(Hong Kong, 18 December 2019) The Hong Kong Arts Festival and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust are pleased to announce details of the second edition of “No Limits”, to be held in February and March 2020, inviting Hong Kong audiences to experience performances by international and local artists of different abilities that defy constraints and boundaries.
Art is not bound by one’s ability, but limited only by one’s imagination. Between 20 February and 28 March next year, “No Limits” features ten extraordinary programmes across different genres, performed by local and international artists who excel in their respective art forms regardless of different abilities. In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, 2020 “No Limits” officially opens with “9”, a thought-provoking dance piece by award-winning Canadian choreographer Hélène Blackburn and co-produced by Cas Public and Kopergietery. The programme line-up also spotlights another dance work, “Descent” by Kinetic Light, where dancers in wheelchairs take flight in a re-imagining of the romance between two Greek Goddesses in Rodin’s sculpture “Toilette of Venus and Andromeda”. A showcase of heart-stirring beauty, “A Journey Too Short” is a concert featuring over 25 beautiful hymns created mostly by disabled writers and composers such as Fanny Crosby, and performed by professional local musicians and a choir of visually impaired students. The first-ever ensemble for world-class musicians of disability, The British Paraorchestra creates a total, immersive and playful performance space for “In C” by Terry Riley and “The Nature of Why” that also features dancers and HKAPA string players.
2020 “No Limits” performances will take place not only on the theatre stage but in public spaces in and around Hong Kong, bringing the message of inclusiveness right into our communities. Five programmes are presented free of charge to audiences: British theatre Graeae’s adaptation of Ted Hughes’s novel, “The Iron Man” is brought to life through a colossal 5-metre high iron puppet. Featuring a marimba player with Down syndrome and exceptional talent, Sayuri Shirai, Sayuri Trio performs two Family Concerts and one Classical and Jazz Concert. A group of multi-national break dancers, ILL-Abilities presents “No Limits Concept Battle” and “Dis-Connect” to inspire audiences with their positive attitudes and exhilarating dance moves. Last but not least, the documentary film “Dancing with Maria” depicts the moving story of an Argentinian dance therapist, who inspires her students with different abilities and changes their lives through the power of dance.
In addition to these fascinating programmes, the Hong Kong Arts Festival also organizes the Jockey Club “No Limits” Education and Community Programme, which aims to provide opportunities for participants to appreciate, embrace and experience the arts in an inclusive environment. The first round of activities kicked off in October 2019, as local actors with different backgrounds and with different abilities were brought together in a musical, followed by a discussion with young people about the effects of labelling and the message of inclusiveness. Starting from January 2020, a number of world-renowned break dancers from ILL-Abilities will visit different communities around Hong Kong for the Artists-in-Residence Programme and Train-the-Trainer Workshops. For full details, please Download Full Programme Information.
Arts can be enjoyed with different senses and by different means. The Arts Accessibility services and facilities assist participants of different abilities to understand and enjoy “No Limits” arts programmes and outreach activities. The services include audio description in Cantonese, accessible captions, Hong Kong Sign Language interpretation, Theatrical Interpretation, relaxed performances, being guide-dog friendly, extra wheelchair seats, braille and easy-to-read booklets. The selection of services varies between different “No Limits” programmes.
Programme and ticketing information is detailed in the “No Limits” Programme and Booking Guide, which is available at major performance venues and on the “No Limits” website (www.nolimits.hk). Tickets are available for purchase at all URBTIX outlets and through URBTIX Internet Ticketing Service starting on 18 December 2019. For the first time, “No Limits” presents free programmes, with a total of five programmes available for free online registration via www.eventsticketing.com, also starting from 18 December 2019.
About The Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF)
Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the cultural life of the city. In February and March every year, the Festival presents leading local and international artists in all genres of the performing arts, placing equal importance on great traditions and contemporary creations. The Festival also commissions and produces work in theatre, music, chamber opera and contemporary dance by Hong Kong’s own creative talents and emerging artists; many of these works have had successful subsequent runs in Hong Kong and overseas. The Festival also presents over 300 “PLUS” and educational activities that offer diverse arts experiences to the community, as well as to tertiary, secondary and primary school students. In addition, through the “No Limits” project co-presented with The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the Festival strives to create an inclusive space for people with different abilities to share the joy of the arts together.
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