New Dance Platform 2009 Y-Space Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre Reviewed: Jun 12 This Y-Space programme provided a platform for emerging choreographers and dancers to present their work, a concept to be encouraged. Produced and directed by company founders Mandy Yim Ming-yin and Victor Ma Choi-wo, the performance made good use of the intimate Black Box venue at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre in Shek Kip Mei. The works presented varied greatly in style and quality. The most successful piece was Shen Sijia's Double Bind. This combined effective use of video (shot and edited by Shen) with well-structured, musical choreography. The piece worked well although the purely balletic movement would have been further enhanced by having the girls dance on point. Elegant and elegiac, it was beautifully performed by four talented students from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - Yang Jingxian, Gao San, Li Xiaomeng and Song Heifeng. The partnering by the boys was especially impressive from such young dancers. Hugh Cho's emotionally charged duet In Pursuit of... started out looking like an exercise in bondage but developed well and showed an original voice. There were effective changes of pace between stillness and speed and some bold, athletic movement, including demanding rapid lifts. The piece was powerfully danced by Cho and Alice Ma. Other works were disappointing. Coral Lee's Embrace was too limited technically - an attempt to combine tango with contemporary dance which failed to do justice to either form - and Wayson Poon's Release started well but ended up going nowhere. However, the audience enjoyed the lighthearted finale of all the choreographers improvising together to live music.