Dramaturgy and Beyond – Roundtable: “Unpacking dramaturgy”

Dramaturgy is a unique practice distinct from the professions of playwriting, directing or stage design. As the practice of dramaturgy and the role of the dramaturg become increasingly important in the development of contemporary performance, how do performing arts professionals articulate ideas and adapt their role and function during the creative process?

To open our new three-year programme “Dramaturgy and Beyond”, we present a roundtable event that brings together Arco Renz, independent choreographer and curator from Belgium, Tang Fu Kuen, Artistic Director of the Taipei Arts Festival, and three co-curators from Hong Kong – Anna CY Chan, Low Kee Hong from West Kowloon, and Janice Poon from HKAPA – to discuss concepts of dramaturgy in theatre and dance. In conversation with local arts professionals and the public, the speakers share their insight and experience, exploring the connection between dance and dramaturgy, examining the creative development of contemporary performing arts from a dramaturgical perspective, and opening the doors for an in-depth conversation on the role of dramaturgy in contemporary performing arts at both micro and macro levels.

18 March 2018 (Sunday)


Dance Studio 1, 4/F, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)

Arco Renz
Tang Fu Kuen
Anna CY Chan
Low Kee Hong
Janice Poon

Conducted in English with simultaneous Cantonese and Mandarin interpretation

Target Participants:
Theatre and dance professionals and those with an interest in theatre and dance

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register in advance.


(852) 2200 0827, pa1@wkcda.hk

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

Overseas participants must shoulder their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
The roundtable will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no.8 or above is in force 3 hours before the start of the event.

About the Speaker

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.

Anna CY Chan
Head of Dance, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Anna CY Chan is the Head of Dance, Performing Arts 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”, “Writing Choreographic Process”, “Multimedia and Dance Dialogue”, “Dance in Alternative Space” and “Dance Dramaturgy”, etc. These programmes explore innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances.  She also co-curated WKCDA annual Producer Network Meeting & Forum and as chief producer for ON VIEW: HONG KONG and Look Two Ways dance productions. 

In 2007, Anna became the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific. She was also the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 to 2011 and has been the Dance Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2008. She was awarded Hong Kong Dance Award in 2004 and City Contemporary Dance Laureate in 2016. She also serves on the American Dance Abroad inaugural advisory council, the jury member of 2018 Keir Choreographic Award in Australia and 2017 Seoul International Choreography Festival.

Low Kee Hong
Head of Theatre, Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Low is the Head of Theatre at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. He is responsible for formulating the district’s artistic direction and strategies for Drama and Theatre Arts.

In this role, Low has overseen the launch and co-presentation of several projects and programmes that engages in new discussion and discourse around contemporary modes of creation.

Before joining West Kowloon, Low was the Artistic Director and General Manager of the Singapore Arts Festival from 2009 to 2012. He was also General Manager of the Singapore Biennale from 2005 to 2009.

Janice Poon
Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator, School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Janice POON is Lecturer (Playwriting) and Academic Project Coordinator at School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists and a veteran theatre artist and cultural practitioner engaged in cross disciplinary playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, curating and theatre making focusing on play development and text-based cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural theatre making. Her works are loaded with humanity concern in socio-political situations and has been recognised with the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship. Devoted to cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the international theatre scene, she has been a resident artist at The Lark Play Development Center in New York and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, and is also a frequent speaker and facilitator at international theatre conferences and festivals. Her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the US, China and other regions in Asia. And Then, I Float (2013) was awarded four major awards, nominated for the best play award at the Hong Hong Theatre Libre, and also invited as part of a cultural exchange project at the Schillertage festival in Mannheim, Germany (2015); Small Waisted (2016) won the Multi-cultural Short Plays Competition organised by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.