Anna CY Chan | Karen Cheung | Choe Sang-Cheul | Kathy Hong | Faith Tan
Anna CY Chan
Chan is the Head of Dance, Performing Arts, of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She is responsible for shaping the district’s artistic direction and strategies for dance.
Under her leadership, a series of “New Works Forum” programmes have been launched and co-presented exploring innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances.
In 2007, Chan became the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Performing Arts Education Centre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 to 2011.
Cheung holds an MA in cultural studies from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. From 2004 to 2011 she worked as Company Manager and Administrative Director at the Guangdong Modern Dance Company. As the producer of different dance projects, she successfully turned the Guangdong Modern Dance Company theatre into the most active home base for contemporary dance in the region. In 2011, Cheung was appointed Director of the Guangdong Dance Festival, as well as Programme Director of the Beijing Dance Festival. In the following year, she successfully curated the first Beijing Dance Festival, established a new direction for the Guangdong Dance Festival, and initiated DanceX, a meeting place for regional and international contemporary dance. In 2013, Cheung curated a community project focused on the interaction between art and the public. In 2015, she started the Delta Moves project to promote contemporary dance from the Pearl River Delta region.
Choe Sang-Cheul is the artistic director of Choe Contemporary Dance Company Seoul, Korea. He is also a professor in the Department of Dance at Chung-Ang University, and holds a PhD in Dance and Dance Education from New York University. Choe’s accomplishments in the dance field are recognised both in Korea and internationally. From 2012 to 2014, Choe was the programmer of the Busan International Dance Festival.
Kathy Hong is currently Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Wei-Wu-Ying), and a board member of Taiwan’s first association for arts executives, the Performing Arts Network Development Association (PANDA). Hong has extensive experience as a senior arts manager in theatre and international collaborations, and has worked as an independent producer and marketing professional for major festivals, groups and artists in contemporary theatre, dance, children’s theatre, and traditional and modern music, including the Triennial Taipei International Percussion Convention (TIPC), the Taipei Arts Festival, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, and the Shakespeare’s Sisters Theatre Group. In 2007, her independent production Walk Faster, created for the Taipei Arts Festival, was named one of the “Ten Best Productions” at the Taishin Arts Awards. Before joining Wei-Wu-Ying in 2015, Hong was Executive Director at the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT).
Faith is a producer, programmer and lead for dance programmes at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the national arts centre of Singapore. Having joined the centre shortly after its opening in 2002, she has been part of the pioneering team creating and establishing the centre's programmes and festivals. In 2006, Faith launched the Esplanade's da:ns festival, a large, annual platform that presents over 10 stage productions, 50 workshops, and a wide range of free dance performances and experiences every year. Under her care, the festival has presented artists such as Batsheva Dance company, Sankai Juku, Wayne McGregor and Jerome Bel, co-produced works by Sylvie Guillem, Sidi Labi Cherkaoui and Akram Khan, and commissioned and provided residencies for two to three new works each year by artists working in Asia, including Pichet Klunchun, Hiroaki Umeda, Amrita Performing Arts, Jecko Siompo and Choy Ka Fai. Faith is also currently seeking partners to support related work from Asia. In 2015, Faith initiated a new annual platform da:ns lab, designed to facilitate workshops that enable dance practitioners to reflect on and deepen their practice and process.