Hodworks was founded by choreographer Adrienn Hód in 2007. Hód choreographies own a delicately developed, fine, high-quality language balancing between the exact and the very abstract representation. These pieces stimulate the audience’s spirit and senses and invite us doubting in the known and opening up towards the unknown. They do not compromise; they do not want to please.
Hód’s performances challenge taboos, enriched with a robust but delicate humour: a radical study of the body, free of prejudice. She opens up a parallel reality, which is built up from the unconscious and the ecstatic. Her audience is attracted to a “grey zone” where “presence” dominates “meaning”. She develops productions in which she deconstructs contexts of body, movement, space and music, rebuilding them in surprising ways. Her company is comprised of a small nucleus of freelance dancers that have kept on collaborating in recurring constellations for a number of years now.
With their productions, Adrienn Hód managed to be elected into the European dance network Aerowaves three times, among other things, and she won the Rudolf Lábán Award as well as the Zoltan Imre Price in Hungary in numerous instances.
Hodworks Website: http://hodworks.hu/en/
Ayelen Parolin is a choreographer and dancer. Born in Buenos Aires, she lives and works in Brussels. In Europe, she followed the exerce training in Montpellier and then worked as a performer. She started her choreographic writing career in 2003 and has since created more than fifteen pieces, including 25.06.76, Troupeau, Mal(e), DAVID, Hérétiques, La Esclava, Exotic Word, Autoctonos, Wherever The Music Takes You, WEG and with. In October 2021, she will create a new piece for three dancers, called simple. She has also created Nativos for the Korean Contemporary Dance Company, La Tribu for the Ballet National de Marseille’s 7even project and Primal for Carte Blanche, the Norwegian national company of contemporary dance, and will create a piece with the Barcelone-based collective of dancers Hotel in 2021.
Ayelen Parolin was bestowed the Pépinières Européennes pour Jeunes Artistes award in 2006. In 2016 she received the SACD choreography award for her whole body of work and the Pina Bausch Foundation grant for dance and choreography. In 2017, she received the Prix de la critique (Belgium) for her piece Nativos. Her work is produced and shown all over the world.
Artist website: www.ayelenparolin.be
Dancer, performer and choreographer, Henrique lives and works in Portugal. An engineer in Energy and Environment, he completed his artistic training in several European institutions (INSA Lyon, CDC Toulouse, Royaumont abbey…).
He collaborates as a performer with different artists such as Bleuène Madelaine, Eric Languet, Aurélien Richard, Céline Cartillier, Tino Sehgal, Salomé Lamas, Ana Renata Polónia, André Uerba, Sofias Dias & Vítor Roriz and Vera Mantero.
He is involved in the creation of performances where styles and genres overlap, and where vocal presence and imagination have a prominent place. His projects are an excuse to spend time with other people and this is precisely one of the main points of his work – what is the meaning (political, spiritual, and ethic-aesthetical meaning) of spending time together?
He has collaborated and presented his work at Aerowaves, CDC Toulouse, Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, Festival Roma Europa, DNA European Network, Rivoli – Teatro Municipal do Porto, Festival Temps d’Image, Espaço do Tempo, among others.
Artist website: https://henriquefurtado.cargo.site/
Aloun Marchal is an improviser, dancer and choreographer. French artist living in Gothenburg, Sweden.
He receives the Danceweb grant in 2008 and 2012. In 2010, he is awarded the second prize of the Dance competition, Danse Elargie that took place in théatre de la ville, for the creation of Gerro, Minos and Him in collaboration with Roger Sala Reyner and Simon Tanguy. In 2013, Gerro, Minos and Him is awarded the best dance piece award at the Stuttgarter Tanz-und Teaterpreis festival. In 2017, he receives the innovative choreographic grant from SACD for the creation of Bibi Ha Bibi together with Henrique Furtado. In 2018, he co choreographed L’Age d’Or with Eric Minh Cuong Castaing.
He is currently touring his two last creations : Bibi Ha Bibi and l’Age d’Or. He has just worked as a performer for Tove Sahlin in her new creation Narheten, premiered in March 2020.
Aloun decided to start dancing professionally when he understood that thinking wasn’t enough. At this moment, he felt he wasn’t able to experience anything without naming it. Something like a wanderer unable to take his eyes away from the map. Since then he is fascinated by the process of making sense.
Artist website: https://www.alounmarchal.com/
Choi X Kang Project
“Choi X Kang Project” is a project group based in Seoul, South Korea founded by two members; Choi Min-sun and Kang Jin-an in 2015. The group is looking for an intuitive way to create motions and focus on the process of connecting external devices to the body through diverse experiments.
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Born in Kaohsiung, Su Wei-chia was inspired by Prof. WU Su-fen at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. In 2004, he co-founded the HORSE Dance Theater. His numerous choreographies and collaborations include the group-created work Velocity, a winner of the 6th Taishin Arts Awards, and the autobiographical 2 Men, a collaboration with CHEN Wu-kang, and the 1st prize winner and Audience’s Choice Award of the 2013 Kurt-Jooss-Preis. His ongoing FreeSteps project, launched in 2013, explores the relationship between contours, movements, characters, rhythm, music, and light; his performance at Les Hivernales – CDCN d’Avignon was described as “a succession of shocks that drive the imagination into obscure and delicious depths.”
HORSE Website: https://horse.org.tw
Ong Yong Lock
Ong Yong Lock was born in Malaysia, joined the Hong Kong Dance Company in 1989, then joined the City Contemporary Dance Company in 1993. Ong was a founding member of South ‘ASLI’ Dance Workshop (SADW). In 1997, he became the Artistic Director of SADW (1997-2001). In 1998, Ong joined the Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane, Australia to perform in the Brisbane Festival. He was awarded the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2002 for his choreography of ballet 4 In for The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was appointed as arts advisor of dance by Hong Kong Arts Development Council in the same year. He received the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2014.
In 2002, Ong founded the Unlock Dancing Plaza with Elsie Chau to promote and popularize modern dance. His choreographic talents also spoke for itself in the productions which were shown in Asian Art Festival, International Sino Dance Week, Malaysian Chinese Dance Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Dance Festival and 20th International Academy of Dance Festival. He has collaborated with various dance companies including Hong Kong Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company, Beijing Dance/LDTX, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Xiamen Modern Dance, The Hong Kong Ballet, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Queensland University of Technology. Ong’s highly acclaimed full-length works include 10 Nights’ Wanderings, Whispering Of Love, Love Sick, Kung Fu and Tofu, Chopin VS CA, Walls 44 and Wanderer. Wanderer received the 2015 Hong Kong Dance Awards “Outstanding Achievement in Independent Production”.
Born in Chongqing, she graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy, majoring in Chinese Folk Dance. She joined the Hong Kong Dance Company in 2002, and the City Contemporary Dance Company in 2006. She now works as a freelancer.
Chen Wu Kang
Chen Wu Kang was born and raised in Taiwan, he began studying dance at the age of twelve and graduated from the Taiwan University of Arts. In 2001, Wu-Kang danced with Feld’s Ballet Tech and Peridance, he became the soloist the next year and started his long-term collaboration with choreographer Eliot Feld. He was also the guest dancer in Diamond Project of New York City Ballet in 2006.
In 2004, he co-founded HORSE Dance Theatre as an Artistic Director, significant works include Velocity (2007), Bones (2008) and 2 Men (2012) which toured in Asia, US and Europe.
He started to collaborate with Artists in different fields in 2011, including Exhibition X Performance Successor (2011) sponsored by National Culture and Arts Foundation, Site-specific work Slow dancing in the Fast Lane (2015) commissioned by Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, curation Dance X Sounds seasonal improvisation platform Primal CHAOS since 2016 and One dance, one dances, one danced (2017) in the Mixed Programs commissioned and presented by the National Theatre, Taiwan.
In 2016, he began an intercultural/dance dialogue and an intimate exchange of physical, emotional and philosophical experiences with Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun. They presented Body Tradition in 2016-2017, later on officially renamed BEHALF (2018). Meanwhile, they also work on a three-year project An expedition to the embodiment of Ramayana of “Performing Arts Abroad” by the National Culture and Arts Foundation.
HORSE Website: https://horse.org.tw/
Joseph Lee began his dance training at seventeen. Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Place, London Contemporary Dance School in the United Kingdom.
Lee is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Unlock Dancing Plaza, curating a series of contemporary dance programs and platforms to foster artistic discourse in the performing arts field locally and internationally. Through the reading, transfer, and re-enactment of bodily experience, Lee questions the performative nature of everyday life in contemporary society. His work is focused on expanding the audience’s imaginary horizons of choreography by creating and performing with the body and other alternatives. He is also keen on transdisciplinary collaboration as a way to enrich and reflect on his own practices.
Recent choreography includes Folding Echoes (2016), Drifting (2019) and We Are Spectacles (2021).
Yau was born in Hong Kong. She is now the resident artist of Unlock Dancing Plaza.
Yau received the Award for Young Artist at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2018, she also received the Emerging Choreographer Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2018.
As a dancer, she has collaborated with a variety of renowned companies and artists. Recently she has devoted herself into creation and her works were invited to perform in Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou etc.
Chan Wai Lok
Chan is a choreographer and performer based in Hong Kong and Brussels. He completed his studies in P.A.R.T.S. (Belgium) in 2019 upon receiving scholarships from the [DNA] network supported by Creative Europe under the European Commission (2016-2018) and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund (2018-2019). He previously studied in SEAD (Austria) after graduating from the Architecture Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
His latest solo Click in 2021 unfolds perspectives in performativity and choreography. Democratic interpretation and emancipation in audience is also one of the major genres he has been exploring in his solo Everyone knows what it means to think (2019) and his collaboration with Mariana Miranda, /bI’twi:n/ (2019).
In 2020, he, together with his fellows, established an independent art space, ngau4 gat1 dei6, which is an art project exploring how to operate and sustain such art space in local art scene, and sharing spatial resources with fellow artists.
Artist website: https://wailokchan.com/
Li Ka Man
A freelance professional dancer, Li graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a bachelor degree of Fine Arts (Honors), majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2014. Her recent participations include Tai Kwun Contemporary Zoo by Eisa Jocson; Hong Kong Arts Festival@Tai Kwun Our Atlas by Chloe Wong; Hong Kong Dance Exchange 2020 Action by KT Yau; LCSD Yin Yu Chun Fai programme A Body Research by Dick Wong; New Force in Motion series Infiltrated by Tsang Wing Fai; Departure X Wei Dance Company The Key by Rex Cheng.
Li has also participated in cultural exchange programmes, including Unmixed by KT Yau toured in 2nd DANCESTAGES Shanghai Dance Festival in 2018 after the premiere and re-stage in Hong Kong, and Simon Says, facilitated by West Kowloon Cultural District, co-produced by Unlock Dancing Plaza and Le Phare, National Choreographic Center of Le Havre Normandy (France), which premiered in France in January and toured in Hong Kong in June and Guangzhou in November in 2017.
Her choreographies include 2nd Stage 〡夂〨〤 presented by CCDC Dance Centre, and In The Air Between Our Particles co-created with Emily Ng.
Freelance actor and graphic designer. Exploring theatre, dance and movement with the perspectives from both a designer and a performer, Cheung has actively participated in and carried out a wide variety of theatre performances and experimental creations.
Recent performances include: YinNgZi –Makye Ame,2nd Stage- Live, Joseph Lee –Drifting, Cinematic Theatre-Lightening, Theatre Ronin –Free Playing Park!, Joseph Lee- The World Once Flat, YinNgZi –Anti-Kōdy, Alex Tam –Cave Theatre.
Wong Pona Paula, a independent choreographer and performer based in Hong Kong. Graduated from Chinese Culture University Dance Department in 2019, majoring in Contemporary dance.
Her recent performance include Maze 3.0 by Passoverdance Company（2019）.Tenacity by Passoverdance Company（2019）.Unlock Body Lab:Dance-to-be by Unlock Dancing Plaza (2020). Imagination Boom 5 by E-Side Dance Company.
Lawrence Lau Hiu-kong graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Electronic Music from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of a number of scholarships, including those from HSBC, the Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), The Lions and Joseph Koo Music Foundation, and Musicus Society. Lau’s works span composition, live performance and audiovisual art, and have been performed in Hong Kong and internationally including at the Asian Composer League Conference and Festival (Taiwan), Hong Kong Arts Festival, highSCORE Festival (Italy) and Musicus Fest.
Born in Hong Kong, Sabrina Wong first came into contact with modern dance at the age of 18. In 2018, she graduated from the National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS) Department of Dance. In 2016, she performed in dance videos by Joseph Lee – It Tastes Like You which was premiered in the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival. She also performed in, Awakening of NTUS Dance Company in 2017, The World Was Once Flat by Joseph Lee which were staged in To Each His Own City of Stella and Artists, The Message Behind the Wall By 198491 in Tai Kwun Dance Season, SIDance in 2018, and presented her first choreographed works Here I Am at Imagination Boom 4 by E-Side Dance Company in the same year. In 2019, she performed Hong Kong Dance Alliance‘New Force in Motion’ –Mo Ngaan Tai by Terry Tsang,CCDC 2nd Stage 2019 Holmes Cheung x Lawrence Lau x Sabrina Wong Choreography and performance ‘LIVE‘.
Emily Ng Mei Yee
Born in Hong Kong.
Profile: 5/1, Splenic authority Projector.
Ng started ballet training at the age of four.
Ng graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance).
Ng co-choreographed and performed <In the air between our particles> (supported by HKADC-Emerging Artist Scheme-2015) with Li Ka-Man in 2017.
A freelance artist, striving for life and future.