"[NeoArctic has] a sense of magic that Hotel Pro Forma can conjure up like no other theatre. Mercilessly beautiful."─information.dk
12 songs. 12 Soundscapes. 12 Landscapes. 1 Planet
With humans overwhelming nature and climate change descending into an eco-system emergency, what awaits our planet in the people-driven geological age of the Anthropocene? In this highly original opera-theatre production, Danish performance art group Hotel Pro Forma, in collaboration with the Latvian Radio Choir, charts the “NeoArctic”, a crazy new world shaped by man. Blending heavenly and apocalyptic sounds with poignant lyrics by Sjón (who also writes for Björk), spine-tingling reverberation, stunning costumes, and video images, the visual-music journey stirringly addresses the vast changes underway — and what is at stake.
Photos: Andreas Sommer
Hotel Pro Forma
CO-CREATER / Performers
Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor / Musical Director
Andy StottKrists Auznieks
Anne Mette Fisker Langkjer
Wali Mohammed Barrech
The Latvian Radio Choir
“A great musical power” ─Washington Post, USA
“One of the world’s greatest choirs” ─The Advertiser, Australia
Founded in 1940, the Latvian Radio Choir is a unique, award-winning ensemble of professional singers with an extraordinary variety of repertoire ranging from early music to the most sophisticated scores of contemporary compositions. The choir has recorded the Grammy Award-winning album Adam’s Lament (ECM); they are also a repeat winner of the Great Music Award of Latvia, the most prestigious national music award.
Touring around the globe, the Choir has performed at many of the world’s most renowned concert halls and musical events, such as Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw (the Netherlands) and BBC Proms (UK). They have also collaborated with celebrated guest conductors, including Heinz Holliger and Riccardo Muti; and major orchestras such as the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, etc.
Hotel Pro Forma
The Danish-based Hotel Pro Forma is an international production house and a meeting place for cross-disciplinary artistic work. They mainly work on large-scale performing arts projects, aiming to challenge established approaches to both the creation and the experience of performing arts.
Hotel Pro Forma is recognised for their genre-bending, innovative endeavours in opera, performing arts and installation, which transcend the boundaries between visual arts, text, music, theatre, design and architecture. They work with themes of a universal nature in settings by turns conceptual, visual and musical, while applying latest technology and creative ideas.
Hotel Pro Forma is a researcher of performing arts. Their artistic output is like a pair of binoculars – for one to look at the tiniest bits of matter as well as the grand universe out there. The frames of existence, with the time being as essence. They discuss and depict the future and the past, and last but not least, the challenges of our time.
Founding Hotel Pro Forma in 1985, Kirsten Dehlholm has a strong background in visual arts and is involved extensively in performance art, opera, theatre, and exhibition. Her work includes offering concept and direction for Hotel Pro Forma, as well as directing for opera houses and theatres internationally. In 2015, she directed three Rachmaninov operas for Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels and achieved unprecedented success.
Kirsten is renowned for creating interdisciplinary work in new formats. In 2015, she was given two famous awards for her oeuvre: International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) Distinguished Artist Award; and the Reumert Award of Honour, the most prestigious accolade in Danish theatre. Most recently, she garnered the Life Achievement Award from Prague Quadrennial 2019.
SDG Forum Series:
365 Ways to Change the World—From Creative Entrepreneurship to Antarctic Exploration/ FORUM
This Forum is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change. Sustainability leaders will share creative solutions to address various society- and environment-related Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub (Executive Director, United Nations Sustainable
Development Solutions Network)
Prof Wu Ka-ming (Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK)
28.10 Mon 4:30 – 6:30pm
CMA Lecture Theatre (Lecture Theatre 2), G/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (University Station Exit D)
Free admission. Register online
Mobile Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change/ EXHIBITION
Cast Away on an Urban Heat Island
Learn more about urban heat islands – caused by closely packed buildings in densely populated cities such as Hong Kong – and their relationship with climate change through exciting 3D models generated by holographic technology. Find out how to make our city breathe easily again.
Remote-sensing technologies help scientists to better monitor and understand developments at the global level. This hologram explores climate change through time and space, looking at global temperatures and alterations in the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, among other issues.
15.11 Fri 9am–11pm
16.11 Sat 9am–9pm
Foyer, Kwai Tsing Theatre
Upcycling Workshops and Museum Guided Tours/ WORKSHOP
Ticket holders of NeoArctic can enjoy priority registration for ONE workshop and guided tour organised by the Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (first come, first served).
Venue: Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (8/F, Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
* Includes 90-mins Workshop and 30-min Museum Guided Tour
Free of charge. Register online
Beeswax Food Wrap Workshop
Gain fresh insight into a plastic-free life and how to use cotton and beeswax as an alternative food wrap. Then try out the traditional North American method yourself and take home your handmade food covering at the end of the workshop. Beeswax wraps are also reusable.
21.9 Sat 10am–12nn*
Natural Dye Workshop
A great chance to have a go at “natural dyeing”, a special technique to colour fabric using dyes drawn from different plants and leftover food. At the same time, discover more about food waste in Hong Kong. Those joining the activity will end up with their own newly dyed tote bag to use.
21.9 Sat 2–4pm*
Local designer Kevin Cheung introduces the concept of upcycling, using umbrella spokes and wine boxes to create a “thumbiano”, a musical instrument akin to the wood-and-metal kalimba from Africa. You then get to build – and keep – a personal thumbiano.
19.10 Sat 10am–12nn*
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
15-16.11 (FRI-SAT) 8PMSEAT PLAN
Multimedia & Music
$480, $380, $280, $180*
* Some seats may have restricted views
Approx 1 hr 20 mins with no interval