CCDC launched this three-year “Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Literacy and Learning Project” funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust in September 2018 to give Hong Kong primary and secondary school students their first encounter with contemporary dance. Through an innovative programme of school tour performances, guided appreciation and experiential workshops, the project lays the groundwork for developing interest and appreciation for the arts. This project targets all eligible primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.
- “Dance out of the Box 2.0” Contemporary Dance School Tour
- Guided Appreciation of Professional Contemporary Dance Production
- Contemporary Dance Workshops
Every movement has meaning. Those who see it will react according to their current mood. When watching modern dance, do not worry about whether you can understand it. Try to open your heart, cast away limits, let dance resonate with your body and accept that resonance, so as to feel the shock that is brought on by the body, and hence, initiate more thinking.
We believe that contemporary dance has three qualities:
The expression of personality — respecting for diversity and different opinions
The pursuit of innovation — accepting new things and trying to adapt to a new lifestyle
Concern for the Time — learning to communicate and tolerate in the face of dissenting groups
These three qualities help us establish a sound social value, so that individuals, societies, and nations can develop and enjoy robust growth.
Modern dance, Contemporary dance
Is it abstract: Hard to understand?
The important thing is that you can enjoy the present moment
Everyone is unique
Feelings come from your own heart
There is no right or wrong
It matters only when something is experienced, touched and enjoyed
To appreciate a person, whether it is others or oneself, requires a bit of wisdom and a little courage. To obtain wisdom is to activate your mind and acquire endless knowledge. To obtain courage is to open your mind and understand and practice tolerance.
To appreciate art, you do not have to follow any standard path. The most important thing is the process. Everyone is unique, so everyone can define and create their own art. You don’t need to be constrained by rules; dance to the rules of your own making. Dance out of the box!
It was such a wonderful performance; one of my favourite shows at SJS. The way they managed to get all 300 children to participate was amazing and all the reflections I read on the yellow sheets were hugely positive. Even children not traditionally fond of dance came out with such a different mindset. The way they used different languages was really good and we are going to use that as example for the kids with regards to performance at exhibition.
Thanks so much for organising it. It really was fantastic.
such a wonderful experience for the children. They absolutely loved it and it was such a great showcase of contemporary dance. The performers were entertaining and knowledgeable and it was lovely to have something in Cantonese/English. A lot of the children chose to write the reflections in Chinese. If we are able to get the show again next year, that would be fab!