Nobody is perfect. A commonly known fact as it is, people are still bothered by our own imperfections. Oftentimes, such thoughts are like shadows that tend to haunt us and drag our spirits down. A Major Clown in G Flat attempts to bring out a way of walking out from the dark and being on track again by trying to learn from the philosophy of a clown.
Born in Hong Kong, Jennifer MOK graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2005 majoring in Ballet and continued with Modern Dance in 2006. She undertook an internship with Expressions Dance Company in Australia for its US tour in 2007 before joining the City Contemporary Dance Company in the same year. She left the company in 2014 to become a freelance artist and has worked independently until now.
“The entire stage was sustained by her alone. It is a manifestation of MOK’s courage and ambition….”Dance Journal
Program 2 :Sprint
Company: Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Normandie (FR)
Running on stage means going in a circle, constantly going back over one’s steps even if the paths vary, creating multiple curves and scopes. The act of running is not about speed nor distance but about sensitising the mind when the body is exhausted. The density of constraints - the pattern of a unique action, the narrowness of the space and its form- subtly highlight the rhythm, breath and body weight in hypnotic variations. The concrete nature of the act of running intertwines with other layers of poetic perception. Through the filter of running, multiple presences emerge and touch the audience. The latter are in the grip of a heightened sensory perception, constantly thrown off balance by the spatialization of the sound of the running, empathy for a sprint they are watching and also feeling its pace inside.
Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Normandie is an arts organization whose main purpose is to produce and present choreographic works by its choreographer/director Emmanuelle VO-DINH. Being one of the 19 national choreographic centres, CCN du Havre Normandie aims to become a hub for artists to develop a culture of choreography and to build references to contemporary dance for the artists as well as the audience. Since 2012, VO-DINH was the director of the centre. Surrounded by close collaborators, VO-DINH works in an open-ended process that emphasizes improvisation. While her choreography often draws on minimalism, she has been particularly fascinated with time, how we perceive it and are impacted by it.
“Sprint is a piece about questions, always open-ended, delivering no rules unilaterally while compelling recognition through a radical principle. A very pleasing and intransigent modesty.” mouvement.net