Go ahead, take a bow

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 December, 2011, 12:00am


We asked the professionals to list their favourite performances or exhibitions of the past 12 months. Here's how they saw it.

Ng Cheuk-yin, composer: 'Does the movie about Pina Bausch, Pina, count? If so, I'll go for that, because it is simply touching. Cecilia Bartoli's concert was fantastic. It was a perfect performance.'

Yuh Egami, Hong Kong Ballet dancer: 'Desh by Akram Khan. It explores questions of life, value of the moment and past, appreciation of family, identifying your own roots, realisation of society and human history. He and his team used dance, music, set and costume design, multimedia, and lighting to speak of all the above and they succeeded in reaching the deep part of my heart.'

Candace Chong Mui-ngam, playwright: 'Pina Bausch Wuppertal's Carnations. When audience members stood up, using their bodies and limbs to interpret the four seasons with the performers, I saw [the piece's] appeal and aesthetics that is filled both with a sense of sadness and love. An Ordinary Man is a touching and genuine play that allows the playwright and director [Poon Chan-leung] much room to explore new [dramatic] possibilities.

Claire Hsu, co-founder and executive director of Asia Art Archive: 'Highlights include the establishment of a handful of new small spaces with tight shows of Hong Kong artists. The 6,000 Conceptual Art Proposal Exhibition' at C + G Artpartment best illustrated the increasing role of artists in the city as social and political commentators, and Roberto Chabet's exhibition at Osage Kwun Tung considers Hong Kong's role in the rewriting and positioning of a regional art history. And we end the year with emotions high, in both anticipation and hope, with Two Thousand Eleven at Para/Site Art Space.'