Dear HK: at this fateful time, I would like to live out all of your wildest fantasies.
NINEEIGHT is a multi-media dance theatre work for three performers with live-generated electronic sound and projection. The work sources from Mo Lei Tau, a phenomenon of absurdist, comedic film that emerged in Hong Kong in the 1990’s. Through the lens of this peculiar cinematic language, the work unpacks the climate of political uncertainty and anxiety of Hong Kong in the years awaiting its return to the hands of Mainland China on July 1, 1997. NINEEIGHT reflects on personal fractures, disorientation, and the significance of “motherland” at times of political, social and geographical transition.
NINEEIGHT was originally commissioned in 2014 as a short-length work by CanAsian Dance (Toronto) in partnership with Dance Allsorts (Vancouver). This fall, Hong Kong Exile will be developing the full-length version of NINEEIGHT, with the support from the Gateway Theatre (Richmond, BC).
Performers: Michelle Lui, Milton Lim, Alex Tam
Choreographer: Natalie Tin Yin Gan
Dramaturge: Lee Su Feh
Sound Composition: Remy Siu
Projection Design: Remy Siu and Milton Lim
Running time: 25 minutes
Originally curated as part of Dance Allsorts [Vancouver] & CanAsian Dance's Kickstart Festival [Toronto] in 2014
- CanAsian Kickstart Festival Toronto April 23rd - April 26th, 2014
- CanAsian International Dance Festival Toronto April 30th - May 2nd, 2015
- Seattle International Dance Festival Seattle June 19th - June 20th, 2015
- Dancing on the Edge Festival Vancouver July 5th - July 6th, 2015
- Western Arts Alliance Conference Vancouver September 2nd, 2015