Screening and Discussion series: Nine productions from Jan Pappelbaum

Led by “What Is Stage” curator and theatre director Edward Lam, this screening and discussion series offers participants the chance to watch and analyse nine Schaubühne Berlin productions featuring the scenography of Jan Pappelbaum, and explore the relationship between text and set design.

To gain a deeper understanding of Pappelbaum’s creative practice, and interaction between design and text, participants are also required to attend at least three workshops series led by his colleague at the Schaubühne, Florian Borchmeyer, Head of Dramaturgy. These workshops are organised as part of our “Creation for Freespace: Dramaturgy and Beyond”, co-presented by West Kowloon and The School of Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, exploring the work, role and function of a dramaturg, and how dramaturgs and artists work together in contemporary performing arts productions. 

Screening and Discussion Series




Screening Title

4 Jul (Wed)




5 Jul (Thu)


Screening and Discussion

An Enemy of the People (2012)
(2 hrs 31 mins)


Screening and Discussion

Professor Bernhardi (2016)
(2 hrs 52 mins)

6 Jul (Fri) 


Screening and Discussion

Richard III (2015)
(2 hrs 40 mins)

7 Jul (Sat)


Screening and Discussion

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2006)
(1 hr 57 mins)


Screening and Discussion

Hamlet (2008)
(2 hrs 34 mins)

8 Jul (Sun)


Screening and Discussion

Heddar Gabler (2005)
(2 hrs)


Screening and Discussion

Nora (2002)

(2 hrs 5 mins)

9 Jul (Mon)

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Screening and Discussion

Zerbombt (2005)
(1 hr 54 mins)


Screening and Discussion

Unter Eis (2004)
(1 hr 27 mins)

10 Jul (Tue)


Closing discussion


Dramaturgy Workshop



Discussion Topic

11 Jul (Wed)


An Enemy of the People (2012)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Professor Bernhardi (2016)

12 Jul (Thu) 


Richard III (2015)

4 to 12 July 2018 (Wednesday to Thursday)

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

“What is Stage” Screening and Discussion series: Edward Lam
“Dramaturgy and Beyond” Screening and Workshop series: Florian BorchmeyerJanice Poon

“What is Stage” Screening and Discussion series: Conducted in Cantonese and supplemented in Mandarin
“Dramaturgy and Beyond” Screening and Workshop series: Conducted in English

Target participants:

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

Number of participants:

Workshop fee:

Workshop application: 
Participants will be selected according to the information submitted on the application form. Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions on or before 22 June 2018.

Application deadline:
15 June 2018

Mr Yu: (852) 2200 0804,

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

Overseas participants must shoulder their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Adverse weather arrangements:
The workshop will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event.

About Speakers:

Edward Lam
Artistic Director, Edward Lam Dance Theatre

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 58 original works. 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, and in 2017 for What is Sex. Lam was give the Artist of the Year (Theatre) award by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2017. His latest work, Why We Chat will re-run in Hong Kong in June 2018.

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.

Florian Borchmeyer
Head of Dramaturgy, Schaubühne Berlin

Florian Borchmeyer was born in 1974 in Wasserburg am Inn, Germany. He has worked as a dramaturg since 2011, and was appointed head of dramaturgy at the Schaubühne Berlin in 2013. Borchmeyer studied literature in Berlin, Havana and Paris, and in 2006 he received a doctorate in philosophy with a graduate thesis on the history of the discovery of America. In the same year, his documentary movie Habana – Arte nuevo de hacer ruinas (Havana – The new art of making ruins) was recognised at the Bavarian Film Prize (Bayerische Filmpreis). Borchmeyer continues to work as a filmmaker and as a literature critic for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He also curates the international programme at the Filmfest Munich. 

Janice Poon
Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Janice POON is Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator at School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a veteran theatre artist and cultural practitioner engaged in cross disciplinary playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, curating and theatre making focusing on play development and text-based cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural theatre making. Her works are loaded with humanity concern in socio-political situations and has been recognised with the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship. Devoted to cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the international theatre scene, she has been a resident artist at The Lark Play Development Center in New York and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, and is also a frequent speaker and facilitator at international theatre conferences and festivals. Her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the US, China and other regions in Asia. And Then, I Float (2013) was awarded four major awards, nominated for the best play award at the Hong Hong Theatre Libre, and also invited as part of a cultural exchange project at the Schillertage festival in Mannheim, Germany (2015); Small Waisted (2016) won the Multi-cultural Short Plays Competition organised by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.