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What happens

  • ....when Chinese martial arts meets Chinese dance and further intersects with contemporary movement inspired by Asian and Southeast Asian dance traditions?
  • ....when dancers from two cities who are unable to meet in person finally converge virtually in a series of workshops, practices and reflections?

As part of a series of events in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Convergence: A Dialogue in Dance between Hong Kong and Singapore is a unique collaboration between the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) and Singapore’s Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) that transcends epidemic-related travel restrictions.

This one-hour cross-city hybrid experience combining short film, virtual dialogue and live dance performance is inspired by HKDC’s innovative full-length dance production Convergence that was premiered online in Hong Kong at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Fusing Chinese martial arts with Chinese dance, Convergence is the resultant work from a three-year interdisciplinary study by HKDC dancers that aimed to gain new perspectives on movement through an immersive study of three styles of Guangdong Southern Chinese martial arts, namely Hung Kuen (洪拳) , Choy Lay Fut (蔡李佛), and Fujian White Crane (白鹤拳). Convergence brings these discoveries together, capturing the transience between stillness and motion. We are excited to bring this enthralling work to dance lovers in Singapore. Click here to learn more about this three-year project and watch the process. Convergence has neither been staged ‘live’ nor seen outside of Hong Kong due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now in Singapore, Convergence: A Dialogue in Dance between Hong Kong and Singapore is a new cross-cultural dance experience following a two-month online co-learning process between dancers from Hong Kong and Singapore that results in a new short film, a dialogue session and a live performance by MDT re-interpreting Chinese martial arts movements upon reflections of the philosophies of Chinese dance and Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance).

Enjoy a captivating experience of the mind and body exploring the infinities of stillness and motion brought by two leading dance groups of Hong Kong and Singapore, for a unique blend of martial arts, Chinese dance, contemporary dance inspired by Asian and Southeast Asian dance traditions, where boundaries between cultures, peoples and forms fuse into one.

Date July 30, 2022 (Saturday)
Venue Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore
93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897
Time 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm Reception
7.30 pm – 8.30 pm Performance

Watch the full livestream recording of the event here:

For a condensed video capturing highlights of the event, please watch here:

Please also visit the following four training videos produced by HKDC for this collaboration project:

Episode 1: General introduction to Boxing Techniques and Stances of Hung Kuen

Episode 2: Hung Kuen Part 1: "Kyun" (Fist) Techniques and combinations with Stances

Episode 3: Hung Kuen Part 2: "Palm" and "Gung Ji Fok Fu Kuen"

Episode 4: Hung Kuen Part 3: "Lai Maa Jat Zi Ceoi” and defense techniques

Press Release:

Established in 1981, the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) is financially supported by the Hong Kong Government. As one of the nine flagship performing arts companies in Hong Kong, its mission is to promote Chinese dance with contemporary artistic visions and Hong Kong character. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021, HKDC has staged over 200 productions over the decades, many of which were highly popular with critical acclaim. Recent productions include The Legend of Mulan, Red Poppies, Spring Ritual·Eulogy, The Butterfly Lovers, Storm Clouds, L’Amour Immortel, Dream of the Past: Ancient Chinese Court Dances, Reveries of the Red Chamber, Chinese Hero: A Lone Exile, Vipassana, Lady White of West Lake, Tale of Three Cities, Waiting Heart, Liu Sanjie, Ode to the Silk Road, Dance of Strings, A Tale of the Southern Sky, Mazu the Sea Goddess, The Moon Opera, as well as Convergence, a culminating work created through a three-year interdisciplinary research study on Chinese dance and Chinese martial arts traditions.

Founded in 2007, Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) is a non-profit professional dance theatre company that has carved out a niche for itself in the Singapore dance scene by creating works with social consciousness. Pivoted on a social theme, MDT’s three main tenets are collaborations, expounding social issues and engaging with communities to share social stories. Receiving SEED Grant from National Arts Council, Singapore (NAC) from 2012-2015, MDT is recognised as a Citizen Ambassador of Singapore International Foundation (SIF) for promoting Arts for Good. In 2018, it formed DADC (Diverse Abilities Dance Collective), an art making space where individuals with disability co-exist with professionals, inspiring each other and experimenting together. Its contemporary dance expression stems from Asian dance traditions and philosophy, primarily Bharatanatyam (Indian Classical Dance).