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Dance Poem: The Great River

Venue Date & Time Price
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$180, $150, $120



Dance Poem: The Great River

The Great River is the seventh epic dance poem produced by the Association of Hong Kong Dance Organizations.  It tells the story of the Yellow River and the Yangtze River – mother rivers to the Chinese.  The story revolves around and starts with the odyssey of a fictitious character, the River Nymph.  She is born on the remote snow-capped mountains of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, nurtured by the sun and the snow…She embarks on a journey of ten thousand miles along her mother rivers.  On the way she takes in the splendour and magnificence of the mountains and rivers, while being touched by the greatness of human love.  In the face of disaster, she comes to appreciate the hardships and immense courage of her forefathers.  In the river, she encounters the heroes of the past who were washed away by time.  As she travels on, she continues to grow and gather strength; finally entering the sea with the flow of the rivers…  She looks back, and suddenly realizes that thousands of years have gone by on this earth.  She returns to places she visited before, and is filled with poignant memories and surging emotions.


In a uniquely choreographed narrative, The Great River rolls out in panoramic style the varied customs and exotic character of the ethnic groups of China.  Scenes of the rustic Va’s hunting, the Dai’s romantic serenading along the river, the traumatic droughts and floods etc., are mixed with the uplifting ‘flower drums of Fengyang’ and the poignant reminiscences of the historical site of Chibi.  Political drama and tragic battles of China down the ages are presented alongside folklore and fantasies, making this a visually enthralling and inspiring performance.


The Great River is an original dance production created by the Association of Hong Kong Dance Organizations, with Law Yiu-wai as the Director of Choreography and performed by hunderd of dancers from 20 member organizations.  Apart from mobilizing more than ten local choreographers, this original production also has the professional input of well-known National Class One Choreographer from Mainland, Zhou Peiwu, dancer He Baoyu from Yunnan, and up-and-coming choreographer Li Jia, a graduate of the Beijing Dance Academy.  The music for this production is by local veteran composer Chen Ning-chi of the musical Tales of the Walled City.  It promises to be a totally new work created by a talented team of artists.



Running time of each performance is about 1 hour and 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


About the Group


Association of Hong Kong Dance Organizations

Established in 1992, the Association of Hong Kong Dance Organizations is a non-profit making society.  As one of the largest dance associations in Hong Kong, it has 120 member organizations and more than 10,000 individual members over the past 20 years.  Many of the member organizations have a long history in the local dance scene.  The directors of the member organizations are mostly veteran dancers and teachers, who have significant contribution to the Hong Kong dance development. 


The objective of the Association is to unite dance organizations in Hong Kong and to promote cultural exchange and collaboration among arts organizations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas.  Since its establishment, the Association has organized more than 2,000 performances reaching over 1 million audiences.


In 1998, the Association put on stage with over 400 dancers, the dance poem Fragrance-A Dance Poem on Hong Kong which revealed the Hong Kong hundred-year long history.  The dance poem was produced with the support of the late famous Chinese composer Yip Shun-chi, the National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra and over 10 choreographers.  Since then, the Association has produced a number of well-received dance poems including The Ignited Hearts: Legend of the Orient (2000), The Golden Silk Road (2004) and Our Home, Our Stories (2006), The Trace of Migrators (2009) and My Homeland (2010), bringing a new breeze to the local dance scene with realistic and introspective stories.


Creative Team & Cast



Chen Ning-chi


Director of Choreography
Law Yiu-wai


Guest Choreographers    

Zhou Peiwu (National Class One Choreographer)

He Baoyu, Li Jia


Local Choreographers

Chan Hei-hing, To Siu-leung, Chen Jun*, Becky Lau, Chong Chan-po,
Congo Yu, Ting Ping, Ho Ho-fei*, Kennex Chan, Chow Hiu-man,
Tong Lok, Cheung Sau-fan, Lai Siu-ling, Chan Shun-yee, Lee Pui-pui, Leung Hiu-lam#

With kind permission of *Hong Kong Dance Company and #The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


Sze Yeung-ping


Tsui Kar-yeung


Costume Design
Yang Xiaohua (Costume Designer of Guangdong Provincial Song and Dance Theatre)


Lighting Design

Jeff Lui


Poster Design

Fish Lau


Participating Groups

Yuen Hai Artiste Troupe

Elegance Society Dance Troupe

Dancing Group of Worker’s Club

Sound of Wave Dance Group

Ta Ge See

Hong Kong Camy Academy of Dancing

Zephyr Dance Troupe

Hibiscus Group

World of Dancing

Bizi Stage

Tibetan Goddess Dance Troupe

Wan Zi Qian Hong Yi Shu Tuan

Alan & Becky Dance Group

Dynamic Dawn

Yuen Hai Children Dance Art Society

Hong Kong Chinese Cultural Recreation Association

Abby Dance Studio

Josephine School of Ballet

La P en V

Dynamics of Dance




Tickets available from 19 August onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking

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


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

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.

One person per ticket regardless of age, admission subject to age limit specified for each event




Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk


Kwai Tsing Theatre

Address: 12 Hing Ling Road, Kwai Chung, N.T.

Enquiries: 2408 0128



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