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YANG Yuntao

Winner of two Hong Kong Dance Awards (2003, 2006) for his outstanding dance performance, and awarded Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2009, Yang Yuntao is an accomplished dancer and choreographer. He joined the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) in 2002 as Principal Dancer. He was the company’s Assistant Artistic Director from 2007 and has been its Artistic Director since November 2013.

Yang has choreographed for various dance companies. His award-winning choreography for HKDC includes: Spring Ritual·Eulogy, winner of Outstanding Achievement in Production at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2013 and presented in Beijing and Taipei in 2013; The Legend of Mulan, winner of Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the 2014 Hong Kong Dance Awards and presented in New York, Sydney and London in 2015 and 2017 respectively; Storm Clouds, winner of three awards including Outstanding Achievement in Production at the 2015 Hong Kong Dance Awards; and L’Amour Immortel, winner of three awards at the 2016 Hong Kong Dance Awards, presented in Beijing and Guangzhou in 2017, and in Taipei in 2018.

Other works for HKDC include The Butterfly Lovers (presented in Seoul in 2016), Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Voices and Dances of the Distant Land, Blanc in Reveries of the Red Chamber, Chinese Hero: A Lone Exile, In the Beginning in Vipassana, Lady White of West Lake and Waiting Heart.

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Grand Dance Drama: L’Amour Immortel

The grand dance drama L’ Amour Immortel is an adaptation of a story from classical Chinese literature, Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, and one of Hong Kong’s classic movies in the 1980’s, A Chinese Ghost Story, produced by Tsui Hark. L’Amour Immortel reinterprets this classic tale from a contemporary perspective.

A beautiful, bewitching ghost loses her heart to an honest, good-natured man and resolves to save him from evil forces, even at the cost of her own eternal afterlife. The lovers traverse a shadowy, mysterious underworld in their fight for love and freedom. Gripping, thrilling and passionate, this tale of forbidden love brings out the most beautiful of human values through the poignancy of a timeless ghost story.

Photographer © Stephen Yau