Songs of Portrait
NERVE x Cheuk Cheung 卓翔 x Mak Su-yin 麥淑賢
Documentary on screen and stage:
A hybrid of cinematic and operatic forms
Yang Yang 楊陽 / Hikaru Uzawa 鵜澤光 / Olivia Salvadori
Kunqu 崑曲 // Noh 能劇 // Opera 歌劇
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Premiered in Hong Kong in 2018, Songs of Portrait takes the concept of “documentation” as its starting point. Through different interactions between screen and stage, Chinese Kunqu actor Yang Yang, Japanese Noh actor Hikaru Uzawa and contemporary operatic vocalist Olivia Salvadori explore the struggles and challenges they face as artists: the gaps between ideals and reality, the conflicts between tradition and individuality, the blurring of boundaries between role and actor.
Our forms of documentation extend from film to live performance on stage. The music is also a cross-cultural generic hybrid that merges classical and avant-garde, melody and noise, and set pieces and improvisation. From Kun singing to Noh chanting, from Puccini arias to vaporwave — the three artists shuffle between their personal lives and classical works to explore their relationships with performance art through dialogue between their real and fictive selves. Beneath the camera and above the stage, they bring the audience with them as they break the boundaries between Eastern and Western traditional operatic forms, documentary film and contemporary theatre, and invent a brand-new form of hybrid performance.
《肖像曲》 於2018年香港首演，以「紀錄」的概念為出發點。中國崑劇藝術家楊陽、日本能劇藝術家鵜澤光及當代聲樂藝術家Olivia Salvadori透過螢幕和舞台間種種不同形式的互動，述説他/她們面對的掙扎和挑戰：理想與現實間的分歧、承傳與個人間的矛盾、角色與演員間的模糊。
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Performance in English, Japanese and Putonghua, with partial subtitles in Chinese and English.
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Curated & Produced by 策劃及製作：
Film Production 影像製作:
A Priori Image 映像先驗
Financial Support 資助:
"Project ELSE" is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. This programme is part of "Project ELSE"
「Project ELSE」獲香港特別行政區政府「藝能發展資助計劃」的資助。本節目屬於「Project ELSE」計劃一部分
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
This new work is commissioned by orleanlaiproject in 2018 with partial sponsorship from CASH Music Fund.
此作品於2018年由orleanlaiproject 委約，部份費用由香港作曲家及作詞家協會轄下的「CASH音樂基金」贊助 。