Cutting-edge Canadian director has chemical bond with local theatre

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 July, 2009, 12:00am

Talk about your cutting-edge theatre. Canadian director Jovanni Sy (pictured) never leaves home without his kitchen knife. 'If I'm going anywhere for more than a week, I bring it with me. I really hate a dull knife,' the visiting artist explained. 'I haven't used it as much as I'd hoped, though.'

That's because he has been busy sharpening the drama in Theatre du Pif's show Antigone, which starts tomorrow at the Cultural Centre's Studio Theatre. Sy has developed quite a bond with the Hong Kong group. He also worked with Bonni Chan Lai-chu and Sean Curran on a 2007 show called Blackbird, but first met them a year before. 'I came over for readings in 2006 and we just hit it off,' Sy said. 'We saw eye to eye and our artistic philosophy was similar. Then they came to Toronto for a workshop and again everything was simpatico. Sometimes you get a real sense talking to someone whether you'd enjoy working with them.'

Some people call that chemistry. It didn't hurt the collaboration that one of Sy's favourite works was chosen. 'Sean wanted to do another play, but we couldn't get the rights, so he suggested Antigone. We're talking about other projects, too. Next time I don't just want another 'we pick the play, you come over' situation. I'd like to develop something from the ground up.'

Antigone runs from tomorrow to Saturday at 8pm, with matinees at 3pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday, with tickets HK$120 and HK$180.