Dancing on strong with Little DragonLocal | Bernard Charnwut Chan 3 Jul 2019
The City Contemporary Dance Company is 40 years old this year. The group has played a leading role in developing modern dance, having presented over 200 original works since 1979.
From August 16 to 18, the troupe presents The Odyssey of Little Dragon at Sha Tin Town Hall. The production is aimed at a family audience and celebrates the spirit of actor and martial arts legend Bruce Lee. It is also part of this year's International Arts Carnival. It emphasizes martial arts philosophy, heroism, achievement and joy, with a cast that includes 20 child dancers.
In November, the company presents the second City Contemporary Dance Festival, one of Hong Kong's newest cultural events.
It was first held in 2017 as a six-day event featuring world-class troupes from around Greater China and Japan and Korea.
One of its highlights will be a new multimedia production called Re-Mark by Sang Jijia, the company's resident choreographer who has been responsible for a number of original works over the years.
Re-Mark had its premiere at a festival in Florence, Italy, last year, and it received a lot of praise there.
According to the CCDC, Sang is partially rewriting the piece for its local debut to incorporate aspects of Hong Kong's collective memory.
The festival will also include Almost 55, a solo dance by Qiao Yang choreographed by Chou Shu-yi.
Both these performances will take place at Freespace, at West Kowloon Cultural District.
For details of all these events, see http://www.ccdc.com.hk
Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee