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Review-Rice-New Vision Arts Festival8-11-14

Cloud Gate is known as one of the most prolific modern dance companies in Asia. I had the pleasure of seeing them a few years ago at the Hong Kong Arts Festival when they performed Legend of White Snake. They’re known for three particular things: a fusion of modern dance with martial arts, a blending of slow, extended movement with frenetic energy and a unique voice that tells Chinese stories in a new way.

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Review-Lost and Found-HKPFF2-11-14

A slow, spacious elevator carried me to the 7th floor of Wah Mow Factory Building. In the small but maze-like Unlock Dancing Plaza (UDP) U-Studio (there are layers of black and white drapery), I took my shoes off and sat in their comfortable floor chairs, (there were also around 15 chairs in the second row). Within the 60 minute performance, we laughed and sighed a little bit as the 5 performers slipped into different costumes and identities.

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Review-A Celebration of Dance-The Hong Kong Ballet26-10-14

In celebration of its 35th birthday, Hong Kong Ballet has put together a repertoire of three dance numbers in A Celebration of Dance. The programme includes Serenade by the legendary contemporary ballet choreographer George Balanchine, Castrati by renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato and the classic Swan Lake Act III by Natalia Conus after Marius Petipa’s 1895 original: three pieces of very different tones, each showing off different strengths of the Hong Kong Ballet’s male and female dancers.

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Review-Augmented Reality-HKPFF19-10-14

Augmented Reality by DanceOutHK is perhaps a misleading name for this five act performance, of which only two could arguably be truly about “a live direct or indirect view of a physical environment whose elements are altered (or supplemented) by technology”, as given in the official description. But this is a performance which fits right into the spirit of the fringe festival. Far from the predictable techno-rave hip hop robot dancing; it embraces noise music and industrial sounds, mixing together the sounds of nature like birdsong and in-use heavy machinery grinding away at your ears. It’s an experience and a good one.

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Review-Dream Illusion Bubble Shadow-Zuni Icosahedron20-9-14

‘Ding Dong’ the Duck is dead!

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Review- Red Poppies -Hong Kong Dance Company14-9-14

This isn’t the first time Hong Kong Dance Company has brought Red Poppies to the stage. It was first brought to life in 2007 and walked away with several Hong Kong Dance Alliance Awards. I was very excited to see it as I’ve not seen much Tibetan dance and always enjoy seeing something new. The story in Red Poppies centers around two brothers and their father who is a drug lord during the Opium wars. It’s a very interesting subject for a dance piece - something I’ve not seen explored before. The piece is based on a novel by Alai, apparently very famous in Chinese culture.

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Lights, Camera, Action!11-9-14

The Hecklers video is out! Thanks to our very hard working staff member, Joyce Wong, we have video footage of the ceremony from Sunday night for you to share with your friends and family near and far. Congrats to all the winners and the nominees.

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Hong Kong's Artists Hit the Town on Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hecklers!10-9-14

Sunday night was a night of glamour and fun at the second annual Heckler awards! Grappa's Cellar was the place to be as artists turned up from Hong Kong's Chinese and English theatre and dance communities to celebrate the best of the best in the past year's art scene.

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Shows We're Reviewing in September1-9-14

September is going to be a very busy month for the HKELD staff. If you want a review this month (or next) and have not requested it, we highly suggest you email us now. Hong Kong is most certainly NOT a cultural desert this month.

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Nominees- Best Dance Show6-8-14

Dance shows are really difficult to create and produce. Don't underestimate the amount of talent and skill it takes to create a fabulous dance production. What's great about this year's nominees is that we have different styles and mediums of dance from break dancing to ballet to modern and pieces with small and large budgets. It's also nice to see world premiere shows and new choreographers nominated for their work in HK's world of dance. New work should be celebrated.

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