For the last five years BNP Paribas Hong Kong and the BNP Paribas Foundation have been providing support to the Hong Kong Arts Festival under the ‘Artists-in-Residence’ project. This year, a company of performers working with live animation and music entertain secondary school students.
This year ‘The Paper Cinema’ company came to show off their skills in Hong Kong. This group gives live performances of animated theatre with musical accompaniment. At this year’s festival Nicholas Rawling, the company’s artistic director, is presenting a highly original version of Homer’s Odyssey.
As well as performing, the members of the company also initiate college and school students into the world of The Paper Cinema. The students are shown the basics of video animation art and are then tasked to craft their own performance using these techniques. This calls on the creativity of each young person who learns – working alongside the professional performers – to invent characters and bring them alive through animated paper figures. Very little in the way of material is used – basically just pen and paper – to produce the characters. Then, through the medium of light and music, the students’ creations become part of the company’s dreamlike world.
Following in the footsteps of Abou Lagraa and Pierre Rigal, French dancers and choreographers supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation, ‘The Paper Cinema’ is now taking its turn as part of the ‘Artists-in-Residence’ project, creating work for and, most importantly, passing on their skills to the younger generation.
‘Artists-in-Residence’ is part of the Dream Up programme – formerly known as Smart Start – conceived and financed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This international education programme, based on providing young people with training and practice in an artistic discipline, is currently running in eight European and four APAC region countries and will from 2015 onwards be deployed in a total of 30 countries in which BNP Paribas has a permanent establishment.
The BNP Paribas Group undertakes corporate philanthropy work in most of the 75 countries where we have a permanent establishment, either through its various business lines or through dedicated local Foundations, with grants totalling €40 million each year.