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Hong Kong making a (dance) scene in Taipei

Hong Kong Week opens tomorrow with the first of four dance productions and a multimedia exhibition

By Diane Baker  /  Staff Reporter

The Hong Kong Dance Company will perform L’Amour Immortel at the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center in Taipei on Friday and Saturday next week.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Yau

The seventh edition of Hong Kong Week presented by the Hong Kong Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee, might be focused on dance, but includes a large multimedia exhibition at Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park.

While the program is called a week, it actually runs for more than two weeks, until Dec. 16.

Under the theme “Dance Shimmers,” four companies vastly different in size and genre will be presented, from the large — the Hong Kong Ballet (香港芭蕾舞團) and the Hong Kong Dance Company (香港舞蹈團) — to the small, NEO Dance HK and Y-Space.

The festivities open tomorrow night with the Hong Kong Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland), which its artistic director, Septime Webre, choreographed for his former company, the Washington Ballet, and remounted for his new dancers.

The show at the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center in Shilin District (士林), appeared to be sold out weeks ago, but this week the artsticket.com.tw Web site showed that there were still some seats available for tomorrow’s show and just 1 for Saturday’s matinee.

ALICE (in wonderland) is a whimsical combination of stories and characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, with a bit of puppetry thrown in.

The Search for Hong Kong Light and Shadow Exhibition, which opens tomorrow at Huashan’s West Hall 1, features works by 14 young artists or groups showing the territory’s unique urban landscape, including animations, installations and advertisements.

The exhibition is divided into four categories: transportation (行), living (住), food (食) and language (字) and includes works by John Chan, Dylan Kwok, Nine Monkeys Workshop and Hong Kong Heritage.

The exhibition is free and runs through Sunday next week.

Opening at Huashan’s Umay Theater next week is the eight-year-old Neo Dance HK, founded by Justyne Li (李思颺) and Wong Tan-ki (王丹琦), with Soul Casting (凝體術), which was choreographed by the pair. The show is described as “a sonata of tactics composed of different human experiments.”

The final weekend sees two performances of the Hong Kong Dance Company’s L’Amour Immortel (倩女‧幽魂) on Dec. 14 and Dec. 15 at the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, while out at the Cloud Gate Theater in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水), Y-Space explores the work of one of the territory’s most influential choreographers, with Helen Lai in the Post-90s (90後的黎海寧) on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16.

L’Amour Immortel is based on Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio (聊齋誌異) and inspired by the 1980s film, A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂).

Tickets range from NT$800 to NT$2,400, and as of press time yesterday there were about 28 of the top seats left for Saturday’s show, and more than 60 left for Friday’s, in all price ranges.

Helen Lai in the Post-90s, which premiered at i-Dance Festival (HK) 2016, offers a series of excerpts from Lai’s works such as HerStory, Plaza X, Nine Songs and In the Beginning.

Lai, who trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance, worked as a choreographer and assistant dance director for Rediffusion Television before joining City Contemporary Dance Company (城市當代舞蹈團) in 1979, where she served as artistic director from 1985 to 1989 and resident choreographer from 1991 to 2011. However, she has choreographed for almost every dance and performing arts troupe in the territory.

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