“BOK Festival” (previously named as “Theatre Fightclub”) has reached its third year. Almost forgot when did I bring this up to friends, but I think three years is a very good amount of time for us to review what happened during this period. If there were no “Own Theatre”, there would never have been the embryo of “BOK Festival”, and I am thankful to all the theatre friends who have been with us. From “Fight with All You’ve Got” to “Performance Subculture”, from “Theatre Horizon” to “Macau Experimental Theatre”, from “classical” to “experimental”, it’s as if together we’ve gone through the development stages of a modern play.
“Installation Stage” – The double meanings of this theme refer to an installation where a performance is staged. As the title suggests, the acceptance of modern theatre towards the ever-changing nature of a work’s “theme” was already reflected in the mutual influence that Eastern and Western theatre have had on each other’s forms. Regarding the present, with the incorporation of dance in theatre form, the elements of theatre found in dance, the pursuit of blending technology and film with theatre and the presence of narrative text and images in experimental music, it becomes difficult to generalize with broad descriptions like “rich in poetic imagination” or “crossover multimedia”.
In 2015, regarding this “space”, it is no longer subordinate to the age of the individual and the collective, rather it is more in line with the conceptualization of people’s struggles with ideology and authority. “Installation Stage” implies some kind of performative characteristics. Add to that the performers’ participation and the collective result is quite detached from the old nature of theatre, it’s a unique artistic experience to modern art. With this in mind, we intentionally invited five independent artists from different cultural backgrounds, each with their own unique form and medium for artistic exploration, reflecting on and demonstrating the topics of their interests in concrete forms. Instead of starting from where they were specialized in, such as stage lighting, sound, video, performance and space design, they now must directly face the “Entirely - Empty -Space”, a performance space set as an installation.
Johnny Tam, Artistic Director