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Theatre Ash and David Glass Ensemble have begun to research, develop, devise and produce a spectacular piece of physical, visual and verbatim theatre. The piece will express the extraordinary vitality of life and astronomical levels of overpopulation found within the Kowloon Walled City.
In 1994, with tears in her eyes, the nine-year-old Alice Cheung watched as her childhood home, the Kowloon Walled City was torn down and its residents sent to find new homes across Hong Kong and beyond. Alice went on to become a successful actress, world-class puppeteer and theatre maker.
Kowloon Walled City and Alice become the main characters in a piece of extraordinary physical and visual theatre piece about home and longing. Heartbreaking and hilarious, Theatre Ash brings together some of the finest talent in physical, dance and devised theatre from Hong Kong and beyond, to perform a heart-stopping elegy to a world long disappeared.
Theatre Ash’s Artistic Director Lok-Kan Cheung – who lived in Kowloon Walled City during her childhood – will collaborate with David Glass. Together they will develop the piece for a powerful six member ensemble of East Asian performers, including renowned and award-winning choreographer/dancer Martinus Miroto and Mui Cheuk-yin, and talented Hong Kong actor Chu Pak-Hong and dancer Max Lee. The team will be completed with award-winning theatre designer and hypnotic video artist Jinyao Lin, and a newly commissioned sound and music/percussion score composed by Alain Chiu.
City of Darkness will explode onto the international stage beginning with its premiere in Hong Kong in autumn 2018. With intense physicality combined with breathtaking visuals, the performance will be hilariously comic, touching and epically poetic – truly a theatre work for the 21st century.