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China Dance Forward 2014

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
$200, $140



Another 2 years have gone by, and it’s time for another China Dance Forward get-together. In this - the third of the series - works by aspiring choreographers from the Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong are selected through an open call.  Like before, it provides a platform for top dance-makers of the next generation from the three areas to perform and meet in Hong Kong again.  Hailing from Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Xi’an, Nanjing and Changsha, the works will bring to the audience a montage of innovative and diversified dance as choreographers and the audience alike explore the present and the future of Chinese modern dance.



Wu Hai Qi.Let Go (Nanjing.Sun’s key)

Wang Jun Jian.Brightness (Xi’an)

Cao Wei.Annoyed (Changsha.Pie Dance Theatre)

Hu Qing Qing.Peach Flavored Vodka (Zhuhai)

Yu Yanan, Wu Hui, Liu Qingyu, Lai Ka Po.Figure

(Guangzhou.Figure Theatre)

Yang Zhen.Aria (Beijing)

Gu Jia Ni.Side by Side (Beijing.N SPACE)

Liu Yen Cheng.A Room (Taipei)

Tsai Po Cheng.Floating Flower (Taipei)

Pak Wei Ming.TINT (Hong Kong)

ARChing Tang, Lokin So, Rex Chiu.The City of Crime (Hong Kong.The Autistic Genius)


About the Arts Group


City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)


“Artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong.” South China Morning Post, Hong Kong


Through the leadership of its Founder and Artistic Director, Willy Tsao, City Contemporary Dance Company has inspired and elated audiences in Hong Kong and around the world with superb modern dance performances over the past 30 years. Founded in 1979, CCDC has presented over 200 original works to critical acclaim, including productions by leading choreographers and innovative collaborations with outstanding artists from other media.


CCDC’s renown in reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s vibrant, multifaceted contemporary culture has earned it overseas invitations to the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in over 30 major cities in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Since opening the CCDC Dance Centre in 2004, it has also given young artists, students and the community-at-large the promise of a bright and dynamic future for dance in Hong Kong as it produces 40 outreach performances annually and offers highly popular dance courses benefiting over 40,000 students and audience members each year.


The Company launched the China Dance Development Programme (CDDP) in 1998 to strengthen the collaboration with mainland artists and organisations, and to propel local dance development in mainland China. Through the establishment of strategic partnerships with Beijing Dance/LDTX of Beijing and Guangdong Modern Dance Company of Guangzhou, a variety of cultural exchange activities are organised each year. These include “HK Dance Podium” the annual Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, and the Guangdong Summer Dance Camp and Dance Symposium all of which serve as unique platforms for budding dance-makers and independent artists as well as established companies of note. The festival has now become the most important modern dance event in China and attracts both national and international attention.



Curator's Notes


China Dance Forward embarked on its third year, seeking out the emerging creative forces of Chinese contemporary dance and assembling them in Hong Kong. The number of applications is more than a hundred and the overall quality of applicants has been a great improvement. We have established a clear artistic positioning for selection: “The works of young choreographers focusing on meticulous body movements”.  In support of “Dance Forward”, we focus on those who may be relatively unknown but truly reflect a necessary integrity and the most promising, youthful dimension as exhibited through their bodies, and through the most simple of costumes and props. Some of the participants come from top dance academies and some of them are independent dance artists from different cities of the region.  These choreographers may be young, but, in my opinion, they definitely represent the future of Chinese modern dance. 


Willy Tsao, Artistic Director of CCDC



Tickets available from 3 January 2014 onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking


Half-price tickets 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)

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


Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets at regular price, 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets, and 20% off for 20 standard tickets or more.


Special Booking Discount

10% Discount (First two tickets)

Holders of CCDC Dance Card

20% Discount (First two tickets)

Modern Dance Friends of Guangdong Modern Dance Company

30% Discount (First two tickets)

CCDC Dance Generation – Premium Members


For every purchase, only one of the above discount schemes applies.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.




2268 7323


2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking:

2111 5999

Internet Booking:



Running time of this programme is about 1.5 hours with 15 minutes intermission.

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 presenters reserve the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


Sheung Wan Civic Centre

5/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong

Enquiries: 2853 2689


Jointly presented by Leisure and Cultural Services Department and City Contemporary Dance Company



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