20 Mar ‑ 20 Jun 2020 (everyday) 6:03am ‑ next day 1:01am (18 hours 58 minutes)
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This is Wan Chai is an approximately 150 metres long photographic installation that exhibits at MTR Wan Chai Station. The artwork is an observation of the theatrical stage everyday life presents, via the lens of magical realism. Conceived by artist Jevan Chowdhury and performed by 40 principal, soloist, coryphée, corps de ballet dancers and members of the public. The artwork transformed the station into a living stage of choreographed street scenes that commuters play their part in as they pass through. Moreover, it aims to reimagine and reinvent the station as a public space at the heart of the community.

London based, Wind & Foster was commissioned to make This is Wan Chai as part of the Moving Cities series, an on-going global inventory of film and photographic work in which cities are transcribed through dance. This award-winning global project has been staged in a great number of charming cities like London, Barcelona, New York and Dallas.

Commissioned by MTR Corporation and jointly initiated with Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), “This is Wan Chai” was made in collaboration with Hong Kong Ballet, Treacle Media, the UK’s Department for International Trade and Conran + Partners. It was produced by Wind & Foster as part of the Moving Cities series.

HKDC aims at sparking new synergies and activating local creative communities by fostering collaborations with businesses, brands and partner countries. This collaboration is one of HKDC’s cultural placemaking strategies to turn Wan Chai a design and creative district. HKDC’s pitch to all is "Co-Designing a Livable Smart City for Hong Kong”. Through inspirational cultural projects to transform the future of the city, as arts-based placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to community building and urban planning. MTR Wan Chai Station, as an important public space of the neighbourhood, is definitely an important anchor point for HKDC’s city-wise placemaking efforts in Wan Chai to conjure up new imaginations and relationships in a community, and enhance city’s walkability and connectivity.

The above information is provided by CityProg Partner MTR Corporation.

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