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Meet the Right Person at the Right Time - Edward Lam's 30-year Creative Journey
對的時間遇見對的人 ——林奕華細說他的非常創作30年
Date 日期:  18 Sep 2021
Time 時間: 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Venue 地點: CBC, Chow Yei Ching Building
Speaker(s) 講師: Mr. Edward Lam 林奕華先生
Summary 內容: 時間,一分一秒的過;故事,一篇一章的累積;成長,一拐一跌的行進。
然而,當三十年六十多部作品成為歷史,時間來到2021年,「非常」原來才是劇團成立之初定下的精神標誌: 在一切被習以為常的模式與規範不再生效,創作之所以重要,便是因為它代表著創作人的理念,凡事不能只以單一和慣性的角度來面對。「非常」,就是重新思考什麼是「正常」,尤其當世界陷入「非常時期」,林奕華三十年來累績的經驗,便得到很大的發揮。

客觀上明明「不對」,但主觀的「對」卻能改寫其中的意義。林奕華相信人生必須要有故事,藉疫情尙未過去的「非常日子」,他準備以好些「非常邂逅」跟大家分享「為什麼創作如此重要」: 時間與人都要「對」,都是由敢於「不對」開始!

Edward Lam, Artistic Director and Theatre Director of Edward Lam Dance Theatre, established the “非常林奕華 Edward Lam Dance Theatre” (literal translation, “Atypical Edward Lam”) after he left Zuni Icosahedron in 1991. Since then, he has devoted himself to theatre and directed more than 60 original works. It is rare to name a theatre group after an individual, but the focus should be on the adjective “atypical”; which is the spirit of the theatre group.

Creation is important as it represents the idea of the creator, and we should not view things from a single and passive perspective. We need to rethink our definition of "normal", especially when the world falls into an "extraordinary period." Edward Lam’s 30 years of accumulated experience has been of great influence in his works.

Edward has met many people on his creative journey, including Hong Kong scriptwriter, Kam Kwok-leung; his mentor, Danny Yung, Taiwanese director, Edward Yang, Hong Kong film director, Stanley Kwan, and Taiwanese actress, Sylvia Chang Ai-chia. All these encounters have led Edward along a very different path. He is always thankful for meeting the right person at the right time. Edward believes that life must have a story. In this unusual period of time, he has prepared some unusual encounters to share with you that might illuminate why creation is so important – meeting the right person at the right time can start from the “wrong” one!

Edward Lam’s works during COVID-19:
「非常林奕華」劇場作品選映 Screening of Edward Lam’s Theatre Works
Dates: 18/9 & 25/9/2021 (Sat)
Time: 14:30-18:30
Venue: CBC, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU
Language: Cantonese/Mandarin with Chinese Subtitles
#1 (18/9)│梁祝的繼承者們 Art School Musical
#2 (25/9)│TBC

Dates: 30/9, 7/10, 21/10, 28/10/2021 (Thu)
Time: 18:45-20:45
Venue: MWT4, LE4 & CPD-1.24, HKU
Language: Cantonese (simultaneous interpretation will be provided upon request by 23/9)

Registration (HKU students and staff): 

Speaker: Mr. Edward Lam 林奕華先生
Artistic Director and Theatre Director of Edward Lam Dance Theatre

For full version of the course description, please refer to
Bio of Speaker(s) 講者簡介: 「非常林奕華」藝術總監,劇場導演。至今編導六十一齣原創作品。香港藝術發展獎藝術家年獎(戲劇)得主,並分別憑《男人與女人之戰爭與和平》、《紅娘的異想世界之在西廂》、《紅樓夢》三獲上海現代戲劇谷「壹戲劇大賞」年度最佳導演獎。二零一六年台灣《PAR表演藝術》雜誌出版第一本研究林奕華導演作品的著作《Who’s Afraid of 林奕華:在劇場,與禁忌玩遊戲》(徐硯美著)。一九九七年開始主持通識課程。

Artistic Director and Theatre Director of Edward Lam Dance Theatre, Lam founded Zuni Icosahedron with friends in the early 1980s, and established Edward Lam Dance Theatre during his residence in London (1989 to 1995). Since returning to Hong Kong in 1995, he has devoted himself to the theatre and has directed 58 original works. Lam was awarded “Best Director” at “Modern Drama Valley’s One Drama Awards” for his works, Men and Women, War and Peace (2010), The Doppelgänger (2012), and What is Sex (2017), and was named “Artist of the Year” (Theatre) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2017. His musical theatre piece, Art School Musical (2014) has toured over a dozen cities in Asia, and had its fourth rerun in Hong Kong at Freespace in October 2019.

Books of Lam’s collected essays include Waiting For Hong KongThe Meaning Of EntertainmentEvil But GlamorousMy TV
Dinner Years, and Leading Ladies In The Mandarin Cinema. Who Is Afraid Of Edward Lam, Alexander Hsu’s analysis of Lam’s stage works from 2006 to 2015, was published by Performing Arts Review in Taiwan (2016).