[中][ENG]香港比舞楊春江——讓亞洲看見香港好作品 Daniel Yeung: HDX Hong Kong Stands Out
曹德寶作品《順》Hugo Cho’s Along; 攝Photo: Eric Hong
From martial arts tournaments in ancient times to present-day contests, the champion is prized for their exceptional skills and talents. In early January, a three-day dance festival, Hong Kong Dance Exchange (HDX), was held in Hong Kong. Eight Hong Kong choreographers brought audiences eight dance works, hoping to charm producers and curators from Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea and win a chance to perform on international stages. Local audiences who missed those productions on their first runs or who just wanted to see them again seized the chance to appreciate these outstanding productions. “These eminent chorographic works form the focal point of the festival, as they are pivotal in making Hong Kong stand out,” HDX Festival Director Daniel Yeung asserts.
一月五至七日，香港大會堂劇院及展覽廳舉行合共六場當代舞演出，節目選自香港、台灣、日本及南韓四地，香港編舞作品代表包括黃俊達的《輕飄飄》、邱加希的《睇我唔到》及《純生》、曹德寶的《順》、李偉能的《回聲摺疊》、莫嫣的《A Major Clown in G-Flat》、白濰銘的《900”》，以及毛維與黃翠絲的《地圖》。
HDX presented six shows of contemporary dance at the Theatre and Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong City Hall from 5 to 7 January. Programs were selected from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea. Productions from Hong Kong included Très léger by Ata Wong Chun-tat, Remain Invisible and Unmixed by KT Yau, Along by Hugh Cho, Folding Echoes by Joseph Lee, A Major Clown in G-Flat by Jennifer Mok, 900" by Ming Pak, and Mapping by Mao Wei and Tracy Wong.
這批編舞近年都非常活躍，而且其獲選作品亦是廣受關注，屢獲好評，再加上分別由台灣圓桌舞蹈計劃、日本當代舞蹈網絡、福崗舞蹈藝穗節及南韓New Dance for Asia國際舞蹈節等平台引介的作品，這構成了香港比舞的輪廓，亦連結起亞洲當代舞發展的網絡。
The eight Hong Kong choreographers have been very active in recent years. With the selection of their well-known creations, as well as works introduced by Dance Round Table Project from Taiwan, Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival, and NDA International Festival, Seoul, the line-up of HDX was in place, creating a network of contemporary dance development in Asia.
Yeung was able to organize HDX with support from the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Home Affairs Bureau. The event was an experiment for Yeung, as there was neither an existing model to follow nor any expectation of successful outcomes. Productions formed the core of the experiment. “Outstanding choreography deserves more audiences.” The eight local choreographic works in HDX were all re-runs; yet, in this showing they represented Hong Kong to “compete with dances from other countries”.
香港比舞閉幕HDX Closing; 攝Photo: Cheung Chi Wai
亞洲的藝術節網絡 Arts Festival Network in Asia
The origin of HDX can be traced to an investigation by Yeung overseas. “Supported by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, I went to Europe and South Korea to learn about their networking. The development in Europe is admirable while South Korea has also been rapidly developing its networking in recent years.” During his research, Yeung realized that Hong Kong had to “catch up”, and he became assertive that Hong Kong needed to develop its own model. “We cannot simply follow the success of other countries. For instance, interaction between Japan and South Korea has been very frequent. Other than joining them, Hong Kong has to think about how to further connect with Taiwan, Singapore, and more places.”
“In the history of contemporary dance development, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea have shared similar experiences, such as mistaking westernization for internationalization. After strengthening interaction with neighboring regions, these places have made a self-rediscovery and gradually evolved an Asia-centered cultural development.” Yeung expects HDX to be the first step for Hong Kong to establish long-term collaboration with its Asian neighbors. “On one hand, we promote our best productions; on the other hand, we welcome regional partners to come to Hong Kong. With its favorable location, Hong Kong can become the intermediary to reinforce connection with Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and other countries.” Yeung chose arts festivals in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea to tryout as partners for HDX.