24 Oct 2019, 9am
24 Oct 2019, 10am
“This full-length solo piece tells her story, celebrates her talent and showcases her extraordinary longevity.”
– South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
“Watching her dance, I am overwhelmed with emotions and I just want to keep this moment close, like how I gingerly held fireflies in my palm in my childhood.
Never have I seen such a unique expression, and I have no idea if I will have the fortune to witness something as stirring as this again.”
– Lin Hwai-min, Founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan
I remember it was 1987
Such a long journey, 40 hours on the train
All the way, from the north to the south
Eventually, I arrived in Hong Kong
Almost 55 is a full-length autobiographical solo created by award-winning Taiwanese choreographer Chou Shu-yi for Qiao Yang, one of Hong Kong’s most distinguished dance artists and a pioneer contemporary dancer from China. Interspersing physically challenging dance solos with monologues, Qiao Yang shares her ongoing journey in dance as she reflects on her purpose in life at her age of 50s. Through the ebb and flow of Qiao’s movements, this intimate work imprints her years of unwavering dedication to dance, and spotlights the power that comes from daily discipline and ordinariness.
Crystallised after a 400-day creative and research journey, this production traces Qiao’s dance career, from performing traditional Chinese dance in her home town in Shaanxi in the early 1970s, to studying contemporary dance in Guangzhou in the 1980s, and moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s, and explores notions of identity and home.
Featuring a stellar creative team with lighting designer Lee Chi-wai, video designer Maurice Lai, composer Steve Hui and costume consultant Lin Ching-ju – its premiere in Hong Kong in January 2019 received critical acclaim.
About City Contemporary Dance Company
“The artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong” – South China Morning Post
City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) has inspired and elated audiences in Hong Kong and around the world with superb modern dance performances for 40 years. Founded in 1979 by Willy Tsao, CCDC has presented more than 200 original works to critical acclaim, including productions by Tsao and leading choreographers such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin, Pun Siu-fai and Yuri Ng. CCDC has also staged innovative collaborations with outstanding artists from other media and with artists from around the world.
CCDC is renowned for reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s vibrant, multifaceted contemporary culture, presenting works to an audience of more than 50,000 people annually. The Company has accepted 270 overseas invitations to represent Hong Kong in performance at the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in over 30 major cities around the world.
乔杨，穿梭于舞台与光影之间四十余年。五十五岁的她依旧优雅，依旧有让人惊艳的舞姿。由台湾获奖编舞家周书毅创作，《Almost 55 乔杨》是一部为乔杨量身打造，向这名用舞蹈燃烧生命、中国首批当代舞者致敬之作。
《Almost 55 乔杨》于2019年的香港首演广获好评，其创作团队与乔杨用了四百天寻根和创作，由编舞家周书毅联同舞台视觉艺术家李智伟、舞蹈影像先锋导演黎宇文、跨界别声音艺术家许敖山，和为云门舞集设计服装多年的服装设计顾问林璟如，联手打造满载人生思考的舞蹈演出。
Performance monologue in Cantonese and Mandarin, with English and Mandarin surtitles.
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, no intermission
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About Chou Shu-yi
Born in Taiwan, Chou Shu-yi started his dance training at the age of 10 and began his artistic career as an independent choreographer in his twenties. Through dance, he re-examines his own life, connecting dance and body with environment and society. He has performed at Fall for Dance Festival in New York; Internationale Tanzmesse in Germany; Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London; Festival d’Avignon OFF and Le Collectif Essonne Danse in France. Chou has also created commissioned work for Hong Kong Arts Festival and Taiwan National Theater and Concert Hall. He co-founded Horse Dance Company (Taiwan) in 2004 and established Shu-Yi & Dancers (Taiwan) in 2011 to further explore the connections between art and society. Chou focuses on exploration of vocabulary in Asian bodies in recent years and his work, BREAK & BREAK! won the annual Performing Arts Award of the 17th Taishin Arts Award (Taiwan) in 2019.
About Qiao Yang
Born in Shaanxi, Qiao Yang started learning Chinese dance at the age of 12. In 1987, she attended Guangdong Dance School where she first encountered modern dance and later joined Guangdong Modern Dance Company as a founding member. She received the Gold Award in the Modern Dance Duet Class at the Paris International Dance Competition in 1990. She joined CCDC in 1996; with her performance in The Tragedy of Mr O, she won the 2003 Hong Kong Dance Awards and was listed in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame. She has also won the 2011 Hong Kong Dance Awards “Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer” for Tales of Two Cities - Hong Kong·Shanghai·Eileen Chang; and received a nomination for the same prize at the 2016 Hong Kong Dance Awards for Soledad.
出生于台湾， 10岁开始习舞，20多岁开始独立编舞家的艺术生涯，通过舞蹈审视生命，用舞蹈语言表达对环境与社会的关怀，作品曾在纽约秋季舞蹈节、德国杜塞朵夫国际舞蹈博览会、伦敦萨德勒威尔斯剧院、法国亚维侬外围艺术节和Le Collectif Essonne Danse发表，并获香港艺术节与台湾两厅院委托创作演出。2004年创办台湾“骉舞剧场”；2011年成立“周先生与舞者们”展开艺术与社会的更多连结，近年的创作专注于亚洲身体语言的探索；2019年以《Break & Break无用之地》获台湾台新艺术奖的表演艺术奖。
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