Crossing Borders: Inter-school Collaborative Project
01 June - 31 July 2014
School / Department : HKAPA 30th Anniversary
Category : Academy Events
The School of Dance is proud and excited to be taking some of its May Three Dances for a Celebration season to Shanghai and beyond to represent the Academy in its 30th Anniversary year.
The borders crossed in this project will be both literal and metaphoric: Hong Kong and the Mainland of course, but also ensembles which comprise dancers from across the School’s three streams – Ballet, Chinese Dance and Contemporary Dance; guest and faculty choreographers and composers; a programme which embodies the interdisciplinary and the collaborative; and the creation of new, innovative works which blur boundaries and challenge the status quo.
An exciting dimension to the border crossings will be an exchange project involving the College of Dance at the Shanghai Theatre Academy – with whom the Academy has an active partnership agreement. While the exchange will include shared classes, workshops and lectures, its centrepiece will be the performance of Metropolis, a work created by faculty Yu Pik-yim and Yan Xiaochang for the School’s New Dance: Our Dance! season last November. In keeping with the spirit of crossing
borders, both teachers will spend time in Shanghai setting the work on a group of STA dancers, who will then join their Academy peers in the Crossing Borders performance. Borders of a different kind will also be crossed when the work is rehearsed online by way of innovative videoconferencing technology.
Yet another border crossed and boundary blurred will be that of space and place. Following The School’s very successful site-specific event at the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in 2010, a search is underway for an equally inspiring location in which to house a similar event – once again involving dancers from both institutions.