Winterreise·The Rite of Spring

by City Contemporary Dance Company

Wrestle and tussle of music and dance
Two stunning works by a Hong Kong legendary choreographer

Eminent Hong Kong choreographer Helen Lai revamps two music masterpieces in this double-bill production. Lai gives rendition to ten songs selected from Schubert’s 1827 song cycle Winterreise, merging music with dance that evokes the sense of solitude. With music by Stravinsky and choreography by Nijinsky, The Rite of Spring caused an uproar at its premiere. Lai’s choreography, showing the tussle of power among choreographer, performers and audiences, was premiered in Hong Kong in 1992, followed by its Taiwan premiere by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre. The 2019 version specially features the participation of Taiwanese dance artist Chou Shu-yi, with live accompaniment by two pianists.


“Helen Lai is the only choreographer who works with the legend of the opening night, and then subverts the legend itself.”

──Lin Hwai-min


Date: 2019/9/18-19 Wed-Thu

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Helen Lai Choreographer
Taurus Wah Set & Costume Designer
Lawmanray Lighting Designer
Anthony Yeung Sound Designer
CCDC Dancers Performers
Chou Shu-yi, Lai Tak-wai, Li De, Irene Lo, Pansy Lo, Gigi Yang Guest Appearances
Helen Cha, Alan Chu Pianists

City Contemporary Dance Company is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Organised by: Nesting Instinct Arts Co., Ltd.

Photos: Cheung Chi-wai