Zelia ZZ Tan -
The Room, Freespace
From the Director
The point of departure of my choreography is a query about the body and the abstraction of embodiment. How does Dance x Technology describe the relationship between humans and virtual species?
Dimensional perspectives and indirect interactions collide, reflecting an exploration of virtual dance. Players use their bodies to experience setbacks, revelations and challenges through different devices in three uncertain dimensions. They encounter different avatars and identities.
When people interact with objects in the network, can sensors, generating resistance, test this acceleration? Can dimensional avatars exist in the space between virtual reality and physical reality, collect and analyse clues? Can human senses be reprogrammed to adjust the intensity of concentration within the crossover of technology and dance movement?
In dislocated time and space, the creative team and I questioned the conventional subjectivity of media, and tried to create new physical and mental experiences.
Sometimes, we forget to observe what’s new in space. Barriers are all around us and we need to break through. When you find the data source, when you try to solve the dilemma, you become the medium, and the flow becomes the driving force. As the physical and virtual separate and merge in space, we experiment with the body until we have a group dance that goes beyond the individual and the imagination into unknown territory.
Zelia ZZ Tan
-Reconsidering Movement through Physical and Virtual Dimensions
Creative Team and
CCDC Production Team
- Director and Choreographer
- Zelia ZZ Tan
- Dance Artists
- Tsang Wing-fai*
- Lau Pak-hong
- Esther Chan Hoi-ming
- Guest Dance Artists
- Karina Curlewis
- Match Cheung
- Game Designer
- Yang Jing
- Avatar Designer
- Zhang Tian
- 3D Modelling and Animation Designer
- Daniel Liu
- Interaction Designer
- Joseph Watson
- Composer and Sound Designer
- Step lp
- Sound Engineer
- AK Kan
- Costume Designer
- Perpetua Ip
- Lighting Designer
- AR Designer
- Tristan Braud
- Virtual Camera Designer
- Zhang Tian-yi
- Web AR Designer
- Guido Stuch
- Avatar Adviser
- Royce Ng
- Technical Adviser
- Adrian Yeung
- Cheung Fai
- Gilles Jobin
- Melissa Leung
- William Wong
- Catherine Yau
CCDC Production Team
- Executive Director
- Cathy Lau
- Marketing and Development Manager
- Stephanie Mak
- Production Manager
- Jess Cheung
- Stage Manager
- Bee Li
- Assistant Stage Managers
- Gigi Chau
- Rita Ngai
- Ming Wong
- Wardrobe Manager
- Linda Lee
- Assistant Wardrobe Manager
- Jason Chu
- Wardrobe Mistress
- Grace Leung
- Project Coordinator (Programme)
- David Lok
- Project Coordinator (Marketing)
- Kathy Lin
- Connie Mak
- Creative, Art Direction, Graphic Design & Video Editing
- Photography & Videography
- Fung Wai Sun @ Sun Yeah Production
About the Creative Team
Zelia ZZ Tan | Director/ Choreographer
Choreographer and experimental film director Zelia ZZ Tan is a graduate of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and joined CCDC in 2019. Tan has performed and studied in 14 countries and showcased her work at Helsinki Festival, Finland. Recent work includes MUD2022 Sensing Adjacency and audītŭs. The dance films Over Here? (2020) and Moon Paradox I (2019) directed by Tan were selected for 16 international dance film festivals. Tan has explored interactions with virtual reality (VR) through motion capture and science-based methods, and was invited to perform a VR dance by choreographer Gilles Jobin (Switzerland). Tan created the augmented reality dance Tanz mit dem Tiger for ROXY-TanzLabor (Germany), and researched virtual and physical dance at Tanzkongress 2022 (Germany).
Tsang Wing-fai | Dance Artist
Tsang Wing-fai is a dancer and choreographer of street dance and theatre performances. Prior to her freelance dance career, she graduated from the Architectural Studies programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was awarded a full scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund in 2021 and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, specialising in choreography. Tsang choreographed Vapour for City Contemporary Dance Company’s WuDaoQingNian 2019.
Lau Pak-hong | Dance Artist
Lau Pak-hong is a freelance dance artist who graduated from the Cologne University of Music and Dance, majoring in Contemporary Dance. He collaborated with different artists and ensembles, including TS Crew, E-Side Dance Company, Passoverdance and Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection. He was also a chorus member in productions by Opera Hong Kong and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Esther Chan Hoi-ming | Dance Artist
Esther Chan Hoi-ming graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. She performed as a freelance dancer and choreographer for major brands, including Chanel, Kalenji by Decathlon and Léage, when living in Paris between 2016 and 2019. She has recently performed as a dance artist at Tai Kwun, Y-Space, 5+2’s studio and K11 MUSEA.
Karina Curlewis | Guest Dance Artist
Karina Curlewis is an Eurasian multidisciplinary dance artist. She has had a solid foundation in musical and devised theatre since 2004. Curlewis participated in the live durational performances of artist Tino Sehgal’s This Variation and artist-composer Pan Daijing’s Echo, Moss and Spill in the trust & confusion exhibition, which was held at Tai Kwun Contemporary in 2021.
Match Cheung | Guest Dance Artist
Match Cheung is a Hong Kong-based street dance artist. He has been experimenting with dance performance in the NFT world and motion capture technology in the past two years. Cheung created the world’s first single-person dance avatar named Xmatch through motion capture.
Yang Jing | Game Designer
Yang Jing is a game producer, curator and researcher based in Hong Kong. Her recent work, Forgetter, a narrative game, has won multiple awards world-wide. She is now working on multiple game production projects, ranging from literature games, to VR platformer games and motion-capture game theatre.
Zhang Tian | Avatar Designer
Zhang Tian graduated from Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong. She currently works in the fields of digital fashion, 3D printing, installation, etc. She usually gets inspiration from nature, issues of environment, reflects on our daily life and continues to explore the connections between different art forms.
Daniel Liu | 3D Modelling and Animation Designer
Daniel Liu is a 3D animator based in Hong Kong. His practice is mainly related to 3D scanning, 3D printing and animation. He is now working in the film industry.
Joseph Watson | Interaction Designer
Joseph Watson mainly works in modelling and fabrication related to robotics, and industrial art. He also draws and paints, and shows his artworks in various exhibitions.
Step Ip | Composer and Sound Designer
Step Ip graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in music production. She is a live musician and the member of experimental band Virgin Vacation. She is now working in theatre sound design, music arrangement and multimedia art.
Perpetua Ip | Costume Designer
Perpetua Ip, stylist and art director. Former fashion editor at Esquire & Men’s Uno. Works include styling & art direction for So!YoON!’s debut solo album. She has also worked with art companies including City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, and musicians at The Show Will Go Online hosted by Music Lab on styling & costume design. She has held the exhibition Sheung Shui Boys with photographer Elaine Lam.
Lawmanray | Lighting Designer
Lawmanray is currently studying for a master degree on Theatre Direction at The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, majoring in Lighting Design. He has worked as a freelance lighting designer for different theatre companies, and joined CCDC as Resident Lighting Designer in 2017. He won Outstanding Lighting Design at the Hong Kong Dance Awards with the piece Winterreise‧The Rite of Spring.
Tristan Braud | AR Designer
Tristan Braud, Assistant Professor in the Division of Integrative Systems and Design at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His primary research focus is augmented and virtual reality, with a specific interest on the human-specific issues in immersive environments. More recently, his work has expanded to the development of large-scale augmented reality experiences towards a city-scale metaverse.
Zhang Tian-yi | Virtual Camera Designer
Zhang Tian-yi has worked with renowned interactive media artists to create interactive works with the game engine and exhibited them locally and overseas, including International Symposium on Electronic Art 2022. He has also won multiple awards for his work on the game Forgetter. Zhang is currently researching on virtual production technology from Hollywood industry overseas.
Guido Stuch | Web AR Designer
Guido Stuch is a cross-disciplinary artist based in Germany, currently working online in international productions all over the world. As a content designer, he designs for 3-dimensional technology, virtual reality, augmented reality and visual effects. As a photographer, his photography ranges from classical analogue, digital to historical wet plate.
About City Contemporary Dance Company
City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), the flagship of contemporary dance in Hong Kong, undertakes to blaze the path of the contemporary dance scene with extraordinary performances representing contemporary Hong Kong culture. Founded in 1979 and currently directed by Yuri Ng, CCDC has presented more than 200 original works by leading choreographers, and pioneered in Asia to reimagine the possibilities of contemporary dance through innovative collaborations. Representing Hong Kong in over 270 overseas performances at the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals, CCDC is regarded as “the artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong”.