Smoking With Grandma – Taiwan

Participate in Duo Town International Art Festival 2017 & 
Tua-Tiu-Tiann International Festival of Arts 2017

Created by HKADC Emerging Artist Grant recipient, Cathy SK Lam (The Immigration Lottery, Wither on the Vine and Confessions), Smoking with Grandma is a multi-media play about refugees that garnered critical acclaim both in Hong Kong and at Adelaide Fringe 2017. 

Maia calls 1996 “a year of loss.” It was the year before the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty back to China, and the year her grandmother passed away. Her grandma had spent most 
of her life in Tiu Keng Leng, a remote island of Hong Kong that served as refugee village for former Kuomintang officials and followers who fled there from Mainland China after the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. The night before Tiu Keng Leng is set to be demolished and disappear from the map forever, Maia unveils some buried secrets, and decides she wants to have a smoke with her grandma. 

About Make and Play Didgeridoo Workshop (Kaohsiung Only)  
Come join us with this interactive workshop in which everyone goes home with their own instrument and the basic knowledge of how to play it. This workshop synthesises arts and daily life, instrument making and wind instrument techniques into one comprehensive didgeridoo skills workshop that participants will be able to feel the healing of the nature.

About Didgeridoo:
“An authentic didgeridoo is made from a eucalyptus branch that has been hollowed out by termites as the branches lay on the ground. “Didgeridoo is a wind instrument that developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia and is one of the oldest instrument that still exists today. It is sometimes described as a natural wooden trumpet or “drone pipe”. The didgeridoo is played with continuously vibrating lips to produce the drone while using a special breathing technique called circular breathing. This requires breathing in through the nose whilst simultaneously expelling stored air out of the mouth using the tongue and cheeks. By use of this technique, a skilled player can replenish the air in their lungs, and with practice can sustain a note for as long as desired. Traditionally and originally, the didgeridoo was primarily played as an accompaniment to ceremonial dancing and singing. Today, musician pair up didgeridoo with beatboxing and electronic which adds the colours of mysteries. 

The workshop last for 90 minutes, participant will have to prepare a plastic pipe for making the didgeridoo. Size will be 1.2 inches (diameter) and 120-130 cm (length). Plastic pipe will be able to fine it in any hardware shop. 

Production Team
Script/Director: Cathy SK Lam
Music Director/Live Music: The Coelacanth
Producer/Performer: Katherine Leung as Maia Lee
Performer: Angel SY Chan as Woman
Video Performance: Kasen Tsui
Stage Manager: Cyrus Lin

Performance Details (Taipei)
Date:Oct 2017
Venue:Thinkers Theatre (No. 1, Lane 32, Section 1, Dihua St, Taipei)

Performance Details (Kaohsiung)
Date:Oct & Nov 2017
Venue:Kaohsiung Experimental Theatre (Gushan District, Kaohsiung)


The project is supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Administrative Region.
Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Kaohsiung City Government
Frank Chen Foundation
We ART Together Foundation
Tua-tiu-tiann International Festival Of Arts
Copyright of Video “Goodbye Tiu Keng Leng”granted by Hong Kong Youtuber Ng Siu Kai

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