This publication documents and extends the ON VIEW: HONG KONG screendance project devised and created by Australian choreographer and dance filmmaker Sue Healey and Hong Kong dance film cinematographer Maurice Lai between 2015 and 2017.

Through in-depth interviews and guided reading – including an essay and interviews with the creative team by renowned local dance critic Lok Fung, and interviews with participating artists by Brian Yu – it provides insight into both the concept of screendance and Hong Kong dance scene, and a framework for understanding the ON VIEW: HONG KONG project.

ON VIEW: HONG KONG was conceived in 2015 during the collaborative programme “New Works Forum: Screendance” by West Kowloon and City Contemporary Dance Company that brought together Sue Healey, Maurice Lai and other screendance artists, for workshops and exchange with directors, filmmakers and dance artists from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The following year, inspired by Healey’s award-winning work ON VIEW: Live Portraits, West Kowloon engaged Sue Healey to collaborate with Maurice Lai and ten prominent Hong Kong dance artists for a Hong Kong version production.

Exploring what it means “to see” and “to be seen” – elements that are central to Healey’s work – ON VIEW: HONG KONG challenges the way performers and spectators view a dancer’s presence, gaze, gestures, movement, force and rhythm, and looks at how a dancer presents both tangible and intangible qualities, and at what happens when the complexities of real world movement and observations are compressed by the camera. The resulting works redefine the context and cultural interpretation of the concepts “Portrait”, “Identity” and “The Moving Body”.

ON VIEW: HONG KONG provokes creators and audiences with fresh perspectives on dance and moving image, promotes the development of screendance, and offers the public a unique opportunity to discover Hong Kong dancers of different ages, backgrounds and levels of expertise.  

For details about other dance and screendance programmes at West Kowloon visit:

Preview sample of the publication

p.28-41 | Sue Healey – Foregrounding Artists by Lok Fung
p.70-85 | Mui Cheuk-yin – In a Fleeting Scene

Price: HK$150

Language: Bilingual in Chinese and English
Dimensions: 21cm x 28cm x 2cm
Weight: 1.04kg
ISBN: 978-988-16240-0-0

Published in 2017
Publisher: West Kowloon Cultural District Authority