Unfolding Images: We are Spectacle(s)

Joseph Lee
2021.04.02 - 2021.04.04

“… raise lots of interesting questions and in some parts is quite confronting about what we have come to expect and see as ‘normal’.” Edinburgh Guide

Technology has not only subverted the art of portrait photography and its transmission; it has altered people’s way of seeing and the habitual manner of body movement. As we take up the focus of other people’s camera lenses, we are also searching for the target of our next portrait. Each of us has become a spectacle in the eyes of one another.  

Choreographer Joseph Lee explores the above phenomenon in his latest offering Unfolding Images: We Are Spectacle(s). Echoing his acclaimed solo contemporary dance piece Folding Echoes, this time, rather than embarking on a one-man journey, Lee teams up with five performers to explore and examine the various body gestures as a form of experiment. Drawing references from the concept of portrait photography as a starting point, Lee and his performers probe into the delicate relations between a performer and a spectator, and the peculiar desire to see and be seen.  

In the digital age, the mass production and consumption of images in the age of social media has allowed everyone to pose in the limelight. One moment you are the centre of the attention, and the next you descend into the backdrop of another person who takes up the spotlight. The five performers participating in this experiment turn their bodies into vessels to capture and channel this fleeting spectacle that embodies the essence of this digital age phenomenon that has encroached upon us today.    

  • This programme is approximately 1 hour without intermission.
  • Free seating. Suitable for ages 12 or above.
  • In Cantonese, without surtitles.
  • Hong Kong Arts Development Council reserves the right to change the advertised programmes and artists.

Concept & Choreography: Joseph Lee*

Scenography: Samuel Chan

Music Director & Sound Design: Lawrence Lau

Costume Coordinator: Gauze Lam

Creation & Performance: Leung Tin Chak, Li Ka Man, Chan Wai Lok, Holmes Cheung, Woo Yat Hei

Rehearsal Assistant: Skinny Ng

Artistic Advisor: Suyin Kan

Production Manager: Karen Kwong

Stage Manager: Ho Tak Tsing

Co-Producer: Michael Li, Fontane Yiu

Initial Creation Contribution: Mok Jan Tung, Kerry Cheung, Ronald Tsang

Graphic Design: Peter Bird Studio

Photography: Steve Li@Junes

Trailer Concept: Joseph Lee

Trailer Shooting: 1930 collective

Trailer Editing: Lee Wai Shing

Rehearsal Location Courtesy: Unlock Dancing Plaza


*Appearance by kind permission of Unlock Dancing Plaza

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Breaking the Fourth Wall

Choreographer Joseph Lee takes his audience on a contemplative ride through his latest show Unfolding Images: We Are Spectacle(s), but one must be an active thinker in order to make the most out of this journey, he says


F Hall Studio, Tai Kwun

2021.04.02 20:00

2021.04.03 15:00

2021.04.03 20:00

2021.04.04 15:00


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