The Leading Dance Company in Hong Kong
City Contemporary Dance Company has inspired and elated audiences in Hong Kong and around the world with superb modern dance performances for 41 years. Founded in 1979 by Willy Tsao, CCDC has presented more than 200 original works to critical acclaim, including productions by Tsao and other leading choreographers, such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin, Pun Siu-fai and Yuri Ng. It has also presented innovative collaborations with outstanding artists from other media and with artists from around the world. CCDC is renowned for reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s vibrant, multifaceted contemporary culture, sharing dance works to an audience of more than 50,000 people annually.
The Best Cultural Ambassador for Hong Kong
Since 1980, CCDC has represented Hong Kong, receiving 273 overseas invitations to perform on some of the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in more than 30 major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Montreal, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Prague, Rome, Florence, Rovereto, Tel Aviv, Karmiel (Israel), St Petersburg, Moscow, Mumbai, Delhi, Urumqi, Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Manila, Tokyo, Niigata, Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Singapore and Taipei.
CCDC Dance Centre
CCDC’s commitment to education and development results in around 40 outreach performances annually, offering highly popular dance courses to more than 40,000 students and audience members. CCDC also helps organise dance festivals in Mainland China. Since 1998, through its China Dance Development Programme, it has provided administrative and technical support to emerging Hong Kong and Mainland Chinese artists. The opening of the CCDC Dance Centre in 2004 has given young artists, students and the community facilities and programmes that ensure the ongoing development of dance as a vital artistic pursuit in Hong Kong.
Appointed Mr. Henry Man as the 1st Artistic Director
Term of office 1981-1982
Appointed Ms. Helen Lai as the 2nd Artistic Director
Term of office 1985-1989
CCDC launches China Dance Development Programme (CDDP)
CCDC launches China Dance Development Programme (CDDP), forging a strategic partnership with counterparts in Beijing and Guangzhou. CDDP strengthens collaboration with mainland artists and organizations and acts as a catalyst for the development of Hong Kong dance.
CCDC Dance Centre is established.
CCDC Dance Centre is established, furthering CCDC’s mission to develop dance education in Hong Kong.
CCDC Dance Centre wins a Hong Kong Dance Award in 2005; a Hong Kong Arts Development Council Arts Development Award in Arts Education in 2011 and in Arts Sponsorship in 2012 for its outstanding contribution to dance education in Hong Kong. It wins another Hong Kong Dance Award in 2010 for its Pearl River Delta community dance and education exchange project ”Youth Dance • Two Cities – Hong Kong, Guangzhou”.
City Contemporary Dance Festival (CCDF)
CCDC launches City Contemporary Dance Festival (CCDF). In its first year, focusing on the forces of original creativity in East Asia, it presents selected works from Korea, Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Well-established flagship dance companies as well as the new generation of independent choreographers take part. The Festival attracts more than 100 international delegates from 25 countries and regions.
CCDF is held again in 2019 and for the first time, it includes an outdoor programme held at West Kowloon Cultural District.