Knot Controlled

Episode 1 - Ode to My Sons

Episode 2 - Knot Controlled

Episode 3 - Secure and Untie



Dance Film

- Work in Progress -

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Kirsten Ho



Takao Komaru Photography



Redefining Contemporary Dance:

A multi-media blending of dance, rope and film


DANCE Kho presents Knot Controlled

3 short films:

Ep 1. Ode to My Sons

Ep 2. Knot Controlled

Ep 3. Secure and Untie


DANCE Kho, a company celebrated for innovative work that melds movement with media, language and music presents its latest work, Knot Controlled in collaboration with Hong Kong-based knot designer, Zoe Siu.


Three short dance films present three different explorations of life’s expectations and restrictions using movement intertwined with rope and knots. While respectfully referencing the ideology of East Asian culture and traditions, the choreography reflects life’s journey of ambition, opportunities and progression.


The films are about how frustrating life can be with restrictions, rules and regulations beyond our control - Covid, for example. We realise that some of these restrictions are self-inflicted and learn to shift our perspectives and accept that they are just part of who we are: for example, traditional values, gender roles and societal pressures.  We learn to find strength and carry the weight of any burden and it becomes a beautiful part of us- like the dancer who carries the rope.




Ep. 1 Ode to My Sons


Fate determines existence

Culture shapes our values

You choose your future


Ode to My Sons explores what it means to raise children rooted but not tethered to the traditions and values of their culture. The film is a letter to the dancer’s sons to encourage their individuality while honouring generations past.




Ep 2. Knot Controlled


Knot Controlled presents a couple in traditional gender specific roles, carrying the weight (rope) of responsibilities, and expectations from modern society and traditional values. Although sometimes alienating and a struggle, for right or for wrong they ultimately choose not to change their ways. They find peace and comfort knowing that this will always be a part of them and in some respect this makes them stronger… or so they think!




Ep 3. Secure and Untie


Coming Soon




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