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Review-IndepenDANCE Hong Kong-CCDC7-12-14

As part of their 35th anniversary celebrations, the City Contemporary Dance Company presented six pieces of contemporary dance with abstract themes; which both delighted and puzzled simultaneously. As a dance rookie I arrived with a completely blank slate of expectations. The blackbox venue was perfect for the performances, with minimal set pieces to organise between sets.

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Review-IndepenDANCE Taiwan-CCDC5-12-14

Continuing to celebrate their 35th anniversary, the City Contemporary Dance Company invited artistic director of MeimageDance Ho Hsiao-mei and her team from Taiwan to bring three new works to Hong Kong audiences. The three performances were delightful to watch and the dancers’ skills superb. All three dance performances explored different themes and it was refreshing to see the different interpretations and influences of our Taiwanese counterparts, even if I didn’t always make the connection.

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Review-Choreographers' Showcase-The Hong Kong Ballet29-11-14

A total of eight works were featured last night and all were choreographed by dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet for the dancers of the Hong Kong Ballet. While it was a pleasurable evening overall, marked with ample athleticism and technique, there was a definite lack of vision and experimentation.

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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-Standing Bird 2-HKPFF6-11-14

A one-hour piece of solo dance theatre, Standing Bird 2 explores the metamorphic journey of a woman spreading her wings through movement, sound and imagery. Directed by Sally Richardson and performed by Jacqui Claus (Dance Australia Critics Choice ‘Most Outstanding Female Dancer 2012’), the performance impressed and unnerved with demanding body images and dance.

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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-In-Between-CCDC27-9-14

Three choreographers from CCDC, Peggy Lam, Shirley Lom and Anh Ngoc Nguyen teamed up to choreograph what is possibly the most enjoyable hour and thirty minutes I’ve ever spent watching a dance performance.

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

‘Ding Dong’ the Duck is dead!

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