M+ Live Art x HK Ballet:
4 Sept 2022
M+ Live Art x HK Ballet:
Beyond Carbon is an online festival presented by M+ and Hong Kong Ballet that seeks to raise awareness of the most urgent issue of our times—global climate change—through cultural and artistic means. Taking as its starting point the scientific consensus that human activity is the major cause of climate change, the programme is a call to mindful collective action to save our planet for future generations. Set against the monumental architecture of the Herzog and de Meuron–designed M+ building, the eight short, choreographed chapters address environmental emergencies from two perspectives: Mortal Ignorance, tension between nature and humankind, and Human Traces, the material traces on earth left by human activity. Viewers will be taken on a journey of exploration, reflection, and empowerment.
The online festival also comprises a special screening of The Measures, a new piece choreographed by Stephen Shropshire. This finale resonates with the overall theme by engaging the abstract form of dance to animate the materiality of the climate crisis.
About Hong Kong Ballet
As one of Asia’s premier ballet companies, Hong Kong Ballet (HKB) is internationally recognised as a vibrant art institution that represents Hong Kong’s unique character. Established in 1979 and led by Artistic Director Septime Webre, HKB has a dynamic repertoire performed by nearly fifty dancers from all over the globe and award-winning education and community programmes.
Image at top: Invisible Echo by Feng Jingyi. Dancer: Jessica Burrows. Photo: Keith Hiro. Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet
Image in carousels: Once upon a Lucid Dream by Jonathan Spigner. Dancers (from left): Amber Lewis (till Season 2021/22), Henry Seldon. Photo: Keith Hiro; Osmosis by Leung Chunlong. Dancers: (front, from top) Gouta Seki, Kim Eunsil, (back) Leung Saulong. Photo: Keith Hiro; Retribution by Luis Cabrera. Dancer: Wang Zi. Photo: Keith Hiro; The Enduring Cycle by Li Lin. Dancers (from left): Wang Zi, Shen Jie, Henry Seldon, Yang Ruiqi, Kent Eguchi, Xu Shentian, Ye Feifei. Photo: Keith Hiro; Siren by Jessica Burrows. Dancer: Wang Yueh Erica. Photo: Keith Hiro; Invisible Echo by Feng Jingyi. Dancer: Feng Jingyi. Photo: Keith Hiro; Landslide by Sarita Chan. Dancer: Ashleigh Bennett. Photo: Mak Cheong Wai; Carbon Footprint by Lin Chang-yuan Kyle. Dancers: Reina Sawai and Hong Kong Ballet Dancers. Photo: Keith Hiro; The Measures by Stephen Shropshire. Dancers (from top): Jonathan Spigner, Kim Eunsil. Photo: Conrad Dy-Liacco. Courtesy of Hong Kong Ballet.