Tom Pearson and Zach Morris premiered Strangers on Tong Chong Street (2007), a site-specific dance work for Tong Chong Street (TaiKoo Place) in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong. Part of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation's SWIRE Island East Urban Dance Festival, and featured along with Collage Dance Theater from LA and local Hong Kong artists. Tom and Zach also taught workshops on their creative process for making site-specific work.
Strangers on Tong Chong Street explores what it means for a group of outsiders to descend upon a site and gradually affix themselves to its geography. Charting a course from an ostentatious arrival, through a cautious navigation of unknown territory, and finally to a state of comfortable activity, the work is often biographical of the process and of the individuals while examining notions of strangeness. The architecture of Tong Chong Street is familiar to its daily inhabitants, but it is the performers in relation to this which establishes a dynamic tension, poses a dramatic question, scrambles the status-quo.
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