Not a Double Room

Category
AExchange, APerformance, ARoom Series, ASignature, ATheatre, Theatre Performance, 作品, 劇場製作
About This Project

In 1995, while in Florence, Italy, Victor and Mandy overheard a couple next door embroiled in an altercation – all in Cantonese. What could induce this honeymooning couple to fight like this? Will the conflict in an enclosed space accentuate the contradictions in a relationship?

Family and communication was the main theme of this dance theatre production. Living in the same room does not necessarily mean sharing a life; so what does it mean to “live together”? What is that something beyond material pleasures? The scenic environment of Not a Double Room blended the lifelike with the imagined, the realistic with the abstract; real table and chairs stood amongst collages of toilet, sofa and other furniture. Text, spoken words, visuals, sound design, drama and dance elements created a room somewhere between reality and illusion. As the mundane details of the couple’s daily living accumulated, the slightest tension snapped the cord. But as they each packed their bags to escape, their fear of the outside – perhaps of reality itself – brought them back to the double room! Would tomorrow bring something new, or a repeat performance? The work was open-ended, guiding the viewer towards reflections on how to face oneself and each other with honesty.

 

Production Team

Director & Set Designer: Hema
Choreographers: Victor Choi-wo Ma & Mandy Ming-yin Yim
Performers: Victor Choi-wo Ma, Mandy Ming-yin Yim, Luke Ma, Song Nan (2010), Christine Kehr (2010), Max Lee (2010), Alice Ma (2010), Zheng Lingmin (2017), Crystal Chung (2017), Wang Haian (2017) & Zhou Zihan (2017)
Lighting Designer: Yu Wai Hung (1995, 1997), Dang Chai Li (1996), Aman Chan (1998) & Gabriel Fung (2010)
Costume & Props Designer: Hema & Luke Ma
Video Designer: Adrian Yeung (2010)
Producer: Mandy Ming-yin Yim

 

Reviews and Feedback

They had a kind of vaudeville humour.Their smark body language made physical screechings, diatribes, and howlings in what must have been a dream.

Tom Borek
South China Morning Post

Date (Y/M/D) & Venue of Performance

1995/12/1-3:
Festival Now “Dance · New Wave”
McAulay Studio,Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

1996/9/14-15:
Crown Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan

1997/8/9:
International Festival of Dance Academy: Dance On ‘97
Drama Theatre, HKAPA, Hong Kong

1997/8/26-27:
Munich Festival of Cultures ‘97 – Hong Kong
Muffathalle, Munich, Germany

1998/12/11:
98 Guangdong International Experimental Theater
Modern Arts Festival
Presented by Guangdong Modern Dance Company
Guangdong Modern Dance Company Theater, Guangzhou, China

2010/3/3-7:
Not a Double Room 2010 – Revolve Stage Version
Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre, Hong Kong

2010/3/25-26:
Not a Double Room 2010
(Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students)
Cultural Activities Hall, Shatin Town Hall, Hong Kong

2017/7/26
Beijing Dance Festival (Springboard) Not A Double Room (Excerpt)
Studio Theater, Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, China

2017/9/22-23
i-Dance Festival (HK) 2017: Old Dance New Dance – Not A Double Room (Excerpt)
Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong