香港舞蹈團《舞韻中華》Elegance of Ancient Chinese Dances by Hong Kong Dance Company

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Main Hall, Shaw Auditorium




嘉賓:楊雲濤先生, 香港舞蹈團藝術總監



The program features dances from Pre-Qin period to Qing dynasty, reflecting the diversity of the art form under the influences of Chinese history and culture. During the Pre-Qin period, wizardry was popular in the Chu State, dance was affected by the religion and culture of the time. Dancing with platters and drums was a unique style that appeared in Han court dance, whereas treading feet with singing was a type of dance common in both Han and Tang societies. Court dance in the Song dynasty tended to be elegant and implicit. Lastly, the refined and rigorous dance selected from the Qing dynasty shows the life of genteel ladies in the changing time of China into the modern society.

*With post-performance meet-the-artist session (Cantonese)

Guest: Mr Yang Yuntao, Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dance Company



「融匯中西 舞動香港」

香港舞蹈團於1981年成立,致力推廣具當代藝術創意及香港特色的中國舞蹈,歷年排演超過二百齣深受觀眾歡迎和評論界讚賞的作品,享譽舞作包括:《倩女.幽魂》、《白蛇》、《九歌》、《一水南天》等。舞團擁有廣泛國際脈絡,曾涉足美國、歐洲、韓國、內地等十多個國家及地區演出,促進文化交流。舞團銳意跨界創作,深研中國舞蹈與中國武術之糅合,原創新猷包括:舞x武劇場《凝》 及大型舞蹈詩《山水》。

Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC)

Dancing across East and West, Moving to the Tempo of Hong Kong”

Established in 1981, Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) is dedicated to promoting Chinese dance with contemporary artistic visions and Hong Kong character, staging over 200 productions to great acclaim. They include L’Amour Immortel, Lady White of West Lake, Nine Songs, A Tale of the Southern Sky and more. The Company has extensive international connections, creating cultural rapport by touring to the US, Europe, Korea, the Mainland and multiple others around the globe. With its mandate to create original interdisciplinary works, the Company has explored the confluence of Chinese dance and Chinese martial arts traditionsto create the innovative dance and martial arts theatre Convergence and the grand dance poem Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature





'Group Dance' Han dynasty

Excerpted from the large-scale dance drama Dancing Girl of the Bronze Sparrow Pavilion, this dance features dancers entertaining Cao Cao and his generals at a grand banquet. Based on intricate footwork on upturned platters, this dance is elegant and graceful, recreating the splendour of the Han court.





'Chu-style Waist Dancing' Spring and Autumn Period, pre-Qi

Legend has it that Duke Ling of the Chu state was fond of women with slender waists, setting off a trend. The Chu state was also steeped in wizardry, characterized by highly stylized ceremonies and rituals celebrating the spirits. This dance is constructed on historical research of ancient Chu culture, incorporating images of figures wearing ornamental feather headdresses discovered along the borders of today’s Hunan and Guangxi provinces. It is an attempt to explore dance styles predating the Qin dynasty. The style of the sensual ritual dance differs greatly from the characteristic reserved beauty and charm of Chinese dancers of later periods.












'Spring Excursion' Wei-Jin, Southern & Nothern dynasties

When two feet tread the ground, rhythm is created. Singing and dancing in such a manner was a popular style for the common people as well as in the imperial court. Although the tradition of singing while treading has long been lost among the Han people, many minorities in the border regions have preserved this heritage. The dance captures the historical essence of the Wei-Jin period and the Southern dynasty along the delta region of the Yangzi, based on artefacts with dance images unearthed in the area.


If you were a cloud in the sky, I’d be a bird in your midst.

We’d lean on each other, basking in the sun and warm breeze.

If you were water in a lake, I’d be a blossom floating upon you.

We’d be close together, relishing the moonlight and playing with shadows.

Life is filled with meetings and partings, joys and sorrows.

I wish to spend the rest of my life with you, not as a transient blossom.




'Rabbit Headdresses' Song dynasty

This dance depicts the worship of the moon during the Song dynasty, with girls wearing beautiful headdress in the shape of rabbits dance gracefully bathed in moonlight. The choreographer adapted the music and the singing from a poem In Praise of the Plum Blossom by a Song dynasty poet Lu You.




'Maid of Honour with Fan' Qing dynasty

Much of Chinese classical dance is imbued with images of genteel ladies of the Qing dynasty landed gentry, noted chiefly for their gait and poise. However, Chinese customs through the ages have also limited women’s mobility because of the practice of footbinding (prevalent in the Ming and Qing dynasties until the May Fourth Movement). Therefore in this dance depicting noblewomen of the Qing dynasty, not all portrayal of their postures or movements have remained true to genuine history.




'Love Song with Drums' Han dynasty

Excerpted from the large-scale dance drama Dancing Girl of the Bronze Sparrow Pavilion. Using dialogue between hand drums and treading drums, this dance depicts two young people growing up together and falling in love and the distinguishing features of the vivid yet simple drum dance of the Han dynasty.





青青子衿        悠悠我心

縱我不往        子寧不嗣音

青青子佩        悠悠我思

縱我不往        子寧不來

挑兮達兮        城闕

一日不見        如三月兮

'Grand Chorus' Han dynasty

Excerpted from the large-scale dance drama Dancing Girl of the Bronze Sparrow Pavilion, this dance is an amalgam of ancient music, poetry and dance. The characteristic singing while treading on upturned platters and drums becomes a vehicle to show the depth of Chinese culture and the historical aesthetics of the Han dynasty.


Blue-collared lad, you’ve long been in my heart.

Although I cannot come to you, couldn’t you send word to me?

Blue-belted lad, you’ve long been in my thoughts.

Although I cannot come to you, couldn’t you come to me?

I pace around, I even climb to the watchtower on the city wall.

I haven’t seen you for a day, and it feels like three months!



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  • Please arrive at the venue 15 minutes before the showtime.
  • Age Limit: 6 (Person below this age not admitted.)
    年齡限制: 6 (此歲數以下恕不招待)。
  • With post-performance meet-the-artist session (Cantonese)



  • Free-seating arrangement is adopted on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • No Food or drinks are allowed.
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