The (visceral) Body

How can we liberate ourselves from the invisible norms and institutionalized ideas imposed by the mainstream?

Adrienn Hód - Midnight Oil

Fierce and cutting-edge Hungarian contemporary choreographer

Adrienn Hód

In the midst of the aftermath, we faced a fragmented reality.

How can we coexist in this apocalyptic world?

Following a violent outburst, the body retains dream-like sensory imprints —— the thumping sounds of karaoke in the ears, the flash of lights in the corners of the eyes, the bitter taste that lingers on the tongue after smoking. "The beautiful world" is merely a virtual image that resembles human imagination. After three months of exploration across Hong Kong and Hungary, Adrienn Hód collaborates with performers to delve into the on-edge physical and mental states and excavate extreme sensations that reflect the complex and fragile situation we find ourselves in today.

Programme Details

11-12/8 (Fri - Sat) 8pm
13/8 (Sun) 3pm
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

The performance runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Choreography: Adrienn Hód

Dramaturge: Ármin Szabó-Székely

Choreographic Assistant & Dancer: Csaba Molnár

Dancers: Cheung Tsz Kwan, Li Ka Man, Woo Yat Hei, Imola Kacsó, Márton Gláser

Lighting Designer: Samuel Chan

Composer & Sound Designer: Gold Mountain

Costume Designer: Trista Ma

Stage Manager: Jonathen Lee

Assistant Stage Manager: KM Ng

Producer (Hodworks): György Ujvári-PintérAssistant Stage Manager: Luk Pak Yin

Co-produced by: Unlock Dancing Plaza, HODWORKS

Adrienn Hód - Choreography

Adrienn Hód is an internationally renowned choreographer specializing in contemporary dance and experimental movement. Since 2007, she has served as the artistic and production director of her permanent company, HODWORKS. In addition to her collaborations with the company, she also choreographs for various Hungarian and international projects. She is also sought after as an applied choreographer for theater productions, films, and commercials.

Csaba Molnár - Choreographic Assistant & Dancer (Hungary)

Csaba Molnár initiated his professional training at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy and later went on to complete a two-year program at P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. In his artistic pursuits, he endeavors to reconcile radical extremes. His primary focus lies in exploring how the juxtaposition of diverse forms of expression can metamorphose deeply personal aspects of human existence into a universal and emancipating theatrical experience.

Li Ka Man - Dancer (Hong Kong)

born in Hong Kong, a freelance dancer and performer, She was awarded the 13th Hong Kong Theatre Libre 2021 Outstanding Actress Award for her performance in the piece Who Killed the Elephant 2021 directed by Vee Leong (Hong Kong). Participate different collective/experimental projects and performances.

Cheung Tsz Kwan - Dancer (Hong Kong)

Tszkwan Cheung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2012 and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2014. She is a Popping and Contemporary dancer, frequent flyer and trailrunner. She loves coffee, cats and men.

Woo Yat Hei - Dancer (Hong Kong)

Woo Yat Hei, a Hong Kong dancer, actor and choreographer. He completed his studies in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a BFA degree in contemporary dance.

As a freelance dance artist and a member of Théâtre de la Feuille, he has collaborated with various independent artists across the fields of dance, theatre and film. His recent performing works including Joseph Lee’s Unfolding Images: We Are Spectacle(s)(2021), Chan Wai Lok's Drink and Dance(2021), Théâtre de la Feuille’s The Lost Adults(2021), MW Dance Theatre’s The Formidable Year(2022), Gaybird Leung's Another 18 Ways of Create or Mute Sound(2022), Tsang Wing Fai's THETA(2023), Westkowloon Cultural District Samson Young's TechBox: The Travellers and The Listeners(2023).

Imola Kacsó - Dancer (Hungary)

Imola Kacsó graduated from the Dance and Fine Arts School of Győr and later pursued further studies at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). Since 2019, she has been a member of the Bodhi Project. She has actively participated in projects associated with the Salzburger Festspiele and Wiener Staatsoper. Throughout her career, Imola has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Stephanie Thiesch/Asasello Quatett, Hillel Kogan, Robert Wilson, Michikazu Matsune, Helder Seabra, Paul Blackman, Christine Gouzelis, and Adrienn Hód. Currently, she is working with the AHA collective.

Márton Gláser - Dancer (Hungary)

Márton Gláser graduated from the Dance and Fine Art School of Győr and furthered his education at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance). Since 2019, he participated in the Bodhi Project. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with renowned choreographers and creators such as Michikazu Matsune, Helder Seabra, Paul Blackman, Christine Gouzelis, Hillel Kogan, Francesco Scavetta, Stephanie Thiersch, Robert Wilson, and Adrienn Hód. Márton has also worked with various festivals and companies including Salzburger Festspiele, SommerSzene Salzburg, Wiener Staatsoper, Asasello Quartett, and KALE Companhia de Danca. Currently, he is working with the AHA collective.

Ármin Szabó-Székely - Dramaturge

Ármin Szabó-Székely graduated from the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest in 2012. He completed internships at the Volksbühne Berlin and Constanza Macras' company, Dorky Park. He has worked as a freelance dramaturg at various theaters including Landestheater Niederösterreich, Schauspielhaus Graz, Torino State Theatre, Kaunas State Theatre, Katona József Theatre, Örkény Theatre, Hungarian State Opera, and numerous independent theater and contemporary dance productions in Budapest. Since 2012, he has been working regularly with HODWORKS. He was awarded the Junior Prima in 2017 and the Bécsy Tamás Award in 2021. In 2021, he obtained his PhD from the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest.

Midnight Oil Residency Record (Chinese version only)

《在所有溫柔與暴烈之間的知名不具》- Charlotte Wong

Letters of response "Unfold the Thinking"

This year’s Unfold the Thinking Performance Writing Project aims to respond to the theme “Think with the ( ) Body” by considering writing as a vehicle for thought and transforming reading into physical action. This year, contemporary dance artist Dick Wong is invited to co-author with six writers from different backgrounds, experimenting with the possibilities of writing performances beyond criticism in response to the creators/works of #DANCELESS complex 2023.

The direction of this year’s writing project is based on “guided readings”. The writers’ work on approaching the performance pieces will be collected in separate envelopes. Although the contents are text-based, they can also use images, symbols and typography to create “Guided Reading Letters”, which will be placed at the front desk for the audience to read before the start of their respective shows. The envelopes contain guidelines on the best time to read them (e.g. before/ after the show/ other). From opening the envelopes to reading the letters, the viewing experiences interwoven in the text will be unveiled layer by layer. The audience will gain another perspective on the work through these outside (or inside) readings.

At the end of the project, there will be a sharing session where the audience, writers, and curators will be invited to have a dialogue and discuss the relationship between performance, viewing and writing.

“Guided Reading Letters” - Cally Yu

(Chinese version only)

“Guided Reading Letters” - Hou Lam Tsui

(Chinese version only)