The seeds for Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody were sown in 2015 during an encounter between Tang Shu-wing, Artistic Director of Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio in Hong Kong, and Barcelona based dramaturg and anthropologist Enrique Vargas, the Founder and Artistic Director of Teatro de losSentidos. The meeting, a workshop organised by the West Kowloon, created a desire to collaborate on a work based on an investigation of the human conditions through the intersection of physicality and the senses; a work that also embraces uncharted connections between non-linear and non-coherent images and narratives, and emphasises the importance of triggering the imagination of the audience, as Schopenhauer states: letting the viewers complete the last part of their aesthetic journey.

Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody is based on Sunzi’s The Art of War, an ancient treatise on military tactics from around the 5th century BC, a time when a number of states in China were in conflict, and a text both Tang and Vargas were drawn to given the absurdities and contradictions of contemporary world we live in. Struggle is a constant part of our existence; from the battles we encounter navigating our relationships with the people around us, to wars between nations, and our own internal struggles. Freely inspired by ten major tactics outlined in the classic text, the work delves into the thinking behind these strategies, and reflects on their relevance to situations we face in our everyday lives.

Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody is also a collaboration between two cities – Hong Kong and Barcelona – that both exhibit similar shifts in the political and cultural landscapes.

Our Death Won’t Hurt Anybody – Freely inspired by the Art of War by Sunzi (Part 1) is co-commissioned by the GREC Festival de Barcelona and the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, and is a collaboration between Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio and Teatro de los Sentidos. After the premier in Barcelona, the show will be back in Freespace of West Kowloon in 2019.

Special thanks to Mr Hon Chi Fun, Ms Mavis Lam, Ms Hwei-Ru Ni, Mr Len Tsou, Mr Frankie Chan and School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 

Artistic & Production Team

Director & Dramaturg: Tang Shu-wing
Adviser & Teaching: Enrique Vargas (Artistic Director of Teatro de los Sentidos)
Associate Director: Arianna Marano
Performers:
 Jane Chan, Stephane Laidet, Arianna Marano, Ivy Pang, Eva Perez, Giovanna Pezzullo, Enrique Vargas, Wong Chun Him, Masu Wong, Rocky Wong
Assistant to Director: Jacky Chan
ScenographerGabriella Salvaterra
Lighting Design: Pancho Garcia
Costume Design: Patrizia Menichelli
Sound & Music Design: Stephane Laidet
Technical Director: Karl Sørensen
Stage Manager: Fanny Lo
Production Assistant: Lisa Mercury
Seamstress: Patra Ariño
Costume Assistant: Victoria Cretenze
Set Production: David Batignani
Video Design: Ella Productions 
Video Documentation: Milo de Prieto 
Student in Practicum: Paula Pascual de la Torre
Producers: Bobo Lee, Carlos Calvo

 

 

Dates:
6–8 July 2018 (Friday–Sunday)

Time:
6:00pm (GMT+2)

Venue:
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona

Language:
Spanish, Catalan, French, Italian , English and Cantonese with Catalan surtitles

Ticket:
18€ 

Remarks:

  • The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the show and performers.
  • Interaction time with the audiences is included as part of the 270-minute show.
  • Please arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the show starts.

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Tang Shu-wing
Director, Dramaturg

Former Dean of the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Tang Shu-wing is a renowned theatre director and educator in Hong Kong. He has received training of acting in l’Ecole de la Belle de Mai and his Maîtrise Diplôme in Theatre Studies from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is the Artistic Director of Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, an Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hong Kong Dance Company, a member of the Consultation Panel of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee. Tang sees theatre as a way to experience life through self-discovery where the Actor’s body is the primary means of expression of theatrical arts. He is renowned for interpreting dramatic texts with a minimalist aesthetics. He has been dubbed by the media as “Alchemist of Minimalism” and “one of the most talented theatre directors in Hong Kong”. Tang has directed over 50 productions of stage works including drama, dance-theatre and opera, of which Titus Andronicus, Titus Andronicus 2.0, Thunderstorm, Macbeth, Datong, Antigone, Peach Blossom Fan and Les Contes d’Hoffmann are his essential works of late, and which have all been toured to many cities. Tang’s major awards include three-time Best Director in Hong Kong Drama Awards, l’Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Award for Arts Achievement (Drama) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service Award, Outstanding Achievement in Direction for Dance of Hong Kong Dance Awards, Best Artist of the Year Award (Drama) of Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2013), Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Lingnan University of Hong Kong.

Arianna Marano
Associate Director, Performer  

Arianna Marano has been a member of Teatro de los Sentidos since 1999, being a co-creator of its shows created from this year on. Originally trained as an actress and dancer studying in Paolo Grassi Academy based in Milan she started her career in 1987 with Dario Fo's theatre company. Since 2003 she is working as” clown doctor” in different hospitals in Italy fo Theodora onlus foundation. Simultaneously, she has been directing “Chapiteau” a nice tiny show for children, she has been collaborating with Anna Ruchat and the suisse tv as voice in documentary and with Kidzdream project

 

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