In view of the uncertainty surrounding venue availability and social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Laila opera experience and the pop-up exhibition, scheduled for 25 February – 3 April at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the open area near Central Pier 9, will not take place as originally scheduled. Please visit the Project Laila website for updates and developments.

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Outreach and educational events
Outreach and educational events
School Tour Demonstration Performance

Programme Information

Harnessing the interplay of sound, light and interactive devices, an immersive school tour demonstration performance with technology that transcends the sensational experiences


Curated by new media artist Keith Lam, the demonstration performance, “Beyond the Firmament”, is a co-creation by three emerging young new media artists - Lazarus Chan, Fung Wing-lam (Cat) and Seth Hon. Specialising in distinct types of media - lights, sounds and interactive projections, they validate the possibilities of the incorporation of technology and performing arts. Through converging computer coding with multiple forms of media, three artists stimulate manifold sensations of the student audiences by turning school halls into an immersive performance space.

Led by movement artist Yan Cheng, audiences are taken to a journey of exploration in a firmament. Curious about everything beyond the zenith, Yan wanders around to search for more. The entire space changes abruptly that triggers a wrestle between human and technology. Joining the performance occasionally, our musical artist, Ian Tang, improvises to create unique sound effects that serve up an intriguingly immersive space to the crowd.

The performance, of which human, art and technology intertwine, breakthrough the traditional form of performing arts. In this show, audiences are not merely audiences, a stage is not only a stage.

Performance Video

Creative Team

Present and Produced by
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Performance Concept
Keith LAM
Media Artist
Lazarus CHAN
Wing Lam FUNG
Seth HON
Movement Artist
Yan CHENG
Musical Artist
Ian TANG
Producer
Michael LEE, Waisun CHUNG
Stage Management Team
Libby CHEUNG, Kayan WONG, Keith LAI, Chun WONG, Hang CHIU, Hoyin LEUNG
Video Direction and Editing
Isaac WOO
Videography
Isaac WOO, Matthew IP, Ho Kwan FOK, Edmond CHOW, Yuk Lung WONG, Kenneth LAM
Rehearsal and Shooting Venue Support
Ng Yuk Secondary School
Outreach Intern
Kiki HONG, Alison LO, Stella AU

Digital Guide

Comments

"I am absolutely delighted to be with students to learn from several local media artists about arts and technology, of which it also inspires me with different possibilities in my future creative process. Bringing this innovative concept of multi-sensational simulation into a school performance, it allows students to experience the glamour of the convergence of arts and technology."


Zeno Koo, Outreach Ambassador of Special Project Laila
"This demonstration provided students, who did not have much exposure to this kind of performance, with an eye-opening experience to have a glimpse of different ways of artistic expressions. Understanding that they might not be able to get the rationales behind, HKAF staff and artists patiently explained with demonstrations which helped them to digest and get the know-how. I could see that students were very curious and drawn into the show."


Ms Chan, Teacher of GCCITKD Lau Pak Lok Secondary School
"The show utilized a wide variety of self-made devices to manifest different effects in a dark environment, which rendered the audience a strong sense of involvement. With the usage of smoke, the performing space evoked a feeling of etherealness. Meanwhile, sound was also an indispensable element in the entire performance, of which the bass made the audiences to focus on the stage unconsciously and immerse in the show, hence provoked a deeper layer of thoughts."


Mr Chan, Student of Tang King Po School
"It is rewarding to know that common projectors can create light rays with distinct shapes and effects such as lines, flakes, waves and scatters. Among all the scenes, one hoop-shaped effect was as mesmerising as a black hole that pulled audiences in."


Miss Chan, Student of Immaculate Heart of Mary College

Participating Schools

SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School*
Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si College*
Ng Yuk Secondary School*
St. Stephen's Girls’ College
Tang King Po School
Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 2 Secondary School
CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School
Immaculate Heart of Mary College
Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School
Queen's College
Ying Wa Girls' College
Wa Ying College
Methodist College
Shatin Pui Ying College
South Tuen Mun Government Secondary School
GCCITKD Lau Pak Lok Secondary School
Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School
Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School
Caritas Fanling Chan Chun Ha Secondary School (Video)
Liu Po Shan Memorial College (Video)
*Our Outreach Ambassador Zeno Koo was present.