For many, a bed is a space at most shared by a couple. But for Hong Kong choreographer Andy Wong Ting-lam, it can be a metaphoric venue where strangers and friends cross paths, where countless dreams meet reality. Performed by Wong and five other dancers from Hong Kong and Taiwan, Individual Dreams ... Shared Bed is their search for identity, love, fear and desire. The DanceArt Hong Kong production also sets out to explore the cultural similarities shared by the Chinese dancers even though they live in two different cities. With intimacy being a key feature of the show, it helps that all the performers - Ku Ming-shen, Francis Leung Ka-kuen, Yang Mei-rong, Chen Qiu-yin and Yvette Huang - are close friends. It is the first time Wong has collaborated with the dancers, despite having known them all for 20 years. The production marks the 10th anniversary of DanceArt. 'We are all about 40 and very mature, artistically,' Wong says. 'We want to show our best to the audience through our collaboration.' He says each dancer is recognised for his or her performing experience and distinctive creative styles, such as sensibility, sentimentality, powerfulness and gentleness. Ku, the founder of Ku & Dancers in Taipei, is well-known for her improvisation work, while two of her fellow islanders, Yang and Chen, are former members of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. Leung and Huang perform with DanceArt. The show's music is by local composer Kung Chi-shing, who performed at the recent opening of the Hong Kong pavilion at the Venice Biennale. During a series of duets and solos, the audience, sitting at the two sides of the auditorium, will watch, from different angles, the 'lives and dreams' of the dancers, at the centre of the stage, or the 'bed'. 'The 'bed' of our life indeed involves many people,' Wong says. These are people we love and care about, as well as those who come and go. 'Life can be very simple,' the 39-year-old says. 'It is about understanding and helping each other.' Wong is convinced that artists are so blessed with their strong sensitivity that through their works, they can unlock people's innermost feelings and help people set themselves free to find their own existence or potential. Wong wants to do more than touch the audience deeply in the heart. He reaches out to all walks of life through his works, teaching, voluntary service and daily interactions with strangers. His 'stage' can be everywhere, he says. He wants to motivate others and share their pain and happiness. 'Wherever I am needed, I will go and offer my help,' Wong says. The mainland-born artist says he still believes in the spirit of helping people, which he learned from the communist propaganda of selfless soldier Lei Feng when he was small. Many of Wong's former schoolmates at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts have already quit the dance profession because of their age. He says he will perform as long as he is physically capable. 'There is no end to the life of art,' he says. 'What is most important to me is to live my life through dance.' He plans to perform solo over the next 10 years. Each year, he will perform a new solo to share his ideas with the audience. 'Though I may not be as fit as I am now, I will stay as young as before through dance,' the choreographer says. The artist is also working towards his lifetime dream to release his own album, with six songs in September. 'Music was, in fact, the very first thing that moved me,' he says. 'When I was 16 or 17, I wanted to become a singer.' He began to pursue his goal when he performed in some musicals and acted in the past two years. 'The upcoming album is not aimed at the mass, commercial market,' he says. It will be an expression of his experience and views of life. He says his crossover to singing will bring new elements into his future works. 'My art horizon is expanding,' Wong says. 'I can give more to my audience with my dance, singing and acting.' Individual Dreams ... Shared Bed will be staged at 8pm on July 8 and 9, and 3pm on July 10 at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. A meet-the-artists session will be held after the performance on July 9.