Artocrite Theater “Venaissance”: I am Tree

Date : 22-24, 27-31 December 2023
Venue : West Kowloon Cultural District - The Box, Freespace

How can I become a tree, rooted deep in the soil, unyielding yet peaceful?

This December, Artocrite Theater premieres I am Tree in The Box at Freespace.

Inspired by South Korean author Han Kang’s prize-winning novel The Vegetarian and French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, the production explores the complexity of contemporary relationships through a surreal tale of determination, defiance and self-sacrifice.

Waking from a dream of a tree, a woman decides to stop eating meat. Those around her react in different ways – her husband dismisses her choice as a fad, her nephew views her as a muse for an art project, and her sister blames her for causing family chaos. But does anyone really see or hear her real motivations?
I am Tree is part of the WestK Creators series, with its research and development supported by WestK. This programme is also part of the “Venaissance” project by Artocrite Theater.

About WestK Creators

WestK Creators celebrates contemporary Hong Kong artists working across a variety of performing arts disciplines, contexts and forms. Encouraging exchange and collaboration, the series showcases innovative original productions, and nurtures experimentation and new perspectives for the Hong Kong performing arts scene.

Curated and produced by the Contemporary Performance Team of West Kowloon Performing Arts Division, WestK Creators promotes diverse creative voices and aesthetics, supports new work development, and facilitates the creation process from concept to stage, through residencies, research and development opportunities and work-in-progress presentations.

About Artocrite Theater "Venaissance"

“Venaissance”, a portmanteau merging from two words: Vegetation and Renaissance, is the major programme series of Artocrite Theater. Introducing vegetation-inspired stories, the series explores the vulnerability of humans and the dilemmas in everyday life.

Human and vegetation share a co-existence relationship in our daily lives. Numerous literatures and plays have used vegetation as a metaphor for humanity. Drawing inspiration from different plants and their distinct qualities, Artocrite Theater takes vegetation as the theme to question about human nature and our existence.

Artocrite Theater is financially supported by the HKADC

Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.

Project Grant : “Venaissance” is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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