HKIPF
Screening

Legend Lin Dance Theatre Documentary Screening cum Discussion: The Walkers

19.10.2019
Time
Screening: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Post-screening discussion: 3:30pm - 4:00pm
(House open at 12:45pm)
Director
Singing Chen
About
Born in 1974, acclaimed Taiwanese director Singing Chen has demonstrated in her films her unique perspective towards contemporary Taiwanese society. Her work is often fast-paced, tightly structured, emotionally layered, and with a sense of humour. Additionally, Chen’s expertise in scoring gives her films a distinctive rhythmic tone.

This section selects five of Cehn’s films to explore the creative trajectories of her feature films and documentaries farming a unique creative focus and cinematic aesthetics. Her narrative features brilliantly illustrate the absurdities of modern society using magical realism, and depicting characters and their plight with considerable depth to address the society’s fundamental structural problems. For years CHEN has dedicated herself to making documentaries on theater, dance and sound art to delve into the rich and colorful lives and creations of artists.
Discussants
Lin Lee-chen, Artistic Director, Legend Lin Dance Theatre
Andy Ng Wai-shek, Hong Kong Theatre Performer and Educator
Language
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Duration
147 mins
Fee
Free admission
Presented with
Kwang Hwa Information and Culture Center
Supported by
Taiwan Film Institute x Taiwan Cinema Toolkit
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Artist
Legend Lin Dance Theatre
About
Founded in Taiwan by choreographer Lin Lee-chen, Legend Lin Dance Theatre has created their own aesthetic of “emptiness” and “slowness”, producing only four dance works in the past 24 years: Mirrors of Life, Anthem to the Fading Flowers, Song of Pensive Beholding, and The Eternal Tides. With an exquisite “slowness of movement” as a response to the moment, and to life, their dance distils and transforms the body as it moves to its own pulse.

After an eight-year absence, Legend Lin Dance Theatre returns to Hong Kong with a new performance Poetry in Motion, along with an exhibition of performance images and documentary screening presented by HKIPF. The showcase illuminates their different dimensions and astonishing powers of physical and emotional expression.

Overview



2016  Vladivostok International Film Festival
2016  Göteborg Film Festival
2014  Taiwan International Documentary Festival – Audience Choice Award

 

Filmed over the course of ten years, this documentary by Singing Chen is a poetic expression of the persistence and creativity of Lin Lee-chen, capturing the internationally renowned choreographer’s meditations on life itself. Exquisite imagery of layered cloth and contours of dancers’ bodies invite the audience to see with a tactile eye.

 

Legend Lin Dance Theatre Artistic Director Lin Lee-chen and renowned Hong Kong theatre actor Andy Ng Wai-shek will be in conversation after the screening, discussing their experiences and methods with “the body”.

 

Lin’s choreography embodies Eastern aesthetics of physical expression that engage “emptiness” and “slowness”, while the exercise “meditation with drumming” is the cornerstone of her exploration of the body and performance—the energy that surges and reaches the zenith is a grounding force within the body, one that unveils a rich emotional realm.

 

Ng has developed a performance and training system that centres on the oneness of mind, body and technique. This unity is a culmination of his theatre practice and Eastern and Western studies for almost two decades.

  • ‘The Walkers’ Trailer. Courtesy of Taiwan Film Institute x Taiwan Cinema Toolkit

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