Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the 28th Macao Arts Festival (MAF) presents a number of extraordinary programmes, bringing a diverse artistic experience for the public. In addition, various outreach activities are provided for residents to transcend the boundaries of arts through different approaches.
This edition of MAF offers a variety of exceptional performances featuring, in dance, the opening show Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music and the hypnotizing performance A Letter to My Nephew by internationally acclaimed North-American modern dance company Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane; Double Bill by Hiroaki Umeda, a new work developed in cooperation with local dancers, as well as a solo piece that breaks down the human body’s barriers; and the ballet Hu(r)mano by emerging Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira. For the theatres, the Festival presents the closing show The Seagull, one of Russian author Anton Chekov’s masterpieces, performed by the Reykjavik City Theatre, which moves the plot from a Russian country estate to Iceland to explore human nature; the National Peking Opera Company presents an abridged adaptation of the classic Lady Anguo; on the 110th anniversary of Chinese theatre, the Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre takes to the stage a production of the classic Westland Feuds; and the Dirks Theatre Arts Association presents The Nether, which portrays the seemingly limitless dividing line between the real and virtual worlds. Additionally, the Festival features family programmes Rusty Nails & Other Heroes and A Mano, as well as the concert Resonance through Space-Time presented by the Macao Orchestra and The Soul of Macao – Peking Opera Concert performed by the Macao Chinese Orchestra, which are the fantastic programmes not to be missed. Limited number of tickets for the above performances are available through the Macau Ticketing Network and subject to availability.
In order to provide artistic experience for different types of spectators, the MAF features assorted Outreach Programme, which includes a lecture on 2 April, conducted by scholars from Hong Kong and Macao, Che Hio Ieong, Damian Cheng and Lei Chin Pang, bringing the audience to explore the theme of this year’s MAF “Heterotopia”, introducing Foucault and his works and explaining the relationship between heterotopia and our daily life; on 8 April, the famous Hong Kong expert in Japanese culture, Kengo, holds the lecture “The Untold Secrets of Japan – Kengo’s Talk on Japanese Culture”, showing participants the way to understand the Japanese Yamato people and unveil crazy and bizarre secrets of Japan. Both lectures are conducted in Cantonese. On 29 April, the “Masterclass with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company” helps participants to explore themselves, practice and reflect on how to use one’s own body in performances to express social issues. “Secondary School Students Writing on the MAF” and “Adventures of Illustrated Stories” will be held between April and May, registration is open to local secondary schools and relevant organizations or groups. Interested parties can register online through www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event or by phone through tel. 8399 6699, during office hours.
For more information about the performances, outreach programmes, ticket purchase and other discounts, please refer to the 28th Macao Arts Festival Booklet or visit Macao Arts Festival website at www.icm.gov.mo/fam, follow the MAF’s page on Facebook or subscribe to IC’s WeChat account for the latest updates. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. Online ticket reservation is available at www.macauticket.com.