[中][ENG] 教育非為即時，努力為了將來——訪紫荊盃得獎隊伍編舞及導師何祖宜與林昭蓉 Educating Not for the Present Moment, But Striving for
Educating Not for the Present Moment, But Striving for the Future
（左）小水點兒童舞蹈團導師及編舞何祖宜、（右）屯門保良局董玉娣中學舞蹈組導師及編舞林昭蓉 (Left) Joey Ho, Choreographer and Teacher of Hibiscus Dance Company; (Right) Lina Lin, Choreographer and Teacher of Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College Dance Team; 攝 Photo: Ka Lam
Many contenders thirst for affirmation of their efforts in competitions. In the Bauhinia Cup Dance Championships 2018 (The Bauhinia Cup) held in August, Lina Lin, with her work Collapsing, led students of Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College to sweep the Gold Award in Ensemble Performance in The Bauhinia Cup, Gold Award in Ensemble and Outstanding Choreography Award in The Bauhinia Cup International Dance Championships, and Overall Champion of The Bauhinia Cup. Another competitor, Hibiscus Dance Company (Hibiscus Group), became the winner of Gold Award in Ensemble Originality Section of the Junior Bauhinia Cup Dance Championships 2018 and Overall Champion of the Junior Bauhinia Cup with Love & Light, an original choreography by Joey Ho. After the competition, the two choreographers and several of their young dancers sat together and learned from each other. They shared their stories of striving, perseverance, and persistence in dance.
林昭蓉作品《崩情城市》Lina Lin’s Collapsing; 攝Photo: Henry Wong
何祖宜作品《愛與光》Joey Ho’s Love & Light; 攝Photo: Henry Wong
Bringing Hopes to Everyone
Is achieving multiple awards within your expectations?
“Of course we hoped for satisfactory results in joining the contest,” Ho spoke frankly, “but I never demanded students to achieve any sort of awards; rather, I hoped for them to realize their full potential while enjoying dancing.”
“Since The Bauhinia Cup is a rather professional dance competition, we joined the contest with the attitude to learn, and winning awards was not the only item on our list. I intended to let students see their standard of dancing.” said Ho. Lin continued, “They [the students] had mostly participated in Schools Dance Festival, so their exposure was with students of the same grade. The Bauhinia Cup enriched their experience as they performed on the same stage as professional Hong Kong dance groups of different ages and levels, allowing them to see the various levels of the dance industry in Hong Kong.”
Teachers naturally want to give the best to their students. Ho’s Love & Light was an expression of love and warmth to children. “I thought of a similar theme a few years ago. It came up again as I happened to join the contest.”
So how did you brew the piece and let the ideas ferment?
According to Ho, the concept originated from reflections on teaching a group of children musical dance in Malawi, East Africa in 2015. “There were a dozen teens, and a few as young as four to five years old. They were all orphans whose parents passed away a long time ago. Although they had neither learnt singing nor dancing before, they were very talented and committed. In the end, they managed to learn to perform a forty-five-minute musical dance in just two weeks, and I was deeply impressed.”
“Once when we were eating at the canteen, a few orphans who had just been admitted to the shelter came in. A social worker gave them white rice, but they refused to eat. They said that they had never seen white rice and were afraid to eat. Again I was moved by this,” Ho said emotionally, “the children there brought me moving feelings and thoughts about life; plus, at that time, several cases of child abuse in Hong Kong came to light, and I decided to create a piece to express love.”
何祖宜（前排右一）所教授的東非馬拉威學生在2016年1月到赴港演出 Joey Ho’s (First from the right of the first row) students from Malawi, East Africa visited Hong Kong to perform in January 2016. 圖片由何祖宜提供Photo provided by Joey Ho.