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[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="39487" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 15 January 2024) City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) concludes its ‘It’s Summer!’ dance season with the premiere of Living Up/噏 to Death last week. Led by interdisciplinary theatre director/ choreographer Ivanhoe Lam, the experimental dance theatre piece devised by a diverse and talented creative team delves into profound themes of life and death. The programme is now running up to 21 Jan 2024 (Sun) at The Box, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District, with tickets available at CCDC website and URBTIX.   Living in the Moment: Experiencing Rebirth in the Theatre Living Up/噏 to Death, choreographed and directed by Ivanhoe Lam, endeavors to bridge the realms of dance and life through the creative team’s collaboration with the 'Silent Teachers' Body Donation Program, alongside archive research. Central to the conception of the work, Lam suggests “Leaving is merely another beginning”. In view of the universal yet personal finality of life, he emphasizes the significance of how the living honor and continue the legacies of their predecessors. Despite its partial title reference to ‘death’, Lam aspires for the audience to experience from the experimental theatre a transformed perspective on separation and existence, encouraging viewers to seek new meanings and answers within the concept of ‘living’. The 90-minute performance blends dance, installations, text, live videos and electronic music into an immersive experience for the audience. The multidisciplinary production features Dance Artists not only performing contemporary dances, but also presenting a series of spectacular and unconventional performances, weaving multiple narratives within the same space. Lam notes, "Everyone has different experiences and ways of dealing with and facing life, which represents a contemporary view of all beings." In redefining the viewing experience, the creative team has turned the theatre space into a 'laboratory'. Each audience member becomes a ‘laboratory technician’, free to observe and wander

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="38984" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text] Stream of Dust Kicks off ‘City Contemporary Dance Festival 2023’ with Unique Performance and Audience Space A one-of-a-kind stage experience curated by Sang Jijia makes its public debut CCDC x WestK x HKAPA (Hong Kong, 14 November 2023) The ‘City Contemporary Dance Festival 2023’ (CCDF 2023),  organised by City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) was unveiled last weekend, bringing an eclectic programme of performances and events from the international dance community to the local contemporary dance scene for two weeks in a row. The critically acclaimed opening performance, Stream of Dust, featured an exquisite stage and unique audience experience crafted and curated by Sang Jijia and 45 other performers led by him. Its roaring success in the first week has kicked off the 9-day ‘CCDF 2023’ on an exhilarating note, with four more shows of the production slated to take place. Their tickets, along with those for ‘HOTPOT East Asia Dance Platform’ which will run for the last three days, are available on CCDC and CCDF’s websites as well as URBTIX. Meanwhile, the tickets for the last show of Stream of Dust have been sold out.   Largest CCDF production meticulously crafted by a world-class team Stream of Dust, co-presented by CCDC and West Kowloon Cultural District, is the largest production ever presented by CCDF since the Festival’s inception in 2017. It is performed by a troupe of 45 dancers, including those from the company and graduating students of School of Dance, HKAPA, as well as seasoned and multitalented stage actor Alex Cheung. Each dancer bursts forth with varied postures and momentum, blending robust and gentle motions to compose a thought-provoking, fluid bodily poem. Diverse group choreography delivers a profound visual impact to the audience, putting the power of contemporary dance on display. “The piece is performed by the whole cast with

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="37657" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 12 Oct 2023) Presented by City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), the ‘City Contemporary Dance Festival’ (‘CCDF 2023’), will present a series of captivating dance performances and cultural exchange activities in November, treating local and overseas audiences and artistic peers to an unparalleled sensory feast, while exploring the new frontiers of contemporary dance. Tickets are now available at CCDC, CCDF websites and URBTIX, with limited ‘Festival Passes’ also available to purchase exclusively from CCDC and CCDF websites, as a one-stop ticket for access to the full festival programmes. Initiated in 2017 by CCDC, the biennial ‘CCDF’ aims to promote local contemporary dance on the world stage and leverage Hong Kong’s influence as an artistic and cultural exchange hub between the East and West. This year, the ‘CCDF’ features the Opening Performance Stream of Dust, ‘HOTPOT East Asia Dance Platform’, and a host of other presentations, seminars, and exchange activities. In collaboration with Festival Partner West Kowloon Cultural District, curators and artists from around the world have been invited to join this international dance festival to foster closer and more enduring partnerships among the dance community.   Opening Performance Stream of Dust: The Latest Masterpiece by Award-winning Choreographer Sang Jijia, Offering a One-of-a-kind Viewer Experience[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][vc_single_image image="38414" img_size="large"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="4/5"][vc_column_text]Following his roaring success last year with his acclaimed and award-winning multidisciplinary immersive dance theatre Meeting In-between Time, CCDC Resident Choreographer Sang Jijia will be opening ‘CCDF 2023’ with the large-scale contemporary dance production Stream of Dust. He will be leading a troupe of over 40 dancers from CCDC as well as graduating students of School of Dance, HKAPA, along with multitalented artist Alex Cheung. Other creators of this epic production include composer Dickson Dee, dramaturg Janice Poon, and scenographer Leo Cheung, among others. In Stream of Dust, the audience is guided by

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="37828" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 28th Aug 2023) Celebrating the social connectedness in our post-pandemic world, ‘Jumping Frames – Hong Kong International Movement-image Festival’ will return in September to present over 20 screenings featuring nearly 50 films, the event will be complemented with performances, exhibitions, workshops and more, with artists hailing from Hong Kong and around the globe, whose diverse and critical perspectives expand the festival theme this year. The Festival will be held at Eaton HK and MCL K11 Art House from 12 September to 6 October 2023. Tickets are now available at CCDC and MCL website.   World Premiere of New Commissioned Films by Local Talents; 9 International Featuring Films to meet Hong Kong Audience CCDC and RFHK have called for proposals last year for the films of Opening Film Feelings are Facts, atists with diverse background have been commissioned to implement different approaches in their reenactment process and presentation. A Missing Scene from Floral Princess: An untold suicide of the last Ming emperor directed by Kitty Yeung in collaboration with Cantonese Opera artist Jason Kong, an experimental short reenacting the suicide episode of the last Ming emperor, Chong-zhen from the classic Cantonese Opera Floral Princess. Feelings are Facts will have its world premiere at Eaton HK on 12 Sep, ‘Jumping Frames 2023 Opening Talk – Reality Reconfigured: Why reenactment’ would be included with artist from local and Taiwan joining hands to share more about the curatorial theme this year, ‘reenactment’. Attending artists: Elysa Wendi (Curator of ‘Jumping Frames 2023’), Kitty Yeung (Director of A Missing Scene from Floral Princess: An untold suicide of the last Ming emperor, the commissioned film of ‘Jumping Frames 2023’, So Yo-hen ( Member of ‘Your Bros Filmmaking Group’, ‘Artist Focus’ of ‘Jumping Frames 2023’) and Emilie Choi Sin-yi  (Member of ‘Jumping Frames 2023’ Research Team) Another

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="36465" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 13th June 2023) As the season-opening programme Travel of Soul Time AFTER Time & Echo in the Mirror winds to a close, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is kicking off the second highlight of the Season “It’s Summer!”, titled When a Poo Woos. This dance theatre piece for families is led by CCDC Artistic Director Yuri Ng and marks the first collaboration of the company with Chun Tian Hua Hua. It is the perfect choice this summer for families to experience an exciting and adventurous dance journey filled with childlike wonder. As one of the programmes of ‘International Arts Carnival 2023’, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, When a Poo Woos will be performed at the Auditorium of Sha Tin Town Hall from 11 to 13 August 2023. Tickets are now available at URBTIX, while family packages can be purchased exclusively on Klook. The story of The Excreman, a picture book by Chun Tian Hua Hua, was originally created by renowned artists Brian Tse and Alice Mak. It follows Excreman who is deemed worthless, as he chases after his dream seeking personal value and meaning. After being featured on Yellow Bus, a children’s publication, the story became widely known among adults and children, and was even adapted into musical works and showcased in exhibitions. In this unprecedented rendition of a popular character through contemporary dance, Choreographer and Director Yuri Ng will be crafting this performance with nearly 40 dance artists from CCDC, members of the CCDC Dance Centre ‘Dance Training and Performance Practice Programme’, as well as primary and secondary school students of ‘CCDC Junior’. By incorporating ingenious stage designs, costume, and dazzling animation projection, daily life and objects familiar to children will be transformed into adorable theatrical scenes. Along with newly arranged classical music and its familiar tunes and rhythms, the young audiences will

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="34416" img_size="large" alignment="center"][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 21st April 2023) Hot on the heels of the announcement last month of their 2023-24 dance season ‘It’s Summer!’, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is now kicking it off with a double-bill performance, Travel of Soul Time AFTER Time & Echo in the Mirror, which will take place at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre from 12 to 14 May 2023. Tickets are now on sale at URBTIX, with discounts up to 40% available for advance bookings made from today until 15 May. For the opening performance of CCDC’s ‘It’s Summer!’ dance season, Terry Tsang and Noel Pong tapped into their personal emotional connections with the city to create choreography that is at once violent and gentle. The double-bill programme presents audiences with an impactful collision of aesthetic styles of two generations, performed by nearly all the artists in the company, including the Associate Artistic Director Dominic Wong.   Noel Pong’s Echo in the Mirror: A Literal and Lyrical Farewell A Hong Kong native, CCDC’s Artist in Residence, Noel Pong enjoys finding inspiration from everyday life. Her whimsical creative style with a rich narrative and local elements resonates easily with her audiences. Following her previous works Off Screen (2011) and The Buying Game 2.0 (2014), the former a theatrical portrayal of Hong Kong’s film culture and the latter depicting the maze of materialism set in Hong Kong as a “shopping paradise”, Echo in the Mirror centres around the subject of Noel’s departure, transforming its melancholy into a subtle description of the everyday. Replete with her trademark dark humour and artistic style inspired by ordinary life, this piece marks her farewell to the CCDC as she draws the curtain on her decades-long career with the company and moves forward to the next stop in her life. “I have spent my entire

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="33772" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](16th March 2023, Hong Kong) For its upcoming 44th dance season, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) announces a theme that marks the transition from chilly spring to vibrant summer. Named “It’s Summer!”, the season will showcase the vitality of the season through four original contemporary dance performances and two dance festivals, enabling viewers to infuse the rhythm and dynamic of performing arts in everyday life and explore the diverse possibilities of dance. Advance booking of the Season is now available at URBTIX till 15th May 2023 with discounts of up to 40%. Let’s warm up––let your body slowly transit and recover, as a starting point of this glorious journey to midsummer. As CCDC Artistic Director Yuri Ng envisions it, he, artists, the company, and even Hong Kong itself are each travelling on their own journeys, experiencing their own ups and downs. Perhaps, we all need an opportunity to warm up and reset our body and mind, so that we can better embrace every twist, turn and cycle along the way, each choice made on our adventures and journeys home, and even unknown future events and encounters. “It’s Summer!” is a vacation for the body, where the scenery remains to be discovered and experienced. The itinerary of “It’s Summer!” starts in May with its first stop: a double-bill performance of Travel of Soul Time AFTER Time & Echo in the Mirror, respectively choreographed by former CCDC dancer Terry Tsang and Resident Artist Noel Pong. “Travel” represents independent artist Terry Tsang’s experiences in his journeys after departing from the company. Travel of Soul Time AFTER Time, his creation for CCDC as its “alumnus”, once again fuses dance with his signature theme––the traditional ceremony of “Breaking Hell” –– presenting a time-bending rite of worship for the “remaining” Hong Kongers in this

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="31006" img_size="full" alignment="center"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 17th November 2022) City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) continues to push boundaries and showcase the diversity and versatility of contemporary dance in Hong Kong to represent contemporary Hong Kong culture. As Christmas approaches, CCDC is collaborating with Cantonese linguist Ben Sir, co-created a brand-new educational dance theatre piece titled Ben Sir's Dancing Academy - from taboo to BENboo. In this joyous and educational dance theatre piece, Ben Sir takes the challenge of dancing, Ben Sir and the performers breathe new life to “vulgar” words and phrases through spoken lyrics and dance. As adults and children show off their Canton prowess while breaking a sweat together, all taboos are thrown out the window. Ben Sir's Dancing Academy - from taboo to BENboo takes place across 5 shows at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 20 to 21 December 2022. Tickets now available at URBTIX and exclusive family packages now available on Klook. Adult: “Don’t say that word, kid… and that word as well…” Child: “What exactly am I not allowed to say?” Children are often told by adults which words are off-limits and shouldn’t be uttered. But what if they sang them, or danced them out?   Breaking Barriers With Family Fun Following the success of its ‘cool’ summer hit Luck-quacka in 2021, CCDC is presenting a fun and educational production this winter that is perfect for families during the festive season. The family-oriented performance is not only suitable for children but will also resonate with grown-ups. CCDC's Artistic Director Yuri Ng said, “This will be a colourful dance theatre piece that captivates young audiences with various quirky body movements, words, and sounds. At the same time, our Cantonese expert Ben Sir will provide commentaries on the dance, making it an engaging experience for the adults as well.” Ben Sir,

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_single_image image="30430" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text](Hong Kong, 25th October 2022) Inspired by the theme of its current dance season, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) continues to push boundaries and showcase the diversity and versatility of contemporary dance in Hong Kong through a variety of themes, performance formats, and artistic mediums. Hot on the heels of our just concluded and wildly successful Immersive Installation and Contemporary Dance performance Meeting In-between Time, avant-garde South Korean dance artist and composer Kim Jaeduk will be taking us on a fantastical trip of colour leading up to Christmas day with his latest production Brown, to take place across 7 shows at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 16 to 25 December 2022. Tickets now available at URBTIX. Any ticket purchased from today until 2 November will be entitled to a 20% early bird discount.   A Blend of Music and Dance Coloured by a Contemporary and Oriental Spirit Kim choreographs and composes the music for Brown, including the latest colour-themed series he has been exploring in recent years. While presenting Asian-inspired works steeped in oriental hues and elements, he is passionate about developing his unique choreographic approach to contemporary dance and defining his creative vocabulary and style. In an interview, Kim expressed that music and dance were inseparable to him. “Music is dance, and vice versa,” he said. “I hope that the music in my works can be ‘seen’, while the dance can be ‘heard’.” The inspiration for Brown stems from the dark wooden hues of the traditional Korean string instrument ajaeng, which led to a richly layered imagination of the colour brown. Beyond associating it with wood, the earth, and other elements of nature, Kim has the dancers wear brown masks and gloves as non-human figures, to convey a compelling futuristic vision and a striking contrast over

[vc_row enable_arrows_animation="no"][vc_column][vc_empty_space][vc_single_image image="29836" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text](Immediate Release) In keeping with the mission of the current dance season, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) continues to explore the myriad possibilities of dance, and how it can transcend language and across media. As autumn is in full swing, CCDC travels to the Pokfulam Farm in the south of Hong Kong Island, where they will be staging a new and exciting immersive installation and dance performance Meeting In-Between Time. Led by resident choreographer Sang Jijia, artists from within and outside the dance troupe have created a composition inspired by the century-old heritage site with its environment, visual projections, and sound installations blended. Against the backdrop of an enchanting landscape, dance artists of CCDC will present a poetic dance amid cool breezes under the night sky, taking the audience on a dynamic journey in the revitalised historic farm while travelling together between the past and present. Meeting In-Between Time will be performed at the Pokfulam Farm for 10 shows from 7 to 16 October2022. Participants are required to register and book in advance on art-mate.net.   An award-winning choreographer and multimedia artists compose a night poem on a century-old heritage site, offering urbanites an evening of peace away from hustle and bustle Celebrated choreographer Sang Jijia has created dance compositions in various locations in Europe, including diverse indoor and outdoor spaces. For this brand-new immersive installation and contemporary dance performance for the Pokfulam Farm, he not only adapted his own choreography to the unique environment, but also blended in sound effects, projection mapping, installations, and other media to curate an immersive theatre experience for the audience. “With over a century of history, this place has been revitalised for new stories to be told. For visitors, it is like an encounter with time and space, just as this new production

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