HUNG DANCE COMPANY
Why are we always confronted with hardships? Is it because we cannot face our deepest desires? Or rather because we run away from them? Are we caged by society, our relationships, or by ourselves?
“Birdy” expresses our deepest desire of searching for a place from which to soar.
The long pheasant feathers fixed atop the dancers’ head are like an extension of their spines, reflecting waves of anxiety and hope through their kinetic energy and amplitude.
In traditional Chinese opera, these feathers are the symbol of a warrior’s might. Here they operate as a symbol of our power, our ability to reshape history and consciousness.
Hung Dance is a Taiwanese contemporary dance company founded in 2017 by artistic director and choreographer Lai Hung-chung. The company's name, inspired by the word "hung (翃)," reflects their aspiration to soar. Lai Hung-Chung has crafted a unique dance technique that combines contemporary dance, Tai-chi and traditional Chinese opera; which is found in all of the company's annual creations, that have earned the company international recognition.
Lai Hung-Chung can also offer a 2 hour workshop on his unique technique.
The Hung Dance Company may benefit from the aid in international touring from the Taiwan Ministry for Culture
+ Full video recording available on demand : click here
+ Teaser trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOTIfDYLzE
+ Full presentation : click here
+ Company website : https://www.hungdance.com/
Brazil - April 6th to 11th 2024
London - April 16th to 21st 2024
Durham, NC - June 2024
New York City, NY - Spring 2025
Houston, TX - Spring 2025
THE HUNG DANCE COMPANY
Hung Dance is a Taiwanese contemporary dance company founded in 2017 by artistic director and choreographer Lai Hung-chung. The company's name, inspired by the word "hung (翃)," reflects their aspiration to soar. With a focus on annual productions, international collaboration, and tours, Hung Dance also organizes the Stray Birds Dance Platform to foster the creativity of choreographers and connect them to global resources.
The company has earned numerous awards for its choreographic pieces "Watcher" and "Birdy" in renowned competitions and festivals around the world. Building on this success, Hung Dance embarked on an extensive international tour, captivating audiences across Europe, Asia, America, and Africa with over a hundred performances.
The Hung Dance Company, and artistic directior LAI Hung-Chung, have put a focus on international touring and collaborations, participating in many interantional dance competitions in which they have won a large number of prizes, such as:
- Odoru Akita International Dance Festival, Japan (2017, Audience Award)
- Masdanza International Dance Festival, Spain (2017, Audience Award)
- Burgos & New York International Choreography Contest, Spain (2017, 1st Prize)
- International Choreographic Competition Hanover, Germany (2017 & 2018, 3rd Prize and Critics Choice)
- Dance Gallery Festival in New York, USA (2019, Audience Award)
- Taishin Arts Awards, Taiwan (2020 and 2021, Nominations of "See You" and "Formless Erosion")
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2022, Mervyn Stutter's Spirit of the Fringe Award)
- Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia (2023, Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award)
Contemporary dance performance - Ages 6 and up - Duration: 60 min
On tour : 8 dancers, 2 technicians, 1 choreographer, 1 production manager
Minimum stage dimensions: 12mx10mx6m
Company based in Taiwan
Artistic director and choreographer: LAI Hung-Chung
Performers: CHENG I-Han, HUANG Yu-Hsuan, YANG Ya-Ching, LEE Kuan-Ling, LU Ying-Chieh, KUO Chueh-Kai, WU Shih-Jie, HO Tzu-Wen; Composer: HSU Chia-Wei
Costume Designer: Summer LIN
Technical director: TSAI Chao-yu