《紅樓夢 – 夢紅樓》芭蕾舞劇遭刪減內容事宜
有傳媒報道指由香港芭蕾舞團及德國多蒙特芭蕾舞團合作演出的芭蕾舞劇《紅樓夢 – 夢紅樓》在 閣下有份出席的首演後即遭刪減有關文化大革命和紅衛兵的內容，事件可能涉及政治干預藝術創作，更有論者指出政治干預可能來自中聯辦人員。上述說法倘若屬實，將嚴重衝擊香港的表達和創作自由。本人認為 閣下應嚴肅考慮就上述報道作出回應。
為此，本人特致函 閣下，查詢 閣下能否澄清 閣下或 貴辦人員曾否就上述舞劇的內容和演出編排提出任何意見、建議或要求。若有，有關意見、要求或建議的詳情是甚麼？
盼望 閣下能盡快回應上述查詢，向香港市民，特別是文化藝術界公開說明 閣下對上述事件的看法和立場。
31 October 2013
Dear Dr Olaf Roth
Re: The Dream of The Red Chamber: Censorship Allegation
Hope this email finds you well.
I am writing to invite Ballett Dortmund to provide information to help me and concerned members of the community to follow up on the alleged censorship of the performance in Hong Kong.
I am a Hong Kong lawmaker and currently Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Legislative Council’s Panel on Home Affairs. The Panel oversees the cultural policy and members watch out for the community’s freedom of expression.
Your Hong Kong counterparts told a press conference yesterday the cut of the projection sequence following the premiere was caused by technical problems including subtitles not provided on time by you. Earlier, on Tuesday, ballet representatives said the sequence was cut because it was too long and too modern for local audiences to accept.
We have learnt from German and Hong Kong media views and details that are quite different from the above-mentioned explanations. For example, Tobias Ehinger and Piotr Gregorowicz were quoted to have suggested that considerations other than artistic ones were the reasons behind the changes made to the performance.
There are serious concerns and many questions to be answered. I should be most grateful if you could tell me what you were told by your staff on the ground and your response to the explanations given by your Hong Kong counterparts.
Please note that the Panel on Home Affairs is scheduled to meet on 8 November and I intend to raise this matter at the meeting to allow members to make comments and discuss what actions to take if necessary.
Thank you in advance for your kind attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr Kenneth Chan
Vice-Chairman, Panel on Home Affairs