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Friday December 4th, 2009

Gareth Brown’s somewhat otherworldly dance photographs are on display this month at several galleries in Hong Kong, if you’re in/planning a trip there this month. Maybe a reason for a last-minute vacation?

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His first show kicks-off the Swire Island East Urban Dance Festival, and appears at the ArtisTree gallery. From his press release:

Together with a star-studded line up of professional dancers, Brown took on a journey to explore Hong Kong. While Island Eastern Corridor, High Island Reservoir, Waterfall Bay, Mount Davis Battery, Cha Kwo Ling and Kai Tak Fire Station may not be the most popular spots to visit for local residents and an even more unlikely venue for dance performance, Brown and the dance performers considered the cultural and historical significance of these sites as they seek to explore the relationship with the  environment at large…

…the exhibition comes to a finale on the event day (12 December) of the Swire Island East Urban Dance Festival. Choreographer Christina Jensen will work on Brown’s photographs and incorporate them as part of her site-specific, flowing dance piece, adding a new dimension to both the photo works and the dance.

It’s actually been quite difficult picking a few images to represent his show, because they’re all pretty fascinating. A few more:

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Together with a star-studded line up of professional dancers, Brown took on a journey to explore Hong Kong. While Island Eastern Corridor, High Island Reservoir, Waterfall Bay, Mount Davis Battery, Cha Kwo Ling and Kai Tak Fire Station may not be the most popular spots to visit for local residents and an even more unlikely venue for dance performance, Brown and the dance performers considered the cultural and historical significance of these sites as they seek to explore the relationship with the  environment at large.

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Venue: ArtisTree, 1/F Cornwall House, TaiKoo Place, Island East
(Quarry Bay MTR Station Exit A or car drop-off point at
G/F Oxford House, TaiKoo Place)

Exhibition period:  1-12 December 2009
Time: 10 am – 8 pm, Monday to Sunday;

(852) 2844 5094 (9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday)
vicky@bloc.com.hk

Okay, one more shot for good measure, for those that can’t make the show:

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By the way, his second show runs December 17th – January 30th  at the Edge Gallery. You can contact Gareth for more info on that showing.

Gareth Brown is a China-based photographer with Wonderful Machine.

-Neil Binkley

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