A History of Movement: Artist and choreographer Manuel Pelmuș’ Study of Hong Kong Dance

Why We Recommend it

This exhibition explores the evolving history of contemporary dance on an institutional level, which will be illustrated with examples in local and neighbouring regions.


In this performative and collaborative exhibition, artist and choreographer Manuel Pelmuș explores encounters between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art.

Featuring more than 30 new and commissioned performance works, Movements at an Exhibition taps into the interconnected stories of arts and performance, through a survey of a history of performance art in Hong Kong and the region.

The show writes through the unconventional histiographical medium of performance, a history of forgotten, marginal, or not sufficiently studied Hong Kong performances.

Movements at an Exhibition coincides with the launch of a book Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive?  Conceived by Pelmuș, and curated by Para Site’s Cosmin Costinas, the book explores the recent history of performance art and dance in and beyond Hong Kong.

Para Site is a leading contemporary art centre in Hong Kong and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia.

Manuel Pelmuș (b. 1974, Bucharest) lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. He is one of the leading artists of the “new performance turn”, who have been re-imagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts over the past decade.

Most recently, his projects have been shown at Tate Modern, London and Tate Liverpool (2016); Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2016); Off-Biennale Budapest (2015 and 2017); Kyiv and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014).


When: 8 Dec 2017 - 4 Mar 2018 Where: Para Site – King's Rd, 22/F, King's Wing Wah Industrial Building – Quarry Bay