Contempo Lion Dance

Daniel Yeung

A roaring lion is flying over the Haw Par Mansion*! Joining hands again to inject new life into the traditional art of lion dance, veteran local dancer Daniel Yeung and Kwok’s Lion Kung-Fu & Dragon Lion Dance Team combine contemporary dance, experimental music and Parkour to re-choreograph their signature multimedia performance Contempo Lion Dance, which breaks the boundaries surrounding theatre. As it roams around historic buildings and the outdoors, its movements lifelike and highly stylised, the dancing lion creates a flowing landscape where the traditional and the contemporary are beautifully interlaced.

A form of folk art originating in Guangdong, lion dance has a long history combining martial arts, dance, drama, juggling, puppet show, percussion, feng shui, and many other elements. Contempo Lion Dance is a bold experiment that offers a new, contemporary interpretation of the traditional lion dance culture in Hong Kong, inspiring an unusual cross-disciplinary dialogue.

* Built in 1935, Haw Par Mansion has been listed as Grade I historic building and revitalised as Haw Par Music.

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