The beauty of dance can be seen not only in theatres. Video offers a different perspective to this elegant art form and a visual record of the greatest performances and artists, as seen in 2-D Dancing: Movement In Image. 2-D Dancing is a film and video festival dedicated solely to dance. The 15 features to be shown in this festival capture the best productions from Europe and Hong Kong. Among them is Selling Hong Kong. The 85-minute video is a collage of 12 short videos starring and produced by Hong Kong's best dance talents. Dick Wong Tai-fai, independent choreographer and dance performer, is the man behind this project. Selling Hong Kong also marks the launch of the Hong Kong Dance-Video Archive on Videotape. 'Dance video is a rather new medium in Hong Kong. Since the early 1990s, dancers have been filming their individual works, and this project simply unites them,' says Wong. Audiences will see videos of three different categories. There are pure dance videos, dance videos shot for stage performances, and promotional videos which act as teasers for coming performances. Wong says that audiences attending a dance performance can feel the movement on stage, but dance video brings a new angle to the audience. 'Sitting in the auditorium you can only watch the show from your own point of view, but the camera itself is another point of view. Camera movements such as close-ups and zoom and different camera angles show more elements of the performance. These videos are treasures for dancers of the next generation.' Other than the Hong Kong talents, 2-D Dancing also pays tribute to two of the most legendary dance stars - Rudolf Nureyev and Sylvie Guillem. Nureyev, who died a decade ago, remains the most influential dancer of today. Born in 1938 in Irkutsk in the former Soviet Union, Nureyev began studying ballet when he was 11. After graduating from Leningrad Ballet School, he joined the Kirov Ballet and became a soloist. In the 1960s he began performing overseas in countries including France and the US. He even joined the Royal Ballet in London as a permanent guest artist. His most famous works include Don Quixote and Romeo and Juliet, which will be screened in this festival. There is also a documentary entitled This Is Rudolf Nureyev, showing Nureyev's life behind the scenes. As for Guillem, Wong says that she has the most amazing physique as a ballerina, and can perform extremely difficult movements. 'She also dressed ballet in a contemporary fashion,' he says. 'Under her influence, ballet was seen to be no longer limited to fairy tales and fantasies.' 2-D Dancing runs from now until September 28 at Hong Kong Science Museum's lecture hall and Hong Kong Film Archive. Tickets priced at $50, and half price for full-time students, are available from all Urbtix outlets. For details call 2734 9009, or log on to www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp .