Through this series, Y-Space aims to explore alternative spaces for performance: in and outdoors, theatre foyer, backstage, staircases, street corners … Most performances had been created site-specifically, and Y-Space oversaw the organizational needs to realize the visions imagined by the choreographers.
The body’s movements can reveal the relationships between humans and their environment, architecture and other installations in their spaces. The subtle and complex interactions between humans, nature and city can give new understandings to how we live. Hence site-specific work as a contemporary dance form is gaining increasing attention.
Dancing All Around: Dance in the Bamboo Garden
Dance in the Bamboo Garden was one of Y-Space’s programmes coming out of the Yuen Long Theatre Venue Partnership Scheme 2009. The audience was divided into groups, each led through different viewing areas, changing their perspectives of the performance in the bamboo garden. The dancing interacted with music, projections, sites, and live reactions, becoming a multi-faceted performance that offered unique experiences for audience members.
Artistic Director, Conceiver & Choreographer: Victor Choi-wo Ma
Producer & Choreographer: Mandy Ming-yin Yim
Creators & Performers: Alice Ma, Song Nan, Liu Heung Man, Alex Cheung & Oxana Banshikova
Live Music: Nelson Hiu, Edmund Leung & Ky Chan
Sound Designer: Him Law
Reviews and Feedback
Dance in the Bamboo Garden aimed at drawing attention to the explored space and outlining that particular area. This attempt is overall successful; it allowed the audience to input new meanings to the space, to discover missing spaces and/or to rediscover most usual or banal areas, and therefore opening visions of the space that one might have missed previously… This provided the audience with new insights to the area.