Dance companies join forces for Mayan prophecy pieces

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 November, 2012, 11:47am

Emerging Choreographers - 2012: The Beginning or the End?

Hong Kong Ballet

The Mayan prophecy - which predicts the world will come to an end on December 21 - has inspired the latest collaboration between the Hong Kong Ballet and the Hong Kong Dance Company.

Presenting seven interpretations of the prediction, the show is part of the Ballet's annual emerging choreographers' workshop, which promotes the creative talents of young dancers within and, for the first time, outside the company.

Li Jia-bo, 25, is a soloist with the Ballet and his
pas de deux piece
Unable to Rewind tells of two lovers torn by their different directions in life: one for the present, the other for the future.

"Everybody has a different interpretation of the phenomenon. I want to illustrate it through an intimate relationship of two people living in different stages of mind. The woman can see the future beyond now but not the man. Will they still be together?" says Li, who also composed the music. He plays with the contrasting movements and emotions between the two roles, performed by principal Jin Yao and soloist Wei Wei.

This is the first time Hong Kong Ballet has collaborated with another dance company in its workshop, which began in 1984. Xie Yin, artistic coordinator and instructor of the Dance Company's youth troupe, is excited about this joint effort.

"It's great to have the chance to work with other passionate dancers in the field. I'm thrilled to see my concept being interpreted by a ballet dancer," says Xie who is trained in Chinese dance. Her piece
Lotus Flower, to be performed by Jin, drawing from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The tragedy still resonates with her and coincides with the 2012 theme. "When I thought about the theme, I saw a lotus flower coming out of life in three stages: below the ground, in the water and above in the air."

Other choreographers in the programme are Yuh Egami, Ricky Hu, Li Yi-ran, Liu Miao-miao, Jonathan Spigner and Liu Yinghong.

Mabel Sieh

Sept 21-23, 8pm; Sept 23, also 3pm; HK Cultural Centre, TST. HK$100-HK$350. Inquiries: 2105 9724