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《沒有大象》Elephant in the Room
Photo by Asia Chow
《沒有大象》Elephant in the Room
Photo by Asia Chow
《沒有大象》Elephant in the Room
Photo by Asia Chow
《沒有大象》Elephant in the Room
Photo by Asia Chow
《沒有大象》Elephant in the Room
Photo by Asia Chow
《得體》Dirty
Photo by He Shuting
《得體》Dirty
Photo by He Shuting
《得體》Dirty
Photo by Stephanie Chung
《得體》Dirty
Photo by Stephanie Chung
《得體》Dirty
Photo by Stephanie Chung
《得體》Dirty
Photo by Asia Chow
Two cross-border collaborations break through the silence of propriety and shine a light on hidden truths, in the ensemble reboot of Elephant in the Room, and in the fresh, jaw-dropping duet Dirty.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series 10th Anniversary
Elephant in the Room / Dirty

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Shatter the silence of social mores
Out of the shadows, into the light

How do social norms prevent communication? Dance artists from Hong Kong and mainland China seek an answer in this playful, incisive double bill. Elephant in the Room (2019 CDS) is an ensemble portrait of the masks we wear to shield entirely visible but inconvenient truths, devised by amateur and professional dancers in collaboration with Beijing-based choreographer Chang Xiaoni. The work’s themes of confronting silence and alienation will inevitably be heightened in this version, revised under the isolating impact of a global pandemic. Dirty is a brand-new collaborative creation by dancers Dever Chan (Hong Kong) and Gong Zhonghui (Guizhou) developed online collaboration. Inspired by the clash of values inherent in the Putonghua word deti (proper) and its English phonetic equivalent “dirty”, the two creators explore societal restrictions on the body while invoking the wild, animalistic origins of movement.
PRODUCTION
Commissioned and produced by HKAF

Elephant in the Room
*

Choreography
Chang Xiaoni (Beijing)

Creation and Performance
Anson Chan, Kenny Leung, Kerry Cheung ^, Li Bin (Gansu), Michael Tong and Carmen Yu

Video
domting

Co-production with
Young Artists’ Platform (Beijing)

Lighting Design
Zoe Cheung

Sound Design
Jaycee Kwok


Dirty #

Choreography and Performance
Dever Chan and Gong Zhonghui (Guizhou)

Video
Stephanie Chung

Co-production with
Young Artists’ Platform (Beijing)


^ With kind permission of Unlock Dancing Plaza
* Premiered in the 8th CDS at the 47th HKAF in 2019
# New Work commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival


Read the House Programme
CDS 10th Anniversary
CDS 10th Anniversary Digital Database
https://cds.artsfestival.org/

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CDS 10th Anniversary Documentary

Episode 1: Pursuit of Excellence
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/ZVbWjTzI/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Wong Tan-ki, Rock Fang, Justyne Li, Wayson Poon, Ata Wong
Language: In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitle

Episode 2: Breakthrough
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/Le4P3Z1A/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Tracy Wong, Mao Wei, Hugh Cho, Blue Ka-wing, Alice Ma
Language: In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles

Episode 3: Self-Development
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/6NfG2v5J/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Ivy Tsui, Kenny Leung, Chloe Wong, Pak Wei-ming, Sudhee Liao, Victor Fung
Language: In Cantonese and English with Chinese & English subtitles

Episode 4: Crossover
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/cmLmP6Ou/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Alain Chiu (Composer/Live musician) and Max Lee (Choreographer), Peter Lenaerts (Sound Artist) and Wayson Poon (Choreographer), Goh Boon Ann (Lighting Designer)
Language: In Cantonese and English with Chinese & English subtitles

Episode 5: Cultural Exchange
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/Vzb5F0ZJ/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy), Mao Wei and student performers; and Jos Baker (UK)
Language: In Cantonese and English with Chinese & English subtitles

Episode 6: Inheritance
https://video.artsfestival.org/m/aIJOHyHR/plus-CDS-10th-anniversary-documentary/
Artists: Xing Liang, Mui Cheuk-yin & Daniel Yeung, and teachers from participating schools in outreach programme
Language: In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles