28th Macao Arts Festival takes “Heterotopia” as theme expanding unlimited possibilities

Published on : Wednesday, March 8, 2017

MACAUThe 28th Macao Arts Festival (MAF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will be held from 28 April to 31 May, taking “Heterotopia” as theme and establishing, through
texts, stories, images, music and imagery, a diversified space away from reality yet closely connected to it, bringing new possibilities to existence. This edition comprises 25 extraordinary shows and exhibitions, which, combined with the outreach programme, total of over 100 activities, leading the audience to explore various possibilities of space by means of different art manifestations.

In “Thematic Highlights: Fantasies of Different Spaces” and opening the event, this
edition of the MAF presents, the show Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and
Music, a reinterpretation of Schubert and Ravel’s classics by internationally acclaimed
North-American modern dance company Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane; the same company
also presents the hypnotizing performance A Letter to My Nephew. The closing show The
Seagull, one of Russian author Anton Chekov’s masterpieces, is performed by the
Reykjavik City Theatre, which moves the plot from a Russian country estate to Iceland to
explore human nature from a unique point of view. On the 110 th anniversary of Chinese
theatre, the Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre takes to the stage a production of magic
realism of the classic Westland Feuds, while the Comuna de Pedra Arts and Cultural
Association presents Songs of Migrants, revealing memories of local migrants and an
important part of local history.

The MAF seeks to broaden several art perspectives. The soundscape theatre play Back to
the Catastrophic Typhoon of 1874, which original novel was awarded at the Macao
Literature Competition, recreates daily life sounds in a real life space allowing the
audience to explore their own imaginative spaces. Remote Macao uses sound effects to
take participants in a journey from the past up to the present through the city’s streets
and alleys; The Nether portrays the seemingly limitless dividing line between the real and
virtual worlds; the ground-breaking Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker offers viewers a
mind-blowing experience of Japan. Double Bill by Hiroaki Umeda is a new work
developed in cooperation with local dancers, as well as a solo piece that breaks down the
human body’s barriers. Emerging Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira
presents the ballet Hu(r)mano, while Aneckxander: a tragic autobiography of the body re-
examines one’s own body through a fusion of acrobatics and body language.
Family programmes are also catered for all ages to take part in the Arts Festival. Rusty
Nails & Other Heroesmakes use of different materials and multimedia to create an
amusing theatre of objects; the Performing Arts Gala gathers an array of performing arts
and injects vitality in the community through the arts; in addition, the children’s musical
Metamorphosis under Starry Night  and the children’s theatre reliant solely on hands and
clay dolls A Mano further feed the spirit through the arts.

Traditional arts are passed from generation to generation. The National Peking Opera
Company presents an abridged adaptation of the classic Lady Anguo; the Macao Kaifong
Cantonese Opera Juvenile’s Troupe takes to the stage the Cantonese opera “The Tale of
Lady General”; the Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group returns with another look at
current events in Stormy Luck; and Chu Chan Wa and Macao Cantonese opera actors
bring the Cantonese opera classic The Butterfly Lovers. Additionally, the Macao Orchestra
presents the concert Resonance through Space-Time while the Macao Chinese Orchestra
performs “The Soul of Macao – Peking Opera Concert. These and other shows, together
with the exhibitions “The Art of Zhang Daqian”, “Constellation – Works by Nicolas
Delaroche” and “Debris – Works by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils”, broaden artistic
experiences, in different and varied ways,.

Tickets for the 28 th MAF are available at the Macau Ticketing Network from 10am on 12
March (Sunday). Reservations can be made by phone or online from 12pm onwards on the
same day. On the first day of ticket sales, each person can purchase a maximum of ten
tickets per performance, except for the performances  Rusty Nails & Other Heroes,
Metamorphosis under Starry Night and A Mano, a maximum of four tickets per person.
Early bird discounts of 30%, subject to certain criteria, are available from 12 to 19 March
and a 20% discount will be offered from 20 March onwards. Members of the public who
purchase their tickets with a BOC Credit Card or BOC card will receive a 30% discount
on tickets for the opening and closing performances, Play and Play: An Evening of
Movement and Music and The Seagull, as well as a 20% discount on all other shows. A
20% discount on tickets for all shows is also available for purchases with MasterCard,
Visa Card or UnionPay Card from ICBC (Macau), BCM Bank, or OCBC Wing Hang
Bank. A 50% discount will also be offered to holders of Macao Senior Citizen Card or
Disability Assessment Registration Card, limited to one ticket per person. For each
purchase over MOP800 (net price after discount), purchasers may receive one discount
voucher to enjoy exclusive offers at MGM’s selected restaurants and spa (available while
stocks last). Air Macau customers can enjoy a 20% discount on ticket purchases at the
ticketing outlets by presenting the respective boarding pass (flight code NX) within 7 days
upon their arrival in Macao. There is also a special ticket arrangement for the show
Remote Macao. For more information, please refer to the MAF’s booklet.

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