Sep 2010

the will to build at shanghai expo

"A performance with both skill and verve… much needed in a city that is now as densely populated as any in the world"
The Architects Journal UK, Dec 08

"highly surprising and deeply moving… this production should be performed in all secondary schools, universities, public housing estates and squares"
Lee Ou-fan, Ming Pao Daily News

Acclaimed Hong Kong-based theatre company Theatre du Pif collaborates with BURST TV, a London-based collective of multi-media artists, in a provocative piece of "verbatim theatre" that aims to stimulate debate about the value of Hong Kong's built heritage.

Exploring five key elements - space, pace, functionality, spirituality and identity, The Will to Build examines the past, present and future of Hong Kong’s relentless cycle of construction and destruction, and its effects on the bodies, hearts and minds of the city's inhabitants.

This powerful drama skillfully weaves together verbatim transcripts of Theatre du Pif's interviews with real people who are intimately involved in and affected by our city's obstinate will to build: property tycoons, construction workers, architects, planners, preservation activists, politicians, Feng Shui masters, former colonial dignitaries, cage-dwellers…

Director / Writer : Bonni Chan
Performers : Sean Curran, Anson Lam, Claire Nicholls, Sheung Ming-fai, Shirley Tsoi, Ivy Tsui, Benny Yu, Booni Chan
Viideo and Audio Designer : BURST TV (UK)
Literary Advisor : Liam Hurley (UK)
Stage Designer : Charfi Hung
Lighting Designer : Lau Ming-hang
Costume Designer : Cheng Man-wing
the will to build at shanghai expo
the will to build at shanghai expo