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WOO Yan Wai, Mathias胡恩威

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Co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director of Zuni Icosahedron, Mathias Woo leads a career as a scriptwriter, director, producer as well as curator, and is recognized for a portfolio of more than 60 original theatre works, which have been invited to cities around the globe including Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tokyo, Singapore, Taipei, Berlin, Brussels and Krakow of Poland. Mathias’ theatre works explore subjects as wide-range as literature, history, architecture, religion, current political affairs. Woo is renowned for incorporating multimedia into theatre creation. The multimedia architectural musical series The Life &am; Times of Louis I. Kahn and Looking for Mies became the hallmark in the scene of Hong Kong theatre. His recent productions include Eighteen Springs, 1587, A Year of No Significance (an adaptation from historian Ray Huang’s book of the same title), Hua-Yen Sutra, East Wing West Wing series, and Kunqu opera Tang Xianzhu’s Dream on Dreams, and A Tale of The Forbidden City. Worked with Stan Lai, Edward Lam, Meng Jinghui for multimedia stage design. In 2009, Woo initiated and curated “Architecture is Art Festival”, the first of its kind themed on architecture in Hong Kong, which re-examines architecture from an artistic point of view, manifesting various artistic possibilities of architecture with different forms. Looking for Mies’ has been awarded the Design For Asia Award by Hong Kong Design Centre in 2012. He was awarded the “Shenzhen-Hong Kong Life Award: Arts and Culture Figure of the Year Award” by Southern Metropolis Daily in 2013.