[中][ENG] 總監主場 Artistic Director's Home: 何曉嵐 Margaret Ho
Artistic Director's Home
Margaret Ho 何曉嵐
Show Director, Performer and Tutor of Hong Kong Circus
翻譯Translation: Tiffany Wong
“Perform to Inspire” is the guiding principle of Hong Kong Circus. . Our productions combine contemporary circus, dance, theatre and multimedia, a unique form of performing arts that we would like to share in Hong Kong.
As the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Circus, I draw inspirations from the people and events I encounter in my daily life, and the humanistic values drawn from these encounters. By showing familiar human relationships, my work aims to resonate with audiences as they make their own reflections. I enjoy creating work together with my performers, and I encourage them to bring their own circus specialty into the pieces. The meeting of each vivid personality is the key to the uniqueness of Hong Kong Circus.
《飯後好馬戲》中的火舞表演 Fire Spinning Performance from Circus in the dark；照片由香港馬戲團提供Photo provided by Hong Kong Circus
Studying Musical Theatre at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and working at a major amusement park widened my horizon in appreciating different art forms, and also how these differences can make an impact on audiences. During this time I first encountered then fell in love with fire dancing, and met Chris, the founder of Hong Kong Circus. With encouragement from my aerial teacher, Danielle Aubut and inspirations from the local performing artists in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Circus was established in 2012.
However, alternative pursuits such as this are often written off as difficult and unrealistic. Indeed, the journey of Hong Kong Circus has been so. Besides the doubting and disapproving you have to bear for being outside the norm, the city itself is also not designed to be friendly towards circus arts. Our early works were impeded by venue, safety and technical constraints. Yet these difficulties strengthened our resolve to persist.
Step by step, Hong Kong Circus presented its first public performance of fire spinning; presented outdoor contemporary circus shows that featured high aerial construction; organised exchange programmes with international circus artists; and annual shows at various art venues. On top of that, we continue to fight for performance opportunities that are open to the public, towards creating a stage that is welcoming to everyone.
《機保的重生之旅》KIBO’s Journey of Rebirth；攝Photo: Lampson Yip
Coming from a grassroots background, I am certain that I would not be wher