Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hong Kong, Here we Come!

Photo of Zach Morris & Tom Pearson; Hong Kong, 2007
Photo Courtesy of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

One week until we are in Hong Kong again! If you missed our previous announcement, scroll down for project details below.

In the next several days we will be launching a new series of blog entries documenting our research, planning, development, workshops, rehearsals and performances for the "Aedas My Footsteps" dance master class series.

In 2007, we shared our process for creating Strangers on Tong Chong Street, part of the SWIRE Island East Urban Dance Festival presented by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (to revisit this series of blog entries, see links at the very bottom of this entry). Continuing Third Rail Projects' relationship with HKYAF, and this time around with project support from Aedas, we are thrilled to share this new chapter in our efforts to help promote, sustain, and develop dynamic site-specific partnerships between US-based and Hong Kong artists.

PROJECT DETAILS: For the current project, the focus is on choreographer development and training, with a culminating series of performances April 24, 2010.

Sponsored by Aedas, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation in collaboration with renowned New York site-specific choreographers Tom Pearson and Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects(TRP) to present “MY FOOTSTEPS”, a choreography development series this April.

MY FOOTSTEPS aims to engage students, performers and audiences by animating a series of sites through rigorous choreography and performance and unveiling layers of topographical information to deepen viewers relationships with public space. The creative process will be filmed and available as a teaching guide for participants to enable future site-specific endeavors.

The Bessie Award-winning artists of TRP will conduct five master classes with a group of local emerging choreographers and lead them through their unique process of creating site-specific movement works at a unique location in Hong Kong. The participating emerging choreographers will perform 15 minutes of finished work (of their own and with TRP) for an intimate audience on site. Selected choreographers will then conduct a one-day dance workshop for a group of local dance practitioners and encourage them to continue with the work.

20 chosen applicants will go through a five-day intensive dance workshop from 2pm to 9pm, April 19-23, 2010.

The project is suitable for emerging choreographers, age 18 and above. Free admission to all for performances.

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Our first Hong Kong Site-Specific Blog Series, from 2007:

12/03/07: "Site-Seeing"
12/07/07: "Interpretations"
12/11/07: "Daily Motion"
12/15/07: "Crowd Control"

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