Stranger than Fiction

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 May, 2005, 12:00am

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City Contemporary Dance Company, Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

It's an unusual collaboration - but that's exactly what makes Stranger Than Fiction - 2 Lives Mirroring Each Other worth seeing. The City Contemporary Dance Company production, choreographed by Xing Liang and Phillip Adams, is described as a 'highly theatrical, physically idiosyncratic and aesthetically unique dance dialogue between one of the most phenomenal modern dance talents on the mainland and the enfant terrible of the most daring and inventive contemporary dance in Australia'.

Devised by Xing and Adams, the show is split into two, with each artist responsible for one half. Adam's new work - a construction of a 'weird architectural space' - continues an investigation into the dialogue between dance, visual art and choreographic design, a feature that's central to his repertoire.

In this piece, he takes a number of key motifs from Japanese culture, including the arts of origami, tatami and traditional Japanese choreographic patterns.

On the other side of the mirror is Xing's dance piece, which commemorates his father. 'A life can alter so quickly,' he says. 'I saw my father taking his breaths very painfully one moment. Then the next it was just his body without a soul. Before I realised that breath was my father's last, he was gone.'

The Beijing Dance Academy graduate is renowned for his terrific movements and has won numerous awards (including the Second Class Award in Choreography at the Fifth National Dance Competition for Mon Amour Sans in 2001).

Adams comes from a totally different background. He's the artistic director of BalletLab, one of the most inventive of Australia's new wave of contemporary dance companies. He's been commissioned by several leading theatres and dance companies, including Arena Theatre, Chunky Move, Dance Works, Centre Choregraphique National in Paris and the Sydney Mardi Gras.

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