THE ACTORS' LAB
a one-of-a-kind performance-based collaborative training and research programme for experienced and emerging theatre professionals.

In 2014, the company invited a core of theatre practitioners to take part in a 6-week gathering devoted to practical skill extension and development, while researching and sharing ideas on the work of the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. Each week balanced informal discussions, scene-work, rehearsals and collaborative skill exchange between directors, writers, actors, musicians and video artists. 

 

Participants in the project explored during concentrated sessions with Bonni Chan and Sean Curran, scene-work, improvisations, physical, vocal and acting training and devising theatre based on Chekhov’s short stories and his play The Seagull

 

In April there were presentations of the work that had been developed throughout the project as well as talks and theatre skill workshops that were open to the public. 

 

In Sep 2015, the company re-launched the lab again and invited various artists to collaborate based on Chekhov’s Three sisters. Crossing the boundary geographically and artistically, the company invited award winning Korean director Yang Jun-gung and stage designer Lee Yun-soo to lead a workshop that explored the relation between site, space and the stage, based on Alice in the Wonderland; and also visual arts artist Sylvia Chan to lead the Painter’s Lab walking a journey into the worlds of Katsushika Hokusai, Paul Klee and Giorgio Morandi with improvisational presentations inspired by the artists and devised by the Lab artists.

 

In addition to the Lab core of theatre practitioners, four open presentations presenting work that had sprung from various evocations. The Wing and the Painter’s LAB workshops were open and welcome the participation of both practitioners and the audience. 

The Wing
A base for actors to hone their skills and practice their craft in the technique of acting.

The Painter’s LAB
Art Appreciation x Improvisation
A journey into the worlds of Katsushika Hokusai, Paul Klee and Giorgio Morandi with improvisational presentations inspired by the artists and devised by the Lab artists.
Tutor:Sylvia Chan

Presentation I:  MOSCOW ONE
Scenes presentation of The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

 

Presentation II: MOSCOW TWO
Exploration of movement, text and space inspired by the narratives and dreams of The Three Sisters

 

Presentation III:

PAINTER'S LAB CANVAS
Experimental pieces inspired by the works and lives of Katsushika Hokusai, Paul Klee and Giorgio Morandi

 

Presentation IV:

THROUGH THE RABBIT HOLE
[Space & Stage] workshop presentation
Collaborating with award winning Korean director Yang Jungung and stage designer Lee Yunsoo, the workshop will explore the relation between site, space and the stage, based on Alice in Wonderland

Critics

"It is more valuable than endless production-based performances" 

Fredric Mao, Director Laureate of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre


"The respectfulness and concerns towards the text really moved me as a playwright" 

Paul Poon, Playwright, Resident Playwright and Discipline Leader in Dramatic Writing of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts 


"We really need this kind of project that takes theatre seriously, in this specific point of development in Hong Kong Theatre." 

Mandy Yiu, actress, Executive Director of Actors' Family


"This presentation reminds me what is the job and position as an actor" 

Rico Wu, local director and experienced drama teacher

Project Periods

Apr 2014

Studio N2, Cattle Depot

Sep-Dec 2015

Unit 12, Cattle Depot

 

Team

Director

Bonni Chan

Artists Participating
(2014)
Tang Sai-cheong, Adrian Yeung, Cheng Yee-chai, Lau Ming-hang, Bonni Chan, Kenneth Sze, Or Ka-kee, Sean Curran, Andrea Nodroum, Winton Au, Yuen Wai-sun,
Fayer Deng, Poon Chun-ho,
Li Wing-hong, Hofan Chau. 

(2015)

Sean Curran, Luke Lai,
Maggie Yeung, Louisa So,
Wong Hin-yan, Dorothy Chu,
Poon Chan-leung, Ara Cho,
Hofan Chau, Millie Chan, Janice Im

Visiting Artists & Creative Support

Paul Poon, Lee Chun-chow,
Victor Pang, Chan Wai-fat,
Joey Leung, Luna Shaw,
Edmond Tong, Chan Kiu

(2014)

CAT•14 is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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