“The documentary theatre must always call its own methods into question and develop new techniques adapted to new situations.” Peter Weiss, Fourteen Propositions for a Documentary Theatre

Pants Theatre Production will host a 2-day Documentary Theatre Conference, the first of its kind in Hong Kong, if not Southeast Asia. Overseas scholars and practitioners are invited to share their skills and knowledge with the local practitioners. The date is 29th -30th July 2017 at HKAPA. It is free of charge and open to the general public.

Documentary theatre has developed for years in Europe and the States. Many scholars and practitioners study and work exclusively on this theatre form. Pants Theatre Production is honored to invite the following guests to this conference: Mr. Nicolas Kent (previous artistic director of Tricycle Theatre, UK), Mr. Hans-Werner Kroesinger (director of Stolpersteine Staatstheater, selected in 2016 Theatertreffen, Germany), Mr. Greg Pierotti (member of Tectonic Theatre, USA) and Mr. Robin Soans (playwright of Talking to Terrorists, UK), plus renowned scholar in this field Prof. Carol Martin (professor of NYU, author of Theatre of the Real, USA). It is a rare occasion, for local artists and audience, to have intense discussion and exploration on documentary theatre practice and theories. Apart from Pants, there are several local theatre groups and young artists having a similar try in documentary theatre, be it a production or community project. They will also be invited to a discussion panel, together with the overseas guests, to examine the ethical/practical/theoretical issues on documentary theatre, as well as the possibility of further development locally.

There is a paper or narrative sharing session open for submission, if you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us for further details.

Day 1
29 July 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 09:30-10:00

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Welcome & Registration

Time: 10:00-13:00

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Introduction: Theatre and Society

Speakers: Nicolas Kent (UK) | Hans-Werner Kroesinger (GER) |Prof. Carol Martin (US) |Prof. Ceri Sherlock (HK)
Moderator: Hoi-fai Wu (HK)

Time: 14:30-16:00

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

The Uniqueness of Documentary Theatre: Styles and Contents (1)

Speakers: Terence Chang (HK) | Prof. Carol Martin (US) |Greg Pierotti (US)
Moderator:William Chan (HK)

Time: 16:00-17:30

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

The Uniqueness of Documentary Theatre: Styles and Contents (2)

Speakers: Philip Ralph (UK) (Video Conference) | Hoi-fai Wu (HK)
Moderator: William Chan (HK)

Day 2
30 July 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 10:00-11:30

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Influence of Documentary Theatre (1)

Speakers: Nicolas Kent (UK) | Robin Soans (UK)
Moderator: Sim-fong Lai (HK)

Time: 12:00-13:00

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Influence of Documentary Theatre (2)

Speakers: Chun-fai Wong (HK) | Estella Wong (HK)| Miao Hua (HK)| Kenny Law (HK)| Dr. Law Miu Lan (HK)
Moderator: Sim-fong Lai (HK)

Time: 14:30-15:30

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Influence of Documentary Theatre (3)

Speaker: Hans-Werner Kroesinger (Germany) | Moderator: Sim-fong Lai (HK)

Time: 16:00-18:00

Venue: Recital Hall, HKAPA

Round Table Conference

Speakers: William Chan (HK) | Prof. Carol Martin (US) | Greg Pierotti (US) | Prof. Ceri Sherlock (HK) | Robin Soans (UK) | Chun-fai Wong (HK) | Estella Wong (HK) | Hoi-fai Wu (HK)
Moderator: Paul Poon (HK)

29-30.7.2017 (Sat-Sun) 10am-6pm

Venue: Recital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Language: Mainly in English
(Simultaneous Interpretation Service provided in Round Table Conference)

Free Admission

Application method: Please apply by entering information in www.art-mate.net on or before 12 July 2017, and confirmation will be received within 3 days. Limited quota on first-come-first-served basis.


List of Guest Speakers & Moderator (In Alphabetical order)