Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pier Windows: Ghosts and Wanderers

Last night was the first time I had ever been to the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier.  The event of the evening was the opening of Pier Windows, which was an interactive art installation program.  The theme for the art installations at the ground floor of the pier was "A Site-Specific Intervention."

The visual arts installations were industrial, eerie, and pretty atmospheric.  My favorite was the blue room because of the creepiness!  There was something romantic about that room, though it was quite creepy, but, because the pier jetted out onto the water, the sounds of crashing waves and the cool breeze really hyped up the experience of wandering through the blue lighted space. 

The floor above the art installations was the space dedicated to the evenings performance:  Ghosts and Wanderers.

The performers, from the U.S., Hong Kong, and India, were given the theme of naamyam (which my friend said was one of the influences of the Cantonese Opera sound) and melded dance, singing, and acting (LIKE IT SAYS ABOVE!!) into a pretty unique performance.

The first third of the performance started with dancers along the side of the stage area, moving through that space and slowly making their way closer to the audience.  The idea of windows and being trapped  behind them, but going through them was so poetic.

I'm not much of a performing arts expert, but I did enjoy the movement of the dancers and how they focused on showing movement of their body.

The second third of the performance took us through a sort of turmoil, where the main actors wondered about being in Hong Kong or how we are India, American, or a Hong Konger.  And the question over not believing or believing in ghosts was highlighted.  It was a time of confusion, dilemma, and frustration for sure…with a lot of action happening on the main stage and the space beside it.

The final part of the performance was probably my favorite, where it was a showcasing of the different varieties of dance:  Classical India paired with classic ballet, for one.

I love when performers break through the 4th Wall and that was the experience of last night.  The audience became apart of the performers, who put windows in front of us…quite symbolic of being passive observers of the world.

Art Installation Info:
Open for viewing

October 29, 2014 (4 pm - 10 pm)
October 30, 2014 (4 pm - 10 pm)
October 31, 2014 (4 pm - 10 pm)

November 1, 2014 (10 am - 10 pm)
November 2, 2014 (10 am - 10 pm)

Performance information can be seen in detail here.