促進亞洲跨國舞蹈網絡互聯 AND+ 核心成員會議星馬之旅
Asia Network for Dance (AND+) Core Group Visit to Singapore & Malaysia
翻譯 Translation: Tiffany Wong
亞洲舞蹈網絡（Asia Network for Dance, AND+）自啟動以來，核心小組除了積極在國際平台上介紹這個網絡，讓亞洲舞蹈網絡得以連結國際之外，十多位來自亞洲各地的成員也有定期聚會，舉行小組會議，商討亞洲舞蹈發展和實踐的可行性。每次聚會的地點不同，目的是讓核心小組成員除了聚首舉行會議之外，同時有機會親身到訪亞洲不同國家和地區，實地了解該區的舞蹈發展概況。自從去年五月在香港第一次舉行正式聚會，我們已先後去過台灣和澳洲舉行會議；今年十月，AND+ 核心小組來到新加坡和馬來西亞，一連六天的緊密行程，我們一邊享受著東南亞地區的舞蹈風情，同時也為AND+未來活動的執行細節展開了討論。
Since the launch of Asia Network for Dance (AND+), its core members have been actively introducing this network on the international platform to connect Asia’s dance network to the world. At the same time, more than ten members from around Asia have been meeting regularly to discuss the possibilities for development and practice in Asia’s dance scene. Each meeting is held at a different location so that members can visit Asian cities and countries in person to observe and learn about what is happening in the local dance scene. After our first meeting in Hong Kong in May last year, we had meetings in Taiwan and Australia. In October, the core members of AND+ came to Singapore and Malaysia, and we started our conversation about the details of how AND+’s future activities could be carried out while enjoying the local Southeast Asian dance traditions during our packed six-day schedule.
AND+核心小組在濱海表演藝術中心會議前的大合照 AND+ core members, before our meeting at Esplanade；照片由馮澤恩提供 Photo provided by Jacky Fung
旅程的首部分是到訪新加坡，首天會議完成後，由新加坡國家藝術委員會倡議的藝術空間Dance Nucleus安排了兩節交流活動：其中一節邀請了跨媒體藝術家及舞蹈研究者Nirmala Seshadri和Soultari Amin Farid來示範和簡報他們二人多年來的經驗和研究成果，如何於傳統舞蹈動作和身體展現注入當代創作。眾所周知，東南亞地區的傳統舞蹈豐富多元，從傳統舞蹈動作中提煉素材，放入當代舞蹈創作當中，實需進行大量資料搜集與研究分析，實驗和檢討。我很佩服兩位藝人為此作出多年的研究，也認同傳統舞蹈是當代舞創作的重要基石，兩者的互動構成一種獨特的藝術詞彙，幫助舞蹈家在創作中展現及傳遞訊息。除Dance Nucleus之外，新加坡濱海藝術中心（Esplanade）也為今趟旅程安排了多個活動，包括到劇場觀賞一年一度的da:ns festival舞蹈節的節目；也安排了與當地舞蹈藝人會面的機會，我們邊吃邊談，也讓當地舞者和編舞們與這班「亞洲外地人」暢談創作和個人動向，加深彼此的認識。
We started in Singapore. On the first day, after our meeting, we had two exchange sessions organised by Dance Nucleus, a studio space supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore. In one of the sessions, multi-media artists and dance researchers Nirmala Seshadriand Soultari Amin Farid demonstrated and presented their studies on how movements and ways of displaying the body in traditional dance may be integrated into contemporary work. As we all know, there is a rich diversity of Southeast Asian traditional dances. To extract elements from these dance styles and incorporate them in contemporary works requires a huge amount of research, analysis, experiment and evaluation. I was impressed by the years of effort Seshadri and Amin have put into this research, and I agree that traditional dance is a key cornerstone for contemporary dance works. The interaction of these two genres produces a unique artistic vocabulary, helping dancers convey the message in their works. Apart from Dance Nucleus, the Esplanade national performing arts centre also arranged a number of activities for our stay, including watching performances at da:ns festival, their yearly festival, and a dinner gathering with local dance artists. As we ate, we talked about works and personal stories, deepening the understanding between local dancers and choreographers and us, the “Asian foreigners”.
左圖 Left：Nirmala Seshadri在Dance Nucleus分享她的舞蹈研究 Nirmala Seshadri sharing her studies at Dance Nucleus；照片由馮澤恩提供 Photo provided by Jacky Fung
中圖 Middle： 新加坡資深舞蹈藝術家Angela Liong與Kuik Swee Boon分享新加坡當代舞發展 Veteran dance artists Angela Liong and Kuik Swee Boon from Singapore talking about the development of Contemporary Dance there；照片由馮澤恩提供 Photo provided by Jacky Fung
右圖 Right：在吉隆坡市郊的Rimbun Dahan與當地藝術家共晉晚宴 Dinner with local artists at Rimbun Dahan；照片由馮澤恩提供 Photo provided by Jacky Fung
Our second stop was Malaysia. We got on a cross-border coach early in the morning, and in the blink of an eye, we went from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. We did not book a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, instead, we spent our two nights there in the suburban area at Rimbun Dahan, a private residence for artists. Rimbun Dahan welcomes artists of different disciplines to participate in residency programmes — there are painters, dancers, and even writers. On our first night, we had dinner with dance artists active in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, I felt at home that night because many Hong Kong and Taiwanese dancers have moved to Kuala Lumpur. We talked about the development of dance in the city, learning that dance companies struggle to sustain themselves since government subsidies are far from enough to cover operating costs, so most dancers in Kuala Lumpur work as freelancers. Also, due to the lack of suitable performance venues in Kuala Lumpur city, the government provides very limited support for the development of dance, causing artists to rely on each other for information and resources to create their work. These external factors have fostered a small but close community of dance artists, counting on each other like a family.
AND+ 核心小組的下一站是日本橫濱。經過一年多的計劃和醞釀，AND+ 會在2020 年2月，日本橫濱國際表演藝術會議（TPAM）中舉辦連串座談會和工作坊，希望到時會有更多來自香港舞蹈界的朋友出席，共同推動亞洲的舞蹈發展。
AND+ core members’ next stop will be Yokohama, Japan. After more than a year of planning, AND+ will be organising a series of seminars and workshops at the TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama in February 2020. I hope to see more friends from the Hong Kong dance scene joining us there, to drive Asian’s dance development forward together.
Manager (Programme / China Dance Development) of CCDC Dance Centre, City Contemporary Dance Company