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Hong Kong Arts Festival is back!27-1-15

Hong Kong Arts Fest returns to Hong Kong next month presenting over 30 different productions a little over a month. They've done something a little different this year, in that a majority of all their shows are at 4 main playing spaces.

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Ballet Vocab for Dummies14-1-15

Going to the ballet for the first time or thinking about taking a class? Here's some terms to get you familiar with the moves.

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Review-Taboo-The City of Dreams7-1-15

HKELD was invited back to see the 4th run of Taboo at the City of Dreams in Macau. They have brought in new performers, new choreography and put a new spin on their “playful cabaret.”

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Review-The Nutcracker-The Hong Kong Ballet21-12-14

No Christmas would be complete without The Nutcracker, even for a temporary Bah Humbug like me this year. The story was an adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and The Mouse King and it was a very interesting adaptation indeed. Think Inception-esque Nutcracker – a dream within a fantastical children’s tale – to me, pure genius. Congratulations Terence Kohler!

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Gifs That Prove Christmas is Better With Dance19-12-14

Christmas movies seem to always have a dance scene in them. They're made better by choreography.

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Review-Amidst the Wind-CCDC16-12-14

Masters of the Hong Kong Contemporary Dance Scene and the art of quick-change, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) presented an evening of excellence.

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Review-Storm Clouds-Hong Kong Dance Company14-12-14

Based on a local iconic martial arts-fantasy comic series, The Storm Rider, illustrated by Ma Wing Sing, Storm Clouds is a cinematic, first ever, dance production of the much adapted story. The plot narrates the intertwined fates of two men, Lip Fung (the Storm, played by Yuan Shenglun) and Bo Ging-wan (the Cloud, played by Sun Gongwei) as they battle each other in love, hate, and brotherhood. Adopted by the legendary tyrant Hung Ba (Chen Jun) as children, Lip and Bo emerged as great warriors in their youth. A prophecy warns Hung Ba that the Storm and Cloud will be his doom and so he decides to turn Lip and Bo against each other with his daughter, Hao Chi (Pan Lingjuan), to secure his supremacy. Relationships fracture, hearts are broken, and havoc ensues as the dancers enact the story in impressive choreography by the acclaimed Yang Yuntao over four acts.

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Review-Salty Roast Crane-CCDC13-12-14

Salty Roast Crane opens with one of the most beautiful stage pictures I’ve ever seen. Tonal beats play rather than music, fog rolls in, a giant egg glows upstage left and the dancers hold frozen poses. Some of the poses were incredibly difficult and left the audience wondering when they would begin to move. They certainly couldn’t hold both legs in the air forever, could they? They held this frozen pose for five minutes or so—- but it felt much longer. The audience anticipation was growing. What was going to come next after such a magnificent opening moment?

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Review-A Place, Beijing Dance-CCDC12-12-14

For this touring version of A Place, which had been presented in Beijing twice before, choreographer Liu Bin drew inspiration from memories. The set was simply a stove with a kettle on top, a reminder of Liu’s childhood where, in order to keep warm, his family would huddle by the stove for dinner. Smoke emitted from the kettle, sometimes in little puffs, sometimes in billowing clouds, creating a great atmosphere for what memories are like: hazy, vague and not always crystal clear.

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Preview-Salty Roast Crane-CCDC8-12-14

Turn out your toes and move into a cannon! City Contemporary Dance Company is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Hong Kong and bringing together two weeks of modern dance. The City Contemporary Dance Festival started earlier this week and is showcasing performances from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong into one program. The Festival features brilliant performances, a dance photography exhibition and an exciting symposium to revisit CCDC’s contribution as the leading contemporary dance company in the Greater China Region over the past 35 years, active in promoting contemporary dance, nurturing upcoming choreographers and training young dancers.

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