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“Rebirth of a Nation” by DJ Spooky

Date & Time:
15/10/2011  2:30 pm Start
15/10/2011  7:30 pm Start

Asian Premiere of World-Class Multimedia Performance
Plus Master Class.Workshop.Seminar

“Brilliant application of DJ-technique to film – Groundbreaking! ” –The Los Angeles Times
“Chilling, gripping and astounding…”— The Sydney Morning Herald
“Powerful? Yes. Like an audio-visual cyclone.”—The New Zealand Performance Arts Review

London Tate Modern and IMAX, New York MoMa, Athens Acropolis… These are just a few of the countless major international venues that the multimedia performance “Rebirth of a Nation by DJ Spooky” has gone to. Finally, the Hong Kong Arts Centre is bringing to Hong Kong the Asian Premiere of this world-class performance of the trendsetting “DJ mix applied to cinema”, a three-screen and surround-sound live remix of the first Hollywood blockbuster The Birth of a Nation made in 1915. A performance standing at the frontline of cinematic trend, which was first commissioned by the Lincoln Center Festival (New York City, USA), Rebirth of a Nation is an audiovisual mix of modern cool and classic grace.


Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre


# The 2 performances will be staged with the same content.

Standard ticket Prices: Stalls: $380; Circle: $320;

Group Booking Discount for Standard Ticket:
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 tickets (Stalls: $342; Circle: $288)
15% off for each purchase of 10-19 tickets (Stalls: $323; Circle: $272)
20% off for each purchase of 20 or more tickets (Stalls: $304; Circle: $256)

Discounted ticket prices: Stalls: $266*; Circle: $224*
*Tickets for full-time students, senior citizens, aged 60 and above, and physically challenged individuals.


Hong Kong Arts Centre


DJ Spooky
DJ Spooky is a global visionary DJ/VJ and renowned video artist and writer. He has worked alongside top-notch international personalities including Ryuichi Sakamoto (Academy Award-winning musician) , Yoko Ono (Recipient of Hiroshima Art Prize), Kronos Quartet (Grammy Award-winning string quartet), Steve Reich (Grammy Award-winning electronic music pioneer).

DJ Workshop (FINISHED)

Photos Review:

Workshop details:
- Basic genre classification of DJ music
- Traditional DJ format & Computerised DJ format
(DJ Turntable, DJ CD Player, Serato DJ Software, Traktor DJ Software)
- Evolution of Hong Kong DJ music and clubbing in this decade
- Music style of International DJ/Producer
- Basics of Scratching and Mixing & DJ equipment

Date & Time:
24 September, 2011(Sat), 3pm – 5:30pm;
24 September, 2011(Sat), 7pm – 9:30pm

McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre

DJ Frankie Lam (Hong Kong Best DJ in 2006 chosen by HK Magazine)
Conducted in Cantonese
Ticket Price: $150 (Limited seats. Act fast.)

# The two workshops will be conducted with the same content.

Seminar (FINISHED)
The Birth/ Rebirth of a Nation: A Reflection on American Politics, Society and Film Culture

The Birth of a Nation (1915) has marked a milestone in film history with its unprecedented techniques in film narration during its time of release. These techniques include deep focus and facial close-up. It is the first Hollywood blockbuster and the first moving picture to be shown at the White House in history. Since its release, it has invigorated numerous controversies. The seminar will centre on the reasons behind the far-reaching influences of The Birth of a Nation on the technique of filmic narration in history, and how the concept of American “rebirth” is expressed aesthetically and politically in DJ Spooky’s audiovisual remix of The Birth of a Nation.

Date & Time:

8 October 2011 (Sat), 3pm-5pm


agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Sam Ho(Programmer of Hong Kong Film Archive)
Dr. Simon Shen(Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The Hong Kong Institute of Education;Chancellor of Roundtable)

Conducted in Cantonese. Free Admission.

Master Class and DJ Demonstration (FINISHED)

DJ Spooky expounds the concept of Sampling Digital Music of his edited Sound Unbound, explores the role of sound and digital media in an information-based society and talks about the relation between contemporary art and composition. He reconstructs the history of sound and recorded media by analysing the ideas of Brian Eno, Moby, Steve Reich, Chuck D and other artists and writers and even dabbles at the connection of Islamic culture and Hip Hop in discussion of how music, art and literature blur the line to integrate. Supplemented with rare sound and found footage, the text and art are stated in detail in the vein of multimedia. DJ Spooky will also demonstrate the technique of DJ.

14 October 2011 (Fri), 7:30pm-9pm 
agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Moderator: Dr. Wong Chi-chung(Music Veteran)
Conducted in English with partial Cantonese explanation
Ticket Price: $40

Tickets will be available at URBTIX outlets from 22 August.

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Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009
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Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Supported by: Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Sponsored by: I.T double-park
Hotel Partner: Le Méridien Cyberport
Media Partner: U Magazine
Social Media Channel Support: alivenotdead
Special thanks: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Alpha Project

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