This year’s programme is an interactive engagement between dance and architecture. It allows the audience to activate their own journey through the unique spaces of the Houses with movements and time. In this, the programme’s second chapter, we are delighted to present an experience through two parallel universes – featuring elegant ballet at The Upper House, Hong Kong, and bold hip hop at The Temple House, Chengdu.
In today’s new normal of extended separations from our closest ones, the question of how to be together while apart is one that we increasingly face. Inspired by this idea, our creators imagined a tale of two friends in two cities, sharing one dance encounter through two difference spaces.
Here at The Upper House, Yuh Egami choreographed a piece for ballerina Hennes Yuen, both of the Hong Kong Ballet, responding to the welcoming open arcs and rhythmic upward flow designed by architect André Fu.
In contrast, bold hip hop at The Temple House plays off the House’s dramatic juxtaposition of Qing dynasty courtyards with contemporary forms by Make Architects. With choreography by Andrea Carrucciu, dance artist Wan Siming celebrates her home region’s past and present through its traditions of brocade weaving and rice cultivation, and its vibrant hip hop culture of today.
The dance artists’ journeys are independent yet intersecting across time and space. It calls to mind that we are influenced not only by the physical spaces that we reside in, but also by the journeys of others around us.
"An encounter across two very different dance disciplines further epitomises the spirit of the Encounters Across Cultures programme. It shows how we can be in harmony while being very different, all the time pushing creative boundaries." Patsy Lo, Curator and Producer
Participation of Mr. Yuh Egami and Miss Hennes Yuen by kind permission of the Hong Kong Ballet.
Photography by Gilles Sabrié and Stephanie Teng.Wardrobe sponsored by Shang Xia and SEAN SUEN. Special thanks also to Marco Chan, HELLODANCE, Anna Hu, Sky Meng, and Elaw Wong.