Choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda is recognised as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. Since the launch of his company S20, Umeda has toured internationally to audience and critic acclaim and is acknowledged for his strong digital background, holistic artistic methodology, and for incorporating physical, optical, sensorial and spatiotemporal components. His interest in choreographing time and space has also led to work as a composer, lighting designer, scenographer and visual artist.
Solo works such as Adapting for Distortion (2008), Haptic (2008), Holistic Strata (2011) and split flow (2013) combine digital imagery, minimal soundscape and potent corporeality, and have transfixed audiences at major festivals and theatres worldwide. In the choreographic project “Superkinesis” (2009–2019) Umeda worked with dancers of distinct physical backgrounds to explore kinetic languages and the environment. Since 2010, Umeda has created installations exploring optical illusion and physical immersion. A series of works combining visual and physical sensation earned him the Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention, in 2010. In 2014, Umeda launched the “Somatic Field Project” to nurture young dancers and develop his movement method “Kinetic Force Method”.
Independent curator, choreographer and art critic Daniel Yeung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he studied Fine Arts and Chinese Music. A self-taught dancer, Yeung was twice awarded scholarships to study choreography in Amsterdam and London. Named “Choreographer to Look At” in the 2002 BalletTanz Yearbook, he was recognised with a “Rising Artist Award” by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2002, is a six-time winner of the Hong Kong Dance Awards, and was twice listed on the South China Morning Post’s “Top Five Best Dance Works of the Year”. In 2013, Daniel was named “Best Artist of the Year (Dance)” by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for his contributions to Hong Kong dance culture. In 2020, he was appointed council member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, where he is Chairman for Dance, and Vice-Chair for Arts Criticism, and recognised with the top honor “Distinguished Achievement Award” at the Hong Kong Dance Awards.
Hong Kong based new media artist Keith Lam is the co-founder and artistic director of the Hong Kong-Taiwan new media art team Dimension Plus and the founder of the design portal openground.
Lam’s work has been exhibited around the world and recognised with a number of international awards, including the Prix Ars Electronica, the Japan Media Award and the Hong Kong Arts Development Award for Young Artist. Formerly a full-time teacher at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, he has been a consultant and visiting lecturer at various local and regional institutions since 2009.