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Stars wheel, matter transforms, solitude reigns A new full length dance theatre by choreographer Helen Lai

Press Release – For Immediate Release

Date: 26 October 2015

Media Contact: Ms Eveline Wong (Tel: 31709923; E-mail: eveline@ccdc.com.hk)

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Trailer: https://youtu.be/mI2nqJCm2JU

Stars wheel, matter transforms, solitude reigns

A new full length dance theatre by choreographer Helen Lai

City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) is proud to present a new production Soledad from 11 to 12 December 2015 at Auditorium, Kwai Ching Theatre. The production is directed and choreographed by Helen Lai with Peter Suart as composer and set designer. He also performs a theatrical role.

Soledad, solitude in Spanish, is a new dance theatre inspired by the Nobel literature prize winner Gabriel García Márquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. It is the first collaboration between local choreographer Helen Lai and the Hong Kong and UK artist Peter Suart. Between them, a world of love, desire, and power will unfold, a world existing within a great and inscrutable solitude.

Helen Lai was a founding member of CCDC, and was the Artistic Director of the company from 1985 to 1989 and Resident Choreographer from 1991 to 2011. Lai's works are cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary. Her works are received internationally, striking audiences with her unique choreographic style. In Soledad, Lai explores the theme of time through representation of momentous scenes in the novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, echoing the transient historical timeframes of Hong Kong. The production is narrated by Peter Suart in the role of the Gypsy Melquíades, in collaboration with CCDC dancers, diving into the world with perpetual solitudes.

Tickets available at URBTIX from 30 October. Discount offers and Programme Plus Events are available; please call 2329 7803 or send to info@ccdc.com.hk for more information.



11~12.12.2015 8pm (Fri ~ Sat)

Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre
$250, $180, $140

(Half price for full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients)

Other discounts for universities, arts organisations and merchants are available; please refer to www.ccdc.com.hk


Choreography and Direction:
Helen Lai


Original Music and Set Design :
Peter Suart


Lighting Design :
Goh Boon Ann


Costume Design :
Cheng Man-wing


Sound Design :
Ha Yan-pui


Video Design :
Low Shee Hoe


Performance :
Peter Suart and CCDC Dancers


Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661 (10 am – 8 pm)

Programme Enquiries: 2329 7803 / info@ccdc.com.hk

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Mobile Ticketing App Booking: My URBTIX (Android and iPhone/iPad versions)


Free Programme Plus Events


Soledad Drawing Exhibition–by Peter Suart

15.11~14.12.2015 1pm-8pm

Grand Opening Talk

(In Cantonese and English)

15.11.2015 (Sun) 2pm-3:30pm

Speakers:Helen Lai Peter Suart

Guest speaker:Dick Wong

Exhibition & Talk VenueTTXS Concept Store

s512, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

Map Linkage: http://www.pmq.org.hk/shop/ttxs-oncept-store/?lang=en

Free Admission

* Registration required due to limited capacity.

For enrollment:



Soledad Photo Exhibition


Foyer Exhibition Area E2, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Talk: The Road to Solitude

28.11.2015 (Sat) 8pm-9pm

Speaker : Peter Suart

Venue : Jockey Club Dance Theatre, CCDC Dance Centre

G/F, 110 Shatin Pass Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Free Admission

As an event of the 4th Hong Kong People’s Fringe Festival



12.12.2015 (Sat) After Evening Performance
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre


For enquiries of Programme Plus, please call 2329 7803 or email to info@ccdc.com.hk

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CCDC is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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Helen Lai - Choreography

Helen Lai was a founding member of CCDC, and was the Artistic Director of the company from 1985 to 1989 and Resident Choreographer from 1991 to 2011. Lai’s works are cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary. Fond of literature, Lai’s ideas span Chinese classics, Kafka, Italo Calvino and Greek tragedy, creating subtle, exquisite and moving dance. Her major works include Nine Songs, The Rite of Spring, Invisible Cities, Loose Pages from a Woman’s Diary, Revolutionary Pekinese Opera (Millennium Mix), In the Beginning, Plaza X, The Tragedy of Mr O, The Comedy of K, Testimony, HerStory, No End, Very Dance! and Tales of Two Cities – Hong KongShanghaiEileen Chang. She has won many awards for her choreography, earning her a prominent position in the Hong Kong dance scene.


Peter Suart – Original Music and Set Design

Peter Suart is a writer and illustrator, a musician, and a theatrical performer, and has spent his life in Hong Kong and England. Recent projects include Melencolia, the sixth of his one-man performances, and The World was Made on a Sunday, the fifteenth of the theatrical concerts by The Box. He has just completed the eighth Tik & Tok adventure, an illustrated book for adults, and is preparing a new one-man performance. He is a speaker and educator, and last year gave talks on illustrated literature, childhood objects, and the Folio Society.


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