PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 January, 2008, 12:00am

There will be a range of programmes, including a chance to meet the performers and creative talent involved and even take a class with them

Arts management seminars

Funding models: How should we fund the arts?

February 23, 10am-5pm, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central.

A symposium among policy makers, arts advocates and top executives. Fee HK$300 (including lunch).

Festival talks

Introducing the American Repertory Theatre

(Pre-performance) February22, 7-7.30pm, Atrium Lounge, 1/F, Academy for Performing Arts. Speaker: Robert Orchard, co-founder and executive director. Free for ticket holders of the evening's programme.

Poetic Theatre vs Narrative Theatre*

February22, 4-6pm, Common Room, G/F, Academy for Performing Arts. Speaker: Rinde Eckert, the text and music creator of Orpheus X.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Residency*

(Video and talk) March2, 2-5pm, Recital Hall, Academy for Performing Arts. After screening one of Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal's productions, Peter Pabst, set designer of Vollmond, shares his experiences and insights as the set designer. Also limited tickets available half an hour before the programme starts from The Academy for Performing Arts (APA) box office. Co-presented with APA.

Classical theatre in Yuan Dynasty: The Timeless Works of Guan Hanqing

March6, 4.30-6.30pm, AV Room/R6143, Level6, Amenities Building, City University. Cantonese opera veteran Yuen Siu-fai and Professor Cheng Pei-kai, director of Chinese Civilisation Centre, City University, talk about the art of classical theatre in the Yuan dynasty and the masterpieces of Guan Hanqing. In Cantonese and Putonghua.

In Conversation with Pina Bausch*

March8, 7-8.30pm, Rehearsal Room3, Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre. Supported by Hutchison Whampoa.

Meet Joanna MacGregor*

March9, time and venue to be announced. The internationally renowned pianist shares stories and experiences from her worldwide performances and insights into the eclectic repertoire of music that she performs. Co-organised by the British Council.

Lecture demonstration

The Artistry of Chou Master Xiao Changhua

February28 6.30-8.30pm, AV Room/R6143, Level6, Amenities Building, City University. Offered by two masters of this art - Niu Biao, a disciple of Xiao Changhua, a scholar of Chinese opera and a member of the editorial team of the multi-award-winning book The History of Chinese Opera (three volumes); and Zheng Yan, 'first rank' performer who studied at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts and apprenticed with Masters Xiao and Gao Fuyuan. Co-presented in Putonghua with the City University's Chinese Civilisation Centre.


Miklos Perenyi

February26, 4.30-6.30pm, CR1, Cultural Centre. Born in Budapest into a musical family, award-winning cellist Miklos Perenyi began his studies with Miklos Zsamboki, a former pupil of David Popper, and was admitted to the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Budapest to study with Professor Ede Banda at age seven. Ten free audience tickets from the Festival Information counter at the Cultural Centre on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with Hong Kong International Cello Association and supported by the Lee Hysan Foundation. Inquiries 90424090.

Pius Cheung*

February21, 12.30-2.30pm, Lee Hysan Concert Hall, The Chinese University. See page four for more on the performer. Co-presented with The Chinese University's music department.

Pina Bausch

March8, 2-6pm, Rehearsal Room3, Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre. Up to 30 students. Fee HK$800.

Meet the artists

National Theatre of Great Britain

(post-performance) February14

Reid Anderson, artistic director, Stuttgart Ballet

(post-performance) February20

American Repertory Theatre

(post-performance) February22

Pius Cheung

(post-performance) February22

Hiromi's Sonicbloom

(post evening performance) February24

The Shape of Things

(post-performance, Cantonese) March7

Joanna MacGregor

(pre-concert) March8

Compagnie Marie Chouinard

(post-performance) March14

ExxonMobil Vision Sheng It Up

(post-performance) March14

Open rehearsal*

The Art of Choral Conducting

February20, 7.30-9pm, Concert Hall, Cultural Centre. Neville Creed, artistic director of the London Philharmonic Choir leads an open rehearsal with the choir and its accompanist Iain Farrington, with a Q&A session afterwards. In partnership with the British Council.


British Council Plus Series: From page to stage

Feb15, 11.30am-1pm, Rooms 307/8, 3/F, British Council, 3Supreme Court Road, Admiralty. The actors of the National Theatre of Great Britain talk with a group of up to 30 about their experience of rehearsing Chatroom + Citizenship and lead a short workshop on approaching and interpreting the characters in the two plays. Fee HK$100. Inquiries and registration 28242430.

Dialogue with the Team - Beyond Chatroom + Citizenship*

Feb15, 3-4pm, Rooms 307/8, 3/F, British Council. An informal dialogue with the cast of Chatroom + Citizenship on youth culture and social issues explored in the show.

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Residency - Dance Workshops

March5-7, 2-7pm, Rehearsal Room3, Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre. Up to 30 students with professional standard dance backgrounds get to learn from one of the founding members of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Dominique Mercy and other members of the troupe. Fee per day HK$600.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Dance Workshop

March16, 11am-1pm, Rehearsal Room2, Grand Theatre, Cultural Centre. Dancers and musicians of Hungarian State Folk Ensemble share their skills and techniques with up to 30 participants, who must have basic dance training. Fee HK$250. Supported by Hutchison Whampoa.

*Free tickets from Festival Information counters at the City Hall and Cultural Centre on a first-come, first-served basis.