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CCDC Assistant Artistic Director Dominic Wong Directs and Choreographs "The Little Prince"

Press Release (9 June, 2017)

 

The Little Prince meets the Pilot on the Dance Stage

CCDC Assistant Artistic Director Dominic Wong Directs and Choreographs The Little Prince

Take the Whole Family on a Planet-hopping Journey of Pure Delight This Summer!

 

Following the hugely popular contemporary dance theatre for the entire family Journey to the West, CCDC brings another exciting production for all ages this year.  The Little Prince, based on the 1942 French children’s literature classic Le Petit Prince is a brand new production directed and choreographed by CCDC Assistant Artistic Director Dominic Wong, in first collaboration with sand painting artist Hoi Chiu, who will perform live to depict key scenes of the story. The production also features more than 20 children dancers from CCDC Dance Centre. Together with CCDC company dancers, they will lead the audience onto a journey of pure delight through celestial worlds.

 

The French original has been translated into more than 100 languages and the story has attracted a loyal following over the years with its sincere and moving story, delicate and heart-warming scenes, as well as its insightful and thought-provoking dialogues. The many memorable scenes in the book have made lasting impressions on the mind of its fans – one of them the director and choreographer of this production, Dominic Wong: “I grew up with this book. I found it moving in different ways as I re-read it at different stages of life. The Little Prince is not just a story for children, as it is just as delightful to read over and again as an adult.  The many scenes such as the meeting of the little prince with the pilot, the dialogue in the rose garden, as well as the taming of the fox have always lived vividly in my imagination. Through this production, I have the opportunity to make them come to live through dance as well as different media including sand art, videos and music.”

 

In order to highlight the connection between the dance theatre piece and the original novella and to enhance the theatrical atmosphere, CCDC has invited sand painting artist Hoi Chiu to take part in the creative process as well as the actual performance. He will also play the role of the pilot, while giving a live performance of his sand art to create the many key scenes of the story. “What fascinates me the most is the face of the little prince. How do I represent this widely popular role with sand art? Perhaps we each have our own idea about what the little prince should look like. I want to offer a wider space for the audience’s imagination to roam and for them to experience this insightful, prophetic story all over again,” he said.

 

CCDC has also enlisted an exciting group of creative professionals to bring on stage an imaginative collection of set, costume, music and props, capturing the charmingly childlike and refreshingly artistic spirit of the book. Outstanding young fashion designer Yeung Chin will create a set of modern and stylised costumes for the dancers, while composer Patrick Ng will combine light jazz and French influences in the music score, which he will perform live on stage. Local paper art group Stickyline will create a set of original paper masks for the dancers, all serving to bring to the audience an extraordinary Le Petit Prince experience.

Contemporary Dance Theatre For Families The Little Prince

11~12.8.2017 (Fri-Sat) 7:30 PM

13.8.2017 (Sun) 3:00 PM

Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall $250, $180, $140

Tickets NOW available at URBTIX

 

Original Story                                         Antoine de SAINT-EXUPÉRY

Direction and Choreography                  Dominic Wong

Rehearsal Master for Children Dancers Ronly Kong

Sand Art & Live Performance                       Hoi Chiu

Original Music & Live Performance     Patrick Ng

Set Designer                                           Yuen Hon-wai

Costume Designer                                  Yeung Chin

Lighting Designer                                  Lawmanray

Sound Designer                                      Ha Yan-pui

Paper Mask Creation                              Stickyline

 

FREE Programme Plus Events

Open Rehearsal

8.7.2017 (Sat) 11:00AM

Exhibition

11-17.7.2017

@ArtisTree (Registration required)

Details to be announced on CCDC website

@Foyer Exhibition Area E1, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Venue Sponsored by

 

Discount Scheme

50% discount - Full time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, CSSA recipients

30% discount – Holders of CCDC Dance Inspirations Card Holders (First two tickets)

For more information of free programme plus events and discount schemes, please refer to CCDC page

 

Credit Card & Internet Booking: 2111 5999 / www.urbtix.hk

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Programme Enquiries: 2329 7803 / www.ccdc.com.hk

 

 

 

Media Contact

Dennis Chung (Marketing & Development Manager)

Tel.: 3170 9924

Fax: 2352 4199

Email: dennis@ccdc.com.hk

Miranda Li (Project Manager)

Tel.: 3170 9931

Fax: 2352 4199

Email: miranda@ccdc.com.hk

 

The music for this production is commissioned by City Contemporary Dance Company in 2017 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund

 

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

CCDC reserves the right to substitute artists and vary advertised programmes.

 

About Direction and Choreography Dominic Wong

Dominic was a TV artist for Asia Television Company from 1990 to 1992. He studied modern dance in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined CCDC after his graduation in 1996 and was promoted as Assistant Artistic Director in 2016. He received 2001 and 2013 Hong Kong Dance Awards “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” for his performance in Plaza X and The Comedy of K respectively. He is one of the founding members of the Zero Zero Ensemble. Wong’s choreographic work Men’s Chop Suey (All of A Sudden, 2003) was invited to rerun in the 1st Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. He also choreographed widely for other dance companies including Zero Zero Ensemble, BiLiBaLa Physical Theatre and E-Side Modern Dance Company. Other choreographic works include E.Y.T. (2007), Xtremely Four Seasons (2008), What’s Next? (2009), Blind Chance (2012), Second Thoughts (2014) and Travelogue (2016). Xtremely Four Seasons and Blind Chance were invited to rerun in the 6th and 9th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. Xtremely Four Seasons and What’s Next? were both hailed by South China Morning Post as one of the "Best Dances" in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Travelogue was awarded the Outstanding Medium Venue Production at The 19th Hong Kong Dance Awards.

 

About Sand Art & Live Performance Hoi Chiu

Renowned local sand painting artist, his skills has been highly appreciated internationally. Hoi Chiu had created music MV for local singer Eason Chan and successfully made sand art popular in HK. He demonstrated his multi talent on puppets, paintings and stage performances with various movies, TV shows and publishing medias. He also helped HKSAR on the creation of Hong Kong promotion video in year 2014.

 

 
 
 
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