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"Suddenly / Frida" by Y-Space

Venue Date & Time Price
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$220, $180


13.09.2013 with post-performance meet-the-artists session



Feet, what do I want them for if I have wings to fly?


Inspired by the life and works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Helen Lai creates a series of tableaux-dansants based on the paintings My Birth, The Wounded Table, The Two Fridas, Memory and What the Water Gave Me.


Frida was premiered in Hong Kong in 1996 by the City Contemporary Dance Company and was re-staged in Taipei by The Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan in the same year.


Choreographer: Helen Lai

Helen Lai is a preeminent choreographer from Hong Kong, and former Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of the City Contemporary Dance Company. Some of her most notable works include Nine Songs, The Rite of Spring, In the Beginning, Plaza X, Her Story and Testimony. A many-times award winner, Lai has won both critical and popular acclaim for her choreography.

Dancers: Wen Hui, Mandy Yim, Victor Ma, Louis Huang and Kenneth Sze



Things that happen suddenly are in fact not so sudden...


Suddenly is about incidents. There is no logic, only happenings that weave in and out.  Harmonious relationships can suddenly turn sour; the mild and the gentle turn rough and brutal; what is beautiful becomes ugly; and what is calm and peaceful is suddenly maniacal…… In life, things make sudden twists and turns and catch us at unawares, but if we look closely, we can find actually there is always a reason, a cause, behind it all……

Choreographer: Victor Ma

Victor Choi-wo Ma was trained in Dance and Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, graduating in 1988 and 1993 respectively. He co-founded the dance company, Y-Space, with Mandy Ming-yin Yim in 1995, and is currently its Artistic Director. Ma has been the choreographer and movement designer of several arts companies in Hong Kong and on the international front. Some of his notable works include None of Your Business, Not a Double Room, Unconscious I & II, Dance “in” Possible!? I – IV, Body, I.D. & Space I – VI, and curated and co-ordinated the i-Dance Festival since 2009.


Live Music: Sascia Pellegrini

Video Designer: Adrian Yeung

Dancers: Wen Hui, Mandy Yim, Louis Huang, Kenneth Sze and Katie Yau



Choreographers: Helen Lai, Victor Ma

Lighting Designer: Lawmanray

Sound Designer: Him Law

Video Designer: Adrian Yeung

Costume Maker & Coordinator: Kitty Ng

Deputy Stage Manager: Chan Chi-nok

Production Manager & Stage Manager: Tsui Tsz-yee

Producer: Mandy Yim


Guest Performers:


Wen Hui (Beijing)

Founder of Living Dance Studio

Louis Huang (Guangxi)

Co-Artistic Directoe of Guangxi Good Dance Center


Live Music

Sascia Pellegrini (Italy)




Mandy Yim

Founder and Outreach & Education Director of Y-Space

Kenneth Sze

Y-Space Dancer

Katie Yau

Y-Space Dancer



Tickets available from NOW at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

Please note that this production contains nudity and coarse language.

Suitable for aged 18 or above

Discount Scheme

Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients

(Limited tickets for CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets


One person per ticket regardless of age, admission subject to age limit specified for each event. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each ticket.  Please inform the box office staff of the discount type preferred at the time of purchase.

Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission



Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323 (LCSD) / 2470 0511 www.y-space.org (Y-Space)

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


Running time of this programme is about 1 hour 30 minutes with interval


Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary


Programme Plus

Pre-performance Talk + Video Screening







Theatre Y, Y-Space *


Free Admission


In Cantonese & Putonghua

Programme length will be approximately 1 .5hour



Victor Ma, the Choreographer, and dancers will share with audience the idea and inspirations behind the programme.  Don’t miss it!

Special guests: Wen Hui (Beijing), Louis Huang (Guangxi), Victor Ma, Mandy Yim

Advanced registration required.  Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.


Registration & Enquiries: 2470 0511 / office@y-space.org



*Address: 3/F, Flat B, Wah Fung Ind. Centre, Block 1, 33-39 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong



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