Yuh Egami | Ricky Hu Song-wei | Li Jiabo | Olivier Cong | Tsui Chin-hung | Mike Yip

Participating Choreographers:

Yuh Egami

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Yuh Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London and joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2002. He has assumed the additional role of Répétiteur for the Company since 2014. 

With Hong Kong Ballet, Egami has danced in various works such as John Meehan's Swan Lake, Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, Natalie Weir’s Turandot, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, William Forsythe’s Steptext, Stanton Welch’s Clear and , to name a few.

Egami has presented his works at Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase, including Horn (2014) and White Lies (2012) with Ricky Hu Song-wei, OIOIO (2011), Mirage (2010), Collage of One (2008), Sakula (2007) and Kagé (2005). He has also contributed choreography to several full-length works including Carmen (2017), co-choreographed with Hu, The Frog Prince-A Ballet Chinois (2013) together with Hu and as associate choreographer to Yuri Ng and Firecracker (2010) as an associate choreographer to Ng. His work Bolero (2015) with Hu, won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. Egami has also collaborated with music composer Mike Orange for the “New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab” by West Kowloon Cultural District in 2016.

Egami re-choreographed Ng’s Devil’s Tale for Architanz, Japan (2015). He also choreographed Sonographer (2011) and Firefly (2016) for E-Side Dance Company and Peter and the Wolf (2018) for Le Studio Ballet in Hong Kong.

Ricky Hu Song-wei

Born in Jiangxi, China, Ricky Hu Song-wei trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2008 and was named Coryphée in 2015.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Hu has danced featured roles including Carabosse in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty and Timur in Natalie Weir’s Turandot. He has also performed in both Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread.

His choreographic works with Hong Kong Ballet include Carmen (2017), Horn (2014) and White Lies (2012) with Yuh Egami; The Frog Prince–A Ballet Chinois (2013) as Associate Choreographer with Yuh Egami to Yuri Ng; Voicing (2011) and Twins (2010) for Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase. Other choreographic works include Skyfall (2018) for Shanghai Dance Theatre; Mirage (2017) for China Shanghai International Arts Festival 2018; Look Up 2.0 (2016) and Look Up (2015), by the invitation of National University of Singapore Arts Festival; Rush (2013), Play with Abandon (2012) for Hong Kong Arts Festival; Blank Space (2013) by the invitation of Re: Dance Theatre (RDT) in Singapore; and Lost in Memory (2013) for D. Lab Dance Shanghai.

His work Bolero (2015) with Yuh Egami, performed by the Company, won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. He also received the Award for Young Artist in Dance at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2012.

Li Jiabo

Born in Shanghai, China, Li Jiabo trained at Shanghai Far East Ballet School and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2005, was named Soloist in 2012 and became Principal Dancer in 2014.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Li has danced principal and featured roles including Prince Siegfried in John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Prince Désiré and Blue Bird in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Basilio in Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Prince in both Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Geppetto in Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Prince in David Allan’s Cinderella, Romeo in Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Camille in Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow, Armand in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, Pao Yu in Wang Xin-peng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber, Prince Calaf in Natalie Weir’s Turandot and José in Memory in Yuh Egami and Ricky Hu Song-wei's Carmen. He has also been featured in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Christian Spuck’s Le Grand Pas de Deux, William Forsythe’s Steptext, Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, Fei Bo’s A Room of Her Own and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread.

Since joining the Company, Li has presented choreographic works at Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase, including Infinity Awaits (2017), Night Thoughts (2016) with He Chaoya, Keep Watch (2015), Going Home (2014), Unable to Rewind (2012) and Ambush (2008). He also choreographed Something We Always Carry (2013).

Li’s international guest appearances include Ballett Dortmund, Germany in 2015, where he reprised his role as Pao Yu in Wang Xin-peng’s The Dream of the Red Chamber, Prix Benois de la Danse Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre, Russia in 2014, The International Dance Gala in Weisbaden, Germany in 2011 and the 4th International Ballet Festival Gala in Cali, Colombia in 2010.

Participating Composers:

Olivier Cong

Born in 1994, Olivier Cong is a blues and folk musician and songwriter from Hong Kong. He is deeply influenced by Radiohead and Steven Wilson, and the lyrics of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. He wrote his first song, “Searching For The Raven” - expressing his feelings of being lost within new surroundings - while he was studying psychology in the UK. His musical style is consistently hollow, dark and spacious, reflecting his feelings at that period of his life. In 2016, Olivier travelled Europe performing in open-mic and small gigs at pubs and small venues, including London, Liverpool, Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam.

After his return to Hong Kong, Olivier co-created the music label “Raven & The Sea Music Production Limited” in 2017. In the following year, Olivier recorded his debut album “A Ghost and His Paintings”, produced by Adrian Chow. He has also performed at two editions of “Wow and Flutter Weekend”, and at Clockenflap in 2016. In 2017, he was the guest singer who opened the concert of American band Cigarettes After Sex.

Olivier managed the compositions, lyrics and arrangements, and played the guitar, bass, accordion and synthesizers. The album was chosen by Apple Music to be featured as the first Hong Kong Spotlight Artist. Olivier has also composed soundtracks and arrangements for various media, including performance arts, television advertisements, short films and art exhibitions.

Tsui Chin-hung

Photo: Man Yau

Tsui Chin-hung is a composer, conductor and guitarist from Hong Kong. He has scored short films by directors Aimee Long, Xing-Mai Deng, Laura Grose and collaborated with director Ricky Hayashi by writing original scores for Tsz Shan Monastery. Tsui was also composer for ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble’s concert (2014), On and On Theatre Workshop’s “Postcolonial God of Food” (2014), and Black Bird Theatre’s “No One Party” (2014).

His recent appointments as music director include Kearen Pang Production & Media Asia Music “45mins Soulmate”, and Radix Troupe “The Accidental Rainbow” (2017).

As a guitarist, Tsui studied at the Musicians Institute Los Angeles, where he became a student of Jimmy Wyble, and later received the Outstanding Stylist Award upon graduation. Besides leading his own group, he has performed with many renowned artists, including Zhou Bichang, Candy Lo, Kay Tse, Louis Cheung, Ivana Wong, Josie Ho, Coco Lee and Fong Ho-man.

Tsui began his music studies as a pupil of Irina Boutyrskaya and Lap Hang Choi. He studied composition with Robert Drasnin and conducting with Eímear Noone at the UCLA. Tsui was admitted on a scholarship major in composition, studied under the tutelage of Shostakovich’s pupil, Yakov Gubanov. He also participated in the Los Angeles Conductor’s Workshop at Los Angeles Ballet School in 2010, under the supervision of Eímear Noone.

Mike Yip

Born in 1980, Mike Yip is a composer and electric guitarist whose work is characterized by a cross-boundary approach to traditions and genres, as well as experimentation in performance and improvisation.

Mike studied jazz guitar with renowned guitarist Eugene Pao and has performed for more than 10 years with music styles ranging from rock and jazz to experimental music. Deeply attracted by the aesthetics of contemporary art music, he recently completed postgraduate studies in composition in the University of Hong Kong under Professor Chan Hing-yan, in which he focused on the exploration of the potential use of the electric guitar in the concert world, as well as the combination of electric instruments, Western instruments, ethnic instruments, signal-processing effects and technology.

In 2015, Mike was commissioned by M+ for Mobile M+: Live Art 2015 as the composer and guitarist for artist Ming Wong’s theatrical work “Looking At The Stars”. His contemporary jazz group “Mo-Men-T” released their EP “Compositions & Improvisation” in 2012 and their LP “Infinite Lines” in 2013. The group’s performances have included collaborations with Swiss jazz composer and saxophonist Christoph Grab from Zurich University of the Arts in West Kowloon Freespace Happening 2016, and pipa virtuoso Mavis Lam in West Kowloon Freespace Happening 2018. In addition, Mike is an associates of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

Mike is currently a lecturer at Hong Kong Design Institute and teaches guitar composition and arrangement, sound acoustics, and instrumental courses. He is also a teaching assistant at the University of Hong Kong on subjects including jazz history, world music, the music of China, contemporary composition and harmony.