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Dance films, dance videos and other dance creations designed to be shown on screen are also known as works of screendance. But what elements differentiate a dance choreographed and performed for a camera from a dance created for a live performance? 

In this talk, renowned local dance video director Maurice Lai explores the relationship between video and dance. Sharing his experience of transcending the physical boundaries of dance to create works for the screen, he looks at what we understand by screendance, and how a work of screendance can be understood and appreciated. 


27 January 2021 (Wednesday)


The talk will be conducted online. Registered participants will receive a streaming link through email.

Maurice Lai

Free admission. Please register online in advance.

Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 during office hours or email

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 rescheduled or cancelled. 

About the Speaker:

Maurice Lai

Maurice LaiMaurice Lai is one of the most active directors of dance video in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is an MFA graduate of the School of Film and TV at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2015, he was an instructor at the New Works Forum: Screendance workshop, organised by West Kowloon and City Contemporary Dance Company. In 2016, he was cinematographer on Australian dance artist Sue Healey’s On View: Hong Kong, and served with Healey as instructor for Dance and the Moving Image TAIWAN (Taipei Performing Arts Center). In 2020, he was director of dance film Maze, commissioned by West Kowloon. Lai’s work has been recognised with The Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video and Photography for Dance (2015) and for Outstanding Visual Design with Sue Healey (2018) by Hong Kong Dance Alliance. In 2017 he received the City Contemporary Dance Laureate from City Contemporary Dance Company.

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