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Hong Kong Dance Awards 2023
- Shortlisted Nominations Announced
- Distinguished Achievement Award to be presented to Lindsey McAlister, OBE JP
20 February 2023 – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) is delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 24th Hong Kong Dance Awards and the presentation of the Distinguished Achievement Award to Lindsey McAlister, OBE JP.
Since 1999, the Hong Kong Dance Awards have celebrated outstanding achievements in the local dance field and recognized artists and organizations for their contribution to the development of dance in Hong Kong. Those honoured in the past include companies such as City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company, Unlock Dancing Plaza and Passoverdance and choreographers such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin and Yuri Ng. Previous recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award include Daniel Yeung and Anna Cheng .
The 24th Dance Awards celebrate a welcome return to the stage by local productions in 2022 (despite some theatre closures early in the year) after the Covid 19 pandemic. The exceptional standard of work in 2022 reflects how inspired our dance artists have been by being able to get back to performing live and connecting with the audience directly again after such a long hiatus.
A total of over 49 outstanding nominations have been shortlisted under 16 award categories and showcase not only the talent but also the range of the local dance sector, encompassing a variety of genres and recognizing work from small groups and newly emergent artists alongside more established ones.
The shortlists attached were determined by a secret ballot of expert panelists held after reviewing all the nominations received. A final ballot will be conducted in the coming weeks to decide the Awards with an expanded jury including all members of the HKDA Executive Committee. Award recipients will be announced during the 24th Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala Performance. (For the list of expert panelists together with all rules and procedures of the shortlisting and final ballot process, please visit http://www.hkdanceall.org/?a=group&id=award_about)
Distinguished Achievement Award
The Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to Lindsey McAlister, OBE JP, Founder of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, for her dedication and passion in inspiring young people in Hong Kong to participate in the arts.
Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala
The 24th Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala Performance is scheduled to take place at 7:30pm on Saturday 22 April 2023 at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale via Urbtix from 20 March. Artistic director for the Gala is Ricky Hu Song-wei, one of Hong Kong’s leading choreographers, whose work The Last Song for Hong Kong Ballet has been shortlisted in several categories, including Choreography.
Other productions shortlisted in multiple categories include City Contemporary Dance Company’s Brown and Meeting in Between Time, Hong Kong Dance Company’s Nezha: Untold Solitude and West Kowloon Cultural District’s Phygital D season.
Ms. Vanessa Chan
About Hong Kong Dance Alliance
With the mission of serving as a primary voice and support group for dance in Hong Kong and for Hong Kong dance worldwide, HKDA is devoted to promoting recognition, development, and mutual understanding of all forms of dance. The Hong Kong Dance Alliance is the official Hong Kong member organization of the World Dance Alliance and is a recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Three Year Grant.