Hong Kong Transfers: Transmedial Travels in the Theatre of Relations

  • Rossella FerrariEmail author
Part of the Transnational Theatre Histories book series (TTH)


This chapter focuses on aesthetic responses to Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to the People’s Republic of China. It surveys performance and visual arts collaborations initiated by the Hong Kong collective Zuni Icosahedron with contributors from across the Asia Pacific region as both allegories of post-1997 inter-Chinese geopolitics and expressions of a trans-Asian poetics of relations. The performance-cum-video installation Video Circle (1996–2003) and the transmedial series Journey to the East—developed over two decades since the 1980s and based on the predefined collaborative framework of One Table Two Chairs, inspired by xiqu (Chinese indigenous theatre or Chinese opera)—are scrutinized as paradigms of networked performance that resonate with Nicolas Bourriaud’s notions of relational aesthetics and artwork in journey-form.


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