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Dick Wong Dance+Theatre

The Rite Of Spring

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Dick Wong Dance+Theatre

The Rite Of Spring

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 1.12.2018 A collection of theatre works by Dick Wong –

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

    (Commissioned by Zuni Icosahedron)

    Taipei 2-3.06.2018 2018 National Theatre & Concert Hall Innovation Series Dance, Taipei
    Hong Kong 11-13.11.2016 Zuni Theatre Season 2018, Hong Kong

    (Commissioned by Zuni Icosahedron)

  • 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

Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

1

Dec

8PM

1 Dec

8PM
$200 (Free seating) $100 (Full-time students)
  • $200
Seating Plan
  • Introduction

  • Creative and Production Team

  • Remarks

  • Introduction

     

    "The music is so powerful, and the desire is so dominating.

    A cruel ritual, a combat between the flesh and the will, one is split into two, two is split into four, and the self is torn into pieces."  

    The Self and The Other Series #3
    The Rite Of Spring

    The origin of dance is sacrificial rituals. In order to communicate with the spirit for blessing and guidance, ancient tribes would put the body into a state of trance by various means. Is creating dance with the body as a tool a kind of sacrificial rite ? Is the spirit of inspiration somehow related to the spirit of deity ?  What kind of spiritual state is it in the going back and forth of sense and sensibility in judgement during rehearsal ? In the creative development of The Rite of Spring, I could not feel the presence of any deity. All I could see and feel throughout the entire process was me, myself.

    The Rite of Spring is developed from Fissure, a creation invited by E-Side Dance Company in 2015.

     

  • Creative and Production Team

    Director & Creation: Dick Wong

    Dancers: Rex Cheng Wai-pan, Jonathan Hung Chun-lok, King Lo King-san, Lokin So Lok-kinDick 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