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Originally from London, Natasha Rogai worked for many years in Paris and has lived in Hong Kong since 1997. Natasha formerly served on Hong Kong Ballet’s Audience Development Committee and The Friends of Hong Kong Ballet Committee, and has been a member of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance Executive Committee from 2009 to 2020. In 2016 she received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Services to Dance. She is now the dance critic of the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong correspondent of Dancing Times.
William Chan is a performing arts critic and media producer from Hong Kong. He has been writing reviews and feature articles on theatre, dance and visual arts since 1998, which were published on various media channel in Hong Kong and Macau.
After getting his B.A.(Hon.) degree in Languages & Communication from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and MFA degree in Media Design & Technology from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, William completed a double MA degree in International Performance Research awarded by the University of Warwick (UK) and University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2015.
He is now working as a Lecturer at a tertiary institute and a judging panelist of Hong Kong Dance Awards, Hong Kong Theatre Libre awards and IATC(HK) Critics Awards. He is also an Assessor in Theatre, Dance and Arts Criticism of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
As a senior art and cultural editor and critic, Daisy Chu has been covering arts and culture for many years, for publications including CrossOver Magazine, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ming Pao Daily News, Xpressions Magazine, and organisations such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Dance Company, Asian Cultural Council, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), and the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. She also writes regularly about dance and theatre for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong.
Lai Tak-wai graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2002, majoring in modern dance. He was awarded several scholarships there and represented the Academy to perform overseas. He later pursued further studies at the National Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Paris.
In 2014, he received the Hong Kong Dance Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for his performance in In Search of the Grand View Garden. He was presented the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2018 again for Outstanding Choreography
for his full-length solo choreography work So Low. Wai is currently an independent choreographer and a freelance dancer.
Li Yongjing has profound experience in performance and choreography. Graduated from the HKAPA with distinction in 2002, majoring in modern dance, Li was among the first to be awarded Master of Fine Arts in Dance at the Academy in 2008. Upon graduation, she taught in the Modern Dance Diploma Programme at the Guangdong Dance School. In 2004, she joined the Odyssey Dance Theatre in Singapore as Artist-in-Residence and participated in performance with various local and overseas performing art organizations.
She received the Hong Kong Dance Awards twice for her performance in Interiors in 2001 and for the duet The Moment I Saw It in 2012, which she choreographed and performed in. She is currently the Lecturer of Contemporary Dance and MFA advisor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Performance Lab, Choreographic Workshop I & II and Repertory etc.
Wong Hang Fai has been a professional in the Hong Kong dance industry since the 1980s. He was a founding member of the Hong Kong Dance Company, acted as the protagonist or lead dancer in numerous large-scale dance dramas. Wong had been an actor in the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. He visited overseas for dance cultural exchange activities and participated in performances in different art festivals.
Wong had been an instructor of the Oriental Dance Society of The University of Hong Kong, the Dance Society at the School of Continuing Education of City University of Hong Kong, and as a guest lecturer of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He has also been an examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council to assist in the adjudication of arts funding applications including Year Grant and Project Grant, an assessor of the projects supported by HKADC, as well as a member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards Assessment Panel for Dance (Artist of the Year and Award for Young Artist) for many years to date.
As a former principal dancer with the Hong Kong Ballet, Wu Fei-fei has nearly 20 years of professional performance experience and achievements in dance. She excelled in the international Lausanne Ballet competition and the National “Taoli Cup” Ballet competition.
Wu joined the Hong Kong Ballet as a member of corps de ballet in 2003 and was then promoted to principal dancer in 2012. In the same year, she was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer at the Hong Kong Dance Awards, and was later nominated for the Ten Outstanding New Hong Kong Young Persons in 2015. She now devotes herself to teaching and popularizing dance education in Hong Kong.
Community Categories Panel
Yu Yeuk-mui, Cally, a Hong Kong writer with strong concern on Hong Kong cultural and social development. Using poetic text to address social issues and explore the theatricality between text and movement is her style. She produces poems, theatre text, short stories, art critics. First full-length theatre production, The Trembling Ears was staged in 2013, and Ink Maze awarded as 2018 playwright by IATC (HK) critics award. Also, she started the project Grey and Green Pong Pong in 2013 to advocate the concept of creative aging and curated at least four exhibitions and different kinds of workshops as the art platform for cross-age conversations and strengthen the subjectivity of the elderly and recognize their sense of beauty and creativity.