Hong Kong Dance Company Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Reviewed: October 14 Hong Kong Dance Company's new full length-work, Tempo of Hong Kong, is artistic director Hu Jialu's tribute to the spirit of the city and the songs of the late James Wong. Shanghai- born Hu moved here last year, and describes touchingly in the programme notes how he wanted to show the vibrancy and resilience of Hong Kong, perhaps clearer to him as an outsider. The intention is admirable, but the execution was puzzling. The piece is divided into five sections, each denoted by a colour, and ending with one of Wong's songs. A strong opening captures the bustle of the city at work, as dancers in business suits rush about the stage in intersecting patterns. After that, specific references to Hong Kong life grow sparse, in a succession of scenes that could be anywhere - back-projections of photos are no substitute for content. Particularly confusing was the use of well-known pieces of music - Lara's Theme, Ravel's Bolero, Zorba's Dance, Khachaturian's Sabre Dance - which aren't related to Hong Kong and have their own strong identities. It's always a pleasure to hear Wong's songs, but as my companion (Hong Kong born and bred) pointed out, it would have been a more fitting tribute if they'd been performed live, and given more prominence. Choreographically, the highlight was a sombre duet on the theme of parting. Beautifully danced by Su Shu and Huang Lei, it highlighted Hu's strong background in modern dance and his ability to create original movement. Otherwise, although professional and well-performed, the choreography was more befitting a musical than a substantive dance work. The evening ended in an upbeat fashion with members of the audience being invited on stage for a dance-along, while the Hong Kong Children's Choir sang It's a Small World.