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Hong Kong Dance Company 40th Anniversary

21 May 2021 - 8 August 2022


In 2021, we mark 40 years of the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC). In celebration of the joys and abundant achievements of these past four decades, we are sharing our passion for dance in 17 months of wonderful programmes and events.

Our slogan for this momentous season is “Move Within and Without”— embodied by the flowing water of traditional Chinese landscape painting in our season opening performance, Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature. Choreographed by Artistic Director Yang Yuntao, this poetic work features dancers transforming their bodies into the brush and ink and lines, intuiting the subtle relationship between the body and nature. Next up is internationally renowned choreographer Helen Lai’s magnum opus Nine Songs, inspired by Tan Dun’s music and excerpts of the great poet Qu Yuan’s 3rd century BC epic. Premiered in Hong Kong in 1991 and subsequently toured to the UK and France in 2000, Nine Songs has become a landmark in Lai’s oeuvre that remains just as compelling today as it was 30 years ago.

Waiting Heart — winner of the Hong Kong Dance Awards for Outstanding Medium Venue Production and Outstanding Lighting Design in 2019 — returns to the stage in glory this year. Merging Cantonese opera, Chinese music and dance, it ponders the question of fate and destiny. City to City: Rediscovery makes a comeback after its cancellation last year due to the pandemic. Bringing together elite choreographers and dancers from Hong Kong, Taipei and Singapore, this triple bill is a dialogue in dance about the cities’ three unique cultures. As part of the conversation, HKDC will perform Jing, winner of the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Small Venue Production.

The educational dance performance All About the Three Kingdoms uses dance as a medium for storytelling, advising students the many ways of human interaction and how to fend for oneself in the face of adversity. Moving into 2022, Artistic Director Yang Yuntao revives a rebellious young god in Nezha: A Banished Prince, based on the Chinese myth The Creation of the Gods.

Professional HKDC dancers lead young members of the Children’s and Youth Troupes to bring back 2015’s warmly received Magical Adventures of Baby Polar Bear and the 12 Zodiac Animals — a heart-warming journey of love, courage, and environmental consciousness for the whole family. The Children and Youth Dance Fair 2022 curates a series of exciting and creative activities for the public, while our Outreach and Education Department, a member of the Sha Tin Town Hall Venue Partnership Scheme, is dedicated to spreading the joys of dance and celebrating our 40th anniversary through workshops, masterclasses, courses and performances.

Grand Original Dance Poem
Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature
Date: 21-22.5.2021 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 22-23.5.2021 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Children’s Dance Drama
Magical Adventures of Baby Polar Bear and the 12 Zodiac Animals
Date: 13-14 & 20-21.8.2021 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm
14-15 & 21-22.8.2021 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

Dance Theatre x Minimal Canto-Opera
Waiting Heart
Date: 24-26.9.2021 (Fri-Sun) 7:45pm / 25-26.9.2021 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Contemporary Dance Theatre Classic
Nine Songs
Date: 26-27.11.2021 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 28.11.2021 (Sun) 3pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, Xiqu Centre, West Kowloon Cultural District

Hong Kong ∙ Taipei ∙ Singapore
City to City: Rediscovery
Date: 18-19.2.2022 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 19-20.2.2022 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

Educational Dance Performance
All About the Three Kingdoms
Date: 25-26.2.2022 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 26-27.2.2022 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall

Grand Original Dance Drama
Nezha: A Banished Prince
Date: 10-11.6.2022 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 11-12.6.2022 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Children and Youth Dance Fair 2022
Dancing World: Our Dream, Our Stage
Date: 5-6.8.2022 (Fri-Sat) 7:45pm / 6-7.8.2022 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Venue: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall


Established in 1981, the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) was incorporated in 2001 as a charitable and non-profit-making institution, and is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As one of the nine flagship performing arts companies in Hong Kong, our mission is to promote Chinese dance with contemporary artistic visions and Hong Kong character. Since its inception, HKDC has staged over 100 productions, many of which have enjoyed considerable critical acclaim. Recent productions include The Legend of Mulan, Red Poppies, Spring Ritual·Eulogy, The Butterfly Lovers, Storm Clouds, L’Amour Immortel, Dream of the Past: Ancient Chinese Court Dances, Reveries of the Red Chamber, Chinese Hero: A Lone Exile, Vipassana, Lady White of West Lake, Tale of Three Cities, Waiting Heart, Liu Sanjie, Ode to the Silk Road, Dance of Strings and A Tale of the Southern Sky.
As a cultural ambassador of Hong Kong, HKDC shares the city’s unique artistic style with the world by touring to different cities around the globe, engaging local audiences and encouraging cultural exchange. In recent years, we have brought our award-winning productions to Lincoln Center in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Sony Centre in Toronto, The Concourse Theatre in Chatswood, Sydney, Southbank Centre in London and The Belarusian State Academic Musical Theatre in Minsk, among others.


21 May 2021
8 August
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