Masterclass by Akram Khan
Taiko Workshop
Traditional Korean Dance Workshop

Masterclass by Akram Khan - MAN vs. NATURE

Akram Khan's solo work DESH is jointly devised by Khan and writer and poet Karthika Nair. The direction of the piece was first guided by the exploration of the term "desh", meaning "homeland" in Bengali. In this masterclass, Khan shares his experience of using the spoken word in his choreography for the piece. Participants will gain an insight of how he uses textual materials and narratives to help to develop powerful choreography without over-complicating the relationship between verbal and body language. DESH draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world.

16.11 (Wed) 12 - 2pm
Kwai Tsing Theatre Dance Studio

$150 | Quota: 25

In English
Open to professional dancers or final-year modern/contemporary dance students Please click here to apply

Taiko Workshop

This workshop hosted by O.Daiko, a Taiko drumming ensemble in Hong Kong, provides a brief introduction of the Taiko and the close connection between drum music and Japanese culture. By teaching participants the various performing techniques, musical idioms and phrasing involved in Taiko drumming, the ensemble hope to generate interest in Taiko music. There will also be interactive games to let the audience feel the amazing vibes from these big drums.

Host: O.Daiko

27.10 (Thur) 8 - 9:30pm
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Backstage Level 7 CR2

$150(1 session)| Quota: 15

For people of 1.5m tall or above
In Cantonese and English
Tickets available at URBTIX from 12 August onwards
Participants are reminded to wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement, and to bring their own hearing protection devices

Traditional Korean Dance Workshop

Ganggangsullae is a famous Korean folk dance with a history of five thousand years. Often performed at the Chuseok festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, as an invocation for a bumper harvest, it involves singing, dance and games. People dance in a circle, rotating as they sing verses in refrain. Movements are simple but meaningful, allowing the participants to relax in an atmosphere of harmony, equality and friendship. The dance has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Korea and placed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In this workshop, the Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company of South Korea will introduce the history and cultural background of the famous dance, and share the fun of singing and dancing with participants. Particularly suitable for young people.

10.11 (Thur) 8 - 9:30pm
GR2, Level 8, Grand Theatre Backstage
Hong Kong Cultural Centre

$150 (1session) | Quota: 30

Participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes and shoes
In Korean with English interpretation
Tickets available at URBTIX from 12 August onwards