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[ENG] Hong Kong Arts Festival Dance: A Bird’s-Eye Review

This season the Hong Kong Arts Festival catered to a wide range of tastes in dance – apart from the familiar 19th century classics. The two big story ballets on offer were of very recent provenance: Christian Spuck’s Anna Karenina for Ballet Zurich, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream for American Ballet Theatre. Innovators from Japan, Austria, Israel, Spain, Australia, Cambodia, the U.S., and Slovenia brought whimsical, often mesmerizing work that interrogated the very purpose of dance. Experimental new work was delivered by Hong Kong and Mainland choreographers, some of it breathtaking in originality and execution, all of it thought-provoking.


Central preoccupations of the Festival’s dance season were encapsulated in The Pursuit of Happiness, a surreal tour de force by Slovenian dance troupe EnKnap Group, in collaboration with the New York-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Dressed as cowboys,