Against a pitch-black stage, a solo figure is illuminated in a Tron-inspired LED costume, moving smoothly to an electronic tune. His actions are robotic, controlled, and above all, mesmerising. Soon, it becomes apparent there is not simply one but an entire crew of dancers, all clad in special glow suits, and executing a one-of-a-kind performance that has the audience on their feet. It’s the now-iconic Wrecking Crew Orchestra, a Japanese dance troupe that has garnered worldwide recognition, and which is for the first time performing in Hong Kong at the biennial New Vision Arts Festival, now in its 10th year.
There’s a stacked, Asia-focused line-up boasting some of the most respected performance artists in their contemporary genres, including Beyond Time, the latest musical theatre production from the renowned U-Theatre of Taiwan, and Two Dogs, an experimental comedy from the National Theatre of China.
From Germany comes the Munich Chamber Orchestra, playing a Bright Sheng-commissioned piece with talented cellist Trey Lee. There’s a busy schedule of fresh, innovative performances to see here, but whatever you do, don’t miss the closing ceremony – it sees the world premiere of a new work by Shen Wei, the legendary choreographer of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony in 2008. New vision indeed!