【Hong Kong Arts Centre】participates in the Setouchi Triennale 2019 Fukutake House Asia Art Platform–Déjà Vu | the Living Heritage
Summer—19 July-25 Aug, 2019

Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) participates in Setouchi Triennale for the third time at Fukutake House Asia Art Platform to conduct cross-cultural dialogues with Asian art partners, international artists and visitors, and explore issues such as identity and globalization, by means of multidisciplinary collaborations in contemporary arts, on the island of Shodoshima.

Setouchi Triennale 2019
The Setouchi Triennale takes place in the picturesque setting of the Seto Inland Sea. Its theme is the Restoration of the Sea, and it aims to revitalize the island communities that once thrived in this beautiful natural environment and to transform the region into a Sea of Hope. The Seto Inland Sea has been a vital transportation route since ancient times. Ships plying its waters stopped at different islands where their crew passed along the latest cultural and lifestyle trends. The distinctive local cultures that emerged through such interactions can still be found today.

Déjà Vu | the Living Heritage
In this edition, the showcase takes the title Déjà Vu | the Living Heritage, with special focus made on the exchange of discourse on “intangible cultural heritage” (ICH), in which HKAC’s presentation will feature Hong Kong costume designer Ms. Mandy Tam, who will combine Chinese traditional costume with local culture of Shodoshima in her stage-set installation artwork; Hong Kong choreographer, Mr. Hugh Cho and the TS Crew, will deliver the on-the-spot performing art production of acrobats, kung-fu and dance; Hong Kong Art School alumni, Lit Wing-hung and Chung Siu-fung will support the production of installation and performance, and share their experience learnt from “Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme” in this project. All participating artists will exchange their artistic ideas with the local residents of Fukuta area through residency programmes and workshops. The project is aimed at recollecting ICH as the crystallisation of valuable human experience that connects with the past, the identity, and more importantly, the accumulative wisdom in problem-solving, aestheticism and sensibility about the nature, so as to shed new insights for future creativity and innovations.

Ms. Connie Lam, Executive Director of the HKAC, said, “Over the past few years of exploration, HKAC has gradually developed a new direction of fostering contemporary arts and culture by means of the promotion of ICH with emphasis on the connection between creativity and cultural inheritance. With the funding support of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Hong Kong Art School has launched the 4.5-year Jockey Club ICH+ - Innovative Heritage Education for Youth in 2018; and this year, our participation in Setouchi Triennale will follow the same spirit and consolidate our effort and determination in bringing out the value of ICH through contemporary art forms, and to turn ‘ICH’ into the revitalised ‘ICH+’ which is relevant to our daily life.

Setouchi Triennale 2019–Déjà Vu | the Living Heritage
Date: Summer—19 July-25 Aug, 2019
Opening Hours: 11:00-17:00 (Performance Day: 21 July, 2019 17:00-19:00)
Venue: FUKUTAKE HOUSE, Fukuda, Shodoshima, Kagawa, JAPAN
Co-presented By: Fukutake Foundation, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Supported By: Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo), Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ticket Price: 
Advance ticket JPY 2,000
Regular ticket JPY 2,500
Discount for Setouchi Triennale 2019 Passport Holder JPY 2,300
※Admission free for under 15 years old


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About the Featured Artists:
TAM Mandy Ka-yee
Tam obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Set and Costume Design from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1998, and her Master degree in Intercultural Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She became freelancing straight after graduation.  Tam has designed for more than fifteen productions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Berlin, Canada, British, Macau, New York and Singapore. Her experience in costume design encompasses Chinese and Western opera, dance, drama, musical and physical theatre.  In 2004 and 2015, she won the “Best Costume Award” from the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies, and was part of the team representing Hong Kong with the work 'Dream of the West Chamber' in 2007 Prague Quadrennial. In 2008, she went on a one-year study trip to New York funded by a scholarship from the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council.

CHO Hugh Tak-po
Cho graduated from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance. He is the co-founder of the TS Studio, and the Artistic Director of TS Crew. Starting as a street dancer with years of practices in Capoeira and Cantonese Opera acrobats, Cho created his own style of choreography. In 2010-2014, Cho was the Resident Artist of Unlock Dancing Plaza. His work Made in Hong Kong has performed in numerous cities in Asia, and in 2016, he also made his performance in Tanzmesse, Germany. His solo work about Bruce Lee's martial art philosophy was premiered in 2017, and was chosen to be one of the best premiers of the year by Europe Dance Magazine. In 2018, Cho developed the piece into a group work, and was invited to perform in different countries in Asia, including Korea, Japan, Beijing and Taiwan. Oh! Million Fist!, which was choreographed, performed and directed by CHO, was screened in the Clermont-Ferrand’s Short Film Festival in 2018, and awarded by International Performing Arts & Movie Awards (IPAMA) with Special Mention Award in the same year.

LIT Wing-hung
Lit has completed her Higher Diploma in Fine Art in the Hong Kong Art School in 2016, and received her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) in the RMIT University in 2018, majoring in Sculpture. Lit has participated in the Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme in 2018/2019 with special focus on cheongsam making.  Lit’s works are usually in forms of mixed media sculpture and installations. Combining personal life experiences, physical limitations, and worldwide social and news events, Lit’s artworks reflect her observation in her everyday life, through which she expresses her confrontation with dissatisfaction against unfairness in a humorous way.

CHUNG Siu-fung
Chung is currently majoring in sculpture at Bachelor of Fine Arts in the RMIT University, and has completed the Higher Diploma of Fine Art in the Hong Kong Art School in 2015. Chung has participated in the Jockey Club ICH+ Innovative Heritage Education Programme in 2018/2019, with special focus on paper-cutting technique. Chung believes that art is a language that can be developed into unique conversations. Through art, he hopes to reflect the social issues and make one’s life more interesting. Chung likes to create works in forms of carving and shaping, with natural materials such as wood and mud as the mediums.

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