What's Next?/Crime Scene!

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 April, 2009, 12:00am

What's Next?/Crime Scene!

City Contemporary Dance Company, HK Cultural Centre Studio Theatre

Reviewed: Apr 17

This double bill is a particularly fitting programme to celebrate the City Contemporary Dance Company's 30th anniversary year, as it features work by Dominic Wong Dick-man and Noel Pong Chi-kwan, who have spent their careers as dancers with the company.

Wong's What's Next? captures how clouds move and change. Wong has made excellent use of the venue space, using the balcony level and building a staircase to connect it to the stage, which has been raised and equipped with trapdoors through which dancers disappear or are shown from the waist up.

The choreography had good moments but was not as satisfying as Wong's previous work, X-tremely 4 Seasons. The problem may lie with the improvised score performed on stage by Nelson Hiu, which did not fit the theme nor allow Wong room to display his exceptional musicality.

Comic and playful, Pong's Crime Scene! evokes the Cantonese detective films of the 1960s through costumes, situations and a terrific selection of music. Much of the choreography is more Bob Fosse than contemporary.

In the central role Chan Yi Jing (standing, with Yang Yizi) gave a deadpan performance, both funny and poetic. Sadly, this was his farewell show: he's taking a break.