Hiroaki Umeda | Anna CY Chan | Chris Cheung (honhim) | Koala Yip | Dick Wong

Hiroaki Umeda

Hiroaki Umeda is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist recognised as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, his restrained but powerful dance pieces have toured worldwide to audience and critical acclaim. Umeda’s work is acknowledged for his strong digital background and holistic artistic methodology that combines physical, optical, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the dance choreography. His interest in choreographing time and space, has led to work not only as a choreographer and dancer, but also as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.

Umeda’s solo works such as Adapting for Distortion (2008), Haptic (2008), Holistic Strata (2011) and split flow (2013) draw on his signature style of combining digital imagery, minimal soundscape and potent corporeality, and have transfixed audiences at major festivals and theatres worldwide.

In 2009, Umeda commenced a ten-year choreographic project ‘Superkinesis’. Working with dancers of distinct physical backgrounds, he explores kinetic languages by tuning into the subtle voices of the surrounding environment.

His choreographic piece, Interfacial Scale (2013) was commissioned by GötenborgsOperans Danskompani, Sweden. Peripheral Stream (2014), which premiered at Théâtre Châtelet in Paris, was commissioned by the L.A. Dance Project led by Benjamin Millepied.

Since 2010, Umeda has worked on a series of installations that focus on optical illusion and physical immersion and provide an unknown sensorial experience to the audience. A series of works combining visual and physical sensation earned him the Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, in 2010. In 2014, Umeda started the ‘Somatic Field Project’ aimed at nurturing young dancers and developing his own movement method ‘Kinetic Force Method’.

Anna CY Chan

Anna CY Chan is the Head of Artistic Development (Dance) 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” and “Writing Choreographic Process”, etc. These programmes explore innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances.

In 2007, Anna 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. During her tenure, the Centre created several successful community engagement projects, including “smARTS Journey” and “Performing Arts Marathon”. She was also the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 to 2011.

Chris Cheung (honhim)

The artistic practice of Chris Cheung (honhim) reflects his interest in Chinese philosophy and combines traditional and futuristic concepts. Inspired by the writing of Zhuang Zhou, Chris’ earliest work The happiness of fish presents thoughts on objectivism and subjectivism versus the initiative of interactivity and the death of the author. His work explores new media and finding aesthetic in technological intervention.

Chris’ work has been recognised in the Reddot, TDC, GDC11, and Design for Asia awards, as well as the New York Art Director Club Young Guns 11. He received the Young Artist Award from HKADC and the Young Design Talent Awards from HKDC in 2010 and 2011 respectively. He is also the founder of the XEX / XCEED, whose works have been showcased worldwide.

Chris received recent commissions from the Hong Kong Heritage Museum and MOCA Taipei, and was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Curator of the New Media and Tech Exhibition in the 1st  HK-SZ Design Biennale.

Chris also composes music for indie films and TV commercials. In 2008 he formed the electronic duo VIM (Volt in Music), which was selected by Time Out Magazine and CNNGO as “one of the top 10 Hong Kong indie bands” in 2009.

Koala Yip

Koala Yip works towards the concept of the "media poetry", to articulate body movement as prime subject matter in pursuing clarity and integrity in artistic expression. She was the first artist to present an interactive performance live on China’s national television channel during the 4th China International New Media Short Film Festival “King Bonn Award” Ceremony. Her work has been presented at the KUMA Art Museum Estonia, the Macao Science Center, K11 Hong Kong, Performance Studies International (PSI), Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition, Digital Cultural Lab (UK), Subtle Technologies Conference, Toronto (Canada), Interactive Laboratory at Göttelborn (Germany), International Dance and Technology Conference, Los Angeles Woman’s Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival and the MIT/CalArts Collaboration of Wearable Technology. Koala is a former member of Trip Dance Theatre and Bridge Dance Company in California, with whom she performed in conventional theatres, site-specific venues, museums and art galleries.

Koala has received a number of awards and scholarships, including Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Fellowship, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Jacky Chan Charitable Foundation Scholarship, American Dance Festival Video Documentation, California Arts Council, and the APA Director’s Prize. She also won the Best Performance Award from the Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championship and received a Certificate of Commendation from the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

Koala currently teaches at the School of Creative Media (SCM), City University of Hong Kong. She has also been a guest lecturer at Beijing Dance Academy, The University of Hong Kong, The California Institute of Arts, Baltimore School of the Arts and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. She has served as a board member of Y-Space Dance Company since 2014, and was Session Chair (Dance) of ISEA 2016 and moderator of a lecture performance by Arco Renz (Kobalt Works) and Takayuki Fujimoto organised by SCM in 2015.

Dick Wong

A graduate of Journalism, Dick Wong left the publishing industry in the mid-90s to pursue a career in contemporary dance and theatre. In 2004, he was commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to create B.O.B.*, which was later developed into two versions touring Paris, London, Berlin, Leuven, Warsaw, Fribourg and Singapore. In 2010, as laureate of the French International Residence Programme at Recollets, he presented 1+1 at the Cartier Foundation during his stay in Paris. In 2011, commissioned by the In Transit Festival, he premiered Be Me in Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt. Recent works include 0 | 2 in the New Vision Arts Festival 2014 and The World According to Dance in 2015.