The Wandering Dancer
All along, it has never been easy to find a good place to nurture arts and culture in Hong Kong. Is lack of space and venues one of a variety of reasons why creation of art cannot develop comprehensively here?
Born and raised in Hong Kong, MA Choi-wo, Victor, was the winner of the Artist of the Year (Dance) Award presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 1996. He and his wife, YIM Ming-yin, Mandy, are among the first batch of graduates from the School of Dance of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 1988. Ever since the two established their dance team in 1995, they have been exploring new dance language, form and direction. Over the years, they have created over 110 pieces of work, and they also have 120 productions of different scales and 470 performances.
In addition to stationing in Hong Kong, they were also invited to participate and perform in the dance festivals around the world, from which they brought experiences back to Hong Kong. In 2009, they founded the Hong Kong i-Dance Festival, and successfully promoted dance education, which in turn, inspired artists in Taiwan, Korea and Japan, to held similar events in their own countries.
Nonetheless, since they established their dance team, they have been constantly looking for suitable venues for their dance studio. Not only does an ideal studio need space, it also has to meet a number of conditions: safe and flexible parquet floor, spacious, no columns to block view, high ceiling, comes with windows, etc. Unfortunately, with the scarcity of land in Hong Kong, it is not easy to find an ideal dance studio without substantial resources. From farmland in the New Territories to factory buildings, they have been renting different places but were somehow forced to move out at the end because of different reasons. While their dance studio still does not have a permanent address, they have not been discouraged. From youth to middle age, they still continue to create, continue to find, and continue to work hard for dancing!
Producer: Ho Lai-fan
Assistant Producer: Dorothy Yip、Cindy Chan