HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 19

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In-houseperformanceswere alsokey events on the School’s
performance calendar. The third of the School’s main
performance seasons --
Dance Repertory Concert
-- took
place in June in Dance Studio 1. Student choreography
was also showcased in two
Choreographic Workshops
,
and two evenings of site-specific work organised by
the Dance Students’ Association, where sites around the
Academy such as the stairwells and atrium foyer, were
put to creative use.
Outreach Activities
Outreach activities continued to be an important way for
the School to maintain links to both the dance profession
and thewider community. An ongoing formal commitment
in this respect was the presentation by the School’s
Education Practicum
and
Choreographic Workshop
students of a series of very successful workshops under
the auspices of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Outreach
Programme. Also under the auspices of an outreach
agreement, four students from the Ballet streamperformed
with Hong Kong Ballet in its performance tour of
Swan
Lake
to Beijing in December, and then again in Hong
Kong in March.
Less formally arranged outreach activities included
students from the Ballet stream performing at the high-
profile international
Clore Leadership Symposium
, and the
Hong Kong Law Society Awards, while students from the
Contemporary Dance stream played a major role in the
Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s
Dance Day
.
Links with the Hong Kong Dance Company (HKDC)
were especially strong, with three major collaborative
activities taking place: students from across all three
streams joined HKDC in the Macau Education and Youth
Affairs Bureau’s International YouthDance Festival Project,
while students from the Chinese Dance stream performed
with HKDC dancers in their performance at the opening
of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and participated
in the Company’s extensive schools’ performance tour.
An unusual outreach activity involved five students
from across all streams contributing to the success of
the Academy’s recruitment exhibition in Shanghai in
January 2009, through their performances, and through
their active engagement with parents and prospective
applicants. Other significant outreach events included the
performance by Chinese Dance students of an excerpt
of the award-winning
Feng Shui Xing
at the 2009 Hong
Kong Dance Awards; and performances for the Society
of the Academy for Performing Arts’ fundraising
Celebrity
Cabaret
, and the One Media Group’s 40th Anniversary
Dinner.
Gifted Young Dancer Programme (GYDP)
With high demand for its limited places, the GYDP
continues to grow apace under the direction of Lecturer
in Theatre Dance, Mandy Petty. It is also proving to be
an integral part of the School, with increasingly strong
links being developed with our full-time programmes.
This was best evidenced in the end-of-year showing in
June, where the School’s full range of programmes and
streams was represented -- from the GYDP through to the
MFA in Dance, with several MFA students choreographing
works for the event.
The GYDP also provided a valuable extension of the
School’s profile through its involvement in community
activities such as the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation’s
Arts in the Park,
and the Hong Kong Soong Ching Ling
Gold Key Training Foundation. Of particular note was
the receipt by GYDP students of Merit Awards in both
the Performance and Choreographic categories of the
Bauhinia Cup Hong Kong Dance Championships for
their performance of
Lotus
, choreographed by 2008 MFA
graduate Cai Ying.
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