Photo Credit: Jason Ma

In light of the current situation, Dance on Screen: Dance Films and Videos on 28 March 2020 (Saturday) has been cancelled.

Dance films, dance videos and other dance creations designed to be shown on screen are also known as works of screendance. But what elements differentiate a dance choreographed and performed for a camera from a dance created for a live performance?

In this talk, renowned local dance video director Maurice Lai explores the relationship between video and dance. Sharing his experience of transcending the physical boundaries of dance to create works for the screen, he looks at what we understand by screendance, and how a work of screendance can be understood and appreciated.

28 March 2020 (Saturday)

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Seminar Hall, 2/F, Xiqu Centre


Maurice Lai

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

Please contact Ms Chan at (852) 2200 0812 during office hours or email

Accessibility Services:
Cantonese audio description and Hong Kong sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice. Wheelchair accessible seats and companion seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please request at least four days in advance.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, it will be cancelled.

About the Speaker:

Maurice Lai

Maurice LaiMaurice Lai is one of Hong Kong’s most active directors of dance video and an MFA graduate of the School of Film and TV at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2013 and 2014, he participated in the workshop Dance for the Camera: Experimental Film Virginia as Artist in Residence at the Harbor of the Arts Festival, USA. In 2015, he was an instructor at the New Works Forum: Screendance workshop, organised by West Kowloon and City Contemporary Dance Company. In 2016, he was cinematographer on Australian dance artist Sue Healey’s On View: Hong Kong, and served with Healey as instructor for Dance and the Moving Image TAIWAN (Taipei Performing Arts Center). In 2019, at the invitation of Weiwuying, National Kaohsiung Centre of the Arts, Taiwan, he joined the Museum of Human E-motions Residency Project. Lai’s work has been recognised with The Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video and Photography for Dance (Hong Kong Dance Alliance, 2015) and for Outstanding Visual Design with Sue Healey in 2018. In 2017 he received the City Contemporary Dance Laureate from City Contemporary Dance Company.

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