Choy Ka Fai is widely regarded as an expert in “connectivity”, the search for modes of spirituality by way of as well as in digital technologies. He drafts choreographic procedures with the aid of avatars into which he feeds historical and current movement studies and which calculate artificial intelligence, and he transfers those, of living as well as ghostly bodies, into the here and now, as he did in “UnBearable Darkness”, a piece that premiered at tanzhaus nrw in 2018. In it, transcendence meets enlightened technology, and Hijikata’s ghost finds its embodiment in an animated avatar. He also revived international dance history in a position between design, technology, performance and fiction, all the while collecting works of Southeast Asian artists in his multimedia archive and performance cycle “SoftMachine”, thus opposing exoticising portrayals. In the tanzhaus nrw co-produced “Dance Clinic”, however, he takes on the assignment to heal the ills of the contemporary creativity impetus.
Choy Ka Fai was, among other things, also co-curator for Festival TEMPS D’IMAGES, one of tanzhaus nrw’s longstanding formats with a focus on digitisation and dance. His new production “Cosmic Wanderer”, dedicated to digital transfer and the reconstruction of shamanist practice and trance conditions, will premiere in 2020.