Allen is an accomplished choreographer, movement director and educator. He is a graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained his MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He has performed with several major dance companies in Hong Kong and the United States including the Hong Kong Ballet and ODC San Francisco. In 2006, Allen was given the Hong Kong Dance Award for organizing and staging an influential bilateral exchange project Dance Wide HKNY. With the Hong Kong Ballet, he served as the artistic director for the educational project “Live Your Dream” received the Hong Kong Dance Award in 2014. With Chung Ying Theatre, he choreographed for the physical theatre production “Rashomon”(2018) which won Outstanding Production of the Year at the 28th Hong Kong Drama Awards.
As choreographer, Allen was a co-founder of DanceArt established in 1995 and received the Asia Cultural Council Fellowship to conduct dance research programs in New York in the same year. Later in 2004, he founded Muse Motion His approach is uniquely collaborative, partnering with numerous renowned theatre directors, visual artists, designers, musicians to create works in dance, physical theatre, site specific theatre, commercial events, fashion shows and art installations.
He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance.
Angela Hang graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and was awarded a scholarship by the Asian Cultural Council to attend the American Dance Festival in North Carolina and New York. Hang is the founder of a local dance studio —Studiodanz, and has been worked with many local artists and as an instructor at HKAPA, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Arts Centre, The University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, City University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong and Beijing Dance Academy.
Hang has also devoted to nurturing local new dancers, she established one of the Hong Kong biggest dance competitions—The Best Dance Crew, and a lot of dancers from Hong Kong and Mainland China grab the chances to exchange with international dancers from worldwide through this platform.
Wong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor degree in Business Administration. He joined City Contemporary Dance Company in 1995 as a publicity Officer, and participated in many independent dance productions as a freelancer. He was the Company Manager of DanceArt Hong Kong, Project Manager of CCDC and Senior Marketing Manager of Theatre Ensemble / PIP Cultural Industry from 2000-2008. Wong became the Senior Programme Manager of CCDC Dance Centre in 2008, and now its Director. He is also the member of executive committee, Hong Kong Dance Alliance, and Advisor (Dance) of Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Stella Lau was born and raised in Hong Kong. Lau entered the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet for full-time professional training in 1982 and was awarded twice the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund Scholarship in 1983 and 1984. Upon graduation, she began her performing career with the Hong Kong Ballet and in 1990 became the first homegrown dancer promoted to principal in the company’s history. After ten years as a professional dancer, Lau furthered her study with the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1995 where she graduated from the BFA (Hons) program in dance with first-class honors. She began teaching at the School of Dance as part-time lecturer in 1997 and was cross-appointed as tutor to the Interdisciplinary & Liberal Arts department. In 2003 Lau was showcased in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame. Lau is currently a full-time ballet lecturer at the Academy and she completed the MFA in Dance program in 2010.
Cyrus Hui was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Modern Dance and Choreography. He pursued further studies at Folkwang Universität der Künste with a scholarship from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
Hui has a strong and delicate observation, his works seem to strongly reflect the distortions of contemporary society, yet also depict caring people and humanity. His works often use aggressive visuals to express deep emotions and highly critical perceptions.
Over the years, Hui has gained extensive performing experience in Germany, France, Italy, Malaysia, China and Taiwan, including Dance, for No Reason (2016), CroXXing (2016), Here it goes again (2010, Re-run and tour in 2014 and 2015), Carry On (2013), the Hong Kong Arts Festival presented The Last Zoo (2012), Overdue (2011), Positioning (2010) and Hong Kong Fringe Festival That’s Dance (2009). His production Positioning received a Hong Kong Dance Awards 2011, and Here it goes again was shortlisted for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Production in Hong Kong Dance Awards 2015.
Hui is now the Artistic Director of Siu Lung Fung Dance Theater. In recent years, organises Asian Young Choreographers Exchange Project, an exchange project that links up dance work, choreographers and dancers in Asian cities.
Heidi Lee has served as a professional arts administrator for more than 20 years, working for various Hong Kong arts organisations on their management, planning, programming, marketing and branding, including PIP Cultural Industries Ltd., Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Hong Kong Fringe Club, among others.
In 2010, the Li Ka Shing Foundation appointed her Executive Director of Cheung Kong School of Art and Design at Shantou University. She became the Associate Dean in 2014 and Director of Arts & Cultural Development of STU Arena in 2018. During her eight years at Shantou University with the support of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, Lee founded the STU Art Season, which she later transformed to the New Wave Arts Festival in 2018. Lee was invited in 2017 to plan and oversee the large-scale stage production of Matteo Ricci. She became Chief Executive of Intercultural Dialogue, the organiser of Matteo Ricci, when she returned to Hong Kong in 2019.
Lee is an Assessor for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council on Arts Administration, Dance, Arts Education, and also a Fixed Assessor for the Council on the Hong Kong Dance Alliance (2017-2019). Additionally, she was a core member of the Producers’ Network Meeting & Forum of West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong (2015-2018), Management Consultant of the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association (July-December 2019), and has been a member of the Advisory Board of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Dance School since 2019.
In 2014, Asian Cultural Council awarded Lee a scholarship to visit the United States, where she interviewed more than twenty arts leaders about their management and operation models. Organisations included Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Public Theater, B.A.M and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She also researched the content and direction of cultural management programmes at Columbia University, New York University and Yale University.
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David Tsui obtained his MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and received doctoral degree in the Graduate School of Chinese National Academy of Arts. He has extensive experience working in various commercial sectors responsible for administration and management duties. From 2001 David started working for cultural and creative organizations in both PRC and Hong Kong, specializing in corporate administration and management. He was the Finance and Administration Manager of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Ltd, then moved to the Shantou University Cheung Kong School of Art & Design where he was the Director of Administration and Administrative Officer, and later changed to the position as an Associate Professor, Vice Head of Design Philosophy Department, Leader of the Creative Industry Marketing and Management Major of the School. David started teaching as part-time Associate Professor in the HK Chinese University since 2004. In 2014, David joined the Hong Kong Dance Company as Executive Director.
David is committed to promote cultural and creative industry education. His major research focuses on the cultural and creative industry management studies. He also provides consultancy services for cultural and creative organizations. David also had run a platform at Guangzhou that combines the exhibition of arts and culture with F&B business model.
Septime Webre is an internationally recognised ballet director, choreographer, educator and advocate. This season he joins Hong Kong Ballet as its Artistic Director after 17 years as Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet in Washington DC, US from 1999-2016. Previously he served as Artistic Director of the American Repertory Ballet, based in Princeton, New Jersey, US from 1993-1999. In addition, Webre serves as the Artistic Director of Halcyon, a Washington DC-based foundation, launching an annual international Festival for Creativity in Washington DC in June 2018.
During Webre’s tenure at The Washington Ballet, the institution’s budget grew by 500%, and it enjoyed unprecedented advances in the scope and quality of its work on stage, in the size and reach of its professional school, and in the development of several far-reaching community engagement programmes, which he founded. Webre launched an array of artistic initiatives including The American Experience, which developed great works of literature into full-length ballets, including The Great Gatsby and Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises among others.
As a choreographer, Webre’s works appear in the repertoires of ballet companies throughout North America, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Colorado Ballet, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, and many others, and he has worked frequently in theatre as well as opera. As a dancer, Webre was featured in solo and principal roles from the classical repertoire as well as in contemporary works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor and Merce Cunningham. He has served on the juries of a number of international ballet competitions, including those in Varna, Bulgaria, Istanbul, Cape Town, New York, Seoul, and elsewhere. He has served on the board of Dance/USA and his work has received numerous honors, grants and awards. He holds a degree in History/Pre-Law from the University of Texas at Austin, and is the seventh son in a large, boisterous Cuban-American family.
Dominic Wong was a TV artist for Asia Television Company from 1990 to 1992. He studied modern dance in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined CCDC after his graduation in 1996. He received 2001 and 2013 Hong Kong Dance Awards “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” for his performance in Plaza X and The Comedy of K respectively. He is one of the founding member of the Zero Zero Ensemble. Wong’s choreographic work Men’s Chop Suey (All of A Sudden, 2003) was invited to rerun in the 1st Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. He also choreographed widely for other dance companies including Zero Zero Ensemble, BiLiBaLa Physical Theatre and E-Side Modern Dance Company. Other choreographic works include E.Y.T. (2007), Xtremely Four Seasons (2008), What’s Next? (2009), Blind Chance (2012), Second Thoughts (2014) and Travelogue (2016). Xtremely Four Seasons and Blind Chance were invited to rerun in the 6th and 9th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. Xtremely Four Seasons and What’s Next? were both hailed by South China Morning Post as one of the "Best Dances" in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Wong is now the Assistant Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company.
Winner of two Hong Kong Dance Awards (2003, 2006) for his outstanding dance performance, and awarded Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2009, Yang Yuntao is an accomplished dancer and choreographer. He joined the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC) in 2002 as Principal Dancer. He was the company's Assistant Artistic Director from 2007 and has been its Artistic Director since November 2013.
Yang has choreographed for various dance companies. His award-winning choreography for HKDC includes: Spring Ritual·Eulogy, winner of Outstanding Achievement in Production at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2013 and presented in Beijing and Taipei in 2013; The Legend of Mulan, winner of Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the 2014 Hong Kong Dance Awards and presented in New York, Sydney, London and Minsk in 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively; Storm Clouds, winner of three awards including Outstanding Achievement in Production at the 2015 Hong Kong Dance Awards; L’Amour Immortel, winner of three awards at the 2016 Hong Kong Dance Awards, presented in Beijing and Guangzhou in 2017, in Taipei in 2018 and in Shanghai and Hangzhou in 2019; and Waiting Heart, winner of Outstanding Medium Venue Production at the 2019 Hong Kong Dance Award.
Other works for HKDC include The Butterfly Lovers (presented in Seoul in 2016), Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Voices and Dances of the Distant Land, Blanc in Reveries of the Red Chamber, Chinese Hero: A Lone Exile, In the Beginning in Vipassana, Lady White of West Lake and Dance of Strings.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Thomas Townsend Brown, Jr (Tom Brown) (1948 - 2018), studied dance from the age of three. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Temple University, he embarked on a dance career. In Philadelphia, he danced with Group Motion, Zero Moving Dance Company, Philadelphia Dance Theater under José Limón’s directorship, and with South Street Dance Company under Anna Sokolow. In New York, he danced with Reka and Co/Dances, David Varney and Dancers, and post-modernist Rudy Perez, and regularly performed early morning shows of Doris Humphrey’s seminal Day on Earth for high school students in the City’s outer boroughs with the Daniel Lewis Dance Repertory Company. In 1979, with Reka Feketekuty, he founded Dance Junction, which presented works of young choreographers together with modern dance classics, and was its Artistic Director until 1985. He has choreographed over 40 works for concert stage, opera, musical theatre and drama, most recently for Lo King-man’s 2015 production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.
He began reconstructing dances from scores in the late 1970s and has staged over 100 productions to the acclaim of audiences and critics alike, including Clive Barnes (New York Post), Jennifer Dunning (New York Times), and Deborah Jowitt (Village Voice). Judith Chazin-Bennahum, in New York’s Dance Chronicle, wrote “A reconstruction of Doris Humphrey's With My Red Fires by a large company from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts was surely one of the most scintillating and penetrating interpretations of this revolutionary 1935 Humphrey work I have seen”. The review in New York’s Dance Magazine declared the production “breathtaking”.
Mr. Brown came to the Academy in 1985 as Principal Teacher of Modern Dance and rose through the ranks to become Head of Modern Dance, Associate Dean of Dance, and Dean of Graduate Education, before retiring in 2015. As Head of Modern Dance, he led the development of modern dance major coursework for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programme. In addition to works by Humphrey and Limón, he also secured the rights for students to perform choreography by modern dance and ballet greats including Merce Cunningham, Mikhail Fokine, Helen Lai, Lin Hwai Min, Donald McKayle, Kei Takei, Paul Taylor, Willy Tsao, and Charles Weidman while also supporting and developing original works from Hong Kong.
While Dean of Graduate Education, Mr. Brown led the development of Master of Fine Arts degrees in Cinema Production, Dance, Drama, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts, as well as the Master of Music degree, overseeing their accreditation and unconditional re-accreditation and firmly establishing Academy graduate programmes. Innovative interdisciplinary courses and curricula that gave room for students to take electives outside their major study area were central features of the programme development. In 1992, Mr. Brown initiated the Carl Wolz Dance Scholarship Fund, which awarded scholarships to Academy dance students until 2015, and from 1993 to 1995 he served as elected staff representative on the Academy Council.
Mr. Brown’s community service includes being an Executive Committee member of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and a Steering Committee member of and Administrator for its first major project, Dance on ’97. This was an international dance festival that brought hundreds of local and international dancers, scholars, students, companies, organizations, academies, and audiences together for a week of performances, masterclasses, conferences, and meetings. From 1997 to 2006, he served as Chairman of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and established the annual Hong Kong Dance Awards and the bi-monthly dance journal/hk, both of which celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2018, as well as producing Hong Kong Dance Archive and Hong Kong Dance Festival 2006. Brown has served as reviewer, examiner, facilitator, teacher, or choreographer for the following bodies: the Arts with the Disabled Association, the Asian Cultural Council, the Bauhinia Cup Awards, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Hong Kong Association for Physically Handicapped and Able-Bodied, the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation, the Hong Kong Education Bureau and Schools Dance Association Schools Dance Festival, the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund, Hong Kong Red Cross/Red Crescent, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and St. James Settlement. He is artistic advisor of Hong Kong Dance Company.
Mr. Brown’s writing has been published in anthologies, journals, conference proceedings, and notably in Why They Dance: Narrations of Hong Kong Dance. A Bessie Schönberg Scholar with an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College and a Fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban, in 2007 Brown received a Commendation Certificate from the Hong Kong SAR Secretary for Home Affairs “In recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of arts and cultural activities”, in 2015 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards, and in 2017, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts awarded him a Doctorate in Dance Honoris Causa.
In 2007, she was appointed by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts to head and launch the newly established Performing Arts Education Centre (PAE) which focuses on the development of performing arts education in the context of the Academy’s mission and vision. She is also involved in the development of local and international networks to strategize and raise awareness of performing arts education within community activities and government circles in Hong Kong. Under her leadership, PAE centre has launched and co-presented several successful community engagement projects such as smARTS Journey, Arts Ambassadors in-school scheme, award winning project Performing Arts Marathon @ Shumshuipo, Public Lecture series, Spotlight on Young Musicians, New Audiences, New Approaches: Audience Development Symposium with British Council, the first World Conference 2009 on Drama and Education in Chinese Communities with Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum and the International Dance Symposium 2010 for the Hong Kong Dance Festival 2010.
Anna received her professional dance training in Hong Kong, Australia and UK. Being a professional dancer and teacher until 1992, Anna won the Tsinforn C Wong Memorial Scholarship which enabled her to further study on teaching pedagogy at The Royal Ballet School in London. She also graduated with an MA degree in Dance Studies from the University of Surrey and M.Ed degree from the University of Sheffield. In 1996, Anna joined the Jean M Wong School of Ballet as Director of Professional Training and Vice Principal from 1999 to 2002. She was the researcher for the Hong Kong Dance Alliance “School Dance Education Research Development Project” (commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council) in August 2003, and has written a book entitled Intelligent Moves: Dance Education Handbook that led her to receive the Hong Kong Dance Award 2004.
Anna has also produced numerous dance productions including Swan Lake for the Hong Kong Ballet Group’s 40th Anniversary in 2002; Dance … Emperor’s New Clothe school touring production for the International Arts Carnival presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in 2005; Hong Kong Dance Award Gala Performance 2007-2011 for the Hong Kong Dance Alliance; Three Emerging choreographers series productions: Taking Off, Danczzzzzling and Dance X Men commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2007-2009; Dance Platform 2010; Perfect pairs and Odd couples an Australian and Hong Kong production in 2011; and three Spotlight on Young Musician productions: Sing 東激西 Music Beyond Tradition, Rendering Multi Media Concert and Cross East Meets West Concert commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council 2011-12. She just produced a new production The Best Thing Happen While You’re Dancing for the Hong Kong Dance Festival 2013, a collaboration with Artistic Director Yuri Ng which was performed in November at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Anna was the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance from 2006 – 2011 and has successfully led the Alliance to secure annual one-year funding support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2008 and subsequently a two-year grantee in 2009. She has also curated the first Dance Enhance: Dance Appreciation & Criticism Writing Project for the Alliance in 2009 and co-presented the Guangdong Modern Dance Symposium in 2009 and 2010. She was one of the Steering Committee members and organiser of the lately successful Hong Kong Dance Festival 2006 in which Anna has undertook the tasks of sponsorship-seeking, marketing and publicity coordination. In 2007, she became the Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP), and was since then actively involved in many international dance exchange and development projects. She represented the WDA to participate in all the World Alliance of Arts Education events which took place in Hong Kong (2007), Taiwan (2008), Newcastle (2009), Seoul (2010), and Finland (2012). Anna was also involved in the online Asia-Pacific Alliance for Arts Education summit, WAAE networking strategic working groups and served on the international advisory committee and working members of the 2012 daCIWDA Global Summit in Taiwan.
Anna was one of the keynote speakers at the Dance Symposium: The Future of Contemporary Dance – Connecting Artistic Exploration and the Market Needs organized by the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 2010. She is appointed by Home Affair Bureau as a member of the Youth Square Management Advisory Committee from September 2010 and co-opted member of the Advisory Committee on Arts Development Subcommittee on Arts Education. In 2011, she was invited by the Koelnmessa Pte Ltd as a speaker at LIVE! Singapore 2011 on the topic of “Arts Infrastructure Development: Audience Development through Community Engagement”. In 2012, she was invited by the Beijing Dance Festival 2012 to speak at the Dance Symposium on the topic of “The Opportunities for Creation and Growth for Young Artists in Asia”. She was invited by the Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association and West Kowloon Cultural District Authority as a speaker and moderator at the 2012 & 2013 Cultural Leadership Summit. She was awarded a WKCDA Fellowship to enter the Advanced Cultural Leadership Program offered by the University of Hong Kong in association with the UK’s Clore Leadership program in 2011. She also serves as Dance Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since 2008. Most recently, Anna conducted an investigation of the “Art Form Cultural Charter Development (Dance)” for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
In April 2014, Anna joins the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority as Head of Artistic Development (Dance).
Born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Northcote College of Education, Ng joined the Cultural Services of the former Urban Services Department in 1978 as an Assistant Manager and retired as Chief Manager in 1995. During her employment, she had received commendations for three times for her excellent performance. She also received the 30 Years’ Meritorious Service Award in 1993. Ng has worked for the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 1995 and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1996 before joining the Hong Kong Ballet as General Manager in 1997, in which she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 1999. In 2007, Ng retired from the Hong Kong Ballet and received the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and Medal of Honour (M.H.) by the HKSAR Government respectively for her valuable contribution to the arts administration field and her achievements in the Hong Kong Ballet over the years. She joined the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer and later became the Foundation’s Consultant from 2010.
Ng is now still active in the arts and culture field as Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance; Board Member of Pants Production and Arts Advisor and Examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Willy Tsao established CCDC in 1979 and has been its Artistic Director since 1989. His works have been presented at many international arts festivals over the past 30 years.
Tsao has devoted himself to the development of modern dance in China. In 1987, he started teaching modern dance at the Guangdong Dance Academy and then at the Beijing Dance Academy in 1988. In 1991, he was invited to be the Artistic Advisor of the Youth Dance Company of the Beijing Dance Academy. Since 1995, he has been conducting intensive modern dance workshops in different cities throughout China. He helped establish the Guangdong Modern Dance Company and was its Artistic Director from 1992 to 1998. A year later, he became the Artistic Director of the Beijing Modern Dance Company and held the post until 2005. In 2001, Tsao was invited to be the Artistic Director (Dance) of the Closing Ceremony of the 9th National Games. He was invited to be the Guest Professor of Tianjin Institute of Physical Education in 2002. In 2004, he returned to the Guangdong Modern Dance Company as General Manager. In November 2004, Tsao and the Beijing Modern Dance Company accompanied Mr Hu Jintao, the then President of the People’s Republic of China, in his official visit to South America, where Beijing Modern Dance Company did 15 performances during the tour. In 2005, he received the Hong Kong Dance Award for his choreography of One Table N Chairs. In September 2005, he established BeijingDance / LDTX and became its Company Director and Artistic Director.
Tsao’s contributions have been widely recognised. In 1999, Tsao was awarded the “Bronze Bauhinia Star” from the Hong Kong SAR Government for his significant contribution to the development of local arts. Other awards and honours include the “Dancer of the Year Award” from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1988), the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” (1990), the “Badge of Honour” from the Queen of the United Kingdom (1993), and the “Louis Cartier Award of Excellence – Outstanding Choreographer” (1998). Tsao received the Honorary Fellowship from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2000. He was elected as the Representative of Arts Interest (Dance) of The Hong Kong Arts Development Council from 2004 to 2007.
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