HE CAME, he saw, he conquered? French light-show man Jean-Michel Jarre is so keen to stage a Hong Kong spectacular that he spent a few days in the territory recently lobbying the cause with sponsors and administrators. With barely a pause for Oxygene, JMJ belted around the territory securing financing for a show he has proposed as part of the opening celebrations for the the new-look Government Stadium in March. The owner, the Urban Council, had originally deemed his light and sound spectacular too expensive. But so determined is Jarre to mark what he described as an extraordinary moment for Hong Kong, that he has already started writing music for the show and has pledged to do it at no personal profit. The Urban Council will decide soon on Jarre's revised proposal. Meanwhile, it seems another international artist (or at least his management) were slightly less enthusiastic about playing Hong Kong. On February 3, schoolteacher-cum-important person, Sting, will take to the stage in Singapore as part of an Asian tour sponsored by HBO Asia. Alas, it is an Asian tour which excludes Hong Kong. 'There were approaches,' one local promoter said. 'But there was no venue available, and anyway, the approaches weren't all that vigorous. In fact there didn't seem to be massive interest from Sting's management,' he said. HIGH ANXIETY Great title! Great idea! What's the rent? Check out new company Theatre Resolu's Two Civil Servants in a Skyscraper next week. Adapted from an Austrian original and dubbed 'mimodrama', this play without words focuses on two civil servants trapped together in a high-rise government building. The symbolist drama relies on gesture, movement, masks, music, lights, video and projected images to convey its story of modern angst - getting rid of the language barrier that prevents some Westerners from going to Chinese productions and vice versa. United States-trained director Ho Ying-fung has been professionally involved in theatre since 1979 and has directed and designed productions in the US, Canada, Scotland, and Hong Kong, from scripts by Edward Albee to William Shakespeare. Last year he wrote and directed Butterfly Suite for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Two Civil Servants . . . for the First Uzbekistan International Festival last autmun, as well as Miss Margarida's Way locally. He shares the post of artistic director of Theatre Resolu with colleague Tang Shu-wing, who spent six years in France as actor, director, and choreographer. Two Civil Servants in a Skyscraper will be performed January 20 to 23 at the Shouson Theatre at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. For reservations call 877-1000 or 743-9009. CHRIS IN THE PICTURE Jazz fan Chris Patten showed his tastes also run to fine art last week when he sat among a packed audience at The China Club to hear the words of British artist Bill Jacklin. Jacklin, 50, has been working in Hong Kong as the first participant of the British Council's Artist-in-Residence programme, in which artists from China and Britain are invited to Hong Kong to work with local artists. Jacklin, who now lives and works in New York, demonstrated the evolutionary process of his works and at the end of the programme showed some sketches of Hong Kong's skyscraper canyons (the Lippo Centre, the Bank of China Building) and passengers riding upescalators at Pacific Place, as well as more traditional scenes of snake shops and temples. These are preliminaries to larger works he is planning.