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2017 HKAF Stereoptik - Dark Circus
Synopsis
MUSIC THEATRE | FRANCE

Dark Circus
Original Story: Pef
Creation and Performance: Romain Bermond & Jean-Baptiste Maillet

ASIAN PERMIERE

Come for the show, stay for the woe!

"Funny, poetic, intelligent …… "Time Out Paris ****

'A total pleasure ... filled with lyricism and freshness' Le Monde

'A full-on sensory experience …… it's heartfelt, technically bold and visually spectacular’ Plays To See, London

‘We only work with simple things that everyone has in their home; charcoal, pencils, felt-tip pens, paper and cardboard. Our shows are about creativity, which also belongs to childhood.’ Jean-Baptiste Maillet and Romain Bermond (STEREOPTIK)

Paper, ink, sand and silhouettes spring into being in the skilled hands of two talented visual artists. They draw and play music as they build a big-top universe, their striking creations projected onto a large screen. The amazing result is cinema without film, mixing arts and crafts simplicity with a poetic sensibility.

'Come for the show, stay for the woe!’ A sinister ringmaster invites the inhabitants of a gloomy city to his circus tent, where he presides over catastrophic acts. The trapeze artist plummets, the animal trainer is devoured, the human cannonball is lost in space… until a juggler releases the flash of colour everyone has been waiting for and suddenly the world is a brighter, happier place.

Born from the imagination of French illustrator Pef (author and illustrator of The Prince of Motordu), the fantastical story of Dark Circus is animated onstage by STEREOPTIK duo, Romain Bermond and Jean-Baptiste Maillet. They are at once illustrators, musicians, projectionists, shadow-puppeteers, cameramen and sound designers.

Surrounded by everyday drawing materials and a collection of musical instruments, they share the highly-skilled low-tech work that brings to life Dark Circus’ wondrous, cartoon-like apparitions. Accompanied by a whimsical electro-acoustic soundtrack, this feel-good show literally emerges before your eyes. You watch with childlike wonder, its appeal is impossible to resist.

Dark Circus was premiered at the 2015 Avignon Festival. It's first overseas performances were at the London International Mime Festival where it scored a hit with critics and public alike. Future tours are scheduled across Europe and the US in 2017. The HKAF performances mark the company's Asian debut. Don’t miss such unique celebration of creativity.


https://www.hk.artsfestival.org/
Start Sales Date
10 Dec 2016 (Sat) at 10am
Event Nature
Theatre
Programme Enquiry
2824 2430
Duration
Approx. 1 hour with no interval
Promoter Name
Hong Kong Arts Festival

The programme information is for reference only. The organiser reserves the right to change programme information or schedule should unavoidable circumstances dictate.
  • Marked Seating
  • Recommended for ages 7 or above
  • Regardless of age, each ticket admits one person only. A valid ticket must be presented for admission.
  • Latecomers will not be admitted.
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BUY TICKETS
Date & Time
23 Feb 2017 (Thu) at 8pm
24 Feb 2017 (Fri) at 8pm
25 Feb 2017 (Sat) at 3pm & 8pm
26 Feb 2017 (Sun) at 3pm
Venue
The Hong Kong Academy For Performing Arts, Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre
Ticket Pricing
Adult: $280 / $220 / $160
Local Full-Time Student with valid I.D. (limited quota): $140 / $110 / $80
Disabled (limited quota): $140 / $110 / $80
Wheelchair: $80

Remarks:
Each wheelchair patron can be accompanied by one minder.



Ticket price does not include customer service fee.
Concession ticket holders are required to present acceptable proof of identity / age for entry.
Seating Plan