T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore) performed at the Yokohama Dance Collection. (Left to right) Kuik Swee Boon, Artistic Director of T.H.E Dance Company , Anna CY Chan, Zhuo Zihao and Wu Mi, dancers of T.H.E Dance Company and also HKAPA alumni.
繼去年十月，隨香港藝術發展局率領本地藝術工作者參與首爾表演藝術博覽會（Performing Arts Market in Seoul）後，亦於今年二月到訪南北半球，分別被邀參加橫濱表演藝術交流會（Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama） （下稱TPAM）、 橫濱舞集（Yokohama Dance Collection）、澳洲表演藝術博覽會（Australian Performing Arts Market）（下稱APAM）和阿得萊德藝穗節（Adelaide Fringe Festival）。因篇幅有限，今期主力分享於日本的體會！
After attending the Performing Arts Markets in Seoul with a delegation from Hong Kong organized by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council last October, I’ve was also invited to participate in various International Performing Arts Markets. The journey included Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM), Yokohama Dance Collection, Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and Adelaide Fringe Festival. In my column for this issue, I will talk about my visit to Yokohama.
Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama
前身為東京演藝市場，TPAM創辨於1995年，為歷史最悠久的國際表演藝術博覽會。於2011年移師至橫濱，將M（Market，「市場」）改為Meeting（「會議」），建立當代藝術作品和創作者交流的平台。TPAM嘗試改變以「買賣」為主導的思維，取消攤位展覽以推銷作品，取以代之為9天的會議。主辦策劃各種如TPAM Direction、TPAM Contemporary Classics、TPAM co-production、TPAM Exchange、TPAM Showcase及Meeting program等活動加強海外直接聯繋，拓展海外演出機會，建立亞洲演藝網絡，提供讓表演藝術從業員相互了解的機會。TPAM亦於2015起專注於推廣亞洲地區的當代表演藝術，探討具意義的協作計劃，每年更邀請亞洲地區的制作人，策展有代表性的亞洲作品（TPAM Direction），展演給亞洲和國際觀眾，慢慢成為於亞洲具影響力的演藝平台之一。今年很高興有不少香港藝術家和製作人參與，香港舞者綠美（Greenmay）@Body Lab for Priori Tropism 的作品亦被邀為TPAM Showcase節目之一。Greenmay 聯同聲音藝術家葉破和攝影藝術家Jesse Clockwork 於YCC Yokohama Creative City Centre展現了一個以香港社會運動為主幹的當代作品《無支配的清醒時份（A Possible Path to Isonomia）》。 詳見：www.tpam.or.jp。
Founded in 1995, and formerly known as Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM), this is one of the longest-established performing arts markets. In 2011, TPAM changed what its M stood from Market to Meeting and redefined itself as an exchange platform for contemporary artworks. To do this, they took the radical step of discontinuing exhibition booths and the dominant ‘buy & sell’ format familiar to most arts markets around the world, and changed into a nine-day meeting. TPAM is organized in umbrella programs such as TPAM Direction, TPAM Contemporary Classics, TPAM Co-production, TPAM Exchange, TPAM Showcase, and Meeting program. All of these programs aim to strengthen global connections and expand the opportunities for international touring. Most important is to develop a strong and coherent Asia Network for performing arts. Moreover, TPAM is also a place for professionals to meet and exchange information across Asia and internationally. In 2015, TAPM took on the focus of promoting Asian contemporary performing arts by developing the concept of meaningful collaboration through TPAM Direction. Each year it appoints a few active arts producers from Asian to curate the Asian programs, showcasing their uniqueness to the audiences in Asia and the world. Ever since, it is on its way to becoming one of the most influential performing arts platforms. This year, Hong Kong dance-maker Greenmay@ Body Lab for Priori Tropism’s A Possible Path to Isonomia was part of TPAM Showcase. Created with soundscape artist Paul Yip and photographer Jesse Clockwork, the work, based on the recent social movement in Hong Kong, was presented at the Yokohama Creative Centre (YCC). For more information about TPAM, check out their website at www.tpam.or.jp/2016/en/
2. 於Studio Bankart張貼的活動海報 Posters of TPAM at Studio Bankart, one of TPAM’s venues
Yokohama Dance Collection
一、二月的橫濱，除了TPAM 外還舉辦了有20年歷史的「橫濱舞集」。這個舞蹈節於期間舉辦比賽培育年輕和新進的編舞藝術家，以促進當代舞的發展。今年亦增加了與其他亞洲舞蹈節的協作節目，提供更多作品展演機會，共享舞蹈平台。據說每年均有過百以上的作品參賽，當然以日本編舞作品為主，但亦有來自其他亞洲地區如韓國、馬來西亞、菲律賓、越南、新加坡及香港等作品參加。由一個評委委員會通過錄像選出兩個組別，各約十多個決賽作品，於每年二月在橫濱紅磚倉庫1號舞台表演，選出最後各獎項的得主。香港編舞伍宇烈亦於1998年以《男生（Boy Story）》獲得獎項。楊浩和愛麗斯．倫斯（Alice Rensy）的作品《直言不諱（Outspoken）》亦於2015年入圍決賽。詳見：www.yokohama-dance-collection-r.jp/ydc2015/en/index.html 。
Besides TPAM, another well-established festival is held during the period of January to February in Yokohama. Yokohama Dance Collection founded in 1996 developed a well-known dance competition (previously known as Yokohama Dance Platform) within a festival framework. The goal of the competition is to promote contemporary dance and to discover and encourage promising young choreographers. This year, it added a new component of showcasing collaborative programs with other Asian dance festivals and provided more performing opportunities. All these efforts are aimed at developing the festival into a shared dance platform for Asia. Every year, on the average, there are hundreds of entries for the competition, mainly from Japan and other Asian areas such as South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A judging committee sets-up the procedures and criteria for selection, which is done through video submission, and they choose about twenty finalists that are divided into two groups. After which, the finalist pieces are presented in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 in February. Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ng’s Boy Story was one of the double winning works in 1998 and Hong Kong-based artists Yang Hao and Alice Rensy’s Outspoken was a finalist in 2015. For more information go to their website at www.yokohama-dance-collection-r.jp/ydc2015/en/index.html
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陳頌瑛Anna CY Chan
Head of Artistic Development (Dance), West Kowloon Cultural District Authority