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Technology has not only subverted the art of portrait photography and its transmission; it has altered people’s ways of seeing and the habitual manner of body movement. As we take up the focus of other people’s camera lenses, we are also searching for the target of our next portrait. Each of us has become a spectacle in the eyes of the other.
Choreographer Joseph Lee explores the above phenomena in his latest offering Unfolding Images: We Are Spectacle(s). Echoing his acclaimed solo contemporary dance piece Folding Echoes, this time, rather than embarking on a one-man journey, Lee teams up with five performers to explore and examine the various body gestures as a form of experiment. Drawing references from the concept of portrait photography as a starting point, Lee and his performers probe into the delicate relations between a performer and a spectator, and the peculiar desire to see and be seen.
In the digital age, the mass production and consumption of images in the age of social media has allowed everyone to pose in the limelight. One moment you are the centre of the attention, and the next you descend into the backdrop of another person who takes up the spotlight. The five performers participating in this experiment turn their bodies into vessels to capture and channel this fleeting spectacle that embodies the essence of this digital age phenomenon that has encroached upon us today.
Concept & Choreography: Joseph Lee*
Scenography: Samuel Chan
Music Director & Sound Design: Lawrence Lau
Costume Coordinator: Gauze Lam
Creation & Performance: Leung Tin Chak, Li Ka Man, Chan Wai Lok, Holmes Cheung, Woo Yat Hei
Rehearsal Assistant: Skinny Ng
Artistic Advisor: Suyin Kan
Production Manager: Karen Kwong
Stage Manager: Ho Tak Ching
Co-Producer: Michael Li, Fontane Yiu
Initial Creation Contribution: Mok Jan Tung, Kerry Cheung, Ronald Tsang
Graphic Design: Peter Bird Studio
Photography: Steve Li@Junes
Trailer Concept: Joseph Lee
Trailer Shooting: 1930 collective
Trailer Editing: Lee Wai Shing
Rehearsal Location Courtesy: Unlock Dancing Plaza
*Appearance by kind permission of Unlock Dancing Plaza
- Recommended for ages 12 and above
- Latecomers may not be admitted
- The performance may contain strobe lighting
- Approximately 1 hr without intermission
- Performed in Cantonese with no surtitle
- Tai Kwun reserves the right to assign seats
- Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
- The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.