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08 Jun 2017

The Curtains Open at the All-New ArtisTree

Taikoo Place’s dynamic event space continues to make arts more accessible and nurtures local artistic talent

Swire Properties today unveiled the new ArtisTree at Taikoo Place, a dynamic and flexible 7,000 sq ft space dedicated to showcasing unique arts and culture programmes. With a focus on the performing arts, the new ArtisTree hopes to foster the emergence of new art forms and host a diverse range of original works by international and local artists, as well as to present original and creative productions that have never been staged in Asia or Hong Kong.

The opening ceremony today was officiated by Ms Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR and Mr Don Taylor, Director, Office at Swire Properties. Arts and culture lovers enjoyed an exclusive VIP performance of the specially commissioned piece “ContempoLion” – a new, original dance and multi-media production by acclaimed Hong Kong choreographer Daniel Yeung that reinterprets traditional lion dance. 

Originally located at Cornwall House, ArtisTree has now relocated to Cambridge House and has been upgraded to include professional theatre-standard stage lighting and audio-visual technologies. An integral part of the HK$15 billion Taikoo Place redevelopment, ArtisTree is a lifestyle offering that aims to make arts and culture more accessible to everyone.

Don Taylor, Director, Office at Swire Properties said: “With the launch of the new ArtisTree, we can host a wider range of original and creative productions, by world-class local and overseas artists. ArtisTree not only brings an unprecedented level of arts and culture to Taikoo Place, it is set to further enhance the city’s position in these areas, on the world stage. Swire Properties is dedicated to creating value for the communities in which it operates, and ArtisTree is a great example of how we’ve set the bar in terms of what a commercial hub can offer tenants, the wider community and the city’s residents.” 

To celebrate the launch of the new ArtisTree, the event space will host productions by local and international artists for one month, including: “ContempoLion”, “La Traviata”, “Folk” and “Animatorium”. What’s more, to nurture local talent, Swire Properties will also offer masterclasses for aspiring performers. This is a rare opportunity to be coached by award-winning choreographer Caroline Finn, and for opera-buffs to witness award-winning opera director Nic Muni at work while he coaches professional singers. 

Following the opening-season programmes, ArtisTree has a host of dance, music and visual arts programmes lined up throughout the year. Programmes include: 
• July – City Contemporary Dance Company’s open rehearsal of The Little Prince; 
• August – Hong Kong International Drummer Festival’s Asia-Pacific Drummer Competition and Masterclass; 
• August to October – A visual arts exhibition presented by Lévy Gorvy Gallery;
• October to November – A collaborative project with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority; 
• November or December – A visual arts exhibition presented by Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation. 

For more information on Taikoo Place and ArtisTree, visit www.taikooplace.com. Follow Taikoo Place at www.facebook.com/taikooplacehk.

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.Don Taylor, Director, Office at Swire Properties, officially unveils the new ArtisTree at Taikoo Place.

.Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR officiates the launch of the new ArtisTree in Cambridge House at Taikoo Place – a multi-purpose venue designed as a platform for the emergence of new art forms and a diverse range of original works.

.From left to right: Frank Leung, Founder & Principal, via. Architecture Limited; Kearen Pang, acclaimed cross-media creator, film director and theatre actress ; Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR; Don Taylor, Director, Office of Swire Properties; Dora Ng, Chief Costume Designer of “ContempoLion”; and Daniel Yeung, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of “ContempoLion”, celebrate the opening of the new ArtisTree at Taikoo Place.

.Officiating guests including Don Taylor, Director, Office at Swire Properties (third from right), and Florence Hui, SBS, JP, Under Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR (third from left) toast to ArtisTree’s success.

.Daniel Yeung, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of “ContempoLion”, was joined by Kearen Pang, acclaimed cross-media creator, film director and theatre actress.

.The new ArtisTree is located at Cambridge House in Taikoo Place, and is a dynamic and flexible 7,000 sq ft space dedicated to showcasing unique arts and culture programmes.

.Acclaimed Hong Kong choreographer Daniel Yeung was specially commissioned by Swire Properties to create “ContempoLion”, an original contemporary dance and multi-media work based on the lion dance tradition.

.Acclaimed Hong Kong choreographer Daniel Yeung was specially commissioned by Swire Properties to create “ContempoLion”, an original contemporary dance and multi-media work based on the lion dance tradition.

.Acclaimed Hong Kong choreographer Daniel Yeung was specially commissioned by Swire Properties to create “ContempoLion”, an original contemporary dance and multi-media work based on the lion dance tradition.

.Produced by More Than Musical, a new non-profit opera company based in Hong Kong, “La Traviata” invites audiences to experience a 90-minute adaptation of the Italian opera classic.

.The internationally-acclaimed National Dance Company Wales will premiere for the first time in Asia two recent works, “Animatorium” and “Folk”, which were both developed by Artistic Director Caroline Finn.