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[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][eltdf_banner hover_behavior="eltdf-disabled" info_position="default" image="28941"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Immediate Release) Approaching the blossoming arts season of the early autumn, this September, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) again proudly presents ‘Jumping Frames 2022’.  Exciting programs under the idea ‘Body Non Body’ includes screenings, exhibition, performance, industry forum and more. The festival runs from 1 September to 2 October 2022 at Broadway Cinematheque and Eaton HK.  Tickets are now available at Broadway Cinematheque Box Office, Broadway Circuit Online and Poptickert.hk. This year, ‘Jumping Frames 2022 – Hong Kong International Movement-image Festival’ have changed its name from “dance video” to “movement-image”, bringing dance and films over 60 local and international movement-image.  “Any stimuli that moves your body and soul, is dance. Thus, in the same way, not all moving images are movement-images. Any moving images that affect the viewers and when their bodies react to the visual, are considered movement-image, body or non-body.” Said by Yuri Ng, Artistic Director of CCDC. This change of name opens up a new chapter for the Festival.   Opening Program: “All That is Happening” A conversation between four local woman filmmakers, this world premiere is a co-commission by ‘Jumping Frames 2022’ and ‘Eye Catcher’, a project under the Renaissance Foundation.  Festival Director, Elysa Wendi hopes to tap into the characteristics of author centric nature of essay film format, focus on questioning the vulnerability of all possible de-construction of body.   Opening Film ‘All That is Happening’: If I Can’t Dance / Director: Dorothy Cheung / 25 mins / Hong Kong / 2022 (World Premiere) Lost a Part Of / Director: Chan Hau-chun / 30 mins / Hong Kong / 2022 (World Premiere) 180°・78°14'N 15°36'E・2013 / Director: Jolene Mok / 22 mins / Hong Kong / 2022 (World Premiere) As I Imagine My Body Moving / Director: Elysa Wendi / 30 mins / Hong Kong / 2022 (World Premiere)   A collection of award-winning

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][eltdf_banner hover_behavior="eltdf-disabled" info_position="default" image="28261"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 11st July, 2022) Succeeding the work-in-progress video creation of M.U.D. – Movement UnDefined 2022, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is launching another cross-disciplinary production in dance season Dance Mud Spring: Pa | Ethos & Dancing Philosophy. The first half of the production is CCDC’s Residence Choreographer Sang Jijia’s dance work of pure physical movements, while the second half is Corrupt the Youth’s lecture performance, a debut collaboration with CCDC. They prompt a dialogue between dance and philosophy: boundaries vanish in the two dance creations, where the audience can explore the possibilities between movement and stillness, as well as questioning the essences of dance. ‘Tableaux’ and ‘keep dancing’ use the body and the mind as the medium respectively. CCDC juxtaposes these two works contrasting in style and perspective, inviting new and existing audiences to appreciate this cross-disciplinary production and open up different senses to keep the body and mind dancing and questioning constantly. Pa | Ethos & Dancing Philosophy will be staged from 26th to 28th August 2022 at Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets are now available at URBTIX; from now until 13th July, a 20% advance booking discount is offered for regular price tickets.   Pa | Ethos: Toured internationally for 11 Times; Asian Dancers Reshaping the Poetic Pinnacle of the Body Pa | Ethos, work of pure dance movements, was created by CCDC’s Resident Choreographer Sang Jijia. The dancers’ articulate physicality and exquisite emotional sensibility, coupled with composer Dickson Dee’s gripping, spirited electronic music, re-sculpts the physical capacity and poetry of the body. The work’s inspirations came from the fundamental concept of ‘Pathos’ in Aristotle's masterpiece Art of Rhetoric, as well as the popular street sculpture art in Greece. With a pure white facade, the dancers are going to set free their bountiful primal passion amid the

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][eltdf_banner hover_behavior="eltdf-disabled" info_position="default" image="26467"][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 21st April, 2022) With the gradual relaxation of social distancing measures and the reopening of performance venues, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) presents the Hong Kong premiere of Maria de Buenos Aires, directed and choreographed by internationally renowned choreographer Helen Lai. She joins forces with dance artists and musicians from CCDC and beyond to reveal the cross-genre charm of dance and tango opera. The performance will be staged from 13th to 15th May 2022 at Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre. Tickets are now available at art-mate.net.   Under the mysterious aura of Maria de Buenos Aires where the real collides with the imagined, Maria transcends life and death in a story entangled in destruction and redemption, setting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Hong Kong premiere line-up brings together internationally esteemed choreographer Helen Lai, young conductor Vivian Ip, multi-award-winning local opera singer Carol Lin, and Bel Canto Singers Artistic Director and opera singer David Quah, along with a live music ensemble and CCDC dance artists. The team is determined to demonstrate the trans-disciplinary allure of dance and music.   Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla was acclaimed as the King of Tango. During his lifetime, he was the soul of tango music. Even until today, he is still one of the most celebrated composers internationally. 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of his passing. Director and choreographer Helen Lai would like to take this opportunity to present Piazzolla’s only published tango operita, Maria de Buenos Aires, as a tribute to the musical giant.   Maria de Buenos Aires is a collaborative production between CCDC and Taiwan’s Weiwuying. Premiered in Taiwan last year, the production was critically acclaimed by dance critics and audience alike.   “The reason why Maria de Buenos Aires was so wonderful was its perfect integration of music, dance, literature and theatre executed precisely and

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="25623" img_size="full"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 17th March, 2022) Co-presented by City Contemporary Dance Company(CCDC) and Hong Kong Arts Centre, M.U.D. – Movement UnDefined is a new creative and research platform. For more than two months, the artists have been keeping in touch with the audience through the Creative Journal and the showcase, which share their findings in the stages of creative research and reveal their sparks of inspirations. The M.U.D. Creative Journal is now available on City Contemporary Dance Company's website; the showcase will be presented online in April, free of charge, and details will be announced soon.   The Cantonese word "乜" (mat1) can be a word to be filled in, or it can be a meaning to be defined, implying infinite possibilities. As stated by the company’s artistic director Yuri Ng, “The situation we are facing may seem disappointing, we can do nothing about the suspension of live performance. M.U.D. hopes to break these constrains, to rediscover possibilities in contemporary dance, while inviting audience to witness artistic exploration other than theatre production. What is dance? We hope to explore this question together, to experience “unboundedness”.   The M.U.D platform is born in an environment full of constraints. Unlike the regular programmes of the company, M.U.D. provides a ground for dance artists to practise their creative or choreographic ideas outside of their daily training, and to train themselves through the process of experimentation and regurgitation. After two months of creative practices, they will present to the audience in the form of work-in-progress, demonstrating the organic nature of art and its continuous growth and development through this "unconventional" form of performance. The programme is co-presented with Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and openly called for proposals through the platform of HKAC, the two open call works will be included in the showcase later.   “What means

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][/vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text](8 December 2021, Hong Kong) City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is proud to present Pa | Ethos, a creation of resident choreographer Sang Jijia, from 21st – 23rd January 2022 at Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. A cast made up of dance artists from CCDC will perform the work’s Hong Kong premiere. Pa | Ethos was first commissioned by multiple international arts festivals and had its world premiere at Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee in Italy, by Spellbound Contemporary Ballet in 2015. The work later toured to Guangdong Dance Festival in China and Oriente Occidente Dance Festival and Prospettiva Danza in Italy.   Moving Body, Expressive Soul Pa | Ethos is a composition of two words, Pathos and Ethos, borrowed from Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric. Sang uses them to signify two approaches to the subject discussed. Ethos underlines precision, Pathos evokes passion and feeling. The work is based on Italian plastic art of the classical era and is divided into two parts. The first looks at the rules of social life, where interpersonal relations are rigidly distributed. Each movement in space is well measured and carefully executed. In the second, emotions are translated into the physicality of the dancers; taking stage action to its most extreme, they achieve complete transparency of body through which the soul is revealed in its entirety. CCDC Resident Choreographer Sang Jijia, who comes from Tibet, is a global award-winning artist. He studied under William Forsythe in Germany and stayed on at Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company as assistant choreographer and dancer. He is celebrated for his extremely physical and emotional movement language. The music was composed by the talented Dickson Dee (Li Chin Sung). As an experienced music producer and sound artist, his style ranges from avant-garde and experimental to music concrete, electronic, new classical, industrial noise,

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Notice of Relocation – CCDC Dance Centre (Wong Tai Sin)   CCDC Dance Centre located at 110 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin has been closed on 31 October 2021. Dance classes will be continued at the CCDC Dance Centre at Tai Po Arts Centre, which has been operated in this April, contacts are as followings:   CCDC Dance Centre (Tai Po) Unit 101-102, 1/F, Tai Po Arts Centre, 12 On Pong Road, Tai Po Tel: 2328 9205 / 3705 8512/ 3705 8513 Fax: 3705 3513 Email: dc@ccdc.com.hk   In addition, CCDC Dance Centre’s Office of Outreach and Partnership Programme continues operation in Tsuen Wan, contacts are as followings:   City Contemporary Dance Company Flat F, 3/F., Golden Bear Industrial Centre, Nos. 66-82 Chai Wan Kok Street, Tsuen Wan, N.T., Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2326 8597 / 2329 7803 Fax: (852) 2351 4199 E-mail: info@ccdc.com.hk   Thank you for your continuous support to CCDC Dance Centre (Wong Tai Sin) in the past 42 years. We will hold fast to our core values and continue to thrive, promote the art of dance and serve the community.   Should you have any enquiries, please contact (852) 2326 8597.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] City Contemporary Dance Company is financially supported by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="22629" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] City Contemporary Dance Festival 2021 - Danzcation A vigorous and creative line-up of programmes Local contemporary dance at its best 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 us to this 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 Festival will be held from 13 to 21 November 2021 at Freespace, WKCD. Tickets are now available at West Kowloon Cultural District or online. 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 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

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="22745" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] “Dancing Never Stops” Retrospect and Prospects (6 October 2021, Hong Kong) Located at 110 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin, the CCDC Dance Centre has become an important landmark and the collective memory of Hong Kong’s dance industry since its establishment in 1979. With CCDC Dance Centre’s imminent move to Tai Po Arts Centre, the Company is delighted to announce the Centre’s final production at its Wong Tai Sin location Dancing Never Stops from 12 to 17 October 2021, marking a new era for, and a celebration of, CCDC Dance Centre (Wong Tai Sin) . CCDC Dance Centre (Wong Tai Sin) was the original site of Baptist Rainbow Secondary and Primary School and Kindergarten. Looking back over the past 42 years, thousands of students embarked on their dance journey here. It has also been a nurturing ground and training and creative hub for professional dance artists. The Centre in Wong Tai Sin has witnessed the development and changing landscape of the local dance scene, and offered a platform for artists to connect and create. CCDC Dance Centre will remain dedicated to carrying on its mission in Tai Po, promoting dance to communities, developing dance education and broadening the audience base. CCDC Dance Centre (Wong Tai Sin)’s last production, Dancing Never Stops consists of a line up of extraordinary activities. To express our gratitude to audiences, the Centre’s teachers, students and staff will present performances and site-specific performance at the Centre. The exhibition commemorates the Centre’s milestones in Wong Tai Sin, sharing the history, highlighting some classic moments and photographs taken by the late dance photographer and former Assistant Artistic Director of the Company – Mr. Ringo Chan. CCDC Dance Centre is well-known for the great variety of its dance courses and quality of its trainings. Eight different sessions of complimentary

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Programme brochure: https://bit.ly/2XSzGQd [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image="22109" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Eyes to Eyes Witness our time through kino eyes   [City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)] is committed to exploring the boundaries of dance. Since organising Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival in 2004, the festival has become the city’s striking dance video festival. From 22 September to 31 October, Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival 2021 is going to be held in the venues of two co-organising units, Golden Scene Cinema and Eaton HK. This year, with the theme concept “Eyes to Eyes”, the festival brings us to witness our time through kino eyes. In this era when performing arts rush into digital adaptation and showing, the intense process of video production and publication fostered gathers and disagreements between artists of different media. As said by curator Elysa WENDI, “ This year's theme ‘Eyes to Eyes’ implies diverse encounters, exchange of ideas, and formulating constructive conversations to set up context or point of entry.” At the same time, Jumping Frames’ theme this year, “Eyes to Eyes” echoes CCDC’s dance season theme “Why 冬 We Dance ?” In this cold winter of breaking away, death and reborn, as CCDC Artistic Director Yuri NG puts it, “We should listen and discuss face to face and eyes to eyes, to hear diverse voices — to disprove, agree with, question, advise each other. Only can transformations welcome the environment’s changes.” Commencing the Jumping Frames 2021 is the world debut of The Forbidden Tongue -— Prologue, the first part of the trilogy The Forbidden Tongue. Film director Rita Nga-shu HUI makes an attempt to adopt the dialogue framework from choreographer Helen LAI’s work of the same name, The Forbidden Tongue, to follow the creative process of nine female choreographers of different ages from 2018 through 2020, creating an important video record of female choreographers

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [caption id="attachment_19449" align="alignleft" width="393"] Cathy Lau, new Executive Director of City Contemporary Dance Company Photographer: Dejavu Creative[/caption] (21 July 2021, Hong Kong) City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) today announced the appointment of Cathy Lau as its new Executive Director. She will join the Company on 1 August 2021, succeeding Raymond Wong who has served the company with skill and dedication since 2014. As Executive Director, she will lead the Company’s corporate strategy, promotion, fundraising and operations, working alongside the management team in pursuing the Company’s vision and mission. “I am delighted to welcome Cathy Lau as CCDC’s new Executive Director,” said Robert Lewington, Chairman of the CCDC Board of Directors. “She has more than 10 years of experience in arts administration, including serving as Executive Manager of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance. She has a passion for dance and education, nurturing Hong Kong’s artistic talent and promoting arts in the city. I look forward to the leadership and energy Cathy will bring to the role.” Taking on the new role, Cathy Lau will work closely with Artistic Director Yuri Ng to deliver new dance choreography and promote digital projects to a wider audience. She will also support Kevin Wong, Director, CCDC Dance Centre to propel the development of the new Dance Centre. “It is great to have Cathy joining our team in such changing and challenging times. I look forward to working with her, taking CCDC to the next phase and bringing to Hong Kong and the world bold, exciting works,” said Yuri Ng. “It is my honour to be appointed the next Executive Director of CCDC and be able to contribute to CCDC’s enduring vision and mission. I am very grateful for the trust the Board of Directors has shown in me, and to Raymond for his enormous support during this transition

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