Yuh Egami | Ricky Song-wei Hu | Natalie Ogonek | Yui Sugawara | Alain Chiu | Fung Lam | Mike Orange | Tsui Chin Hung

Participating Choreographers:

Yuh Egami

Born in Okinawa, Japan, Yuh Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London and joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2002. He assumed the additional role of Répétiteur for the Company in 2014.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Egami has danced in various works such as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, William Forsythe’s Steptext, Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Stanton Welch’s Clear and Natalie Weir’s Turandot, to name a few.

Egami has presented his works at Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase, including Horn (2014) and White Lies (2012) with Song-wei Hu, OIOIO (2011), Mirage (2010), Collage of One (2008), Sakula (2007) and Kagé (2005). He has also contributed choreography to several full-length works including The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois (2013) together with Song-wei Hu and as associate choreographer to Yuri Ng and Firecracker (2010) as an associate choreographer to Ng. Most recently, his work Bolero (2015) with Song-wei Hu, won Outstanding Ensemble performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016.

Egami also re-choreographed Yuri Ng’s Devil’s Tale for Architanz, Japan in 2015 and choreographed Sonographer (2011) and Firefly (2016) for E-side Dance Company in Hong Kong.

Ricky Song-wei Hu

Born in Jiangxi, China, Ricky Song-wei Hu trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2008 and was named Coryphée in 2015.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Hu has danced featured roles including Carabosse in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty and Timur in Natalie Weir’s Turandot. He has also performed in both Stephen Jefferies’ and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread.

His choreographic works include Look Up 2.0 (2016) and Look Up (2015) by invitation of the National University of Singapore Arts Festival; Horn (2014) and White Lies (2012) with Yuh Egami, and Voicing (2011) and Twins (2010) for Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase; The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois (2013) as Associate Choreographer with Yuh Egami to Yuri Ng; Rush (2013) and Play with Abandon (2012) for the Hong Kong Arts Festival; Blank Space (2013) by invitation of Re: Dance Theatre (RDT) in Singapore; and Lost in Memory (2013) for D. Lab Dance in Shanghai.

His work Bolero (2015) with Yuh Egami, performed by the Company, won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. He also received the Award for Young Artist in Dance at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2012.

Natalie Ogonek

Born in Red Bank, USA, Natalie Ogonek trained at Canada’s National Ballet School where she received the Peter Dwyer Award and the Erik Bruhn Award. She was a founding member of the National Youth Ballet of Germany and danced with The National Ballet of Canada and Hamburg Ballet before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2015.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Ogonek has danced in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang. With Hamburg Ballet, she has performed in John Neumeier’s Messias, Death in Venice, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet, August Bournonville’s Napoli, and Orkan Dann and Yuka Oishi’s Renku, among others.

Yui Sugawara

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yui Sugawara graduated from the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program in 2014 before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year.

With Hong Kong Ballet, Sugawara has danced in Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Natalie Weir’s Turandot, Natalia Conus’ Swan Lake Act III, Marius Petipa’s Paquita, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow, Jun Li’s Dancing with the Wind and Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang. She choreographed Enlightening (2015) for Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase.

Sugawara was a bronze medalist in the senior classical and contemporary division at the Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition in 2013 and a semi-finalist in the senior division at the Prix de Lausanne competition, Switzerland in 2012. She was a guest artist at the Valentina Kozlova Competition Gala and Tanzolymp Gala in 2013.

Participating Composers:

Alain Chiu

Alain Chiu is an active composer in the music and multimedia scene in Hong Kong. Chiu’s music has been performed in concert halls and festivals throughout the world. His first multimedia opera, “Fish in the Hand” was premiered in 2015 and is one of the first Western Operas written in Cantonese.

Chiu has received commissions from the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, the Hong Kong Arts Festival Society, Kung Music Workshop, Sotheby’s Hong Kong and various musicians and groups, including the Afiara Quartet, the Ives Quartet and Louis Siu. His music has been performed at the 40th to the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival, West Kowloon’s Freespace Micro 2013, the 2012 Hong Kong Week in Taipei, the Jumping Frames Italy Tour, the Cannes Film Festival 2013 and 2014, and Guggenheim UBS No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia. 

Chiu received a BA in Music and Composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The recipient of a Samuel Clarke Scholarship, he studied composition with Conrad Susa and David Garner, and electronic music with Alden Jenks. He received a scholarship to attend the European American Musical Alliance in Paris directed by Dr Philip Lasser, and has participated in a masterclass by Jo Kondo. His former teachers have included Cui Shi-Guang and Lane Harder.

Alain Chiu is the recipient of the Schulich Scholarship and a Finalist in the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. In 2011 his music was recorded by the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Orchestra of Our Time. He is currently developing a new composition method, “Woven Composition technique”, which explores the use of speech and acting as a musical element, and is also hoping to find a way of combining different media in a more structured approach to multimedia performance.

Fung Lam

Described by The Independent as a composer with “a distinctive voice”, Dr Lam Fung first gained attention more than a decade ago when the BBC Philharmonic gave the world premiere of his work Illumination. Since then, he has quickly established himself as one of the foremost Asian composers of his generation, with commissions from significant local and international music organisations.

Lam holds the distinction of being the youngest Chinese composer, and the first Hong Kong composer, ever commissioned by the BBC. He has to date written over ten orchestral works, including three commissions for BBC Radio 3 (Unlocking, BE and Endless Forms) and two commissions for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (Rong and Quintessence). The world premiere of Endless Forms at the BBC Proms in 2012 received critical acclaim, and took his music to a global audience. According to an Evening Standard review, “… Lam, working with a carefully constructed minimum of material, shapes his musical world with dreamy individuality.”

As the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2013/14 season, Lam became the first person to hold the post since 2000. In 2015, Quintessence, written in celebration of the orchestra’s 40th anniversary, was performed in several major European cities.

Lam’s music features a unique and unmistakable musical language that is profoundly expressive. While his musical output ranges widely, from original concert and multi-media works to collaboration with artists from different arts disciplines, orchestral composition is at the core of his career. Other performers of his orchestral works have included the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Concert, Tokyo Philharmonic and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Lam studied composition with Martin Butler, Michael Finnissy and Michael Zev Gordon at the Universities of Southampton and Sussex in UK, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in composition from the latter in 2012. In the same year he received the Young Artist Award 2011 from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Mike Orange

Mike Orange is best known as the guitarist/keyboardist of local experimental rock band Chochukmo (觸執毛) and the guitarist of Ellen Loo & The Ripples Band.

He is also a live guitarist supporting artists such as Sammi Cheng, Anthony Wong Yiu Ming, HOCC, Ellen Joyce Loo, Ivana Wong and Jing Wong. As well as being an artist and musician, Mike is also a music arranger involved in projects with various artists including HOCC, Ellen Joyce Loo and Jing Wong. 

Mike also works actively with teenagers, holding talks and sharing sessions at the Renaissance Foundation (文藝復興基金會) and similar institutes, as well as hosting a free guitar clinic himself.

Tsui Chin Hung

Born and raised in Hong Kong, composer and guitarist Tsui Chin Hung has studied music from different cultures and worked as a composer for various media. He has collaborated with director Mike Shalyapin, writing the music for his reality show, written original scores for Tsz Shan Monastery, and scored short films by the directors Aimee Long, Xing-Mai Deng and Laura Grose. In 2014, Tsui was appointed composer for the ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble concert, for On and On Theatre Workshop’s production Postcolonial God of Food, and for Black Bird Theatre’s No One Party.

Tsui began his music studies as a pupil of Irina Boutyrskaya and Lap Hang Choi. He studied composition with Robert Drasnin and conducting with Eímear Noone at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he received a scholarship to major in composition and studied under the tutelage of Shostakovich’s pupil Yakov Gubanov. In 2010, he participated in the Los Angeles Conductor’s Workshop at the Los Angeles Ballet School, under the supervision of Noone.

As a guitarist, Tsui studied at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles where he became a student of Jimmy Wyble, Bruce Buckingham, Brad Rabuchin and Scott Henderson, and attended seminars and masterclasses led by Theodore Antoniou and Gene Bertoncini. Tsui later received the Outstanding Stylist Award from the Musicians Institute. Besides leading his own group, he has performed with a number of renowned artists, including Candy Lo, Kay Tse, Louis Cheung, Ivana Wong, Zhou Bichang, Dick and Cowboy, Josie Ho and Fong Ho Man. He is also a member of the quartet In Stroke One, which he co-founded with Almond Yeung, Patrick Lui and Wong Tak Chung. In Stroke One released their self-titled debut studio album in 2016.