“The artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong”
South China Morning Post
City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), the flagship of contemporary dance company 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 – Hong Kong International Movement-image Festival’ (formerly known as ‘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.
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.