THE BOX BOOK - The Beauty and The Beast of Hong Kong Culture

Edited by Kung Chi Shing, Peter Suart, Lo Yin Shan and Valerie Doran.
‘the box' is a theatrical music ensemble founded by Kung Chi Shing and Peter Suart in Hong Kong in 1987. The two founders share an interest in experimental music, improvisation, visual and theatrical environments for music, and in literature. They draw on various musical forms—ambient, electronic, rock, folk—and use sound, words, images, movement, costume and environment in a theatrical fashion. 'the box' has collaborated with numerous musicians, artists, dancers, writers and actors, both on ‘box' shows and on the dance and theatre works of other groups. The band occupies an unusual position in Hong Kong culture, one which straddles popular and experimental forms.
Book 1—band history presents an overview of twenty-two years of the ensemble's work.
Book 2—songwords, prose, poetry contains a selection of songs, stories and poems written for the ensemble and for other projects in which Kung and Suart have had a part. The texts are by Peter Suart, Valerie Doran and a number of other writers.
Book 3—conversations carries 20 dialogues and 15 articles contributed by a wide range of people, about Hong Kong, its cultural environment and its arts scene between 1987 and 2009. No band is an island; 'the box' has been shaped by the city of Hong Kong.


THE BOX BOOK - The Beauty and The Beast of Hong Kong Culture


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