Sun Ping | Orlean Lai| Erik Kuong | Austin Wang | Louis Yu | Low Kee Hong

Sun Ping (Taipei)
Project Director, Fly Global

After the theatre internship experience during her visual art study in France, Sun Ping's career has been shifted towards the performing arts sector with deep fascinations. She assists in various events and festivals for the management, and being engaged with many different projects co-produced by Taiwan and France, of theatre, contemporary dance, new circus, traditional opera, cinema, art installation and television programming,

The new interest of Sun Ping has focused on the production of digital performing arts since 2009. She keeps in charge of the production and tour management of artist Su Wen-chi, as well as the German-based artist Sun Shang-chi for his collaborations in Taiwan. Besides productions, Sun Ping continues her efforts for arts as the project director of Fly Global, a platform initiated by the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan since 2014. Her mission is to create the networking possibility of digital and interdisciplinary performing arts and to facilitate emerging artists and companies through tours, exchanges, and collaborations.

Orlean Lai (Hong Kong)
Independent Curator & Creative Producer

Founded the company – orleanlaiproject. It was focused in introducing productions with distinctive cross-media collaboration, from audio-visual, to media art with music and dance, etc. Some overseas productions were organised to Hong Kong with critical acclaims. In recent years, her company has taken an initiative to collaborate with artists from various disciplines to explore the new possibility of presentation formats for more integrative arts experience to audience, and fuse the boundary of art forms and mediums.

Erik Kuong Wafun (Macau)
Managing & Creative Director, Creative Links Ltd.
Executive Director, Point View Art Association
Executive Director, BOK Festival

Erik is an independent producer of interdisciplinary and intercultural projects. A member of "Asian Producers' Platform". He has worked as programmer and festival producer in the cultural department of Macao government for more than a decade. He has produced fringe festivals, arts festivals, film festivals and other public festival events. He recently focuses on curating international arts collaboration projects and producing collaborations between Asians and international artists.

Erik was appointed to be the executive director of “The 8th Chinese Drama Festival, Macau 2011” and “BOK Festival" since 2015. He is also the executive director of “Point View Art Association”. In 2009, he founded an arts and creative industries management service company “Creative Links Ltd.” which curates collaborations between public or private sector with business sector to promote the local arts and creative industries to the international market.

Austin Wang (Taipei)
Director, Taipei Performing Arts Center

With a profound understanding of literature and the ability to exploit modern technology, Wang graces the theatre playground with his humor, insight and exuberance. He is one of a handful of theatre designers who could directly communicate with playwrights and convey his designing philosophy precisely with eloquence.

Wang received a BIAA award in Warsaw in 2004. In 2007, he sat on the judging panel of Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (PQ) and acted as the convener of the Taiwan team. The Taiwan Exhibition won the Gold medal for the best use of theatre technology that year. He was the director of stage design at 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei. In 2014, he received National Award for Arts from The National Culture and Arts Foundation in Taiwan.

Louis Yu (Hong Kong)
Executive Director, Performing Arts, WKCDA

Louis Yu Kwok-lit joined the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in 2010 as the Executive Director of Performing Arts. He is responsible for steering the planning and development of the performing arts facilities in the district, and for overseeing the strategies, governance, programming and operating models for these facilities.

Since joining West Kowloon, Louis has played a pivotal role in leading the design and construction of the Xiqu Centre, Freespace and the Lyric Theatre Complex. The team is now looking at the next stage of development.

Louis has overseen the launch and co-organisation of several talent-nurturing and artistic development programmes for Dance, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music and Xiqu, including “International Workshop Festival of Theatre”, “New Works Forum” and “Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum”. These programmes bring together artists and arts administrators from the region and around the world, including mainland China, Taiwan, France, Germany and the UK, to help initiate artistic exchange and collaboration.

He has also led the production and co-presentation of a number of well received audience development programmes, such as “West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre”, “Freespace Fest”, “Freespace Happening” and “Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera”.

Under his leadership, exchange initiatives have been established with cultural organisations in mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and the UK. A Letter of Intent has also been signed with the Shanghai Center of Chinese Operas to begin a long-term partnership of operational exchange and collaboration on artistic development.

Louis has over 28 years of experience in arts administration and management. Before joining West Kowloon, he was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and worked with the Hong Kong Arts Centre for 13 years, serving as the Executive Director from 2000 to 2007.

Low Kee Hong (Hong Kong)
Head of Artistic Development (Theatre), WKCDA

Low Kee Hong is the Head of Artistic Development (Theatre) of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for Drama and Theatre Arts.

In this role, Kee Hong has overseen the launch and co-presentation of several projects, including the outdoor arts event series “Freespace Happening” and the world-wide exchange programme “International Workshop Festival of Theatre” – projects that have stimulated new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation.

Before joining West Kowloon, Kee Hong was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. During that time, one of his key initiatives was the launch of “com.mune”, a year-long education and outreach programme designed to sustain the festival’s engagement with the public beyond individual shows. Kee Hong was also General Manager of the Singapore Biennale.