Dance elite celebrate life in motion

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 March, 2007, 12:00am

Not every day do you get to catch the city's finest and most accomplished dancers/choreographers sharing the same stage. This weekend, they are doing just that for the Hong Kong Arts Festival show My Life as a Dancer.

The sold-out programme features 16 local artists aged between 30 and 70, who come from backgrounds as diverse as classical ballet, contemporary dance and Chinese traditional dance.

They include Lau Siu-ming, the first modern dancer in Hong Kong to study abroad, Willy Tsao, who founded the City Contemporary Dance Company, his peer Helen Lai, and some of the most active members of the dance community today, such as Yuri Ng, Mui Cheuk-yin, Xing Liang, Yeung Wai-mei, Daniel Yeung, and Andy Wong. Abby Chan has flown back from her second base, New York, for the production.

Rehearsing has been a bit of a nightmare for Lai, who is responsible for merging various independently choreographed pieces into a 90-minute performance.

But given that the participants are some of the easiest-going performing artists in town, she knows it will all be right on the night.