This November, Freespace presents two rerun performances of Almost 55, a heartfelt solo dance created for veteran local dancer Qiao Yang, resident artist with City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC).

After a dance career spanning four decades, including 23 years with CCDC, Qiao Yang premiered Almost 55 as her first full-length solo performance in January 2019. The physically challenging piece was developed over 12 months with Taiwanese choreography Chou Shu-yi. In brief spoken sections interspersed within the dance, Qiao Yang reveals details about her career, from performing traditional Chinese dance in her home town in Shaanxi in the early 1970s, to studying contemporary dance in Guangzhou in the 1980s, and moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s. Although performed by Qiao Yang alone, Almost 55 is a conversation between two dance artists of different generations and homelands on the history of contemporary dance, and on notions of identity and home.

This celebration of Qiao Yang’s dedication to the art of dance is created with artists from Hong Kong and Taiwan, including visual artist Lee Chi-wai, sound artist Steve Hui, dance filmmaker Maurice Lai and costume designer Lin Ching-ju, former collaborator with Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.

This event is part of a three-year CCDC in Residence programme at Freespace, and City Contemporary Dance Festival 2019.

Creative Team:
Choreography: Chou Shu-yi
Performance: Qiao Yang
Costume Consultant: Lin Ching-ju
Set and Lighting Design: Lee Chi-wai
Video Design: Maurice Lai
Music Composition and Sound Design: Steve Hui

The music for this production was commissioned by City Contemporary Dance Company in 2018 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund.

19–*20 November 2019 (Tuesday–Wednesday)
*This event is cancelled

Approximately 1 hour without intermission

The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Performed in Mandarin, with Chinese and English subtitles

$300 (Free seating)

Half price for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, CSSA recipients and full-time students. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.

CCDC Dance Inspirations Card Holder (30% off) – available online, in person or by phone

Discounts only apply to standard tickets bought in person at the Xiqu Centre or Freespace ticket office and other outlets, and upon presentation of valid membership/staff cards:
CCDC Student Dance Inspirations Card Holder (60% off for students, 10% off for accompanying adult)#
Holders of CCDC Dance Card (20% off)
Holders of CCDC Kids Card (20% off)
APA Alumni Association (20% off)
Members of the Federation of HKPU Alumni Associations (20% off)
Members of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong (20% off)
Staff of Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong (20% off)
RTHK Programme Staff Union (20% off)
Staff of The Cityview (20% off)
Staff of The Harbourview (20% off)
City U of Hong Kong Alumni (20% off)
Friends of GMDC (20% off)
Members of Hong Kong Arts Administrators’ Association (20% off)
Staff of EVA Air (15% off)
Staff of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon Airways (15% off)
Club Bravo Members of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (10% off)
Energy Fun Club Plus (10% off)
Friends of Hong Kong Ballet (10% off)
Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (10% off)
Friends of Hong Kong Dance Company (Classic + Prestige) (10% off)
HKREP Pals (10% off)
Members of E-Side Dance Company (10% off)
Paid Members of Fringe Club (10% off)
Zuni’s Friends (10% off)
Members of Hong Kong Dance Alliance (10% off)
Friends of POP Theatre (10% off)
CASH members (10% off)
HKIFF Cine Fan Patron, Classic and Student Privilege Card (10% off)
Members of Manulife MOVE (10% off)
Holders of CUHK credit card (10% off)
Holders of HKU credit card (10% off)
Holders of City U credit card (10% off)

The following members could enjoy discount by using the promotion codes.
Members of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni (20% off)
Members of The Open University of Hong Kong Alumni (20% off)

Group Booking Discounts:

  • Online group purchase of standard tickets in the same price for the same performance in one transaction: 5% discount for 5 to 9 tickets, 10% discount for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% discount for 20 or more tickets.
  • Over the counter/phone group booking of any performance at any standard ticket price in one transaction: 5% discount for 5 to 9 tickets, 10% discount for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% discount for 20 or more tickets. This discount offer is only available at the Xiqu Centre and Freespace ticket offices and other outlets or by calling our ticketing hotline at (852) 2200 0022.

#Students can enjoy 60% off on one standard ticket and purchase one extra ticket at a 10% discount for an accompanying adult at each transaction.
All discount prices to be rounded up to the nearest dollar.
The above discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
Mr Yau (852) 3170 9922,

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Co-presented by:

City Contemporary Dance Company

City Contemporary Dance Company is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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  • Suitable for ages 6 and above.
  • Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.

Tickets available from 16 August 2019 (Friday) at 10:00am

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