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Explore the currents of close connection in two extraordinary duets: the truly interdisciplinary artwork Hermetic Diode and the astonishingly physical Put Out the Flame.

In view of the uncertainty of venue availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this programme will be presented online only; date to be announced on this website.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series 10th Anniversary
Put Out the Flame / Hermetic Diode


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Two duets explore the unspoken depths of partnership

In this striking double-bill, three CDS alumni revisit their starkly different meditations on the limits of expression and understanding in close-knit partnerships.

In Sudhee Liao’s extended-length revival of Hermetic Diode (2018 CDS), two dancers animate a giant plastic bubble and industrial pipes, locked in an endless cycle of coming together and pulling apart. Part-dance, part-sound installation, part-visual art, Hermetic Diode captures the sort of incandescent beauty that only gritty attachment and constant proximity can produce.

Tracy Wong and Mao Wei push their bodies to the limit in their restaging of Put Out the Flame (2019 CDS), originally devised under the guidance of Belgium-based choreographer Jos Baker. Narrating the emotions behind a married couple’s every-day routine, their sharp, gravity-defying movements are poignant testaments to the unbearable weight of grief and the magnetic–repulsive tension of long-term partnership.

Approx 1 hr and 30 mins incl one interval
This production contains nudity

Commissioned and produced by HKAF

Put Out the Flame *

Concept & Direction 
Jos Baker (UK)

Creation & Performance
Mao Wei、Tracy Wong 

Choreographic Assistant 
Inês Carijo

Deputy Lighting Design
Lai Wing-shan

Deputy Sound Design
Fung Chin-lung

Hermetic Diode #

Sudhee Liao

Sudhee Liao、Jonathan Hung 

Visual Artist
Andrew Luk

Lighting Design
Lai Wing-shan

Sound Design
Fung Chin-lung

* Premiered in the 8th CDS at the 47th HKAF in 2019
# Premiered in the 7th CDS at the 46th HKAF in 2018