Part of the Future of Performance series, the experimental participatory experience A Thousand Plateaus transforms the audience into central participants in a co-created exploration of sensory perception and identity.

Integrating virtual and real onsite stories and experiences, and presented without live actors, this original production pushes the bounds of theatre and performance, and delves deep into the hybrid realm of digital, fantasy and real-world reality.

Devised by an all-woman creative team – independent filmmaker Rita Hui, dancer Wong Pik-kei and visual artist Wong Ka-ying – A Thousand Plateaus features real-life stories about identity, gender, relationships and lust, each existing outside the mainstream social narrative and each told by the protagonists through various sensory forms. As audience-participants move freely around the site, they experience these stories in various ways, shifting back and forth between virtual and real-world perception. The experience is expanded with VR imagery, audio and musical soundscapes, on-site instructions, physical interaction and sharing.

Notes on the production
The production does not feature live actors or live performances and requires active participation by audience-participants. There are two sections of audience-participants, each experiencing a different sensory journey within the same site: one section use VR devices, the other section participate through alternative media. Both sections interact to co-create the final experience. Please note the audience-participant section when you purchase your ticket and read the remarks below.

Artistic concept
A Thousand Plateaus was inspired by the work of French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari, and dramatist Artaud’s concept of “a body without organs” – the notion that a body unbound by conventional norms and manipulation is able to tap into a vast reservoir of freedoms and desires and generate an infinite flow of potentialities.

When you have made a man a body without organs, you have delivered him from automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom.
── Antonin Artaud, French dramatist

About the Future of Performance series
In 2020, Freespace commissioned three teams of young local artists to explore the future of contemporary theatre and performance through innovative new creations. These collaborations evolved into three new works that will be presented during the 2021/2022 season.

Language:
In Cantonese with no surtitles

Creative Team:
Co-creators: Rita Hui, Wong Pik-kei, Wong Ka-ying
Space Design: Melody Yiu
Sound Design: Jasper Fung
Sound System Design: AK Kan
Lighting Design: Denzel Yung^
Video: Etienne Leung
Virtual Reality Production: Hugo Yeung Ming-him, Angus Seung Kiu-fung (IOIO CREATIVE)
Researchers: Joris Wu, Maurice Yim*
Co-ordinator: Meredith Wong*
Producer: Bobo Lee*

*Staff of West Kowloon Cultural District
^With the kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Date and Time:
15 and 21 August 2021 (Sunday and Saturday)
3:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm and 9:00pm

18–20 August 2021 (Wednesday–Friday)
7:15pm and 9:00pm

22 August 2021 (Sunday)
3:00pm, 4:45pm and 7:15pm*

Approximately 1 hour without intermission
*Includes meet-the-artists session

An online post-event public talk will take place in September. For details, please visit the West Kowloon Cultural District and Freespace Facebook pages.

Venue:
The Box, Freespace,
Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Tickets:
Group Sensory ticket (without VR experience): $260
Personal Sensory ticket (with VR experience): $320

Concessions:
Concessions for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, wheelchair users and a companion and full-time students. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission. Concessions are available on a first come, first served basis.
Group Sensory ticket (without VR experience): $140
Personal Sensory ticket (with VR experience): $180

Remarks:

  • This event requires audience participation.
  • It is open to adults aged 18 or above only.
  • The event is conducted in Cantonese with no surtitles.
  • There are two types of tickets: Personal Sensory ticket (with VR experience) and Group Sensory ticket (without VR experience).
  • All audiences are required to arrive 20 minutes before the start of the event for briefing and set up.
  • The event will commence after the briefing. Latecomers will not be admitted after the event starts.
  • Some people may experience dizziness, nausea or anxiety when using a VR device. Please evaluate your own physical condition before purchasing a Personal Sensory ticket. (The VR experience is not recommended for people with heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy or other serious diseases.)
  • If you feel discomfort during the VR experience, please inform our on-site staff immediately.
  • Free seating. Audience-participants will also be able to move around inside the venue.
  • People with disabilities, wheelchair users and those with accessibility needs are welcome to contact our ticketing personnel directly to discuss access services and recommendations.

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022, ticketinfo@wkcda.hk

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 event will be cancelled.

Presented by Freespace

Tickets available from 17 July 2021 (Saturday) at 10:00am.

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