Cineda:ns – Hybrid Motion (2019)
Cineda:ns – Hybrid Motion (2019)

Cineda:ns – Hybrid Motion (2019)


14 Oct (Thu) - 14 Oct (Thu)

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Thursday, 20:30 - 20:30


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Running the gamut of hybrid documentary, speculative portraiture, interpretive romance and improvisational works, Hybrid Motion is a series of creative encounters and collaborations between dance artists and filmmakers from Singapore and Hong Kong. In this interdisciplinary discourse, the films explore dialogues between construction and spontaneity, calculation and instinct, camera and body, as well as art and life.

Till Then, Awakening in a Dream (2019)
Director: Liao Jiekai
Dance Artist: Mui Cheuk-yin
Singapore, Hong Kong
Duration: 24mins
Mui Cheuk Yin’s dance solo Awakening in a Dream is a career-defining, ever-evolving piece that has been performed numerous times over three decades. In this short, multiple incarnations of the work are performed, filmed, spoken and taught as they are examined by visual poet/filmmaker Liao Jiekai.

Fish (2019)
Directors: Russell Morton and Max Kin-wai Lee
Dance Artist: Max Kin-wai Lee
Singapore, Hong Kong
Duration: 14mins
Max Lee and Russell Morton explore the idea of mortality through looping and repetition. The experimental short features 10 scenarios, using fish as a symbolic connection.

Someday I Will Become a Rock (2019)
Directors: Cheuk Cheung and Elysa Wendi
Dance Artist: Elysa Wendi
Hong Kong, Singapore
Duration: 19mins

We see a rock
It transcends languages and cultures
It traverses time and space
Perhaps it has its own nature and memories
Through the lens of dance, Cheuk Cheung and Elysa Wendi investigate the evolving character of one’s roots, nature and memories following migration.

Ward 11 (2019)
Director: Tsang Tsui Shan 
Dance Artist: Aaron Khek Ah-hock, Ix Wong Thien-pau
Hong Kong, Singapore 
Duration: 17mins
Aloneness is not the same as loneliness. Beneath the white sheets of Ward 11, a tale of forbidden, unconditional love unfurls. A pair of lovers are caught between dreams and reality, where they are together always, yet forever apart. Through their shadows, we encounter their dance while trekking the terrains of their adventures. The lovers listen, whisper, even at the dullest moments, as the words of love and conversations continue to flow, and as laughter fills the ward.


Curated by Cinemovement
Creative encounters, artistic identities and intimate gestures intertwine in Cineda:ns with three evenings of dance films curated by Cinemovement. This year, da:ns festival 2021 presents international films which range from choreographer documentaries to meditations on the creative possibilities generated by dance made for screen.

Our first evening’s self-reflexive dance documentary on French enfant terrible Jérôme Bel by Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee embraces contradiction, giving us an intimate view of the artistic process and discourse of collaboration between the filmmakers and a choreographer notorious for resisting direction.

The second evening sees Hybrid Motion, a dance-themed anthology of four short films, presenting a lush illustration of intimate dialogues between Hong Kong and Singaporean film- and dancemakers attempting to redefine the boundaries of their respective practices. Including Singapore’s very own Aaron Khek Ah-hock, Ix Wong Thien-pau, and Liao Jiekai.

Finally, lovers of architecture will be transported in Henrique Pina’s Body-Buildings, a site specific collaboration with six choreographers that recontextualises six iconic Portuguese buildings within the lexicon of movement more familiar to dance.

These innovative works of different forms and methods of construction allow us to look at familiar genres with fresh eyes, exploring new possibilities for how dance and film may intersect in da:ns festival 2021.

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