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Dick Wong Dance+Theatre

The Rite Of Spring (Solo)

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Dick Wong Dance+Theatre

The Rite Of Spring (Solo)

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • The Self and The Other Series

  • Creative Note

  • Past Performances

  • Review

  • Video

  • The Self and The Other Series

    The Self and The Other Series is a collection of theatre works by Dick Wong. From 2004 onwards till now, his works have been staged in different cities in Asia and Europe, from Bangkok, Tokyo, Taipei to Paris, London and Berlin. They could be summed up as reference and cross reference of questioning the self and the other. To him, dance is more context than form; and theatre is a mirror in which the creator, performer and spectator see himself or herself. Four of his works will be included in this series of The Self and The Other, and they are B.O.B.* The Final Cut (2005), 1+1 (2009), The Rite of Spring (2016), and his latest work, The Rite of Spring – Solo Version (2018), which was just completed earlier this year.

  • Creative Note

    When a piece of work is brought to the public, it is as if the piece is alive and in its own right. Some of these works are as short-lived as a mayfly; some contribute to the next piece of creation; and some run into a cycle and continue to transform and grow.

    The four theatre works of this collection spanned across 14 years. To me, each of them carries a different meaning.

    B.O.B.* is like a memo, reminding me of the intricate relationship between seeing and words. Just as what John Berger wrote in Ways of Seeing, ‘Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.’

    1+1 is otherwise like a charter agreement, reminding me of the ever-changing relationships when collaborating with others, and that playing equal in formality is far less important than heightening one’s awareness. The inspiration of this piece came from the overseas invitations to stage B.O.B.* one after another. In the process of constantly collaborating with foreign dancers, I have come to understand more about collaboration, resulting in this performance project which concerns collaboration.

    The Rite of Spring is a negotiation, between me and myself, which is about creation, mind and action, sense and sensibility, and norms and freedom. Creation, per se, can also be a war waged against the self and the other, as well as institutions and conventions – thanks to Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky – my creation of The Rite of Spring has brought me liberation from the challenge.

    Dick Wong

  • Past Performances

    Hong Kong 2.12.2018 A collection of theatre works by Dick Wong –

    The Self and The Other Series Zuni Theatre Season 2018, Hong Kong

    (Commissioned by Zuni Icosahedron)

    Macau 30.06-1.07.2018 Comuna De Pedra, Macau
  • Review

    Zuni Icosahedron’s Rite of Spring – Stravinsky in hoodies
    14-11-2016 South China Morning Post

    The Studio Theatre stage has been transformed into a box with three walls, black and blank on either side while the third is a cinema screen. The piece opens with a video of Wong on the screen in massive close-up, seated at a table with a glass of water and an ashtray. The real Wong stands in the middle of the stage below, dwarfed by his projected self.

    The Studio Theatre stage has been transformed into a box with three walls, black and blank on either side while the third is a cinema screen. The piece opens with a video of Wong on the screen in massive close-up, seated at a table with a glass of water and an ashtray. The real Wong stands in the middle of the stage below, dwarfed by his projected self.

    This is one of Wong’s most effective works, combining intriguing ideas with impressive dancing by Wong, , Cheng Wai-pan, So Lok-kin and Jonathan Hung Chun-lok and outstanding visuals, notably Zoe Cheung’s lighting design.

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  • Video

Dick Wong Dance+Theatre

The Rite Of Spring (Solo)

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

2

Dec

4PM

2 Dec

4PM
$200 (Free seating) $100 (Full-time students)
  • $200
Seating Plan
  • Introduction

  • Creative and Production Team

  • Remarks

  • Introduction

    The Self and The Other Series #4
    The Rite Of Spring (Solo)

    Though there were four to five dancers in the previous Rite of Spring, the spirit of that piece was actually a solo performance. Besides self reflection, some could see power and domination, while others could see norms and freedom, some saw elements of Hitchcock, and some might even see George Orwell’s “1984”. These feedbacks might become the context by which I’d develop the solo version of this dance piece.

    Existence is reassured in disappearance. Life is reassured in death. A cruel ritual, a combat between the flesh and the will, being worn out and exhausted in the course of time.

  • Creative and Production Team

    Director, Creation & Performer: Dick Wong

     

    Deputy Producer: Bowie Chow

    Production Manager: Lawrence Lee

    Production Manager & Stage Manager: Chow Chun-yin

    Deputy Stage Manager: Chan Chi-nok

    Creative Coordinator: Frankie Ho Ching-yu

    Lighting Designer: Zoe Cheung

    Sound Designer: Soloan Chung

    Video Production: Dan Fong

    Video Operator: Johnny Sze

    Assistant Stage Manager: Chan On-ki

    Wardrobe Assistant: Bonnie Chan

    Stage Assistant: Chim Man-lung, Tse Man-kuen

    Stage Interns: August Albin Abrahamsson

     

    Graphics: Rachel Chak

    Promotion Video: Johnny Au, Wing Chan, Kiki Ng

    Graphic Design Assistant: Coco Cheung

    Translation (Promotion): Kason Chi, Melinda Gaskin, Vicky Leong

     

    Acknowledgements:

    Chou Shu-yi, Mikiko Goto, Yuri Ng, Fu Kuen-tang, Claire Verlet, E-Side Dance Company,
    Hong Kong Arts Festival,  Comuna de Pedra (Macua), Craig AU YEUNG Ying-chai

     

  • Remarks

    .Performed in Cantonese
    .Running time approximately 60 minutes with no intermission
    .No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance.
    .Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements.