Right now, the theatre industry faces an uncertain future.
Since the outbreak of the global pandemic at the beginning of 2020, closures, cancellations, travel bans and lockdowns have had a major impact on theatres, actors and industry workers around the world.
This June, Edward Lam Dance Theatre and Freespace invited 30 Hong Kong-based actors to place themselves inside an empty theatre and reflect on their relationship with the audience, and the meaning of theatre, both as a space and as an art form, in the absence of audience and performers.
There were no rehearsals. Standing alone in Freespace’s black box theatre, facing an empty auditorium, each artist produced intuitive, heartfelt, short solo videos responding to the space, and exploring the nature of theatre when live performance is impossible.
The full series of videos is available online at West Kowloon’s YouTube channel.
An Invitation: On Empty Theatre is co-produced and co-presented by Edward Lam Dance Theatre and Freespace, West Kowloon.
Patra Au Ga-man, Anson Chan, Chan Kwun-fee, Jordan Cheng, Margaret Cheung, Cheung Ming-yiu, Chu Pak-hong, Sean Curran, Lai Yuk-ching, Jen Lam, Lau Shau-ching*, Joey Leung Cho-yiu#, Leung Tin-chak, Lim Wei-wei, Ling Man-lung, James Mark, Pak Ching-ying<, Kearen Pang, Shaw Mei-kwan#, Sung Boon-ho, Edmond Tong Chun-yip#, Shirlee Tsoi Wan-wa, Rosa Velasco, Birdy Wong Ching-yan, Chester Wong Po-shing, Wong Wing-sze, Olivia Yan^, Yau Chung-wai, Rebecca Yip Lai-ka, Candice Yu
(In alphabetical order by surname)