HKETO Newsroom

July 22, 2018

HKETO supports Hong Kong choreographer residency project in Toronto

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) sponsored the Little Pear Garden Dance Company to host a renowned Hong Kong choreographer, Mr. Felix Chen, as its resident guest choreographer from late June to late July in Toronto.

Under the residency project, Mr Chen has given master classes and workshops of Chinese contemporary and traditional dance techniques as well as choreographic techniques to local dancers and dance troupes coming from various cultural backgrounds in the past month. The residency project culminated in a summer showcase of contemporary dance creations entitled “Conflare 一” at the Winchester Street Theatre on July 22, featuring the works of Mr Felix Chen, amongst others. Before the show, Mr Chen joined other professional dance artists and academic to give an artistic talk on the process of modern dance creation.

Speaking before the summer showcase, Director of HKETO, Miss Kathy Chan, briefly introduced the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Hong Kong and highlighted the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s efforts in this regard. “To advance Hong Kong as an international arts and cultural metropolis, HKSAR Government is pushing ahead in full steam with the development of the 40-hectare West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) along the waterfront of the beautiful Victoria Harbour, one of the world’s largest cultural projects. Upon completion, WKCD will provide a range of world-class performing arts and exhibition venues,” she said.

Hardware apart, the HKSAR Government is committed to creating more opportunities for young artists. “To this end, the HKSAR Government will provide a funding of around CAD$6 million (HK$36 million) in the coming six years to continue the training scheme for arts administrators and to support young artistic talents to study outside Hong Kong and exchange experience with their counterparts overseas,” Miss Chan added.

Before closing, Miss Chan invited the audience to visit Hong Kong and experience the vibrant arts and cultural scene of the city in person.

Mr Felix Chen is an award-winning choreographer in Hong Kong. He is currently an Instructor and Faculty Member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, as well as a Dance Art Advisor and Art Development Project Assessor for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

July 22, 2018

香港經貿處支持香港編舞家在多倫多的駐團計劃

香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)贊助小梨園舞蹈團邀請香港著名編舞家陳磊於六月下旬至七月下旬在多倫多擔任該團的客席駐團編舞家。

在過去一個月,陳磊在駐團計劃下,為來自不同文化背景的本地舞蹈員及多個舞團舉辦舞蹈技巧班和工作坊,教授中國現代和傳統舞蹈,以及編舞技巧。今次駐團計劃的壓軸節目於7月22 日在Winchester Street Theatre舉行的一場名為「Conflare 一」的表演,展示包括陳磊等人的當代舞蹈創作成果。表演前,陳磊與其他專業舞蹈藝術家及學者就現代舞的創作過程舉辦藝術講座。

夏日舞蹈表演開始前,香港經貿處處長陳納思向觀眾簡介香港文化藝術的發展近況,以及指香港特別行政區政府(香港特區政府)如何促進香港在這方面的發展。她說:「為提升香港成為國際文化藝術之都的地位,香港特區政府正全力推行西九文化區計劃。西九文化區坐落於美麗的維港海旁,面積達40公頃,是全球規模最大的文化項目之一。落成後,西九文化區將擁有多個世界級藝術表演及展覽場地。」

除了硬件外,香港特區政府亦致力為年輕藝術家創造更多機會。陳納思說:「為此,香港特區政府在未來六年將撥款約600萬加元(3,600萬港元)繼續推行藝術行政人員培訓計劃,並支持青年藝術專才到海外進修,與外地的同儕交流經驗。」

最後,陳納思邀請觀眾親臨香港體驗其活力澎湃的文化藝術氣息。

陳磊是香港著名編舞家,曾獲多個獎項。他現為香港演藝學院的導師及舞蹈系教職員,亦是香港藝術發展局的舞蹈藝術顧問及藝術發展項目審批成員。