Negotiation on artistic leads, resources, partnership, producer roles, circulation and ownership — TPAM has been discussing Asian co-production as a part of its Asian focus, and last year had an open discussion on the co-productions Dancing with Death and Baling from producers’ and artists’ points of view respectively. Anna Chan (West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong), who attended the discussion, and her partner producer and artist, share with TPAM participants the complex process of Simon Says, a co-production between Unlock Dancing Plaza (Hong Kong) and National Choreographic Center of Le Havre Normandy (France), to identify and discuss some of the missing gaps of the existing infrastructure.
Anna CY Chan (Head of Dance, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority)
Anna CY Chan is the Head of Dance at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong SAR China. She is responsible for shaping the district’s artistic direction and strategies for dance. Under her leadership, a series of new dance projects have been launched which offer Hong Kong and international artists a platform to explore innovative forms of creating and performing, and new ways of discussing and thinking about topics related to contemporary performances. She also co-oragnises the Producer Network Meeting & Forum, launched WE Dance campaign and initiated several international dance collaboration and partnership projects for West Kowloon.
Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh (Choreographer and Director, Le Phare national choreographic center of Le Havre Normandy / President, National Choreographic Centers Association)
Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh is a choreographer of phenomena, be they social, physiological, psychological, or mechanical: she picks precise facts, observes them, understands them, then transforms them into choreographic and plastic material. After training in ballet and exploring the American dance tradition, Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh danced with François Raffinot before founding the Sui Generis company. Since 2012, she has been the director of the Phare, Centre chorégraphique national du Havre Normandie, and her interest for science has progressively joined her research on fiction and narration to give her plays an additional dramatic dimension.
Ong Yong Lock (Artistic Director, Unlock Dancing Plaza)
Ong Yong Lock was born in Malaysia, joined the Hong Kong Dance Company in 1989, then joined the City Contemporary Dance Company in 1993. In 2002, Ong founded the Unlock Dancing Plaza with Elsie Chau to collaborate and interact with artists from different disciplines in search of the intricacies of life and beyond. He received the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2014.