The remarkable Hong Kong Ballet led by its visionary Artistic Director, Septime Webre, teams up with the newly opened M+ in partnership with ADM Capital Foundation, CWR and HK2050isNOW, to present Beyond Carbon, an online festival to explore the most urgent issue of our time – climate change.
From 20 August to 4 September the festival will host an array of exciting and inspiring programmes to inspire our community and beyond to take urgent steps to confront the threats we face to ensure a better future for us all. Events include, free online streaming of nine experimental dance pieces, online talks and parent-child workshops.
Set against the monumental architecture of the Herzog & de Meuron–designed M+ building with eight short, choreographed chapters address climate emergencies, taking viewers on a journey of exploration, reflection, and empowerment – whilst combining culture and art.
The chapters choreographed by Jessica Burrows, Luis Cabrera, Sarita Chan, Feng Jingyi, Li Lin,
Lin Chang-yuan Kyle, Leung Chunlong and Jonathan Spigner, address our environmental emergencies from
two perspectives: Mortal Ignorance, tension between nature and humankind, and Human Traces, the
material traces on earth left by human activity. The online festival also comprises a special screening of The Measures, a new piece choreographed by Stephen Shropshire, engaging the abstract form of dance to animate the materiality of the climate crisis.
As part of the festival, online talk ‘Museum, Dance and Climate Change’, Doryun Chong, Chief Curator and Deputy Director, Curatorial of M+; Septime Webre, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Ballet; and Debra Tan, global thought leader on climate and water risks and Director and Head at CWR will unpack the background of the collaboration and discuss the responsibility cultural institutions have to bring public attention to critical issues. The discussion sheds light on how aesthetic forms including architecture and dance can promote public knowledge about environmental emergencies and the collaboration as a dialogue between artistic endeavors and scientific research. Taking place 26th August, (Fri) 7:00 – 8:30pm (in English with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese), learn more and register here.
Parents and their children can also learn more about how climate change is impacting Hong Kong through the interactive and engaging “Lost seasons and new habits to save our planet” workshop held by Hong Kong Ballet and CWR at Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District throughout the day 28th August.
ADMCF will continue to post updates of the festival in the run up, and as it happens on our social media channels.