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Turandot in Hong Kong, Political Performance Art; The Demise of Wedding Card Street; Gary Pollard reviews "Cinderella Man" (27 Sep 2005)


Throughout the 19th century, and at the beginning of the 20th, many European artists were intrigued and inspired by what was – to them - oriental exoticism. In opera, two of the best-known examples are Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" and "Turandot". Some have criticised their western view of the east. But today both works of art are increasingly popular in this part of the world. And one is being performed for Hong Kong audiences this week. Public acts or performances expressing political sentiments have been part of the arts scene since the early 20th century. The form, known as "Performance Art", was pioneered by the Futurists and the Dadaists. It reached a broader audience in the 1960s. Until October 6th the Para/Site Art Space is featuring a video exhibition of 11 politically-oriented performance art pieces. We take a look. We also allow viewers to take a virtual walk along a street that's soon to be demolished. For the past six months members of the Museum Community Project, set up three years ago by art curators, designers, and cultural researchers, have been documenting life and change in Lee Tung Street, known for its "Wedding Card" printers. And Gary Pollard reviews Ron Hoard's new "Cinderella Man" and says although the script has some weaknesses it's a thumbs-up for star Russell Crowe.

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
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