Intimacy and entrapment, tenderness and struggle—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, never fully realising connection or escape. 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 and revised after successful tours abroad. Narrating the unspoken depth of emotions behind a married couple’s every-day routine, their sharp and 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
Commissioned and produced by HKAF
Put Out the Flame *
Concept & Direction
Jos Baker (UK)
Creation & Performance
Mao Wei、Tracy Wong
Deputy Lighting Design
Deputy Sound Design
Hermetic Diode #
Sudhee Liao、Jonathan Hung
* Premiered in the 8th CDS at the 47th HKAF in 2019
# Premiered in the 7th CDS at the 46th HKAF in 2018
Date: 5 Mar 2021 (Fri) 8:15pm performance
Venue: Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre
Free and open to all ticket holders