::Hong Kong : A Visceral Response :
Dance performance choreographed and performed by Sudhee Liao and Ivan Chan (with courtesy of City Contemporary Dance Company) in response to Zhao Zhao’s Building Blocks
Closing evening of the exhibition “Repetition as Art: Zhao Zhao Takes Action” curated by Charles Merewether
Dance Artists Sudhee Liao and Ivan Chan believe that “the integrity of movement can be built up through a process of repetition. The meaning and honesty behind each step is sublimated, as information becomes either lost or redeveloped.”
Liao and Chan confront the concept of ‘work’, a staple of contemporary life, in its associations with arduous activity. The artists refer to Guy Standing’s definition of labour in its relation to work within modern economics: “Etymologically, the roots of the word labour are negative. It is derived from the Latin (labor), implying toil, distress and trouble.” They apply this philosophy in a performance responding to Zhao Zhao's piece “Building Blocks” (2013-2014).
The performance illustrates work as a part of our lives for the purpose of sustainability. “Working to live, is similar to animals hunting for food to live.” By restricting their natural body movements to reflect the onerous and tedious, the dance becomes a metaphor for production, and as a result of the process, a reduction of the self. The artists explore against a backdrop of the industrial and man-made, playing with the dichotomies found between performer and space.
Interweaving between Zhao Zhao’s Building Blocks with their performance, Liao and Chan shift the gallery space between corporeal and existential reflection.
Sudhee Liao was born and raised in Singapore, she graduated from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance. Her experience as a dancer is wide ranging having worked extensively with different international choreographers. Liao has travelled and performed internationally in various productions and dance festivals. Her works include performances in theatres and galleries, site-specific spaces as well as video works.
As a choreographer, her more recent works includes "White Cell", “Haptic Compression” which was performed at Hong Kong Art Festival 2017 and “Not yet / To forget”, a collaboration with Ivan Chan was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council presented in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Liao is currently an independent artist, choreographer and dance educator.
Ivan Chan Chun Wai was born in Hong Kong. He graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and studied dance. He is currently a dancer of City Contemporary Dance Company. Chan had opportunities to work with successful choreographers and pioneering artists from all over the world, such as Laura Aris Alvarez (Spain), John Utans, Kristina Chan, Natalie Weir (Australia), Ina Christel Johannessen (Norway), Sang Jijia (Tibet), Anh Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnam), Dam Van Huynh (England).
Chan has also worked with influential choreographers in China and Hong Kong: Helen Lai, Willy Tsao, Xing Liang, Victor Fung, Yuri Ng also installation artist, Emilie Petoiset. Additionally, he worked with the company as Y-Space, E-side Dance Company, 4 Degrees Dance Laboratory, Hong Kong Dance Company, Unlocking Dancing Plaza, Hong Kong Art Festival and Hong Kong Dance Alliance production.
Venue: Osage Hong Kong, 4/F, 20 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
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