One of today’s most popular and critically acclaimed directors in the Chinese theatre scene, Edward Lam started writing scripts for the former Rediffusion Television and Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) while in high school. After his graduation, he formed avant-garde theatre group Zuni Icosahedron with some friends. Between 1989 and 1995 he lived in London, where he studied theatre and dance, During these years he founded the Edward Lam Dance Theatre and showcased his theatrical works in London, Brussels, Paris and Hong Kong. In 1994, he won Best Adapted Screenplay at Taiwan’s prestigious Golden Horse Awards for the film Red Rose, White Rose, directed by Stanley Kwan. After returning to Hong Kong in 1995, he devoted himself to promoting theatre. He has, to date, directed over 50 works and worked with artists and organisations such as Ismene Ting, Yuri Ng, Angelica Lee, Daniel Wu, Denise Ho, Ariel Lin, Meng Jinghui, Mathias Woo, William Wei, Valen Hsu, Gigi Leung, Li-Hua Chen, Cheer Chen, Sylvia Chang, David WangJoseph Chang, William Chang, Tony Yang, Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, Mark Lui, Jim Chim, Joseph Cheng, Rene Liu, Pong Nan and the National Theatre of China, across cities and platforms. He won Best Director of the Year at the 2010 and 2012 Shanghai One Drama Annual Awards for Man and Woman, War and Peace, and The Doppelgänger respectively.
Edward is also committed to promoting culture and education. Since 1997, he has conducted lectures on liberal studies at the University of Hong Kong, as well as humanities at the Hong Kong Baptist University Academy of Film and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He often contributes articles to newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Some of his published works include the Waiting for Hong Kong series, the Entertaining Everyone series, and Flowers of Evil. His new works include The rise and fall of Hong Kong television series from the 1970s and Leading ladies of the Mandarin cinema from the 1950s, published in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Bobo Chan graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1996, majoring in Stage and Technical Management. She has been a production manager, technical coordinator and stage manager at various theatre companies and cultural organisations. Since 2010, she has served as production director for many of Edward Lam Dance Theatre’s premieres and Asian tour productions.
Chan Cheuk Wah Billy
Billy Chan had his first taste of theatre lighting in his high school years. He graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, College of Technical Arts in 1996, majoring in Theatre Lighting Design. He first collaborated with Edward Lam Dance Theatre in 1997 with the production of Hong Kong is Not a Place for Love, and went on to recent works like I Hate Therefore I Marry and Art School Musical. Recent lighting design works include the musical Sing High that was produced in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of Macau Cultural Centre; Black Monday by O Theatre Workshop; the Hong Kong Ballet production of Don Quixote; Tonnochy by Emperor Entertainment Group; Equus by Dionysus Contemporary Theatre; The Mixed Doubles by The Radiant Theatre; At Last, We Met by Metro-Holik Studio; Smear and Heart of Coral – A chamber opera after the life of Xiao Hong commissioned and produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival; Thunderstorm and Why Aren’t You Steve Jobs by Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio; and Sing Along 3 – Together by Trinity Theatre.
Wong Yatkwan graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2005 with a BA in Theatre and Film Design, and attended a Masters course in Theatre Design at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2010. Since graduating he has worked as a freelance theatre designer for a number of major Hong Kong theatre companies, including Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Utopia Cantonese Opera Workshop, etc.
In 2009, Yatkwan worked with Ankh Concepts as chief designer on the 1881 Hullet House project, transforming a Hong Kong heritage site into a boutique hotel. In the same year, Yatkwan and friends created their own experimental theatre aimed at exploring various visual effects and techniques in story-telling. In 2012, he worked as a part-time design teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and in 2014 and 2015, he was Artist-in-Residence in the Theatre Design Department at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Recent productions include, Merrily We Roll Along and The Sea produced by the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; About Bill produced by Just Grand Partnership and Cole Kitchenn Ltd.; Three Sisters by the Central School of Speech and Drama; The Professor and Attempts on Her Life by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre; and Shuraba by W Theatre.
In 2015, he received a Hong Kong Theatre Award nomination for best set design for Shuraba. His designs for Attempts on Her Life were displayed in the Hong Kong Booth at the Prague Quadrennial 2015.
For more information about Wong’s works, visit www.yatkwan.wordpress.com
Dontbelieveinstyle MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER
Multidisciplinary artist John Wong is the creative director of the multimedia company dontbelieveinstyle. He graduated from the Film and Television Department of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1999. He has created over 100 multimedia designs for the stage, including: Performance Workshop’s Like Shadow and Light Years; and Edward Lam Dance Theatre’s Art School Musical, I Hate Therefore I Marry, What is Success?, Awakening ̧ What is Fantasy? and What is Man?. Wong has also been involved in numerous multimedia projects for concerts by top singers such as Aaron Kwok and Andy Lau. His first feature film Travellers was screened at the 27th Hong Kong International Film Festival. He was also involved in conceptualising multimedia content creation and production for the Hong Kong SmartCard Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
For more information about Wong’s works, visit www.dontbelieveinstyle.com
Ivanhoe Lam Chun-ho
With training in both theatre and dance, Ivanhoe Lam is a versatile dance maker whose theatrical dance work explores differences across cultures and art forms. Believing that the purpose of art is to give insight into life’s truths he explores a universal language to make his work accessible for all audiences. Lam received a diploma in Drama and Dance (Contemporary Dance) from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and a BA in Fine Arts (major in choreography) from Codarts, Rotterdam. His recent work includes ODDs; Pretext (Trio version) in New Dance Platform: New Dance from Beijing, HK & Taipei i-dance festival 2014; Black in Cage for the Private Dances performance at Freespace Fest 2014, West Kowloon Cultural District; Even • Odd commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2014; and Pretext in Carry On, 27 and 27 Scenes. His critically acclaimed piece 27 scenes premiered at the ITs Festival 2010 in Amsterdam and was presented again at the Hong Kong Dance Festival 2010 – International Dance Symposium, as well as in Rotterdam, Utrecht and Den Haag. In Spring 2015, during a three-month residency at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) in Zurich, Lam was invited to curate and create a new multidiscipline performance Odd Couplings with ten local artists at Connecting Spaces.