Sue Healey (Australia)｜Mui Cheuk-yin (Hong Kong)｜Joseph Lee (Hong Kong)｜Ema Yuasa (Japan)｜Nobuyoshi Asai (Japan)｜Nalina Wait (Australia)｜Benjamin Hancock (Australia)｜Judd Overton (Australia)｜Maurice Lai (Hong Kong)｜Kei Fushiki (Japan)｜Darrin Verhagen (Australia)｜Justin Ashworth (Australia)｜Shona Erskine (Australia)｜Masahiro Norimine (Japan)｜Lee Chi-wai (Hong Kong)｜Jane Théau (Australia)
Filmmaker and Choreographer:
Sue Healey is a choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist, and one of Australia’s foremost independent dance-makers. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces and contexts: theatres, galleries and the camera. Her work has toured Asia, the US, the UK and throughout Australia and New Zealand. Healey received a creative fellowship in 2014 from the Australia Council for the Arts and was made an honorary fellow of the Victorian College of the Arts of the University of Melbourne in 2015. Widely acclaimed, her films have been screened in major international festivals and recognised with a number of awards, including Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media and in Independent Dance, a ReelDance Award and a Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Visual Design in 2018.
Mui Cheuk-yin is an internationally renowned solo artist and dance ambassador for Hong Kong. Her choreography has a distinctive voice and often mixes contemporary and traditional elements. Her commitment and passion to strive for the best in dance have earned her numerous honours, including three Hong Kong Dance Awards and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Hong Kong Dance Alliance for her dedication and long-standing commitment to developing dance in the city over three decades.
A Hong Kong native, Joseph Lee began his dance training at the age of 17. In 2015, he obtained his Master of Arts at the London Contemporary Dance School. Lee questions the nature of dance as well as performance with his deconstructive approach in examining this art form. In 2017, he received the Award for Young Artist at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards.
Ema Yuasa is a freelance dancer and a member of Japanese dance project group Opto with Rei Watanabe and Kenta Kojiri. She was with the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) for 11 years. Yuasa has guested in the Royal Swedish Ballet for Mats Ek’s Julia & Romeo and Sasha Waltz’s Körper, and has participated in dance projects at Eastman under the direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. After starting to create choreography during her time at the NDT, her work was shown in several theatres in the Netherlands. She has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, fashion designer Tamae Hirokawa, architect Tsuyoshi Tane and Japanese Noh theatre performer Noboru Yasuda. She is active in Japan and Europe.
Formerly a member of Japanese Butoh company Sankai-Juku, Nobuyoshi Asai has toured and performed internationally. He received a grant from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs to dance with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. He is currently the director of his own dance company PIERRE MIROIR, which is based in Paris. He became the first Japanese artist to receive the Special Prize at the Arte Laguna Prize for his piece Prohibition.
Nalina Wait is a full-time lecturer of dance at the Australian College of Physical Education. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, the University of New South Wales Honours Year with First Class Honours, and is currently a PhD candidate. Wait has collaborated with Sue Healey for works including Niche and The Curiosities. Her accolades include performing for Fine Line (2003), winner of the Australian Dance Award for Best Film in 2003, first prize at ReelDance Awards 2004, and first in the independent section of The Electronic Choreographer Festival, and On View: Quintet (2016), winner of the 2016 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. Wait was a founding member of the Sydney Performance Group (2006 – 2011), where she collaborated with Belgian choreographer Hans van den Broeck on Settlement (2007), No-mads (2008) and Homelands (2011). Between 1999 and 2002, she danced with Rosalind Crisp in a number of productions including Traffic and Kink (2001), which toured Antwerp, Paris and Berlin. Her choreography usually involves extensive collaboration with sound artists. Her choreographic works include dance film Sole (2003) with Gail Priest, which screened in US and Israel.
Benjamin Hancock is a dancer and choreographer from Melbourne. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (Dance). He has worked with Chunky Move for Next Move, Lucy Guerin Inc for Pieces for Small Spaces, Performance Space for Day For Night, the National Gallery of Victoria for Melbourne Now, the MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania and the New Orleans festival Prospect 3. Hancock has also featured in works by some of Australia’s leading choreographers including Lee Serle, Sue Healey, Prue Lang, Antony Hamilton, Martin del Amo, Narelle Benjamin and Melanie Lane. He has an Australian Dance Award, Green Room Award and Helpmann Award Nomination for Outstanding Male Dancer in Lucy Guerin’s The Dark Chorus, which showcased at the Melbourne Festival 2016 and Dark Mofo Festival 2017.
Director of Photography:
Director of photography Judd Overton is known for his Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award-winning project That Sugar Film, Australia’s highest grossing documentary of all time. His cinematography has been awarded and nominated internationally including at The Academy Awards, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Camerimage Festival. Overton has also photographed hundreds of television commercials for companies around the world, including Audi, McDonald’s, Mastercard and G-Star RAW.
Since 2000, Maurice Lai has produced dance and performance videos, and promotional films for various performing arts organisations locally and internationally. His first independent dance video, A Cup of Tea, won an award at the 2004 Jumping Frames Dance Video Competition in Hong Kong, and received a special mention at The Electronic Choreographer Festival 2006, an international festival of videodance in Naples, Italy. In 2011 and 2012, Jumping Frames screened five of his dance videos in Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Rome, Florence and Naples.
Kei Fushiki graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Musashino Art University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Bauhaus University, Weimar. He is interested in creating visual images relating to the boundary between the linearity and non-linearity of time consciousness. Fushiki has worked with installation artists, architects, composers and dancers, and is currently an associate professor at the Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences.
Darrin Verhagen, often known by his moniker Shinjuku Thief, is an award-winning sound designer, composer and the director of RMIT University’s AkE (Audiokinetic Experiments Lab), where he researches the psychophysiology of multisensory experience. His installations have fused sound with light, felt vibration and motion simulators, and have been exhibited at White Night Melbourne, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Experimenta Biennale. He created the score for the film Boys in the Trees and has worked with Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre and Lucy Guerin.
Composer and sound artist Justin Ashworth’s work encompasses spatial sound installations, contemporary music performances and cross media collaborations with practitioners in dance and film. Ashworth is interested in slow music, repetition and deep listening, and is recently focusing on the use of modular synthesizers. He has collaborated with Damo Suzuki (2011), Arcko Symphonic Ensemble (2013) and TAM Projects for Sea Shake (2014), and also releases original music with Australian band Glasfrosch.
Shona Erskine studied dance for her bachelor’s degree and has a PhD in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She has taught dance at Deakin University, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and worked with choreographers such as Natalie Cursio on Dance Elixir and Gerard Van Dyck at KAGE. Erskine is a founding member of Tina Yong and Sun Ping’s Wu Lin Dance Theatre and Phillip Adams’s Balletlab, and has toured Britain, China, Germany and Mongolia. She has also performed at the Melbourne Festival and the Perth Fringe Festival.
Masahiro Norimine is the associate designer of the Bungakuza Theatre Company. He trained at the Tama Art University and has worked on a wide range of projects, including set, costume, puppet and prop design for plays, musicals, operas, dance performances and concerts. In 2007, Norimine won a Japanese government artists fellowship to live in London. His accolades include an Itou Kisaku Award (2011), Yomiuri Theatre Awards (2011, 2016, 2017) and a Kinokuniya Theatre Award (2017).
Set and lighting designer Lee Chi-wai is a former member of City Contemporary Dance Company’s technical team. His design works include Upon Calligraphy by Liu Qi (2007), Dancing Blue by Mui Cheuk-yin and Lee Chun-chow (2008), Dan’s Exhibitionist by Daniel Yeung (2011), Never-never Land by Ong Yong Lock and Chou Shu-yi (2016) and So Low by Lai Tak-wai (2018). Lee was awarded the City Contemporary Dance Laureate in 2016.
Portrait Sculpture Artist:
Jane Théau is the Australian Design Centre Award winner of the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards 2018. She also has a Rookwood Sculpture Prize, a Grace Cossington Smith Early Career Artist Award and has been among the finalists for a number of other awards, including the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture and the International Lace Award. She has facilitated a refugee community art project at the Auburn Community Centre for four years and has curated for exhibitions such as Y Fibre and www.w, and the performance art event Art That Moves.