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Hong Kong Dance Company

Reveries of the Red Chamber Aug 5 – 7, 2016 By Nicolette Wong With its interplay between dance, music, drama and multimedia, Hong Kong Dance Company’s Reveries of the Red Chamber makes an ambitious attempt at exploring the possibilities of reinterpreting classic literature in experimental dance – and presents a stage experience at once novel and demanding for the audience. Reveries of the Red Chamber consists of three independent works that form a loose dialogue on Cao Xueqin’s 18th-century Chinese literary opus Dream of the Red Chamber. In The Enigma of a Stone by theatre director Ho Ying-fung, the improvised ensemble dance embodies the dynamic of physical theatre. On the futile search for truth in the “Village of Falsehood”, the dancers collide with each other in movements of growing frenzy, while the narrator, The Village Elder, played by Andy Ng, taunts the performers with a spontaneous monologue that borders on wailing. The drama is expansive, escalating and then splintering across the stage, and this expansiveness could make it challenging for some audience members to stay …