1:00–9:00pm Screening and Discussion Scenes from a Marriage (2005)
(3hr 40min)
3 8 Aug (Tue) 2:00–8:00pm Screening Roman Tragedies (2006)
(5hr 30min)
3 9 Aug (Wed) 2:00–8:00pm Discussion Roman Tragedies (2006)
3 10 Aug (Thu) 2:00–8:00pm Screening and Discussion The Damned (2016)
(2hr 20min)
3 11 Aug (Fri) 1:00-6:00pm Screening  Kings of War (2015)
(4hr 20min)
3 12 Aug (Sat) 2:00–6:00pm Discussion Kings of War (2015)

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

Edward Lam

Conducted in Cantonese and supplemented in Mandarin.

Number of Participants:

Workshop Fee:

Participants will be selected by their submitted profiles and application form. As quota is limited, please submit your application before 3 July 2017. Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions on or before 17 July 2017.

Mr Yau: (852) 2200 0091, 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.

Adverse Weather Arrangement:

The workshop will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no.8 or above is still in force 3 hours before the event starts. 

About the Speaker

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.