Arts of Hong Kong 2020: CCDC In Residence 2020 – I/YOU LOOK AT YOU/ME (Preview)
HONG KONG – Following their digital dance season earlier this year, Hong Kong’s City Contemporary Dance Company is partnering with Freespace to present three events based on the theme of “I/YOU LOOK AT YOU/ME” for the second year of their three-year CCDC in Residence programme.
Playing this December, the first of these programmes is Mr Blank, a dance theatre experience co-created by CCDC Resident Choreographer Sang Jijia and award-winning playwright Janice Poon. Originally premiering in 2018, Mr Blank challenges the use of surveillance cameras in our everyday lives, and features the use of closed circuit television within the performance venue (The Box of Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District). Contemplating how the role of the watcher and the one being watched are becoming increasingly blurred, Mr Blank also considers the authenticity of things that are caught on film, and the role of the camera, and if it is protecting, exploiting or manipulating us.
The second piece that will be presented is Social Distancing Theatre “Joyeux Noël”. Choreographed and performed by CCDC resident artist Noel Pong in her first solo performance, during the performance, the audience will be invited to move freely within the venue while respecting social distancing rules. In some sessions, they will be welcome to take photos and post on social media. From here, Noel narrows the distance between the performance and the audience, starting an intimate discussion in our hearts, creating immersion in spite of social distancing, and transcending the traditional gap between the conventional stage and auditorium.
Finally, The Pandora Studio is a free live streaming event which will be enable the public to view Hong Kong dance artists, includes Yuri Ng, Dominic Wong, Kong Wing Yee, Kwok Tsz Ying rehearsing live at The Studio, thereby demonstrating how the awareness of an audience can influence the artists’ creative process.
Mr Blank (re-run) plays from 27th to 30th December 2020. Joyeux Noël plays from 25th to 30th December 2020. The Pandora Studio streams from 23rd to 30th December 2020 online. More information available here, and tickets available here
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