From the Top is a witty piece of dance theatre that plays on the hierarchical power relations between dance makers and performers. The piece presents a fictional scenario of a creative process based on the everyday life of dance artists, exploring the absurd nature of so-called artistic integrity and what it means to make art. Actions on stage juxtapose with voiceovers and surtitles to reveal the power play between an ever-demanding choreographer and dancers who continuously attempt to fulfil a choreographer's artistic vision. As much as it critiques as it does entertains, From the Top is everything you love and hate about contemporary dance.

Creative Team
CHOREOGRAPHER / VICTOR FUNG
PERFORMER /
KENNY LEUNG & RONNY WONG /
MICHAEL BARNES & JACK SERGISON / OLIVER ROBERT RUSSEL
COMPOSER / RUTH CHAN
LIGHTING DESIGNER / GOH BOON ANN / WONG CHI YUNG / FRAZER RICHES
COSTUME DESIGNER / MAN WING CHENG
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Commissioned by
HONG KONG ARTS FESTIVAL
Tour Dates
HONG KONG, CHINA
Hong Kong Arts Festival 2015
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Studio Theatre
March 13 & 14, 2015
 
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Performing Arts Market in Seoul
DongSoong Art Centre
Oct 6, 2015
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
Undisciplining Dance Symposium
University of Auckland
July 2, 2016
DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
Internationale Tanzmesse NRW
Stahlwerk, Dusseldorf
September 2, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO, USA
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Fort Mason Center
June 2-4, 2017
HONG KONG, CHINA
Jockey Club New Arts Power Showcase
Multi-media Theatre
HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
November 16, 2017
SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Swindon Dance 40th Anniversary Gala
Court Theatre, Swindon Dance
January 18, 2019
SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Swindon Spring Festival
Court Theatre, Swindon Dance
May 18, 2019
EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
Edinburgh Fringe
Dancebase
Aug 2-25, 2019 (except Mondays)
FROM THE TOP (FINAL EDIT)
SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Court Theatre, Swindon Dance
Sept 20, 2019
 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
The Studio, Rich Mix
Sept 24, 2019
Supported by
WEST KOWLOON CULTURAL DISTRICT
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
HONG KONG ARTS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
STUDIO WAYNE MCGREGOR 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"A delight, witty but profound exploration of the power relationship between choreographer and dancers"
- Stephanie Green, Broadway Baby
★ ★ ★ ★
"From the Top is a delightfully witty, sometimes very funny, look at those power relationships in the studio between choreographer and dancers."
- David Mead, Seeing Dancing
"It’s the feedback loop of doom and it’s very, very funny, replicated with a finesse that never turns it into too ridiculous a parody."
- Rosemary Waugh, Exeunt Magazine
"a hilarious insight into the sometimes deliciously unfathomable world of contemporary dance"
- Festival Chronicle
★ ★ ★ ★
"one of the most enjoyable dance shows of the Edinburgh Fringe this year"
- Garry Platt, Edinburgh Guide
HIDDEN GEM
"It is effective because of the meaningful story and  political undercurrent, the high quality of the dancing and the interesting choreography"
- Jo Tomalin, Fringe Review
"most exhilarating... Kenny Leung and Ronny Wong [were] both very talented and very funny"
- Carla Escoda, Huffington Post
"cheerful... the best choice"
- Petrova Mira, Tánckritika.hu
"ground-breaking creativity"
- Natalia Chan, ArtPlus

From the Top

© Victor Fung Dance 2020