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.
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。