French Theater Festival in March in Hong Kong [fr] [中文]

French Theater Festival 2016 took place in Hong Kong on March 12 with the presence of Ms Anne-Denis Blanchardon Consul (Culture, Education & Science) from the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, Ms Carina Lau, Hong Kong famous actress, Ms Nan-sun Shi, renowned Hong Kong film producer, Mr Stéphane Lam, French artistic director and Ms Christel Dupuch, teacher of modern languages.

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After assessment from the jury, the winners of the festival are as follows :

- The Award ‘Bauhinia de platine’ goes to La Compagnie des Pitres Rouges for the Best Performance Award with the performance of the theater play Le Médecin malgré lui by Molière

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- The Award ‘Bauhinia d’or’ goes to La Compagnie des Enfants Terribles for their performance of the play Le plaisir de l’Amour by Robert Pouderou

- The Award ‘Bauhinia d’argent’ goes to La Compagnie du Point du Jour for their performance of the play Inconnu à cette adresse by Kressmann Taylor

- The Award ‘Bauhinia de bronze’ goes to La Compagnie des Enfants Terribles for their performance of the play Pyjama pour Six by Marc Camoletti

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The members of the jury acknowledged that it is not easy to reach a consensus for the awards, as each theater groups were performing the plays with such a high quality and different genres of plays was involved. According to Ms Carina Lau, these French actors are extraordinarily talented and joyful, and she was really impressed by their dedication in helping out the Cambodian children for improving their lives and education via the help of the charitable organization Pour un Sourire d’Enfant.

Mr and Ms Biessy, the organizers of this very first French Theater Festival in Hong Kong, established this festival with the aim to raise funds for the charitable organization Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), which offers education and a future for the underprivileged children in Cambodia. Their objective was to support a whole class of the PSE Business School financially for an entire year, on which the funds raised at this festival will be used.

During the closing event, the Award ‘Prix du Public’ has also been dedicated to La Compagnie des Pitres Rouges for the performance of the play Le Médecin malgré lui and the Award ‘Prix des élèves’ went to La Compagnie des Enfants Terribles for their performance of the play Pyjama pour Six.

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As a part of the many events going on during the Francophonie Festival 2016 which was supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, a total of nine school workshops and performances also took place during the French Theater Festival between March 9 and 12. The main objective of such school events is to facilitate exchange between students at local schools and the French language in the theatrical world. A total of around 1300 students from French International School Victor Segalen, Chinese International School, La Salle College, King Georges V and Carmel School (Elsa High School) have all benefited from these invaluable exchanges with the actors in the theatrical groups, discovering the emotions, intelligence and sensibility of the Francophone theatrical world.

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Performance of the play « Le médecin malgré lui » by Les Pitres Rouges at La Salle College

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A theater workshop held at the Chinese International School by the theater company Les Enfants Terribles

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A theater workshop held at the King George V School

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A school workshop at King George V School with Philippe Thourel on the interpretation of the text “The Fox and the Crow”, one of Aesop’s Fables

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A school workshop at King George V School with Philippe Thourel on the interpretation of the text “The Fox and the Crow”, one of Aesop’s Fables

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Theater performance of the play « Le médecin malgré lui » by the theater company Les Pitres Rouges at the French International School

publié le 01/04/2016

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