A new collaborative work by Alain Chiu and Ricky Hu (HK Ballet) was showcased at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab. 

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The relationship between dance and music is complex and subtle, with the choreography of a dance often directly influenced by musical rhythms.

In Hong Kong, there are few platforms where choreographers can work with composers from different backgrounds, and dance performances are often accompanied by existing pieces of music. To encourage collaboration between choreographers and composers, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) teamed up with Hong Kong Ballet for New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab that took place from 14 to 18 November.

Facilitated by New York-based composer Ian Ng and Kung Chi Shing, Artistic Associate (Music) of the WKCDA, the five-day workshop brought together four local composers – Lam Fung, Alain Chiu, Mike Orange and Tsui Chin Hung – each from a different musical background (rock, contemporary classic, jazz, etc.), and four dance artists from Hong Kong Ballet – Yuh Egami, Natalie Ogonek, Ricky Song-wei Hu and Yui Sugawara.

Working in pairs, participating artists exchanged ideas, experimented with different forms of music and dance, and collaboratively created new artistic concepts. Workshop facilitators Ian Ng and Kung Chi Shing also shared their own experiences of collaborating with choreographers.

On 19 November, participating artists showcased the work-in-development of these 5 days to an audience of local arts professionals and shared their thoughts on the collaborative process.

Participating Choreographers:
Yuh Egami
Ricky Song-wei Hu
Natalie Ogonek
Yui Sugawara

Participating Composers:
Alain Chiu
Fung Lam
Mike Orange
Tsui Chin Hung

About New Works Forum 

In the run-up to the opening of the West Kowloon performing arts facilities, the first of which will be completed in 2018, New Works Forum acts as a platform for cross-disciplinary artists eager to expand their practices into new areas and explore innovative ways of creating, presenting and discussing topics around contemporary performance.

舞蹈與音樂有著微妙關係,樂曲的節奏直接影響舞蹈的編排。

在香港,以現成音樂作品為舞蹈配樂較常見,編舞與不同音樂類型的作曲家合作的平台亦較少。有見及此,西九文化區《新作論壇》今次以「舞蹈和音樂」為主題,首次與香港芭蕾舞團合作舉辦名為《舞・樂互碰》工作坊,希望激發編舞家及作曲家對創作的新意念。

今年11月14至18日,西九文化區邀請了旅居紐約市的香港作曲家伍家駿,聯同西九藝術策劃(音樂)龔志成主持為期五天的工作坊,向4位本地作曲家林丰、趙朗天、Mike Orange、崔展鴻及4位來自香港芭蕾舞團的舞蹈家江上悠、菅原愉依、胡頌威、岳泰莉,分享他們與編舞家合作的經驗。

在一連五日的工作坊,作曲家及編舞家分成二人一組共同創作,作曲家透過各自的音樂風格,包括搖滾、當代古典及爵士樂等,與編舞家進行藝術交流及實驗,重新建立編舞家與作曲家的緊密合作關係。

11月19日,他們在創作階段展演上向業界人士展示過去數天交流成果,分享彼此共同創作歷程。

有關新作論壇
西九文化區表演設施將於 2018 年起相繼落成,因此我們舉行《新作論壇》,為有志於拓展嶄新領域的藝術家提供平台,一同探索創作及表演新方法,並研究當代演出相關議題。