[中][ENG]促進亞洲舞蹈跨文化合作及理解 雲門《半身相》作為案例 Promoting Cross-cultural Collaboration and Understanding in Asian
（左起）陳武康與皮歇．克朗淳 (From Left) Chen Wu-kang and Pichet Klunchun ; 《半身相》之官方宣傳照 Official Promotional Photos of Behalf
西九文化區於2017年發起探索成立亞洲地區舞蹈網絡的可行之途，經過接近兩年的研究，今年5月Asia Network For Dance (AND+網絡) 正式在港啟動。西九文化區管理局表演藝術主管（舞蹈）、AND+ 2018-19 聯合召集人陳頌瑛介紹，AND+旨在聯結、發展與加強亞洲地區的舞蹈實踐，架構上摒棄層級和會員制，追求信息的自由流動與不同地區同業的平等合作。她看到的是亞洲舞蹈界正面臨重重挑戰，其中跟亞洲多元的文化背景有關。今年五月由西九舉辦的製作人網絡會議及論壇（PNMF）的分組會議中，AND+的成員及亞洲舞蹈業界聚首一堂，討論跨文化合作的例子，當中的挑戰和機遇。
In 2017, the West Kowloon Cultural District (West Kowloon) initiated a discussion about the feasible ways to form a new Asian dance network. After nearly two years of study, the Asia Network for Dance (AND+) was founded in Hong Kong in May 2018. Anna CY Chan, Head of Dance at West Kowloon and AND+ Co-Convener 2018 – 2019, said that AND+ aims to connect, develop and strengthen contemporary practice in dance within Asia. Seeking free flow of information and equal collaboration among fellow dance practitioners from different areas, the network has no hierarchical structure and membership system. She notices the present challenges of the Asian dance scene and some of them are related to the diverse cultures of Asia. In the breakout sessions at the Producer’s Network Meeting & Forum (PNMF) organized by West Kowloon in May 2018, members of AND＋ met with dance professionals in Asia to discuss cases of cross-cultural collaboration as well as challenges and opportunities they presented.
AND+ 核心小組 AND+ core group; 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供 Photo Provided by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
AND+ kicks off to embrace challenges for Asian dance scene
Leading dance professionals in Asia into discussing the vision, mission and means of collaboration of the network, several meetings were held in Hong Kong (May 2017), Jakarta, Indonesia (November 2017) and Yokohama, Japan (February 2018) by West Kowloon.
Chan believes that the Asian dance scene is facing various challenges. First of all, Asia is a vast area encompassing diverse languages, histories, geographies, and cultures. How to deal with different traditions, audience demands and varying practices are necessary issues to be considered in artistic creation. ‘We know little about our surrounding regions even though we live in Asia’; secondly, there are multiple meanings and interpretations for “contemporary” that we need to explore it in more depth in different cultural contexts; thirdly, dedicated venues for dance within Asia are scarce. Exchange and resource sharing among fellow dance practitioners, therefore, are of utmost importance. This is exactly how the idea of AND+ was brewed up.
Reviewing the results of past meetings, that the Hong Kong meeting held in 2017 preliminarily identified six key directions, set out itineraries of the forthcoming two meetings and established a task force; the Indonesian meeting in 2017 confirmed three major goals and implemented the “mapping exercise”, a practice to list information about dance festivals, residency programmes, networks and funding platforms of the regions within a short period of time, for members to share and learn about the dance maps in Asia; and the 2018 Yokohama meeting confirmed the name, vision and missions and framework of the network. AND+ was inaugurated in May 2018 with three official goals announced: To share knowledge and information; to expand connections for dance professionals, and to strengthen the visibility of dance within and beyond Asia.
Regarding the operation of the network, Chan said that they want to abandon the top-down or bottom-up hierarchy and set up a horizontal organization attaching great importance to equality, openness, and sharing. A core group of AND+ was formed by dance professionals from various regions with a tenure of three years. The group is responsible for disseminating information, promoting AND+ to artists and producers and to facilitate connections between AND+ and other networks. At the first meeting of the core group held in this May, group members agreed upon that the several upcoming meetings will be held in Kaohsiung/Taipei, Melbourne, Singapore/Kuala Lumpur, Yokohama, Jakarta, Bangalore and Shanghai and they also confirmed the convener of each meeting, in addition to creating an AND+ Facebook account.
“All these are grown from our passion for dance that we are propelled to do more,” said Chan. Producers participating at the meeting engaged in group discussions on the goals and vision of AND+, a better operation of the network and how it can actually benefit participating dance professionals and their works. In the program sharing session on the next day, producers from different areas shared details of their dance projects and had discussions about art making, audience engagement, and development of dance communities, etc…
PNMF中舞蹈分舞分組對話 Dance Parallel Session of PNMF: Dance Forum Issue in Presenting Artistic Transnational Collaboration & Co-Production Work; 圖片由西九文化區管理局提供 Photo Provided by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Cloud Gate provides resources to bring about Taiwan-Thailand artist collaboration
AND+ tries linking up artists and producers from different areas of Asia to develop cross-cultural dance experiments. How do choreographers of different cultural backgrounds get into one another’s creative worlds? And how do they present their works to audiences of distinct cultural backgrounds? Behalf, a collaboration between the Taiwan choreographer Chen Wu-kang and the Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun which is facilitated by Cloud Gate Theatre, is an exemplary case to illustrate.