Mission and Vision

“The artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong”
South China Morning Post

 

City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), the flagship of modern dance in Hong Kong, undertakes to blaze the path of contemporary dance scene with extraordinary performances representing contemporary Hong Kong culture. Founded by Willy Tsao in 1979 and directed by Yuri Ng, CCDC has presented more than 200 highly-acclaimed original works by leading choreographers, such as Tsao, Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin, Pun Siu-fai and Ng, and innovative collaborations with artists from other media. Curated by CCDC, Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival and City Contemporary Dance Festival pioneer in Asia to reimagine the possibilities of modern dance.

CCDC is renowned for translating the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s multifaceted culture. Since 1980, the Company has accepted 273 overseas invitations to represent Hong Kong in performance at the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in over 30 major cities: including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Montreal, London, Paris, Lyon, Rome, Florence, Rovereto, Oslo, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Prague, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Tokyo, Niigata, Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Shanghai, Urumqi, Xining, Taipei, Mumbai, Delhi, Karmiel, Tel Aviv, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

With full commitment to education and development, CCDC offers 40 outreach performances each year and various highly popular dance courses to local community, benefiting more than 40,000 audience members.  As a catalyst to contemporary dance development in Hong Kong and China, CCDC has supported emerging modern dance troupes through the China Dance Development Programme since 1998, and co-presented influential modern dance festivals in the Mainland to inspire dance artists. The opening of CCDC Dance Centre in 2004 continues to nurture young artists, students and local communities and sustains the artistic pursuit of contemporary dance in Hong Kong.

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  • CCDC is founded.

    CCDC is founded.
  • Its first full-length evening performance – Yards and Yards of Feet is staged.

    Its first full-length evening performance – Yards and Yards of Feet is staged.
  • 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

  • Appointed Dr. Willy Tsao as the 3rd Artistic Director

    Appointed Dr. Willy Tsao as the 3rd Artistic Director

    Term of office 1989-2019

  • The 17th Festival of Asian Arts is held. A 20th Anniversary Dance Extravaganza – Sexing Three Millennia

    The 17th Festival of Asian Arts is held. A 20th Anniversary Dance Extravaganza – Sexing Three Millennia

    Choreographer: Willy TSAO
    Cultural Centre Grand Theatre

  • 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.

  • 365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism

    365 Ways of Doing and Undoing Orientalism

    Choreographers: Willy TSAO / Sang Jijia / XING Liang

    “Fun, quirky, modern, playful, elegant, resourceful, smart, creative, satirical, wisecracking…There is an endless list of words to describe this multi-faceted production.”

    HKELD, Hong Kong

  • 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”.

  • CCDC launches Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival.

    CCDC launches Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival.

    CCDC launches Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival, the only dance video festival of its kind in Asia, featuring commissioned works, a competition and a selection of acclaimed international productions.

  • Testimony

    Testimony

    Choreographer:  Helen LAI

    Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium

     

    South China Morning Post selects Testimony as one of its five TOP DANCES in Hong Kong in 2006.

     

  • Tales of Two Cities – Hong Kong‧Shanghai‧Eileen Chang

    Tales of Two Cities – Hong Kong‧Shanghai‧Eileen Chang

    Choreographer: Helen LAI

    Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium

     

    Choreographer Helen Lai and dancer Qiao Yang are awarded Hong Kong Dance Award 2011 “Outstanding Achievement in Choreography” and “Outstanding Performance” respectively.

     

  • City Contemporary Dance Festival (CCDF)

    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. 

     

  • Requiem HK

    Requiem HK

    Choreographer, Set and Costume Designer: Yuri NG

    Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

     

    Awards

    2019 21st Hong Kong Dance Awards

    Outstanding Choreography

    Outstanding Large Venue Production

     

  • Almost 55

    Almost 55

    Choreographer: CHOU Shu-yi(Taiwan)

    Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre

    Almost 55 premiered in Hong Kong in January 2019 and then embarks on a world tour. 

     

    Touring History:

    Xi’an and Guangzhou, China (2019)

    Singapore (2020)

     

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