Best of Hong Kong dance comes to Sydney

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This July, audiences in Sydney are invited to immerse themselves in “Convergence,” an extraordinary blend of martial arts and Chinese dance, presented by the Hong Kong Dance Company at the Seymour Centre.

Scheduled for three performances from 12 to 13 July, this captivating production unites power, speed, and aesthetics, offering significant insights for dancers and choreographers worldwide.

Presented by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney, “Convergence” showcases choreography by the company’s acclaimed Artistic Director, Yang Yuntao. This production is the culmination of a collaborative exploration since 2018 into the rich heritage of Chinese dance and martial arts, merging styles like Hung Kuen, Choy Lay Fut, and Fujian White Crane.

Artistic Director Yang Yuntao elucidates his vision: “Convergence is more than a performance; it embodies the evolution of our artistic journey. It signifies a departure from our past, forging new paths and reshaping our identity. This synthesis of external movements and inner consciousness transforms our physical state and enriches our pursuit of truth and beauty in performance.”

“This production pushes our dancers beyond traditional boundaries, presenting a narrative that stimulates thought as much as it captivates visually. We are thrilled to introduce this innovative expression of strength and beauty to Sydney, appealing to an audience that appreciates both modernity and tradition.”

“Convergence” not only highlights the prowess of its dancers, including principal dancers Ho Ho-fei and Ong Tze Shen, but also features cutting-edge digital art. The fusion of ancient cultural elements with contemporary music, video projections, and lighting crafts a surreal, dream-like ambiance.

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The performance has already earned international acclaim, including the “Outstanding Online Production” award at the 23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards. Critics have lauded the production’s execution and distinctive style. The US Dance Magazine commented on the “dizzying speed and cut-glass specificity” of the dancers, describing their performances as “downright thrilling.” The Hong Kong Commercial Daily praised the work’s energy and elegance, calling it a “unique style never seen before.”

The accolades continue with an excerpt from “Convergence” winning the 13th China Dance Lotus Awards (Contemporary Dance) in 2023, the most esteemed national award for dancing in China. This honour underscores the exceptional quality and innovation of the Hong Kong Dance Company’s work.

Don’t miss “Convergence,” performed by the Hong Kong Dance Company, a celebration of Hong Kong’s unique artistic talent, supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney’s commitment to promoting East-meets-West cultural exchanges.

When: Fri 12 July 7:30 pm| Sat 13 July 2 pm followed by a Q&A and 7:30 pm
Where: Seymour Centre, Cnr City Road &, Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Tickets: $28 Conc – $45 
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