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, 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.