Dancing Blue

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2007, 12:00am

Dancing Blue

Studio Theatre,

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Reviewed: Aug 24

At just over an hour, Dancing Blue is a tight piece of dance theatre created and performed by choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin and stage actor/director Lee Chun-chow, based on interpretations of the colour.

The three-scene show opened with the most obvious of associations: the sounds of rain and crashing waves, and a video animation of various shades of blue in motion, which were projected onto a white set.

The lights were kept low as the two performers slowly came into view. Mui was calm and controlled, her movement synchronised with the visuals, while Lee was more manic, dashing around to the moody cello music of David Darling.

What followed was the duo's more imaginative and abstract interpretations of blue. Lee likened it to a long journey that shuttles between reality and imagination, whereas Mui saw it as the changing seasons, the various stages of life and passage of time.

Their narrative was largely movement-based, aided by video, sounds and stage props such as a large satin sheet, paper and masks created by artist Hoi Chiu. There were words too, notably an extract from Wilhelm Mueller's Winterreise (Winter Journey) and in the epilogue, where Lee spoke about the end of a long journey and death.

Dancing Blue is a visually poetic piece that talks about the life cycle: birth, ageing and death. There were a few moments of absurdity, but taken as a whole it was coherent and neatly put together. Adrian Yeung's videos were impressive.

Overall, there were few surprises, but Mui once again demonstrated her strength in using stage props to their best effect, while Lee delivered a haunting, yet comforting monologue on death.