Co-presented by the West Kowloon Cultural District and the British Council, the upcoming New Works Forum: Dance Dialogue with Wayne McGregor provides the face-to-face opportunity of artistic exchange with the world renowned choreographer for the first time.
A residency for local dance companies, dance instructors and students will begin with four days of intensive creative learning sessions based on the Mind and Movement methodologies created by Studio Wayne McGregor. McGregor will then share some of the interdisciplinary collaborative research he conducted with cognitive scientists: how this research contributes to choreographic creativity in making dance, in dance education and in understanding bodies. As an advocate for dance, he will also discuss his interest in the training of future dancers. Professional dancers of the Hong Kong Dance Company will also demonstrate McGregor’s choreographic process, based on what they have learnt from him in the preceding few days.
About New Works Forum
In preparation for the opening of performing arts facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District from 2017, New Works Forum is a platform for Hong Kong artists working across different fields who are interested in expanding their practice into new areas, to explore innovative ways of creating and performing, thinking and discussing topics around contemporary performances.
Date: Saturday 17 October 2015
Time: 15.00 - 18.00
Venue: HK Jockey Club Amphitheatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong)
Speaker: Wayne McGregor (UK)
Moderator: Anna CY Chan (HK) - Head of Artistic Development (Dance), West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Language: In English, with Mandarin/ Cantonese simultaneous interpretation
For enquires, please contact Ms. Wan at (852)2200-0817, email@example.com
Adverse Weather Arrangement:
The programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force after 1pm in the morning of the event date.
*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speakers. All changes will be announced on the website.
About Wayne McGregor
Wayne McGregor is a multi-award-winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for his collaborations across dance, film, music, visual art, technology and science. He is Artistic Director of Company Wayne McGregor, Resident Company at Sadler's Wells, London, and Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. He is Professor of Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and has an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Plymouth University.
McGregor has created new works for Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Zurich Ballet, English National Ballet, NDT1 and Rambert Dance Company among others. His works are also in the repertories of the leading ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Royal Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Mariinsky Ballet.
Most recently he premiered Tree of Codes for Company Wayne McGregor, Woolf Works for The Royal Ballet, Kairos for Zurich Ballet and presented Thinking with the Body at Wellcome Collection, an exhibition exploring his collaborative enquiry into choreographic thinking.
McGregor's work has earned him three Critics' Circle Awards, two Time Out Awards, two South Bank Show Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Prix Benois de la Danse and a Critics’ Prize at the Golden Mask Awards. In 2011 McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.