HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 17

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Academic Programmes
The School was pleased to achieve a successful outcome
in the Academy’s Programme Area Accreditation (PAA)
exercise in September 2008, with both Institutional and
Discipline Panels recommending to the Hong Kong
Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational
Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) that the School be granted
PAA status for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
(BFA) in Dance programme for a period of five years.
The School’s sub-degree programmes were validated in
the same exercise.
The year saw a period of consolidation and stability
across all programmes in the School. Changes to the
undergraduate programmes as a consequence of the
revalidation of the BFA have seen a significant shift to
a greater degree of integration and cross-stream activity.
In its third year, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance
also demonstrated continued consolidation, and new
links with the undergraduate programmes and the Gifted
Young Dancer Programme (GYDP) have ensured its
close integration within the School. A positive mid-term
review of the MFA to the HKCAAVQ in February 2009
was a clear indicator of the programme’s successful
development, while its revalidation exercise in April 2010,
will mark a major milestone for the School in respect of
its graduate aspirations.
Performances
The School had a very busy schedule of performances
throughout the year, among them the following:
The School presented the first of its two major production
seasons --
Fleeting Moments
-- in November 2008, with
works createdby facultymembers andguest choreographer
Professor Zhao Linping (from the InnerMongoliaUniversity
for Nationalities) comprising the programme. This was
followed by the equally successful
dance/lines
season
in May 2009. With four works created by guest artists
-- Leigh Warren (Australia), Cheng Tsung-lung (Taiwan),
Yuri Ng (Hong Kong), and Professor Zhang Jianmin
(Beijing) -- the programme demonstrated the breadth
and depth of the School’s performance profile. Education
and community links were strengthened by the inclusion
in each season of two school matinees, organised by
the Performing Arts Education Centre in conjunction
with the School, and sponsored by the Hongkong Bank
Foundation under the rubric of the
smARTS Journey
programme series. A particularly exciting development
from the
Fleeting Moments
season was the performance
by seven Contemporary Dance students of an excerpt
from Raewyn Hill’s
Vespers
in the Asia Pacific Dance
Platform held as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Following on from the success of the innovative
Rugby
Sevens 2008
project, Raewyn Hill initiated an exciting
collaboration between the Contemporary Dance stream
and the School of Film and Television, which saw the
creation of a series of short dance video clips for showing
on the ‘big screen’ during the Hong Kong international
Rugby Sevens 2009
competition in March. Not only did
the project bring together dance and sport, but it also
gave unprecedented exposure of the School and the
Academy tomillions of viewers around the world. Another
inter-School collaboration came in the form of students
from the School of Dance performing in the School of
Music’s production of Bizet’s
Carmen
in March.
Of Dreams in Time and Space
(photo by Ringo Chan)
《瀚海夢闌干》
(陳德昌攝影)
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