ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台
2018 ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform 2018
Since joining City Contemporary Dance Company, Jacky not only had the chance to communicate with local artists to collaboratively develop the possibilities of dance, he also played the role of Hong Kong’s cultural ambassador, building relationships with fellow workers in the dance industry and interdisciplinary artists. He had opportunities to participate in local and overseas art festivals, art fairs and conferences. These opportunities broadened his horizons and network, and at the same time increased his exposure to people in overseas dance industries. On every trip, whether meeting new people or seeing old acquaintances, their thoughts and experiences always lead to rounds of brainstorming. Thanks to Dance Journal, I can share with readers what I saw and learnt through Dance Travelogue.
HOTPOT東亞舞蹈平台分享會 Sharing for HOTPOT – East Asia Dance Platform;
圖片由馮澤恩提供Photo provided by Jacky Fung
過去幾年，北歐和香港的舞蹈連繫可說是日漸頻仍，比方說我團從2017年開始與日本橫濱舞集 (Yokohama Dance Collection) 和首爾國際舞蹈節 (Seoul International Dance Festival) 合辦的「HOTPOT─東亞舞蹈平台」，概念就是源起於ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台；除此之外，西九文化區和與芬蘭三家舞蹈機構合作，包括Dance Info Finland、Zodiak - Centre for New Dance、以及Dance House Helsinki 的三年「國際創意交流 ─ 香港x芬蘭」計劃，也促進了本地和芬蘭藝術家的相互交流。在2018年結束之前，我來到了冰島首都，也是世界上地理位置最北的首都城市─雷克雅維克(Reykjavík)，參加第五屆ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台。
In the past few years, there have been more connections in dance between Northern Europe and Hong Kong. For instance, the concept for HOTPOT – East Asia Dance Platform, a collaboration between our company, Yokohama Dance Collection and Seoul International Dance Festival since 2017, originated from ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform. In addition, West Kowloon Cultural District’s three-year residency and exchange program “Creative Meeting Point: Hong Kong x Finland”, a collaboration with three dance companies from Finland – Dance Info Finland, Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, and Dance House Helsinki, also fostered exchanges between local and Finnish artists. Before the end of 2018, I arrived at the capital of Iceland, also the geographically northernmost capital city in the world, Reykjavík, to take part in the fifth ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform.
ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台由來自北歐的五國的舞蹈機構合作舉辦，分別是芬蘭的Dance Info Finland、挪威的Dansens Hus Oslo、瑞典的Dansens Hus Stockholm、丹麥Dansehallerne Copenhagen 以及冰島的Performing Arts Iceland。我第一次參加這個平台是2016年在哥本哈根，那次主要是為了宣佈「HOTPOT─東亞舞蹈平台」的新成立，也藉此機會觀摩北歐風格的舞蹈創作，了解這地區的舞蹈發展概況。事隔兩年，我來到全球最北的首都城市參與ICE HOT 2018，貼近極地的寒冷氣候跟創作的熱情互相碰撞，正是ICE HOT 2018的最佳寫照。
ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform is co-organized by dance organizations from five Northern European countries, namely Dance Info Finland from Finland, Dansens Hus Oslo from Norway, Dansens Hus Stockholm from Sweden, Dansehallerne Copenhagen from Denmark and Performing Arts Iceland from Iceland. I first participated in 2016 in Copenhagen, at that time my main purpose was to announce the establishment of HOTPOT – East Asia Dance Platform, and to observe Northern European dance works to learn about the development of dance in the region. After two years, I have come to the world’s northernmost capital city to be in ICE HOT 2018, and I think the perfect portrayal of the event is the collision between the freezing cold weather and the passion to create.
整個ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台2018，當中包含了19個演出節目，19個製作簡報(PITCHING)安排在每個早上的MORE MORE MORE 環節，加上14 個業界研討會和工作坊，還有3節舞蹈早課和自由參加的當地遊覽。 ICE HOT 主辧方這次也為HOTPOT提供了一個分享會環節，讓我們有機會向各國的策展人介紹兩年來HOTPOT的發展概況和對未來展望，在一小時的分享會中，談及了聯辦舞蹈平台的經驗和可能性，當中充滿啟發性的點子和意見，可說是收獲滿滿。
ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform 2018 consisted of 19 performances, 19 production pitches in the MORE MORE MORE session each morning, 14 workshops and seminars, three morning dance courses and optional local tours. The organizers of ICE HOT also provided a sharing session for HOTPOT to introduce our development and vision to curators from different countries. We gained a lot from the one-hour sharing session, in which we talked about the experience and possibilities of co-organized dance platforms, and many participants shared inspirational ideas and advice.
Apart from hosting the sharing session, our four-day schedule was filled with performances and activities in ICE HOT. There are two performances that I would like to share, not for the reason that they were particularly good or bad, but their uniqueness gave me a deep impression.
《Diorama》的舞者Dancer from Diorama; 圖片由馮澤恩提供Photo provided by Jacky Fung
首先是來自挪威編舞Ingri Fiksdal 編創的環境舞蹈演出《Diorama》。這個演出會因應不同的演出環境、地理風貌或城市特色而作出調整和變化，這次來到冰島的Ægissíða 演出，可算是極地藝術的一種呈現，舞者在面向著格陵蘭的冰島海岸線上，套上有如睡袋一般的舞衣，幻化成自然景物的一部分，在海邊緩緩的移蠕動著，過程漫長，同時緩慢的變化卻營造了集體的冥想空間。萬萬也想不到，我會坐在冰島的海邊，穿著大褸披著毛毡，戴著手套拿著熱茶，縱使寒風撲面差不多一個小時，眼晴卻沒有離開過我眼前的宏偉景觀，是一組天然和人造(舞者身體移動)的特殊景觀，這個天人合一的演出不單呈現出自然界的融和，也是一幅美麗而且活生生的風景畫。
The first piece of work is the immersive dance performance Diorama by Norwegian choreographer Ingri Fiksdal. This performance is adjusted according to the environment, landscape and urban characteristics of the performance venue. In this performance in Ægissíða, on Iceland’s coastline facing Greenland, dancers dressed in sleeping-bag-like costumes became part of the natural scenery. As they wriggled slowly by the seaside, the space gradually transformed into a collective meditation space. Never have I imagined myself by the sea in Iceland, in a big jacket and blankets, holding a cup of hot tea in mittens, the wind slapping at my face for a whole hour; yet my eyes never looked away from the magnificent scenery, a special scenery constructed both naturally and artificially (the dancers’ movements). This performance, with the oneness of heaven and humanity, depicted the harmony of nature. It was a landscape painting, beautiful and alive.
第二個要分享的演出來自主辦國冰島創作人Ásrún Magnúsdóttir 的《Listening Party》。對！這真是一個party，一個屬於一群18歲以下青年人的party，演區就是他們的舞池，這群青年人或許沒有接受過任何舞蹈訓練，他們各自挑選了自己最喜歡的歌曲，然後就和舞池上的朋友一起舞動身體，載歌載舞，這就是最誠實的身體，最坦率的交流。年齡都超過18歲的觀眾們啊(包括我，包括在座的家長)，就是一個聆聽者，這就是一個聆聽這群「孩子」的機會，驟眼看他們只是普普通通的青年人，說話帶著羞澀又似乎不太懂得表達自己，但是當他們投入自己喜歡的音樂世界時，那種忘我的身體擺動，那份澎湃的熱情和感染力，我想坐在觀眾席的家長們也未必見過，然後，觀眾漸漸也跟隨著他們一起手舞足蹈，到最後所有觀眾也被邀請到舞池與這班青年人一同起舞，一起投入這個Party。這個演出並沒有高技巧，沒有高科技，也沒有尖銳議題，但是，它卻實實在在的呈現了真善美，演區上全部都是最坦率的身體和靈魂。
The second performance that I have to share is Listening Party by Ásrún Magnúsdóttir, a choreographer from the organizing country, Iceland. Yes! It was a party, a party that belonged to young people below 18, and the party dance floor was their stage. These youngsters were not all trained in dance; they each chose a song that they liked, then sang and danced with their friends on the dance floor. Theirs were the most honest of bodies and the most candid of interactions. Audience above 18 (including me and the performers’ parents) were listeners, it was a chance to listen to this group of “kids”. At a glance, they were just ordinary young people, shy in speeceh and not expressing themselves very well. But when they threw themselves into the world of their favorite music, I think even their parents had never seen their bodies move so unself-consciously, and with such passion and enthusiasm. The audience began to dance along, and finally all were invited to the dance floor to join the young people’s party. In this performance, there weren’t any difficult techniques, there weren’t any advanced technologies, they weren’t discussing any hot topics, but it was indeed an illustration of truth, goodness, and beauty. The performing area was filled with the most candid bodies and souls.
在冰島雷克雅未克舉辧的ICE HOT 2018 是首輪ICE HOT 北歐舞蹈平台的最後一站，從2010年第一屆在瑞典的斯德哥爾摩舉行的ICE HOT 至今，這個舞蹈平台實在為北歐的舞壇貢獻良多，不單促進了更多的對外交流，同時，北歐舞蹈在國際舞壇上也確立了自己的地位。期望下一輪次的ICE HOT，能夠繼續引領北歐舞壇發光發熱。
ICE HOT 2018 in Reykjavík, Iceland was the last stop of the first round of ICE HOT Nordic Dance Platform. Since ICE HOT’s debut in Stockholm in 2010, this dance platform contributed greatly to the Northern European dance industry, not only fostering international exchanges but also establishing the position of Northern European dance in the global dance scene. I’m looking forward to the next round of ICE HOT, and I hope it continues to lead the Northern European dance scene to shine brightly.
冰島創作人Ásrún Magnúsdóttir 作品《Listening Party》Icelandic artist Ásrún Magnúsdóttir’s Listening Party; 圖片由馮澤恩提供Photo provided by Jacky Fung