City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is partnering with Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District to co-present the City Contemporary Dance Festival 2021 (the Festival) as part of the CCDC in Residence programme. Under the leadership of CCDC’s newly-appointed Artistic Director Yuri Ng, the Festival presents an extraordinary array of programmes under the theme of “Danzcation”.
Although social restriction measures have confined Hong Kongers to the city, CCDC sees this as an opportunity to promote contemporary dance by offering a dynamic experience for local audiences. Through the different perspectives of participating artists, the programmes focus on the relationships between self-identity, the city and one’s hometown.
The opening performance of “Danzcation”, Home Sweat Home, is an original contemporary dance and music theatre production. It is choreographed and directed by Artistic Director Yuri NG and features veteran musical talents Rick Lau and Anna LO, the core creative team behind the sell-out cabaret shows LauZone and Tri Ka Tsai. Home Sweat Home is also performed by some of CCDC’s finest dance artists and musicians. The playful and entertaining show will resonate with local audiences and inspire them to think about their idea of ‘home’.
Continuing this exploration of ‘home’, dance artist Ergao from Guangzhou presents Kung Hei Fat Choy, a dance theatre piece about an intimate dialogue about family ties and nostalgia. Ergao is well-known for his quirky and humorous choreographic style. The performance consists of familiar landscapes and images of Guangdong. Kung Hei Fat Choy premiered in Switzerland in 2019 and was also performed at the Guangdong Times Museum. The nostalgic feelings one feels after leaving one’s hometown has touched the hearts of many.
The Room Service comprises three otherworldly dance performances by local emerging choreographers: Sudhee LIAO, Alice MA and CHAN Wai-lok and will be staged at The Room. The triple-bill performance presents a series of cutting-edge contemplations on identity, power and sex.
In addition, De-islandsation, choreographed by CCDC Resident Artist Noel PONG and performed by members of WuDaoQingNian (a talent development scheme at CCDC Dance Centre), will showcase the potential of young dancers and the possibilities of contemporary dance at The Terrace.
In addition to these performances, the Festival also features an exhibition, Me, a Man, created by independent dance artist HUI Ka-chun. Inspired by the novel by Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, Hui’s exhibition is an immersive experience that documents his thoughts about himself and the meaning of life through installation arts and dance videos.
Last but not least, the Festival includes two parent and child friendly upcycling workshops: ‘A Date with Preloved Clothing’ and ‘DIY Trash-to-Treasure Crafts’. Participants will give old garments and materials a second life by converting them into new outfits and props.
Danzcation runs from 13th to 21st November 2021 at Freespace, WKCD. Tickets are now available at West Kowloon Cultural District or online.