In 2017, West Kowloon initiated a discussion with a group of dance colleagues in Asia about the establishment of a new Asian dance network. Since the initial discussion, successful meetings have held in Hong Kong (May 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia (November 2017) and Yokohama, Japan (February 2018), with participating dance professionals agreeing and finalising the vision, mission and direction for a new network – the Asia Network for Dance (AND+) – to be launched in Hong Kong in May 2018. During the first year of operation, West Kowloon will continue to provide secretarial support to help lead and convene the network.

The network will be steered by a core group: a collective of passionate dance professionals who are committed to connect, to collaborate, to share and to lead the network’s vision and mission. AND+ is not a membership organisation and this network functions without hierarchical structure.

Vision:
A network dedicated to connecting, developing and empowering contemporary practice in dance within Asia.

Mission:

  1. To share knowledge and information
  2. To expand connections for dance professionals
  3. To strengthen the visibility of dance within and beyond Asia

Core group:

  1. Anna CY Chan (AND+ Co-Convener 2018–19; Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong)
  2. Jala Adolphus (AND+ Co-Convener 2018–19; Independent Producer, Indonesia)
  3. Chen Pin-hsiu (Programming Manager, Cloud Gate Theater, Taiwan)
  4. Angela Conquet (CEO and Artistic Director, Dancehouse, Australia)
  5. Jacky Fung (Manager (Programme/China Dance Development), City Contemporary Dance Company CCDC Dance Centre, Hong Kong)
  6. Ahram Gwak (Producer, Team Leader of Programming and Production Team, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, Korea)
  7. Claire Hicks (Director, Critical Path, Australia)
  8. Bilqis Hijjas (President, MyDance Alliance; Dance Programme Director, Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia)
  9. Kathy Hong (Director of Marketing and Communications, National Performing Arts Center – National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan)
  10. Ophelia Huang (Head, International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC); Programme Director, ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival, China)
  11. Daniel Kok (Artistic Director, Dance Nucleus, Singapore)
  12. Shinji Ono (Chief Producer, Yokohama Arts Foundation; Director, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number 1, Japan)
  13. Jayachandran Palazhy (Choreographer & Artistic Director, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore), India)
  14. Faith Tan (Head of Dance and Theatre (Programming), Esplanade, Singapore)

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