As If To Nothing - Mainstage Performances

2010-07-24 20:00 - 2010-07-25 22:00

As If To Nothing - Mainstage Performances

Time: 7.24.2010 (Sat) 20:00 / 7.25.2010 (Sun) 19:30
Venue: Guangzhou Opera House

As If To Nothing

Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)
Choreographer: Sang Jijia

The coming Festival will open at the latest state-of-the-art Guangzhou Opera House with the exhilarating work by China’s hottest choreographer Sang Jijia, produced and performed by the Hong Kong modern dance flagship – City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC). As If To Nothing examines the passage of time in a stream of memories, violently shattered by the adrenaline-packed live electronic music and the interactive live video feeds projected on the constantly moving panels, only to reveal the extremely physical and emotional performance of CCDC dancers.

This exquisite production has just received the awards for Outstanding Dance Production and for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography from the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2010: In this incisive inquest into the impermanence of memory, CCDC invites its dancers and audiences to stretch from the safe havens of lyricism, sensuality, and neat cadences into an embrace of the exhilarating realms of fragmentation, distortion, and uncertainty. In his work, Sang wrestles with memory’s dissonance by pushing the dancers into uncharted terrain in which they seem balanced in precipices and contorted by interior battles or the manipulations of partners. In As If To Nothing, Sang masterfully explores the conflict between memory’s mutable landscape and its indelible landmarks.

Sang’s choreography is effective…it was ably interpreted by CCDC’s technically impressive dancers, notably Xing Liang, whose long, contorted solo was superbly intense. 

Financial Times (UK)

As If To Nothing

Choreographer: Sang Jijia
An ethnic Tibetan born in Gansu, Sang Jijia graduated from the Beijing Central University for Nationalities and was a dancer of Guangdong Modern Dance Company from 1993 to 1998. He won the Gold Medal in the Modern Dance section of the Paris International Dance Competition in 1996 and was hailed as “The Star of the Century” by the Guangdong Provincial Government in 1997. He was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship and American Dance Festival Scholarship in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He was a dancer of CCDC from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, Sang was chosen by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to study choreography under William Forsythe in Germany and stayed with Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company as Choreographer Assistant. As a dancer, he has collaborated with leading choreographers around the globe. He returned to China in 2006 and created Sticks for Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Unspeakable and Standing Before Darkness for BeijingDance / LDTX. Sang Jijia is currently the Resident Artist of BeijingDance / LDTX.

 

Hong Kong modern dance flagship - City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)

“Artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong.” 

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Hong Kong modern dance flagship CCDC has championed the development of Chinese modern dance for over 30 years. Founded in 1979 by Chinese modern dance pioneer Willy Tsao, CCDC has inspired and elated audiences in Hong Kong and around the world with world-class performances. CCDC is renowned for reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s multifaceted contemporary culture and has presented over 200 original works by Hong Kong’s choreographers to critical acclaim as well as over 180 international touring performances to the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in over 30 major cities in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia.

To continue CCDC’s commitment to education and development, the CCDC Dance Centre was established in 2004 to launch educational and outreach projects in different communities as well as organize highly popular dance courses to over 40,000 students each year. Since 1998 CCDC has launched China Dance Development Programme to provide administrative and technical support to budding Chinese artists, and has helped organize modern dance festivals in China annually.

CCDC is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 

¥680, ¥380, ¥280, ¥180, ¥100, ¥50

Approx 65 mins (No Interval)

Tel.: 135-4448-0492 / 020-87049512

 

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