Biographies

Nick Power - Director

Nick is a Sydney-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director. He is one of the leading hip hop dance artists in Australia, working professionally for the past 14 years.  Since starting out in Brisbane running his own dance space, Nick has facilitated community cultural development workshop projects, nurtured young and emerging dancers, worked in regional centres and remote indigenous communities and produced large scale dance based events and festivals.  He has choreographed and performed in major festival shows throughout Australia and Europe and has worked with companies and organisations such as Tracks Inc, Stalker Theatre, Sydney Festival, Carriageworks and Brisbane City Council.

In 2012 Nick received a residency in Paris at the Cite Internationale des Arts thanks to the Australia Council.  During the residency he observed and learnt from some of the world’s leading hip hop dance theatre choreographers and attended festivals and battles.  Out of this residency came the inspiration for his first independent work, Cypher.  He has just completed a research residency at Critical Path and is moving into a Creative development of the work in August this year.

Nick is the Artistic Director and founder of Platform Hip Hop Festival, an annual celebration of hip hop cultureproduced by and held at Carriageworks in Sydney. Now in its fifth year the festival program includes a national dance competition, international hip hop dance theatre shows, photographic exhibitions, street art walking tours and dance workshops for children, intermediate and professional dancers.

In 2006 Nick directed and choreographed Stiltbreak, a fusion of breakdance and stilt acrobatics for Stalker Theatre Company.  Stiltbreak toured to Europe twice (08 & 09) and was performed 100 times to over 80 000 audience members.  Nicks second work for Stalker, Elevate, also toured to Europe and was also performed at Freemantle Festival, Carriageworks and Flip Art festival, Canberra. 

Since 2005, Nick has worked extensively with Tracks Dance as a guest choreographer for three of their Darwin Festival shows as well as a tutor within the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu. Nick works with the young men in the community for the Milpirri performance work. Two of the shows Nick has worked on with Tracks have received Australian dance awards.

Nick co-created and performed in Survival Tactics hip hop theatre show which had sell out seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts House and Brisbane Powerhouse

As a Dancer, Nick has toured and performed with acts including Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Resin Dogs and Afrika Bambaataa at festival events such as Homebake, Woodford, Big Day Out, the Hoopla Festival at Darling Harbour, and Splendour in the Grass.

Through his dance teaching experience, Nick has demonstrated an ability to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities. Nick was a dance tutor at Stamping Ground Festival, Sydney Children’s Festival, Out of the Box children’s festival, and Bakehouse – an inclusive arts festival.  He has run workshop projects in regional centres and worked extensively in community cultural development.  He also teaches regularly at hip hop dance studios around Sydney.

Through his long-term involvement in the Hip Hop scene, Nick has fostered relationships with artists from all facets of the culture, working with them to develop performances and events with broad general appeal, while maintaining the essence of hip hop community.

 

Hugh Cho - Associate Director

Cho graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2009, majoring contemporary dance. During his study, he was awarded Lady Stewart Scholarship, Carl Wolz Scholarship and HK & Macau Taiwanese Charity Fund Limited Scholarship. In 2006, he received the scholarship from the HSBC to attend the 3rd Guangdong Modern Dance Festival in Guangzhou. Cho has performed The Story of Island and Boat-Hong Kong, Air & Breathe – Phenomenon, Pheonix II, etc. Cho's choreography includes Beautiful People, On The Flip-side, Nowhere, In Pursuit of... for New Dance Platform 2009 and Try Out for the BuildMotivation. He is now deriving different styles and quality of dance by using different skills of contemporary dance. Cho is the Resident Artist of Unlock Dancing Plaza since 2010.

 

Youngkwang Joung (B*Boy Blond) - Dancer

Originally from South Korea and now living in Sydney, Blond is one of the best B*Boys in the world.  He has competed at the highest level and won international competitions including: Battle de Massy (France 06), Battle of the Year (B*Boy world championships – Germany 07) and Born to Serve (Canada 2010).  Blond also performs in Stalker Theatre’s Elevate (Choreographed by Nick Power) and is a performer for Branch Nebula – Concrete and Bones Sessions.

 

Stephen Gow - Dancer

Stephen Gow has been training since the age of 13 in Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics. This Background evolved into a love for Bboying.  Stephen has progressed through a number of performances, competitions and TV appearances to become one of Australia's renowned Bboys.  Some of Stephen's most notable accolades Nationally and internationally include, 1st place - World of Dance New York, 1st place - 360 Freestyle Battle Sydney, 1st place Australian Hip Hop Championships Sydney.  Stephen currently resides in Sydney working as a street performer with the company Beat The Streets.

 

Felix Ke – Dancer

Graduated from the Dance School of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2010, Ke entered the Graduate Institute of Dance of Taipei National University of the Arts, furthering his study in performance and choreography in the same year. Ke studied different types of dance including Hip Hop, Popping, House, Capoeira, etc. He has performed in Emotionalism, Purple Night, Plain, This Is a Work and We're Working On it, and also performed in works of renowned choreographers including Cheng Tsung Lung's White Tape, Chou Shu Yi's 2010, Yang Ming-lung's Unknown, etc. Ke has received The Society of APA Scholarships, Contemporary Dance Faculty Scholarship and attended the American Dance Festival. Ke joined Unlock Dancing Plaza as its Resident Artist in 2012. Recent choreographic work includes Camouflage in Off Beat 1.0.

 

Yip Chan – Dancer

Having graduated from the Physical Education and Recreation Management of Hong Kong Baptist University and being the Team Manager of HKBU Dance Association BUDA, he was trained in Billy Chan Dance Concepts BCDC for Hip-hop and Jazz. Yip not only has great experiences in Hip Hop freestyle, but also in choreography and dance performance.

He is one of the members of BUST crew and Asylum Crew. In 2011 and 2012, Asylum Crew had won 2 times Champion of UDC Hip Hop Competition, judged by Japan D’Oam (2011) and Korea Crossover Crew (2012). In 2012, He also won the 1st runner-up of Hip Hop House Dance Week for Hip Hop 1on1 Battle which is judged by Elite Force Bobby.

With his experiences in street dance culture, he had been invited to work in the Hong Kong Ocean Park for its “Ocean Park Halloween Bash” event from 2011 till now as the choreographer and coordinator in performers’ arrangement.

In 2012, He pursued further training in Japan Osaka A-sh Studio and Korea Seoul Beatmix Studio to deepen his knowledge and techniques of Hip Hop and Street Dance.

 

Anna Fan – Musician

Drummer born and raised in Hong Kong, started her music life with the piano at the age of 3. After 3 years of classical piano training in the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), she decided to switch her principle instrument from the piano to total percussion. In 2008, she was twice awarded the Berklee Achievements-Based Scholarship. In November of the same year, Anna was touring and featured in the Focus Day Concert in PASIC with the Berklee West African Drum and Dance Ensemble in Austin, Texas. It is one of the more renowned events in the drumming industry. The performance was highly acclaimed and creates great impact on the African music development in Berklee. In summer of 2009, Anna studied traditional African drumming, dancing and singing in Ghana, West Africa, under the instruction of gyill master Bernard Woma, Ghanaian percussion and dance masters Reuben Agbeli and Emmanuel Agbeli. Anna was also featured at Berklee BEANTOWN Jazz Festival 2009, with Bloco AfroBrazil lead by Marcus Santos. AfroBrazil is the only official Street Performers organization in the Festival.

Anna has been playing actively both in the United States and Hong Kong at such jazz venues as Ryles Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Encore Lounge, Paradise Rock Club, The Fireplace, Stork Club, Bina, Les Zygomates, Johnny Ds Uptown Restaurant in Boston area, and Fringe Club, FCC The Foreign Correspondents Club, Blue Door, Peel Fresco Music Lounge, Backstage, Skylark, Makumba in Hong Kong. Anna is gigging with a lot of groups in both the Boston area and Hong Kong, including Bloco AfroBrazil, Scott Ouellette Trio, Brad Smith Trio, Eric Ecklund Power Trio, ANMA, GB3 the Band, Violette Quintet, Anna Fan Dectet. Fantastica, Renfrew Group (Hong Kong), Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra (Hong Kong), Happy Go Lucky Big Band (Hong Kong), Wilson Lam Quartet (Hong Kong), maRK (Hong Kong), and JCE John Chen Ensemble (Hong Kong). She also is freelancing for Hong Kong Sinfonietta since April 2011.

 

Jack Prest – Sound Design

Jack Prest is a Sydney based artist, sound designer, music producer and performer who specialises in new media and forward thinking electronic music. Jack began his career as a performer, working solo as a DJ and as a part of hip hop group Good Buddha and disco outfit Flatwound. These projects have seen Jack perform on some of the biggest stages throughout Australia, including Good Vibrations Festival, the Boiler Room at Big Day Out, Pyramid Rock Festival, Peats Ridge and Groovin The Moo. He has supported the likes of M.I.A, LCD Soundsystem, Die Antword, Public Enemy, Aloe Blacc, TZU, The Herd and The Jungle Brothers.

Having already forged a successful career in the realms of popular and electronic music, Jack is continuing to build a reputation as a sound artist and designer for experimental and experiential theatre. With a background in Fine Art (graduting from UNSW in 2006) his first major work of Sound Design was for the 2008 joint Australia Council/Performing Lines production "The Tent". Which premiered at Melbournes Next Wave festival and was taken on a national tour throughout 2009-10 through Mobilestates. More recently he produced the soundtrack and the live sound installation for the critically acclaimed performance work "Whelping Box" which was a part of the 2012 Performance Space "Sexes" Festival. Coming up for 2013 he will be collaborating with Nick Power on the development of a new contemporary breakdance performance work "Cypher".

 

Atelier J-AR – Set Design

Atelier J-AR is a Hong Kong based research & design coalition gravitated to explorations in the "juxta-architectural" fields. It drills on ambiguous matters that pertain to but yet to be widely comprehended as architecture in the contemporary context. Through investigating, creating & handling phenomenal relationships among man-made tangibles (objects & environments) and the behaviors of people that fall near to, alongside or close to them through a wide range of juxta-architectural media, including spatial realizations, installations, crafts, visuals, films, situations and architecture itself, it seeks for creating environments that would rejuvenate a closer relationship among the dwellers as well as the habitats, not only informationally, but also physically, socially and spiritually.

 

Virginia Hyam - Producer

She is an experienced arts producer/curator based in Sydney. She was Head of Contemporary Culture at Sydney Opera House (2001-11), establishing the Studio as Sydney Opera House’s ‘go to’ venue for new and younger audiences by creating non-genre based contemporary programs, balancing local and international artists with work that is accessible but eclectic and edgy. Before this she was Artistic Director of the Melbourne Fringe (1995-2000).

Her recent freelance work has included developing a new multimedia project with renowned Indigenous singer Gurrumul, working on the Australia Day@Summer State in Central Park, New York in 2012, producing the outdoor events at the Parramasala Festival in Sydney in 2012, and working as international advisor to the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong King.

 

John Baylis – Project Manager (Stalker Theatre)

John Baylis is Executive Producer/CEO of Stalker Theatre. From 2009  to 2011, he worked as a producer with Performing Lines in Sydney, managing the company's international and regional touring activities.  From 2001 to 2009, he was director of theatre at the Australia Council for the Arts, leading the Council's strategies and funding programs for theatre in Australia. He was artistic director of Urban Theatre Projects from 1997 to 2001.   In 1986 to 1993 he co-founded and performed with the Sydney Front, a contemporary performance company that created a seminal body of work and toured extensively in Europe.  He continues to work as an independent consultant, and his clients have included Arts NSW, Arts Qld, Patch Theatre, Griffin Theatre and Urban Theatre Projects. He is also a dramaturg, recent projects including Concrete and Bones Sessions (Branch Nebula, Sydney Festival 2013), Sweat (Branch Nebula 2010) and Burning Daylight (Marrugeku 2009).

 

Sky Sum – Project Manager (Unlock Dancing Plaza)

Sky Sum is the Company Manger of Unlock Dancing Plaza. With a Master of Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she has worked at the American Dance Legacy Institute in New York State for her practicum. Sky has diverse arts administrative experiences with different arts groups and individual artists in both dance and music field, including two of the Hong Kong flagship performing arts groups - the City Contemporary Dance Company and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta , Leisure and Cultural Service Department, choral festival SingFest, fusion band SIU2 and numerous individual projects and performances.