Belt-Road Performing Arts Master Class
Tradition Meets Contemporary Performing Arts Workshop
The Belt and Road cities are a colorful reserve of history. Meanwhile, global modernisation and popular culture have brought renewal and transformation to these cities. In 2017, ten maestri of traditional art forms and contemporary artists from the Belt and Road cities will be convened in Hong Kong to exchange their creative works, including theatre and dance, with the staging concept of “one table two chairs” from Xiqu (traditional Chinese theater/opera). The maestri will interact with young people, conduct demonstrations and host Master Classes/Workshops.
The Master Classes/Workshops are open for students and general public who are interested in experimentations and creative theater works between traditional and contemporary art forms.
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Requirements: With some experience in performing arts, and keen to experiment with traditional and contemporary performing arts
Quota: 20 for each class
Application Deadline: 7 November 2017
Admission Notification: 10 November 2017
Fees: $200 for each class
Enrolment: Please click here to submit your application with a list of relevant experience and portfolio for the class(es) intended to attend
Tel: +852 2566 9696
Saar Magal (Tel Aviv)
Contemporary Theatre Director/Choreographer
Magal studied dance at the Laban Center for Movement and Dance in London.
She creates dance theatre and opera performances, collaborating with dancers, actors, singers, scholars, visual artists and musicians. She also teaches physical theatre, contemporary dance, improvisation and dance composition in the US, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, etc. She is currently a Visiting-Artist-in-Residence at the Stanford Arts Institute in Stanford University, San Francisco, and working on a trilogy with Rote Fabrik & Tanzhaus Zürich, Dance Arena Jerusalem and Staatsoper Berlin.
Jitti Chompee (Bangkok)
Artistic Director of 18 Monkeys Dance Theatre and Unfolding Kafka Festival
Born in Thailand, Jitti was trained in both classical ballet and modern dance at Varaporn-Kanchana Ballet School and Ailey School, New York. The Institut Français de Fès invited Jitti in 2013 for an artist-in-residency programme and again at Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris 2014. In 2015, he was a guest choreographer for the Nederlandse Reisopera (Les pêcheurs de perles) and Teatro San Martin with Escalandrum (Astor Piazzolla) in Buenos Aires Argentina. In 2016, Jitti was granted a residency by the Kylián Foundation at Korzo Theatre in The Hague.
Martha Hincapié Charry (Bogota/Berlin)
Artistic Director of Plataforma Iberoamerican Festival and Curator of the Bienal de Danza de Cali, Colombia
Martha studied dance, theatre, and solo-dance in Colombia, Argentina, Cuba, and Germany, under the direction of Pina Bausch. Her creations of choreography have been invited to festivals in Europe and the America. She has been awarded with several prizes and scholarships. Martha founded in 2007 the Colombian-German group PERIFERIC. She works and lives in Berlin.
Fadi Waked (Damascus/Berlin)
Having received his Law degree at Damascus University, Fadi studied dance/choreography since 2010, and has been practicing and teaching dance in Damascus. In 2016, he studied in Dance/ Movement Workshop with Yoshiko Chuma in Radial System Berlin. He is now working for AMAL contemporary dance – Radial System Berlin as a choreographer.
Chey Chankethya (Phnom Penh)
Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts
Starting her classical dance training at five, Kethya studied Choreographic Arts at Royal University of Fine Arts, and Dance/Choreography at University of California, Los Angeles. She used to perform nationally and internationally with the Cambodian ballet Royal Troup, and Realizing Rama. With her choreographic works, she has received many awards, fellowships and scholarships, and also participated in several dance festivals in Indonesia and America.
Yoshiko Chuma (Osaka/New York City)
Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks
Described in 2007 by Bloomberg as “a fixture on New York’s downtown scene for over a quarter-century”, her work spans from early “absurdist gaiety” to more recent serious reflection, which nevertheless represents the “maverick imagination and crazy-quilt multimedia work” for which the artist is known. Chuma is a recipient of several fellowships and awards, including Bessie Awards and those from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer Choreographer/Composer Commission and Philip Morris New Works.
Astad Deboo (Mumbai)
Astad Deboo is an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer who creates classical dance forms taking Indian elements from Kathak to Kathakali. His uniqueness in choreography makes him one of the pioneers of modern Indian dance forms. He has performed and associated with world class artists like Pina Bausch, Alison Becker Chase and Pink Floyd. Indian government honoured him with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1996 and Padam Shri in 2007, for his overall contributions to contemporary Indian dance forms. After having received Padam Shri, he, as well as his works, has been seen in Mumbai, Cape Town, New York, Paris and many other cities in the world.
Didik Nini Thowok (Yogyakarta)
Classical Javanese Dancer/Choreographer
Born in Central Java, Didik graduated from Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta (former ASTI Yogyakarta). He is now one of the very few artists who continues the long tradition of “cross-gender” dance performance. Didik has performed around the world and is renowned for combining classical, folk, modern and comedic dance forms in his works. He has come along the way to enrich himself by working and teaching in order to become a multi-talented and professional artist, particularly in dancing.
Gizem Bilgen (Istanbul)
Method-training lecturer of the Studio Oyunculari
Bilgen graduated from Rotterdam Dance Academy of Codarts University for the Arts. She joined the artist-in-residence programme in Riksteatern Cullberg Ballet in April 2011 upon receiving her internship training with Sasha Waltz & Guests. After completing her MPA at Department of Contemporary Dance, State Conservatory in Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, she continues her career as a trainer, choreographer and dancer.
Ke Jun (Nanjing)
General Manager, Jiangsu Performing Arts Group Actor
Ke Jun is the General Manager of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group, Deputy to the National People’s Congress and a National Class One kunqu performer specializing in wusheng (combating hero) and wenwu laosheng (civil and military bearded old male) roles in Kunqu (opera). His repertoire includes Flee by Night (both classical and contemporary ones), The Peach Blossom Fan, Bidding Farewell to Mother, Nine Lotus Lanterns and Wu Song. Apart from having received prestigious awards including Meihua Award, Wenhua Award and Lanhua Award, Ke is also honoured as the Kunqu propagator of National Intangible Cultural Heritage. He has been invited to Korea, Japan, India, the UK, the USA, Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Singapore for exchanges and performances.