The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to Daniel Yeung in recognition of his immense contribution to dance in Hong Kong as performer, choreographer, critic, mentor, and curator.
Like many outstanding artists, Yeung is a maverick.
After graduating in Fine Art and Music from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he drifted into the dance field accidentally and soon developed a passion for the art form, with a unique approach stemming from his visual arts background which led him to see dance as a way to create live sculpture on the stage. He received a scholarship to study choreography in the Netherlands and when he returned as an independent dance artist at the age of thirtyone, he received different local awards and international nominations and quickly became established as one of Hong Kong's leading dancer/choreographers - a remarkable feat for someone who started dancing late and with no formal training.
The extraordinary range of Yeung's creative work bears the stamp of his constantly enquiring intelligence. His achievements include pioneering the incorporation of multi-media into dance, developing environmental dance in Hong Kong through brilliant use of alternative space and celebrating a multitude of genres from contemporary dance to pole dancing, as well as championing and revitalizing Southern China's unique Lion Dance heritage.
He has consistently played a key role in supporting the local dance community in many different ways, whether as a mentor to emerging artists, director of the Hong Kong Dance Exchange Festival or in his new role as the Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Dance Group.
He is an ideal role model for established and aspiring dance artists, not only for his enthusiasm and dedication to dance but for his integrity, warmth and generosity as a human being.