Private Dances

22 Nov (Sat)
Dance films: 11-12:30pm; Live dance* and Dance films: 2pm-4pm; 6pm-8pm, Dance Camp
23 Nov (Sun)
Dance films: 11-12:30pm; Live dance* and Dance films:  2pm-4pm; 6pm-8pm, Dance Camp
*8 performance sessions daily for Live dance, each lasts for 30 minutes

'Private Dances’ is all about intimate encounters with dance - in camping tents! Transforming the outdoor grassland into an adventurous and magical camp-ground, you are invited to work your way through a selection of immersive and exquisite live performances and experimental dance films inside the tents. Get up-close and experience this intimate adventure through which you and the artists can connect and share a moment of dance. Contemporary dance, Hip Hop, Chinese folk dance, Indian dance...you never know what you will find. Squeeze in and enjoy!

Original concept: Nat Cursio Co.
Curation / Creative direction: Nat Cursio and Anna Cheng
Producer: Anna Cheng
Lighting & set design: Wong Chi-yung
Production: Mac Chan

Live dance artists from Hong Kong: Mui Cheuk-yin, Abby Chan, Justyne Li, Tan-ki Wong, Chun-ho Ivanhoe Lam, Yang Hao, Felix Chen Lei, Kukli Wong, Nana Zhao, Arthur Mak, ChanRain@ASTR, Yip@ASTR, Winds Fung, Oxana Banshikova

Dance films and artists from Australia: The Palindromist by Kristy Ayre + Nick Roux, This is SUPER UGLY! (But you might want it) by Alice Dixon + Caroline Meaden, The Visit by Alice Dixon + Caroline Meaden, Desire Lines by Simon Ellis, Liberty In The Dark by Sam Fox, Beastliness by Deborah Kelly, Shadow in Blue by Zoe Scoglio

Live Dance Performance Schedule

2pm to 4pm daily (Registration starts from 1pm) :
Chun-ho Ivanhoe Lam (Contemporary Dance), Yang Hao (Contemporary Dance), Nana Zhao (Korean Dance), Arthur Mak (Mongolian Dance), Winds Fung (Breaking), Oxana Banshikova (Indian Dance)

6pm to 8pm daily (Registration starts from 5pm):
Mui Cheuk-yin (Contemporary Dance), Abby Chan (Contemporary Dance, Justyne Li + Tan-ki Wong (Contemporary Dance), Felix Chen Lei (Contemporary Chinese Dance - Dunhuang Dance), Kukli Wong (Peacock Dance), ChanRain@ASTR + Yip@ASTR (Hip Hop)

More about Private Dances: 'Private Dances' was first conceived for Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival in 2010 and received great critical reviews. It won the Green Room Dance Award for Concept and Realization and was also voted as Best New Work by Jordan Vincent in Dance Australia’s Critic’s Survey 2010. The live performances and the films are created by dance artists of varying styles and perspectives, and the format allows a social and conversational space for discussion and reflection. Each visitor to 'Private Dances' will experience their own ‘degustation’ of dance. With the Hong Kong Edition at Freespace Fest, we will present multiple dance sessions throughout the day with live performances by Hong Kong based artists and films by Australian artists. Curated by Nat Cursio and Anna Cheng, the project presents artists at different stages of their career, from those just beginning to assert their identity such as Chun-ho Ivanhoe Lam and Yang Hao, right through to established and influential artists such as the sophisticated and highly regarded Mui Cheuk-yin.

Places are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
'Meet the Artists' will be held after the 4th and the 8th session daily.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Equipment Sponsor: Ogawa

 

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