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Our Art Programme

ENCOUNTERS ACROSS CULTURES 2021

A Journey Through
Dance & Architecture

"We wanted to create an encounter between the two art forms, architecture and dance.

Without question, space and architectural designs play an important role in shaping our experiences and emotions.

Dance expresses and share emotions through the ultimate architecture of nature - the human body. It is one of the most powerful forms of emotional expression.

This art programme explores how movements can be a captivating medium for perceiving, experiencing, and articulating architecture. It hopes to remind us to slow down and observe the details, to dive into our surroundings. To be present within the space. To look up."

- Patsy Lo, Curator and Producer

CREATING ACROSS COVID

Encounters Across Cultures took on particular meaning this year with the outbreak of Covid-19 and the resulting global restrictions on travel. The cross-cultural team pushed on - quarantines not withstanding - to create together.

Curator Patsy Lo pulled together the entire team of international artists virtually. Collaborating across time zones and languages, the full team have never met in person.

CREATING ACROSS DIFFERENCE

The second chapter of the programme crosses cultures in a different way - with an encounter across two very different dance disciplines, inspired by the respective architectures of the Houses. In the words of curator and producer Patsy Lo, "It shows how we can be in harmony while being very different, all the time pushing creative boundaries."

The refined movements of ballet at The Upper House in Hong Kong meet bold hip hop at The Temple House, a nod to Chengdu's vibrant scene. It called for not just one but two choreographers, each from a different spectrum of the dance world, to find common ground while challenging each other.

For the two dance artists to connect with each other - across styles, across locations - the creators found a powerful metaphor to weave the two parallel worlds together: the ticking of a clock. Movements of each respective dance style were choreographed to the same basic beat, for the dance artists to get to the emotional core in their own way.

Dance artist Li Xinmeng at The Middle House. Photography by Gilles Sabrié.

Dance artist Yu Jinying at The Opposite House. Photography by Gilles Sabrié.

Dance artist Hennes Yuen choreographed by Yuh Egami, at The Upper House. Participation of Mr. Yuh Egami and Miss Hennes Yuen by kind permission of Hong Kong Ballet. Photography by Stephanie Teng.

Dance artist Wan Siming choreographed by Andrea Carrucciu at The Temple House. Photography by Gilles Sabrié.



9 JUL 2021 - 24 OCT 2021

SHANGHAI TEXTURES MEET BEIJING GEOMETRY

Apart yet connected, two dancers take us on a journey through space - one moving through a mysterious ceramic bamboo forest, the other leaping across glowing geometric forms.

 

Directed by creative studio acno, featuring dance artists Li Xinmeng and Yu Jinying

 

Installation design by interactive studio The Collective

 

Curated and produced by Patsy Lo

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4 Oct 2021 - 4 Jan 2022

HONG KONG SERENITY MEETS CHENGDU CONTRASTS

From high above the city lights to old temple grounds, two dancers of contrasting styles embrace both being themselves and being in harmony with one another.

 

Directed by Leo Liu, choreographed by Yuh Egami and Andrea Carrucciu, featuring ballerina Hennes Yuen and hip hop dancer Wan Siming

 

Installation design by interactive studio The Collective

 

Curated and produced by Patsy Lo

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9 JUL 2021 - 24 OCT 2021

SHANGHAI TEXTURES MEET BEIJING GEOMETRY

Apart yet connected, two dancers take us on a journey through space - one moving through a mysterious ceramic bamboo forest, the other leaping across glowing geometric forms.

 

Directed by creative studio acno, featuring dance artists Li Xinmeng and Yu Jinying

 

Installation design by interactive studio The Collective

 

Curated and produced by Patsy Lo

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4 Oct 2021 - 4 Jan 2022

HONG KONG SERENITY MEETS CHENGDU CONTRASTS

From high above the city lights to old temple grounds, two dancers of contrasting styles embrace both being themselves and being in harmony with one another.

 

Directed by Leo Liu, choreographed by Yuh Egami and Andrea Carrucciu, featuring ballerina Hennes Yuen and hip hop dancer Wan Siming

 

Installation design by interactive studio The Collective

 

Curated and produced by Patsy Lo

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4 Oct 2021 - 4 Jan 2022

HONG KONG SERENITY MEETS CHENGDU CONTRASTS

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9 JUL 2021 - 24 OCT 2021

SHANGHAI TEXTURES MEET BEIJING GEOMETRY

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