Sidestepped: Hong Kong’s Forgotten Histories On Stage

Why We Recommend it

Butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre, and cello music meet on stage for an intimate live performance on Hong Kong’s forgotten past(s).


Historically, Hong Kong has been a site of forgetting and leaving behind as much as it has been one of rapid change and progress. What has been abandoned often remains only in the form of nostalgia, where it’s ‘safe’ and ‘appropriate’ to acknowledge such past(s). In other words, most of us are suffering from ‘selective amnesia’—losing parts of our memory—be it subconsciously or actively, wittingly and forcefully. 

Sidestepped: a dance for selective amnesia, is a haunting performance of bodies, light and sound that will reflect and project these forgotten histories to the audience.

The show is an unprecedented collaboration between Kyoto Butoh-kan, a theatre devoted to Butoh dance, and cellist Oliver Coates. Butoh is Japanese avant-garde dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement, and is often associated with the celebration of darkness and despair.

Please note that the show on March 22 will be free of admission. The March 23 and 24 performances, which will be held at a secret location, are ticketed. 


When: 22 Mar 2019 - 24 Mar 2019 Where: Multimedia Theatre (M1060), L1, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre – 18 Tat Hong Avenue – Kowloon Tong