Legend Lin Dance Theatre Documentary Screening cum Discussion: The Walkers
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.
Andy Ng Wai-shek, Hong Kong Theatre Performer and Educator
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
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.
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.