After half a year of settling down and creating, I kept trying to review my thoughts, to find a dance vocabulary that belonged to me. In a world of solo creation, I came up with many thoughts. I took each one apart and reassembled it, until finally the piece had a clearer theme… In an outspoken person, how much of their mind can be hidden? What’s buried inside are complaints, regrets, appreciation, all waiting to be expressed and released. Sometimes there are words in your mind that are hard to express. The obstacle to this could be external, or it could be internal. This is a dilemma I face as a person, as an artist, when I face myself. I love dreaming and fantasising. I'm often in my own world imagining things. Sometimes I even mumble to myself. It's then I realize I have so much buried deep inside, all waiting to be released. Yet when I'm in front of other people, a calm front covers up the dynamic emotions on the inside.
This piece is of pure, real life experiences, a true expression of the heart. It didn’t matter to me this time how beautiful each movement was. I went back to the basics of dance: using the body to express what’s inside and present the movements of life on stage.
Art is the only place where I can hide and discover myself.
This is my first solo choreographic work. You could say the creative process was very lonesome, but it allowed me to fully see myself and to find my own language and means of expression. I am also thankful for composer Njo Kong-kei for working with me along the way, to forge a new style together. Different from previous collaborative performances, this time there will be even more moments I fall off the track; but each fall is a precious experience.
A special thanks to Alice Rency for giving me invaluable advice while I was creating this, and allowing me to feel less lonely during rehearsals.
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Requiem by Mozart, selected from Amadeus (Programme 1)
Njo Kong-kie (Programme 2)
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