Titus Andronicus 2.0
Created in 2009 in Hong Kong, 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.
There will be a Q&A for the cast and audience following each performance.
The show has an age guidance of 12+
The project is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London as part of the programme to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It is also supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
ABOUT TANG SHU-WING STUDIO THEATRE
Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio was formerly known as No Man’s Land which was founded in 1996. The more renowned works of No Man’s Land include Three Women in Pearl River Delta (1997), Millennium Autopsy (1999), My Murder Story (1999), The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (2000), Between Life and Death (2002), Deathwatch (2002) and The Two or Three Ways of Making Love around Sunset (2003). Works of No Man’s Land have been presented in the Henson International Puppet Theatre Festival of New York, San Francisco Ghost Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Macau Fringe Festival and have received a number of awards in the Hong Kong Drama Awards.
In 2009, No Man’s Land was renamed Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, with the mission to bring quality theatre works to wider audience. Being a centre for theatrical research and creation, the Studio is dedicated to promote a better quality of life to the public through their experience in participation of performing arts. Having physical theatre and minimalist aesthetics as its artistic direction, the Studio has a vision to bring new paths to the Hong Kong theatre. It aims at creating long-running productions, showcasing the unique culture of Hong Kong and at the same time exploring potentials to operate independently in the market. We also hope to facilitate cultural exchange, so that the theatre of Hong Kong will be given a proper place on the world stage.
PRAISE FOR TANG SHU-WING THEATRE STUDIO
“Titus Andronicus 2.0 is the most significant event of Hong Kong Contemporary Theatre of 2009”
Space of Hong Kong Contemporary Drama, Hong Kong
“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
“Tang’s minimalist approach works beautifully for a maximalist play… Less is really more.”
The Strait Times, Singapore
“This work clearly demonstrated that the most effective theatrical language is the body of an actor.”
United Morning Post, Singapore