Dance Dramaturgy

In a series of six consecutive half-day workshop sessions, Arco Renz and Tang Fu Kuen each share their individual practice and approach to dance dramaturgy. For Renz, whose body of work has evolved between Europe and Asia, the concept of Abstract Dramaturgy is an important element: through structural and choreographic confrontations, the individual and the body dramatically interact with the parameters of time and space. Tang Fu Kuen, currently the Artistic Director of Taipei Arts Festival, is a curator and dramaturg with an extensive history of working with performance, visual and cross-disciplinary practices across Asia and internationally.

Workshop Series 1: Arco Renz’s workshop

Renz’s workshop targets choreographers and dance makers interested in exploring and understanding different notions of dance dramaturgy from a practical, choreographic perspective.

Workshop Series 2: Tang Fu Kuen’s workshop

Tang’s workshop targets producers and dance makers interested in understanding dance dramaturgy from theoretical, philosophical and producer perspectives.

Workshop Series 1: Arco Renz's workshop
19-23 March 2018 9:00am – 1:00pm New Wing Function Room, 4/F, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing (77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon)
24 March 2018 Dance Studio 1, 4/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Workshop Series 2: Tang Fu Kuen's Workshop
19-23 March 2018 2:00pm – 6:00pm New Wing Function Room, 4/F, Ko Shan Theatre New Wing (77 Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon)
24 March 2018 Dance Studio 1, 4/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)


Target Participants:
Dance and theatre professionals, including choreographers, stage directors, playwrights, performing arts critics, interdisciplinary professionals and producers, as well as graduate students of performing arts, performance studies, dramaturgy and related fields.

Administration Fee:
HK$600 (per workshop series)

Two workshop series, 10% discount*

*Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions. For workshop participants of Dance Dramaturgy (either Workshop Series 1 or 2) who wish to apply for other Workshop Series 3 to 5, please pay the full fee for the first workshop series and retain the confirmation email in order to enjoy discounts on later workshops. The authority will base advice on all fees/discounts on our email records.



Application deadline:
28 February 2018


  1. Interested party can select either one workshop or both workshops in the application.
  2. Selected participants are required to commit to attending all sessions of their chosen workshop(s) and the Roundtable held on 18 March afternoon.
  3. Participants will be selected based on their application. Successful applicants will be contacted by email with payment instructions on or before 7 March 2018.

Ms Chin: (852) 2200 0814,

The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and workshop leaders. All changes will be announced on the website.

Overseas participants must shoulder their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force 2 hours before the start of the event.

About the Workshop Leader

Arco Renz
Artistic Director, Kobalt Works

Photo: Jean-Luc Tanghe

Arco Renz works as choreographer, director, dancer, actor, curator and dramaturg. As artistic director of the Brussels-based dance company Kobalt Works, he creates choreographies in Europe and Asia, as well as commissioned works for Opera Houses and institutional companies around the world. An important aspect of Arco Renz’s activities is his engagement in projects promoting the development of research and exchange between European and Asian artists. Between 2010 and 2017, he engaged in collaborative performance projects of very different natures in Cambodia (CRACK), Indonesia (solid.states + KRIS IS), Vietnam (Hanoi Stardust), the Philippines (COKE), Singapore/Thailand (ALPHA), and Hong Kong/Korea (EAST). Monsoon, a series of research and collaboration platforms bringing together Asian and European artists, is an ongoing project with editions in Europe, Asia and Australia. Arco Renz studied dance, theatre, and literature in Berlin and Paris before joining the first generation of the P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels.

Tang Fu Kuen
Artistic Director, Taipei Arts Festival

Photo: Masanobu Nishino

Tang Fu Kuen, currently Artistic Director of Taipei Arts Festival, was an independent dramaturg, curator and producer active in contemporary performance and visual arts fields in Europe and Asia. Tang was sole curator of the Singapore Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, for which artist Ming Wong was awarded Special Jury Mention. The platforms he has worked for include: Singapore Arts Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, In-Transit Festival (Berlin), Exodos Festival (Ljubljana), December Dance (Brugge), Colombo Dance Platform (Sri Lanka), and Bangkok Fringe Festival. Tang has worked closely with a number of contemporary choreographers, such as Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), Eisa Jocson (Philippines), Daniel Kok (Singapore), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore/Berlin), Sujata Goel (India/USA), Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), and Arco Renz (Belgium). In the field of conservation of intangible cultural heritage, he has worked with UNESCO in Paris and the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts, which is a part of Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-SPAFA) in Bangkok.