Xavier Le Roy | Scarlet Yu | River Lin | Anna CY Chan | Alice Teng
Xavier Le Roy
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Xavier Le Roy holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, and has worked as an artist since 1991. He has performed with diverse companies and choreographers. From 1996 to 2003, he was artist-in-residence at the Podewil cultural centre in Berlin. In 2007/2008, he was an associated artist at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, France. In 2010, Le Roy was an artist-in-residence fellow at the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA). In 2012, he began a three-year residency at Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, Paris. Through solo works such as Self Unfinished (1998) and Product of Circumstances (1999), he has opened up new perspectives in the field of choreography. He has also initiated projects exploring modes of production and collaboration such as the group works E.X.T.E.N.S.I.O.N.S. (1999–2000), Project (2003) and 6 Months 1 Location (2008).
Le Roy’s other works include the solo pieces Le Sacre du Printemps (2007) and Untitled (2014); the group project low pieces (2011); and works for exhibition spaces, such as production (2011) created with Mårten Spångberg; Untitled (2012) created for the exhibition 12 Rooms; Retrospective, first realised in 2012 at the Tapiès Foundation in Barcelona; works in collaboration with Scarlet Yu such as Temporary Title, 2015 created in Sydney within the framework of the John Kaldor Public Art Project; and For The Unfaithful Replica (2016) at CA2M Madrid.
In 2017, Le Roy collaborated with the Issho Ni Ensemble to create the exhibition Haben Sie "Modern" gesagt? for Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt. With Yu, they created Still Untitled, a work for public spaces commissioned by Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017 and “For Performance” as part of the exhibition “PERFORMANCE!” of the 40th anniversary of the Pompidou Center.
Born in Hong Kong and currently living in Berlin, Scarlet Yu obtained an MFA in Dance from The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 2015. Making use of autobiographical material, she creates choreographed one-on-one situations in various contexts about memory and the notion of body as archive. Her works include The Act of Memory at Skyhigh Creative Partners (2014, Hong Kong), The Act of Passing at the Singapore National Design Centre (2015), "Read MEmory" at WINGS Platform (2015, Hong Kong), A Performance at Oil Street (2017, Hong Kong).
Since 2014, Yu has collaborated extensively with Xavier Le Roy, working on Untitled 2014, Temporary Title 2015, For The Unfaithful Replica at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, as well as Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy (Singapore, Beirut, Taipei edition), and Still Untitled at Sculpture Projects Münster 2017.
In early 2010, Yu collaborated with theatre director Haris Pasovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), as well as with Teatro de los Sentidos (Spain), with Ming Poon on The infinitesimal distance between two bodies… at Singapore Da:ns Festival, and with the Hong Kong filmmaker Maurice Lai on Rite of City – Reminisce a dance film selected for the Cannes short film corner. She has performed in Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and South Africa, and was the recipient of a Grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Arts Network Asia, as well as the HKAUW Postgraduate Scholarship 2014 and Ohel Leah Scholarship 2013/14.
Photo credit: Youwei Chan
Born in 1984 in Taipei and currently based in Paris, River Lin is an artist and curator working across the fields of performing and visual arts.
Using the body as his main medium, River explores art forms such as choreography, one-on-one performance and live installation, with the investigation of the relationship between body, time and ritual as a point of departure.
River’s live work has been presented at festivals and exhibitions around the world, including the 2016 Taipei Biennial, the Manifesta Biennial 11 in Zurich, the ASIA NOW Paris Asian Art fair, ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Kuopio, Rock Bund Art Museum in Shanghai and Liveworks Festival in Sydney.
Anna CY 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, including “Dance Dialogue with Wayne McGregor”, “Screendance”, “Writing Choreographic Process”, “Multimedia and Dance Dialogue”, “Dance in Alternative Space” and “Dance Dramaturgy”, etc. These programmes explore innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances. She also co-curated WKCDA annual Producer Network Meeting & Forum and as chief producer for ON VIEW: HONG KONG and Look Two Ways dance productions.
In 2007, Anna became the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. She was also the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 to 2011 and has been the Dance Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2008. She was awarded Hong Kong Dance Award in 2004 and City Contemporary Dance Laureate in 2016. She also serves on the American Dance Abroad inaugural advisory council, the jury member of 2018 Keir Choreographic Award in Australia and 2017 Seoul International Choreography Festival.
Alice Teng is Associate Curator, Visual Art at M+. Since joining M+ in 2014, she has helped build the visual art collection by researching and acquiring works from around Asia and internationally, with a focus on performance art. She has also made curatorial contributions to exhibitions such as Mobile M+: Live Art (2015), public symposiums such as M+ Matters: Theorising Art Histories Globally and M+ Matters: Global Institutions’ Collection and Display Strategies Today (both 2014), and performance events such as Yoko Ono Morning Peace (2015). Prior to joining M+, Teng assisted the Chief-Curator-at-Large at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and worked on exhibitions such as Expo 1: New York, Rain Room (2013), The Maybe (2013), and Yoko Ono: One Woman Show (2015). Previously, she worked at Tate Britain where she assisted on exhibitions such as How We Are: Photographing Britain (2007), Martin Creed Work No. 850: Duveens Commission (2008), Peter Doig (2008), and Altermodern: Tate Triennial (2009).