End Stop Line
Just like poetry, choreographer Kirsten Ho Sien-ying's latest offering is peppered with contemplative pauses. End Stop Line comprises six vignettes, each beginning with a line of text.
"They are some feelings and thoughts I had over the past few years, when I was making moments of pauses. I want to put them together in a literary form, like six short stories in a book," says the 28-year-old, founder of Dance Kho, a contemporary dance company. This is their first production in Hong Kong.
A Eurasian born in Scotland and raised in Hong Kong, Ho has always loved the robust energy in this city. Last year, she decided to set up a company here to promote contemporary dance, especially among students, through education.
"It's a place full of energy and always changing, like the movements in contemporary dances - when you finish one movement, you can choose so many different ways and directions for the next one, as long as it feels right," says Ho, who was trained at the London Studio Centre and The Ailey School in New York.
When Ho creates her work, she likes to work "from within" and explore feelings and inner thoughts, rather than focusing on techniques.
The texts she incorporates into her performances come from dialogue she has heard from ordinary people in everyday life.
The choreographer also uses photographs and videos to illustrate the richness and spontaneity of human thoughts: "The images were taken in different locations in Hong Kong. In one piece, I use them to make a contrast to the story in the dance."
Although End Stop Line, which also features dancer Takao Komaru, is largely based on her own experiences, Ho says it is up to the audience to interpret them. "I want people to come and 'feel' the moments, be inspired and provoked to think of their own situations."
Fri-Sat, 7.30pm, The Underground Theatre, Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Rd, Central, HK$120. Tel: 2521 7251