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Theatre artist Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of making a live touring piece that puts no performer on tour in order to reduce “her” carbon footprint. Using a temperamental broadcast green screen, Pathetic Fallacy tackles a changing relationship to weather. Two award-winning local actors—a different one in each performance—take on the central role in this innovative and provocative work that circles around climate change and lands on one person.

In view of the uncertainty of venue availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this programme will be presented online only; date to be announced on this website.

The Chop
Pathetic Fallacy


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An inventive, thought-provoking show about climate change
Performed with two ingenious local actors

“Rochon has developed a visually impressive multi-media experience exploring art, culture and our changing perspective on climate change.”
“An ever-changing dreamy performance on our ever-changing weather.” Voice (UK)

Pathetic Fallacy is an inventive and thought-provoking show about climate change from The Chop, creators of the award-winning international hit How to Disappear Completely. Weather forecasts, DIY cinematography, action films, choreography, gallery talks, meteorological science, and local stand-ins all combine for an inspiring experience.

Writer-director Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of creating a live touring work that reduces climate impact by putting no performer “on tour.” Instead, every show—regardless of geographic location—presents a local actor in the central role of this provocative piece that plots a line between ancient weather gods and immediate conundrums. HKAF invites two local award-winning artists to take the stage in separate performances—Pichead Amornsomboon and Tony Wong.

Pathetic Fallacy examines our changing relationship to weather. It circles around climate change and lands on one person. It is more reflective than didactic, delivered with wit and curiosity. Urgently draws together landscape painting, small talk, meteorological science and the pathetic fallacy of the title—the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things like the weather—this piece questions the value of emotion in the face of a coming storm.

Performed in English with English and Chinese surtitles
Latecomers will not be admitted
Approx 1 hr with no interval

Venue partner:
Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts
Cast and Production
Guest Performers
Pichead Amornsomboon and Tony Wong* 

Text and Direction
Anita Rochon

Projection Design
Candelario Andrade
Milton Lim 

Original Projection Design
Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Outside Eye and Dramaturgy
Emelia Symington Fedy
Mark Chavez

Sarah Stanley

Lighting Design
Itai Erdal

Video Audio
Malcolm Dow

*With kind permission of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts