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23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards 2022

2022.4.17

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23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards 2022

 

- 20 awards presented in live streamed ceremony

- Exceptional work produced despite the pandemic

 

 

 

16 April 2022 – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) is delighted to announce the recipients of the 23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards, which were presented in an online ceremony streamed live on the Alliance YouTube channel and Facebook page at 8.00pm local time on Saturday 16 April. A total of 20 awards including two Lifetime Achievement Awards and 18 awards decided by a jury of expert panelists were presented by emcees Irene Lo and Shirley Loong and accepted remotely by the awardees. The physical trophies will be passed to the recipients later, along with certificates for the shortlisted nominees.

More than 50 nominations were shortlisted in 15 categories, covering work created between January 2020 and December 2021.  Alliance Chair Allen Lam noted that, while it was sad that the traditional Awards Ceremony and Gala Performance could not be held due to the current pandemic restrictions, ‘The quality of the shortlisted nominations shows the strength and resilience of the Hong Kong dance community, which has overcome the obstacles of the pandemic over the past two years to create so much truly exceptional work.  They can be proud of their achievements and we look forward to a bright future for dance in Hong Kong.’

Co-Chair of the Awards Jury, Natasha Rogai, added ‘In 15 years of working on the Awards, I have never seen stronger shortlists – there were several categories where two awards were presented and all the shortlisted nominations were worthy of an award.’

 

Five Awards for Hong Kong Dance Company

Hong Kong Dance Company received no fewer than five awards.  Its co-production with Freespace of Helen Lai’s classic Nine Songs was honoured as Outstanding Large Venue Production and for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, with Huang Lei receiving his third Outstanding Male Performance Award and his wife, Hua Chi-yu, receiving the Award for Outstanding Female Performance for a record-breaking fourth time.  The company also became the first recipient of the new Online Production Award for Convergence. 

The company’s artistic director, Yang Yuntao said: “We will never give up. Every day, even if it’s within the one or two square meters of our own space, we will always strive to keep our bodies fit and ready to dance – that is all that we can do; no matter the changes in the outside environment, our passion for dance, the standard we aim for, will never falter. Let’s stand strong and work together!” 

 

Choreography

Two awards were presented for Outstanding Choreography: to Hong Kong Ballet’s artistic director, Septime Webre, for his spectacular new The Nutcracker and to Hong Kong icon Mui Cheuk-yin for Diary VII ◦ The Story of…… which also received Outstanding Small Venue production.

The prestigious Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer Award went to Kelvin Mak, artistic director of Beyond Dance Theater, whose powerful Remnants was named Outstanding Medium Venue Production sharing that award with City Contemporary Dance Company’s Days Are Numbered, which featured choreography by Justyne Li, Bruce Wong and Jennifer Mok.  

Kelvin Mak said “I would like to thank the late Mr. Tom Brown for his support to the local dance scene, and to us emerging artists. I hope that this goodwill, passion, and spirit can be inherited and passed on.” 

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

At the opposite end of the experience spectrum from rising star Mak, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to two remarkable women who have made an immeasurable contribution to the development of dance in Hong Kong over many decades: Tania Tang and Professor Shen Shir Ming.  Accepting the awards, Professor Shen commented:

“I can see that the Hong Kong Dance Alliance set their sights beyond traditional definitions of dance; rather than simply focusing on choreography and performance, they aim to establish exchange and collaboration on all levels of the creative process between the dance sector and other industries, so that talents in dance may develop in a cross-disciplinary manner.” 

And from Ms Tang:

“Looking back, there were only a few foreign ballet teachers in Hong Kong. Nowadays, we are all witnessing a diverse ecology of dance arts in Hong Kong taking root and thriving. To the many generations of dancers to come, we must remain steadfast in our beliefs and work ethic; to all workers related to dance, we need to face all challenges head on, and pass on the torch.” 

 

Other Awards

Among the other awards Male Performance went to Shen Jie as Romeo in Hong Kong Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet. Like Huang Lei, with whom he shares the award, Shen is a third time recipient and one of Hong Kong’s most respected dancers. Hong Kong Ballet also received the award for Alternative Space Production for Five Tiny Dances at M+, while Gabriela Tylesova and Albert Au received the Set and Costume Design Award for the company’s The Nutcracker.

City Contemporary Dance Company Dance Centre, which has continued to provide invaluable support to the dance community despite going through some major recent upheavals, received the Award for Services to Dance for its Partnership Programme Venue Sponsor, while Passoverdance received the Dance Education Award for Jockey Club In Search of Voice in a Cramped City.

 

Please see attached for complete list of awardees and award citations. 

complete list of awardees

award citations

 

Enquiries:

Ms Amy Lee

E-mail:  amy.hkda@gmail.com  / HKDanceAwards.hkda@gmail.com

Tel: 2267 6733

 

Shirley Loong Takes Up The Post of Executive Director of Hong Kong Dance Alliance

2022.3.14

 

The Hong Kong Dance Alliance is delighted to announce that Shirley Loong has accepted our invitation to join the administrative team in the newly-created post of Executive Director, with effect from 10 March 2022. She will therefore step down from her current role as Chairperson and will be succeeded by Allen Lam, whose current role as Vice-Chairperson will be taken by Angela Hang.

 

The creation of the Executive Director position is the result of careful deliberation by the entire Executive Committee, aimed at responding to the Alliance’s need for a capable, senior level executive and decision-maker with a thorough understanding of the dance industry to head the administrative team. The worldwide pandemic has also prompted the Alliance to expedite this organizational restructuring in order to adapt swiftly to the fast-changing situation of the dance sectors both at home and abroad.

 

Ms Loong has been active in the local dance scene for many years, with a successful career spanning multiple roles from dancer, ballet teacher, dance educator, arts administrator and producer to her newly acquired qualification as an international accredited professional mediator, which led her to head the Performing Arts Profession International Mediation Committee. During her tenure as Chairperson, Ms Loong set a clear direction for the development of the Alliance, which is approaching its 30th anniversary in 2025. Allen Lam says, ‘We are delighted that Shirley has agreed to take on this new role. Her vast experience in the Hong Kong dance sector and in particular within the Alliance will help to make sure that expert advice can be turned into action effectively.’

 

‘I very much look forward to working closely with our new Chairperson, Allen Lam and Vice Chairperson, Angela Hang,’ says Ms Loong. ‘While working to accomplish the Alliance’s mission and vision, together we'll strive to broaden and strengthen our connection with stakeholders, funders and members of the Alliance, as well as the local and global dance communities.’ 

23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards Shortlisted Nominations Announcement

2022.2.14

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23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards 2022

- Shortlisted Nominations Announced

- Two Lifetime Achievement Awards to be presented

14 February 2022 – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) is delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards and the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to two distinguished members of the dance community: Professor Shen Shir Ming and Ms Tania Tang.

 

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, Xing Liang and Yuri Ng. Among previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Ringo Chan and Dr Tom Brown.

 

Shortlisted Nominations

For the 23rd Dance Awards, instead of the usual calendar year, the eligibility period for nominations ran from January 2020 to December 2021; this is because very few productions were staged in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A new category, Online Production, has been introduced to reflect the strong trend towards online work and the excellence of such work being created in Hong Kong.

 

A total of over 50 outstanding nominations have been shortlisted under 15 award categories (please see full list attached http://www.hkdanceall.org/?a=doc&id=897). The shortlists were determined by a ballot of expert panelists held after reviewing all the nominations received this year. 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 23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards Online Presentation. (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)

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to two individuals who have made a lifetime contribution to dance in Hong Kong:

- Professor Shen Shir Ming

Professor Shen is a Chartered Statistician and has worked in the academic field for over 40 years. She was the first ever female Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong. Professor Shen began her career as a ballet teacher and has served different roles in the dance sector. She was the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Dance Company and is an Expert Adviser of the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, Home Affairs Bureau. She has been a Board Member of Hong Kong Ballet Group since its incorporation, and has continuously supported the development of ballet and other dance form in Hong Kong throughout her career.

- Ms Tania Tang

Ms Tang trained in ballet in Hong Kong and later at the Royal Ballet School in London. She has been one of Hong Kong’s most dedicated and inspirational ballet teachers for over 50 years, with many of her students going on to become leading artists and teachers. She is an examiner, mentor and teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and has occupied numerous roles in support of the Hong Kong dance sector including Chairperson of the Jockey Club Dance Audition Panel.

 

Hong Kong Dance Awards Online Presentation

The 23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards Online Presentation is scheduled to take place at 8pm on 16 April 2022 (Saturday).  Artistic Director for the Presentation is Angela Hang, the distinguished dancer and teacher who is the founder of STUDIODANZ. NB: Contingency plans will be put in place in case of any impact by measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will be announced as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

 

Enquiries:

Ms Amy Lee

E-mail:  amy.hkda@gmail.com  / HKDanceAwards.hkda@gmail.com

Tel: 2267 6733

 

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23rd Hong Kong Dance Awards

 

 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Professor SHEN Shir-ming

 

Tania TANG

 

Shortlisted Nominations

(in alphabetical order by surname )

 

Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer

  •  Chan Wai Lok
  •  Kelvin Mak
  •  Terry Tsang

 

 Outstanding Choreography

  • Anh Ngoc Nguyen for HKAPA School of Dance Summer Performance 2021 - Till We Meet Again
  • Kelvin Mak for Beyond Dance Theater Remnants
  • Mui Cheuk Yin for Tai Kwun Diary VII • The Story Of......
  • Septime Webre for Hong Kong Ballet The Nutcracker

 

 Outstanding Large Venue Production

  • Hong Kong Ballet, Romeo + Juliet
  • Hong Kong Ballet, The Nutcracker
  • Hong Kong Dance Company, Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature
  • Hong Kong Dance Company and Freespace, Nine Songs

 

Outstanding Medium Venue Production

  • City Contemporary Dance Company, Days are Numbered
  • Unlock Dancing Plaza, Body Works
  • Beyond Dance Theater, Remnants

 

Outstanding Small Venue Production

  • Hong Kong Dance Alliance, 'New Force in Motion' Series 2021: Vivian Luk, Natalie Mak, Poon Chun Ho
  • Common Ground, Body Codes II: Performscape
  • Tai Kwun, Diary VII • The Story Of......

 

Outstanding Performance by Male Dancer

  • Huang Lei, Hong Kong Dance Company Nine Songs
  • Ong Tze Shen, Hong Kong Dance Company Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature
  • Poon Chun Ho, Beyond Dance Theater Remnants
  • Shen Jie as Romeo, Hong Kong Ballet Romeo + Juliet

 

Outstanding Performance by Female Dancer

  • Amber Lewis in Rubies, Hong Kong Ballet Balanchine's Jewels
  • Hua Chi Yu, Hong Kong Dance Company Nine Songs
  • Pan Ling-juan, Hong Kong Dance Company Nine Songs
  • Reina Sawai as White Snake, Hong Kong Ballet The Nutcracker

 

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

  • Hong Kong Ballet, The Nutcracker
  • Hong Kong Ballet, Romeo + Juliet
  • Hong Kong Dance Company, Nine Songs
  • Hong Kong Dance Company, Shan Shui: An Ode to Nature

 

Outstanding Lighting and/or Visual Design

  • Lighting & Visual Design: Billy Chan, Hong Kong Ballet Romeo + Juliet
  • Lighting & Visual Design: Billy Chan, Hong Kong Ballet The Nutcracker
  • Lighting Design: Lee Chi Wai, Tai Kwun Diary VII • The Story Of......
  • Visual Design: Sue Healey (Australia), Judd Overton (Australia), Maurice Lai (Hong Kong), Kei Fushiki (Japan), Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District ON VIEW: Panoramic Suite

 

Outstanding Set and/or Costume Design

  • Set & Costume Design: Gabriela Tylesova, Albert Au, Hong Kong Ballet The Nutcracker
  • Costume Design: Mandy Tam,Hong Kong Ballet Romeo + Juliet
  • Set Design: Ricky Chan, Hong Kong Ballet Romeo + Juliet

 

Outstanding Music Composition and/or Sound Design

  • Music Composition: Darrin Verhagen, Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District ON VIEW: Panoramic Suite
  • Music Composition: Leung Po Wing, 2nd Stage 2021- I don't mean it
  • Music Composition: Nguyen Quoc Trung, HKAPA School of Dance Summer Performance 2021 - Till We Meet Again

 

 Outstanding Alternative Space Production

  • Hong Kong Ballet, HK Ballet and M+ — Five Tiny Dances
  • TS Crew, Weave Upon A Time Spinning

 

Outstanding Dance Education or Community Dance

  • City Contemporary Dance Company -The Copybook of Life Challenge for Apprentice Magician
  • Hong Kong Dance Company - Magical Adventures of Baby Polar Bear and the 12 Zodiac Animals
  • Passoverdance - Jockey Club “In Search of Voice in a Cramped City” Dance Education Programme
  • Tai Kwun - No.60: Back to Basic

 

Outstanding Services to Dance

  • CCDC Dance Centre - Partnership Programme Venue Sponsor
  • Hong Kong Arts Development Council - JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power
  • Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District - Choreographer and Composer Lab

 

 Outstanding Online Production

  • Beyond Dance Theater The Last Stone
  • City Contemporary Dance Company and Freespace CCDC in Residence Social Distancing Theatre “Joyeux Noël” Screendance Version
  • City Contemporary Dance Company A Lover’s Concerto
  • City Contemporary Dance Company and Freespace CCDC in Residence Mr Blank Screendance Version
  • Hong Kong Dance Company and Freespace Convergence

 

 

 

Dance Awards Recipients 2020 Announced

2020.7.18

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22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards - Recipients Announced

 

 

18 July 2020 - The 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation was scheduled to take place on 18 July 2020 at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium in front of an invited audience. However, the spike in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong and re-tightening of social distancing measures this week meant the presentation ceremony had to be cancelled.  Instead, the Awards were announced online, live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube, embracing the ‘new normal’.

 

Presented by Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA), the Hong Kong Dance Awards aim to recognize outstanding achievements in the Hong Kong dance industry and raise public awareness of the diversity and excellence of the local dance scene.

 

Although the Awards recipients could not be physically present, many of them joined the event virtually and were able to make their traditional acceptance speeches. “While we miss having our usual Gala Performance and presenting the Awards to the recipients in person,” says HKDA Chairperson Shirley Loong, “Safety must come first and we are happy that more people than ever before, worldwide, will be able to see results announced live online.”

 

Awards

This year 16 awards in 14 categories, voted by a selection jury composed of the HKDA Executive Committee members and expert panelists from a range of dance-related disciplines, were announced.

 

In addition, the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award, decided by the HKDA Executive Committee members, was presented to Daniel Yeung for his immense contribution to dance in Hong Kong as dancer, choreographer, curator, mentor and critic. 

 

In a landmark year for choreography, the Outstanding Choreography Award honoured both the old and the new guard: Helen Lai, doyenne of Hong Kong choreographers, for Winterreise (City Contemporary Dance Company) and the rising star team of Ricky Hu and Yuh Egami for their version of The Rite of Spring (Hong Kong Ballet), while Alice Ma was this year’s Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer.

 

The lion’s share of the awards went to City Contemporary Dance Company, among them Outstanding Large Venue Production and Outstanding Ensemble Performance for WinterreiseThe Rite of Spring; Outstanding Medium Venue Production for Re-Mark; and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for Qiao Yang in Almost 55, as well as awards for Outstanding Dance Education  and Outstanding Services to Dance.

 

Oscar winner Tim Yip received the award for Outstanding Costume Design for Hong Kong Ballet’s The Great Gatsby while Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer went to Luis Cabrera in that company’s The Rite of Spring.

 

Outstanding Small Venue Production recognized two works: Jing (Hong Kong Dance Company 8/F Platform) and Stay/Away (ArtisTree and Hook Dance Theatre).

 

Outstanding Alternative Space Production, a new category added this year, went to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power – Daniel Yeung Contempo Lion Dance.

 

Video of the livestreamed Awards announcement is available on HKDA’s YouTube channel and Facebook Page.

 

The Awards recipients are listed in full below and the Awards booklet along with citations and bios. For more information, please visit the HKDA website: www.hkdanceall.org

 

Enquiry: Ms Yvonne Yau (at yvonne@hkdanceall.org / +852 2267 6733)

 

Click here for full Press Release

 

 

22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards - List of Recipients

香港舞蹈年獎2020 得獎名單

 

白朗唐新晉編舞

Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer

馬師雅

Alice Ma

 

 

傑出編舞

Outstanding Choreography

黎海寧 城市當代舞蹈團《冬之旅・春之祭》中〈冬之旅〉

Helen Lai for Winterreise

 in WinterreiseThe Rite of Spring

(City Contemporary Dance Company)

 

胡頌威、江上悠 香港芭蕾舞團《港芭 x 港樂:春之祭》中〈春之祭〉

Ricky Hu and Yuh Egami for The Rite of Spring

in HK Ballet x HK Phil: The Rite of Spring

(Hong Kong Ballet)

 

 

傑出大型場地舞蹈製作

Outstanding Large Venue Production

城市當代舞蹈團《冬之旅・春之祭》

City Contemporary Dance Company for WinterreiseThe Rite of Spring

 

 

傑出中型場地舞蹈製作

Outstanding Medium Venue Production

城市當代舞蹈團《Re-mark》

City Contemporary Dance Company for Re-Mark

 

 

傑出小型場地舞蹈製作

Outstanding Small Venue Production

香港舞蹈團 八樓平台《境》

Hong Kong Dance Company for 8/F Platform: Jing

 

ArtisTree for

ArtisTree Selects: Moving Pieces – 舞合劇場Stay/Away

ArtisTree Selects: Moving Pieces – Hook Dance Theatre Stay/Away

 

 

傑出另類場地舞蹈製作

Outstanding Alternative Space Production

香港藝術發展局 賽馬會藝壇新勢力 - 楊春江《舞・師》

Hong Kong Arts Development Council for

JOCKEY CLUB New Arts Power – Daniel Yeung Contempo Lion Dance

 

 

傑出男舞蹈員演出

Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

卡諾意 香港芭蕾舞團《港芭 x 港樂:春之祭》中〈春之祭〉

Luis Cabrera in The Rite of Spring

in HK Ballet x HK Phil: The Rite of Spring

(Hong Kong Ballet)

 

 

傑出女舞蹈員演出

Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

喬楊 城市當代舞蹈團《Almost 55 喬楊》

Qiao Yang in Almost 55 

(City Contemporary Dance Company)

 

 

傑出群舞演出

Outstanding Ensemble Performance

城市當代舞蹈團《冬之旅・春之祭》

City Contemporary Dance Company for WinterreiseThe Rite of Spring

 

 

傑出燈光設計

Outstanding Lighting Design
羅文偉 城市當代舞蹈團《冬之旅・春之祭》中〈冬之旅〉

Lawmanray for Winterreise

in WinterreiseThe Rite of Spring

(City Contemporary Dance Company)

 

 

傑出服裝設計

Outstanding Costume Design
葉錦添 香港芭蕾舞團《大亨小傳》

Tim Yip for The Great Gatsby (Hong Kong Ballet)

 

 

傑出聲音設計

Outstanding Sound Design
梁寶榮 香港藝術節 第47屆香港藝術節:

香港賽馬會當代舞蹈平台 《舞鬥》中〈點指〉

Leung Po-wing for Over-master

in The 47th Hong Kong Arts Festival:

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series Dance Off

 

 

傑出舞蹈教育

Outstanding Dance Education or Community Dance

城市當代舞蹈團賽馬會當代舞「賞.識」教育計劃

City Contemporary Dance Company for

Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Literacy and Learning Project

 

 

傑出舞蹈服務

Outstanding Services to Dance

城市當代舞蹈團「研究計劃:香港舞蹈口述歷史」

City Contemporary Dance Company for

Research Project — Oral History of Hong Kong Dance Development

 

 

傑出成就獎

Distinguished Achievement Award

楊春江

Daniel Yeung

 

 

 

22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards – Live Streaming on 18 July

2020.6.9

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22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards – Live Streaming on 18 July

Photo: Terry Tsang | Dancer: Christy Poinsettia Ma

 

 

9 June 2020 – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) is pleased to announce the arrangements for the 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards.

 

22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation Ceremony

In view of the continuing uncertainty and risk of infection caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation Ceremony will be changed from a public event to a closed-door, invitation-only event with live-streaming on social media platforms for free viewing. To avoid a large gathering, only the shortlisted nominees and other related parties will be invited to attend in person.

 

This exciting new way of conducting the ceremony reflects the ‘new normal’ of life during the pandemic and the new journey on which the dance community, like the rest of the world, is embarking, and will make the event accessible to a much wider audience.

 

Alliance Chairperson Shirley Loong says: “This online Awards ceremony will show how we can embrace the future. It will enable us to honour outstanding achievements in Hong Kong dance and bring the dance community together in celebration after the tough times we’ve been through without any risk.”

 

Dominic Wong (Acting Artistic Director, City Contemporary Dance Company), who is Artistic Director for the event, adds: “We’re keeping the ceremony simple while not forgetting how art can heal tired hearts and bring us hope.”

 

In addition to the presentations, the event will feature a specially-choreographed performance by four local dance artists with live music from Patrick Ng.

 

 

We look forward to having you join us via your screens on 18 July.

 

Details:

Date: 18 July 2020 (Sat)

Venue: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre (By invitation only)

Time: 8pm (Live streaming)

Live-streaming channels: HKDA Facebook Page & HKDA YouTube Channel

 

 

Click here for the shortlisted nominations.

Click here for the full press release.

 

 

Enquiries: Ms Yvonne Yau

E-mail: yvonne@hkdanceall.org

Tel: 2267 6733

22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards – Shortlisted Nominations Announced | Daniel Yeung to receive Distinguished Achievement Award

2020.5.8

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22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards – Shortlisted Nominations Announced

Daniel Yeung to receive Distinguished Achievement Award

Photo: Terry Tsang | Dancer: Christy Poinsettia Ma

 

Video Director: lowing@OHLO.hk

 

8 May 2020 – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) is pleased to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards and the presentation of the Distinguished Achievement Award to Daniel Yeung.

 

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; choreographers such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin and Yuri Ng and recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award such as Lau Siu-ming, Jean M. Wong, Anna CY Chan and Dr Tom Brown.

 

Shortlisted Nominations

This year, 44 outstanding nominees have been shortlisted under 14 award categories (click here for the shortlisted nominations). The shortlists were determined by a ballot of expert panelists held after reviewing all the nominations received this year. A final ballot will be conducted in March to decide the Awards with an expanded jury including all members of the HKDA Executive Committee. Award recipients will be announced during the 22nd 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 this website.)

 

Distinguished Achievement Award – Daniel Yeung

 

Photo: Cheung Chi Wai @ Moon 9 Image

 

The Distinguished Achievement Award will be presented to Daniel Yeung Chun-kong for his immense contribution to the development of dance in Hong Kong as performer, choreographer, dance critic, mentor and curator. In addition to his own outstanding career as an artist, Yeung has played a major role in advancing and enriching Hong Kong dance by nurturing local emerging dance artists and fostering interaction between the Hong Kong dance community and its international counterparts.

 

Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala Performance

Considering the uncertainty of the infection risk of COVID-19 and in response to the current social situation, there are changes applied to the 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala Performance which has been postponed taking place on 18 July 2020 at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium. Results will be presented in a different way and details will be announced soon.

 

 

Press here for the full press release.

 

 

Enquiries:

Ms Yvonne Yau

E-mail: yvonne@hkdanceall.org

Tel: 2267 6733

 

 

22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Postponed

2020.3.25

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22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Postponed

due to COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

 

 

24 March 2020 —— Hong Kong Dance Alliance (the Alliance) announces the postponement of the 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards.

 

The 22nd Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation & Gala Performance was originally scheduled to take place on 17 April 2020 at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium. However, due to the measures in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed as follows:

 

Date:               18 July 2020 (Sat)

Time:               8pm

Venue:             Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

 

In line with the postponement of the Awards presentation, the shortlisted nominations for outstanding achievement in 2019 will be announced on 8 May 2020.  As usual, the Awards results will be announced at the Presentation and Gala Performance and will be kept secret until then.

 

 

The Artistic Director for this year’s Gala, Dominic Wong (Acting Artistic Director, City Contemporary Dance Company), is adopting an exciting new approach, showcasing Hong Kong’s rich diversity of dance and celebrating inclusivity with a special performance featuring dance schools, amateur dance groups and dancers with disabilities alongside professional dance artists.

 

The Chairperson of the Alliance, Shirley Loong, says: “While we are naturally disappointed to have to postpone the Awards presentation, we believe that holding the Gala in July will be the perfect occasion for the local dance community to come together after the dark days of the Covid-19 epidemic, celebrate our unity in the face of hardship and pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of our peers.”

 

We look forward to welcoming the public and members of the dance community to join us for this joyous event and experience the best of Hong Kong dance.

 

 

Ticketing

Tickets available from 18 June at URBTIX.

Ticket price: $180, $120

 

30% off early-bird discount will be available for purchase via the Hong Kong Dance Alliance starting from 8 May, before box office opens.  Details will be announced later.

 

 

Enquiry: Ms Yvonne Yau

Email: yvonne@hkdanceall.org

Phone: 2267 6733

 

 

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 organization of the World Dance Alliance and it is a recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Three Year Grant.

 

Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020 - Call for Nominations

2019.10.20

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Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020 - Call for Nominations

 

20 October 2019, Hong Kong – Hong Kong Dance Alliance (HKDA) announces the Call for Nominations for the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020. The Hong Kong Dance Awards were established in 1999 to pay tribute to outstanding work by individual artists and dance organizations in new productions throughout the year, as well as acknowledge distinction in other activities related to dance and the Hong Kong dance community.

 

Call for Nominations

Nominations in thirteen award categories are open for submission by anyone – from dance practitioners to audience members. For the upcoming Hong Kong Dance Awards, an additional award, Outstanding Alternative Space Production will be established. The original award Outstanding Dance Education, Youth Dance, Community Dance, or Environmental Dance will be revised as Outstanding Dance Education or Community Dance. All Hong Kong dance artists and practitioners, and any persons contributing to Hong Kong dance productions are eligible as nominees. Following the close of nominations, a shortlist, determined by a secret ballot of distinguished experts from a wide range of disciplines in the dance field, will be announced in early 2020.

 

Establishment of Cash Prize for Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer Award

Hong Kong Dance Alliance is pleased to announce the establishment of a cash prize for the Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer Award. Donated by the Tom Brown Memorial Fund, the HKD$20,000 cash prize is a token to encourage awarded choreographers to continue their work. It will be presented starting from the upcoming Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation, while the former two Emerging Choreographer awardees have received the prize retrospectively. Many thanks to the Tom Brown Memorial Fund for the continued support to the dance industry.

 

Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020 Presentation & Gala Performance

The Awards will be announced and presented at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020 Presentation & Gala Performance, which will be held at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium on 17 April 2020 (Friday). Artists honoured in the past include companies such as City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company, and Unlock Dancing Plaza; choreographers such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin, Yuri Ng, Yang Yuntao, and emerging choreographers such as K.T. Yau and Hugh Cho.

 

The nomination period closes on 3 January 2020 (Friday). Interested parties can complete the nomination form and submit through email to admin@hkdanceall.org, by post or submit in-person to Hong Kong Dance Alliance Office (7/F, 26-28 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong, Kowloon), or submit online nomination form.

 

 

Hong Kong Dance Awards 2020

Call for Nomination in the Following Awards Categories

 

  • Outstanding Choreography

 

  • Outstanding Large Venue Production (with more than 750 seats)

 

  • Outstanding Medium Venue Production (with 250 to 750 seats)

 

  • Outstanding Small Venue Production (with less than 250 seats)

 

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

 

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

 

  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance

 

  • Outstanding Lighting and/or Visual Design

 

  • Outstanding Set and/or Costume Design

 

  • Outstanding Music Composition and/or Sound Design

 

  • Outstanding Alternative Space Production

 

  • Outstanding Dance Education or Community Dance

 

  • Outstanding Services to Dance

 

 

For Hong Kong Dance Awards 2019 Procedures and Rules guidelines, please click here.

 

For complete Press Release, please click here.

 

Any enquiries can be directed to admin@hkdanceall.org.

 

 

 

21st Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance – Awards Results Announced

2019.4.18

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21st Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance – Awards Results Announced

 

18 April 2019, Hong Kong - The 21st Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance was held on 18 April 2019 at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium.

Presented by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance, the annual Hong Kong Dance Awards set out to recognise outstanding achievements in Hong Kong dance and raise public awareness of the diversity and excellence of the local dance scene. For the 21st anniversary Gala, the Alliance invited Mrs. Tse Kit-ling, Cherry, JP, Permanent Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau, as Guest of Honour and Ms Anna CY Chan, Dean of School of Dance of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, as Host.

 

Awards Presentation

This year, 14 awards were decided by an Award Selection Jury composed of the Alliance Executive Committee members and expert panellists. Results were announced live on stage.

Among the awardees were two exceptional choreographers: veteran Yuri Ng, who received the Outstanding Choreography Award for Requiem HK (City Contemporary Dance Company) and rising star Hugh Cho, who received the Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer Award. Requiem HK also received the award for Outstanding Large Venue Production, while Outstanding Medium Venue Production went to Hong Kong Dance Company for Waiting Heart and Outstanding Small Venue Production went to Tai Kwun for Tai Kwun Dance Season: The Message Behind the Wall by 198491.

Hong Kong Ballet’s ALICE (in wonderland) received three awards: Outstanding Costume Design (Liz Vandal), Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer (Chen Zhiyao as Alice), while Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer went to Shen Jie as Albrecht in Hong Kong Ballet’s Giselle.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to honour the late Dr Tom Brown (1948-2018), in recognition of his immeasurable contribution to the development of dance in Hong Kong.

 

Gala Performance

Under the artistic direction of Anh Ngoc Nguyen, a dazzling gala performance showcased the high quality of dance in Hong Kong with performances from City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Dance Company and the School of Dance of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

 

Please find the complete list of Awards recipients below.

 

For further information, please visit the Alliance website: www.hkdanceall.org or contact Thalia Wong – email: thalia@hkdanceall.org, Tel: 2267 6631.

 

 

香港舞蹈年獎2019 得獎名單
21st Hong Kong Dance Awards List of Recipients

 

白朗唐新晉編舞
Tom Brown Emerging Choreographer

曹德寶
Hugh Cho

 

傑出編舞
Outstanding Choreography

伍宇烈 城市當代舞蹈團 《香‧夭》
Yuri Ng for Requiem HK (City Contemporary Dance Company)

 

傑出大型場地舞蹈製作
Outstanding Large Venue Production

城市當代舞蹈團 《香‧夭》
City Contemporary Dance Company for Requiem HK

 

傑出中型場地舞蹈製作
Outstanding Medium Venue Production

香港舞蹈團 《紫玉成煙》
Hong Kong Dance Company for Waiting Heart

 

傑出小型場地舞蹈製作
Outstanding Small Venue Production

大館/李偉能、黃碧琪、邱加希 大館舞蹈季︰《198491牆後的赤祼信息》
Tai Kwun and Joseph Lee, Rebecca Wong, KT Yau Ka-hei for Tai Kwun Dance Season: The Message Behind the Wall by 198491

 

傑出男舞蹈員演出
Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer

沈杰 飾 阿爾伯特 香港芭蕾舞團 《吉賽爾》
Shen Jie as Albrecht in Giselle (Hong Kong Ballet)

 

傑出女舞蹈員演出
Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer

陳稚瑶 飾 愛麗絲 香港芭蕾舞團 《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》
Chen Zhiyao as Alice in ALICE (in wonderland) (Hong Kong Ballet)

 

傑出群舞演出
Outstanding Ensemble Performance

香港芭蕾舞團 《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》
Hong Kong Ballet for ALICE (in wonderland)

 

傑出燈光設計
Outstanding Lighting Design

陳焯華 香港舞蹈團 《紫玉成煙》
Billy Chan for Waiting Heart (Hong Kong Dance Company)

 

傑出服裝設計
Outstanding Costume Design

莉茲‧凡達爾 香港芭蕾舞團 《愛麗絲夢遊仙境》
Liz Vandal for ALICE (in wonderland) (Hong Kong Ballet)

 

傑出配樂設計

Outstanding Music Composition

金在德 城市當代舞蹈團 《不期而遇》中〈跌宕〉
Kim Jaeduk for Jangdan in Come Across (City Contemporary Dance Company)
 

傑出舞蹈教育及社區舞蹈
Outstanding Dance Education and Community Dance

西九文化區管理局WE Dance
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority for WE Dance 
 

傑出舞蹈服務
Outstanding Services to Dance

大館 大館舞蹈季
Tai Kwun for Tai Kwun Dance Season

 

終生成就獎
Lifetime Achievement Award

白朗唐博士
Dr Tom Brown

21st Hong Kong Dance Awards – Box Office Opens

2019.3.18

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21st Hong Kong Dance Awards – Box Office Opens

 

 

18 March, Hong Kong – Tickets for the 21st Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance are now available at URBTIX.

 

Stepping into its 21st year, the Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance continues to recognize outstanding achievements by Hong Kong artists and organizations, as well as raising public awareness of excellence in the local dance scene. The Awards will be held on 18 April 2019, 8pm at Kwai Tsing Theatre Auditorium, under the Artistic Direction of the renowned choreographer Anh Ngoc Nguyen.

 

The ceremony will present 14 awards, including emerging choreographer, choreography, production, performance, design in dance, education and services to dance. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to honor the late Dr Tom Brown, who was a tireless pioneer of local dance development as a teacher, mentor, scholar and artist.

 

The evening also offers an extraordinary array of Gala performances, including:

  • Excerpt from ALICE (in wonderland) by Hong Kong Ballet
  • Dazzling Desert (Uyghur) by Hong Kong Dance Company
  • Excerpt from Winterreise by City Contemporary Dance Company,
  • Eye by School of Dance, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

 

The Gala is a once-a-year only opportunity to see this exciting line-up of diverse styles from Hong Kong’s leading dancers and companies and to share in the suspense as award envelops are opened and recipients announced.

 

 

21st Hong Kong Dance Awards Presentation and Gala Performance

Date: 18 April 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 8pm

Venue: Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

Tickets: $170, $120

 

 

Ticketing details:

URBTIX Internet Ticketing: www.urbtix.hk

Telephone Credit Card Booking: 2111 5999

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Program Enquiries: www.hkdanceall.org | 2267 6631

 

Please click here for the complete Press Release.

 

Enquiries:

Ms Thalia Wong

Project Officer, Hong Kong Dance Alliance

Email: thalia@hkdanceall.org  Tel: 2267 6631