The 21 st Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

10 days / 7 countries

28th July – 6th August

The 21st Gdansk Shakespeare Festival

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Performance

GST

29

July
17:30 | 21:00
Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, Hong Kong

Titus Andronicus 2.0

Duration: 1h 40min

Titus Andronicus 2.0 is a bold and revolutionary attempt to explore the unreleased potentials of Shakespeare’s play by rewriting it into a narrative and physicalizing the act of story-telling in various non-representational ways.

Focusing on the very essence of theatre – bringing actors before spectators – with just a bare stage, live music, seven chairs and seven actor-narrators who switch between narrating the action and embodying the characters with intense physicality, Titus Andronicus 2.0 leads audiences through the black hole of the human psyche into a world of primal energy, boundless imagination, self-reflection, self-discovery and cathartic peace. It is an adventure for possibilities of theatre through a journey to the source, returning to the origin of both Eastern and Western theatre in which stories were told and performed.

The performance in Titus Andronicus 2.0 comes from an organic process of creation through intensive ensemble disciplinary training and improvisational experiments which evolve into different forms of story-telling. All these forms are containers of the actors’ energy springing from their inner lives and embodying through their physicality. Their heightened physical energy moves audiences intuitively beyond the cognitive consciousness. The experience is uplifted to a socially reflective and spiritually penetrating level; blood and tears are put into a passionate meditation as well as an unbiased contemplation: why do we still do theatre today?

The entire audience is led to the inner world of the text by a powerful eddy of narration and physical acting
Cup Magazine, (Hong Kong)

This work clearly demonstrated that the most effective theatrical language is the body of an actor
United Morning Post, (Singapore)


  • Creators
  • Cast

Adaptation: Chong Mui Ngam
Director: Tang Shu-wing
Assistant to Director & Actor: Ivy Pang
Set & Costume Designer: Tsang Man Tung
Original Lighting Designer: Leo Cheung
Deputy Lighting Designer: Mousey Tse
Sound Designer: Li Man Chun
Live Musician: Leong Wai Ngok
Producer: Kathy Ching
Tour Manager & Surtitle Operator: Satina Shum
Production Manager & Stage Manager: Seng Tat Fong
Assistant Stage Manager: Ho Weng Sam

Lai Yuk Ching
Masu Wong
Wong Kwok Kei, Rocky
To Chun Yiu, Dee
Moon Wong
Anson Sham

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Director

Tang
Shu-wing

Tang Shu-wing studied acting in l’Ecole de la Belle de Mai and theatre studies at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris in the 1980s and worked as assistant director and actor at Théâtre de la Main d’Or before returning to Hong Kong in 1992. He taught in the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts from 2004 to 2011 and served as Dean of Drama from 2009 to 2011. Tang’s influences include Meyerhold’s theatre, Grotowski’s “poor theatre”, tai chi and yoga. For him, theatre is a way to experience life through self-discovery. He has been creating physical theatre based on a minimalist aesthetic.

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