Wayson Poon: PHONATE

Wayson Poon: PHONATE

Freespace The Box


When breathing becomes language


A thought-provoking piece reflecting the shared poetry and consciousness of human beings and human bodies.


Wayson Poon’s latest work PHONATE explores the dynamics of power, control and communal strength that occur between choreographer, dancers and audience. Pushing the limitations of their bodies, the dancers transform the air of a minimalist performance space into audible energy. As the rhythms of their breath compete and synchronise, a state of involuntary connection develops and the audience become one with the dancers, inhaling and exhaling in time.


Poon’s choreography is informed by Taoist notions of “Qi” and the movement and meditation practices Liquid Body and 5Rhythms. The research and development of this work was supported by Freespace, Dance Info Finland, Zodiak – Center for New Dance and Dance House Helsinki through the residency exchange project Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Finland (2016–2018).


Artistic Team:

Concept / Choreography: Wayson Poon
Live Sound Artist / Dramaturg / Sound Designer: Peter Lenaerts
Performer / Rehearsal Assistant: Kingsan Lo
Performers: Ivan Chan, Cheung Tsz-kwan, KT Yau
Lighting Designer: Lawmanray*
Costume Designer: Pauline Chan
Creative producer / Artist Management: KALOS Productions HK


*By kind permission of City Contemporary Dance Company


Commissioned, produced and presented by:



Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China 25th Anniversary



Creative Tomorrow

The Programme is part of “Creative Tomorrow” exclusively sponsored by
The Hong Kong Jockey Club.


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