The arts gala “Lingnan Arts Festival 2016” was held from 2 to 30 March, featuring a rich cornucopia of musical and cultural events on campus. Organised by the Faculty of Arts, this annual event provides an opportunity for teachers and students of the University and the public to experience the unique liberal arts atmosphere at Lingnan.
Opening Event of this year’s Lingnan Arts Festival on 3 March presented the Shakespearean Play – Titus Andronicus 2.0 performed by the Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio. Regarded as the goriest work of Shakespeare, it hailed as one of the most significant events of Hong Kong contemporary theatre for its First Run in 2009 and has been taken on tour to six cities in Europe and Asia. Director Tang Shu-wing took an audacious and ground-breaking approach in presenting the revenge classic of the Roman General Titus by story-telling in physical theatre with live music and body language. Another stage performance, Peking and Kun Opera Appreciation – Demo and Performance, was held on 30 March, with young actors of Jingkun Theatre presenting opera excerpts. Tang Yuen-ha, Artistic Director and Geng Tianyuan, Resident Director of Jingkun Theatre shared with audience the nature and characteristics of Jingkun opera.
Artist-in-Residence of Lingnan University Ms Mary Stephen, who collaborated with French New Wave master director Eric Rohmer for 25 years as his film editor and music-composer, gave the seminar “Film Editing Outside-the-box: Enhancing Storytelling in Unexpected Ways” on 11 March, who talked about filmmaking as story-telling, and proposed an impromptu freewheeling show-and-tell with excerpts from films she edited to encourage thinking outside-the-box. On the other hand, Lingnan Writer-in-Resident Ms Collier Nogues explored how poets move from an inspiring idea or feeling to a well-crafted, successful, dynamite poem at the “Creative Writing in English” workshop on 16 March.
Elements of Chinese and Western music were featured at the “Concerts@Lingnan - RTHK String Quartet Concert with Guest Sheng Soloist” and “Concerts@Lingnan - An Amercian Choral Journey: The Hong Kong Back Chamber Choir” were staged on 15 and 22 March respectively. The “Theatre & Life” Film Series, featuring two films of Before the Last Curtain Falls and The Walkers on 10 and 17 March respectively, with post-screening share by speakers with teachers and students.