Official Press Release
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.
Ricky Song-wei Hu
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.
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。