Since Coco Chanel first collaborated with Diaghilev and the Ballet Russe almost a century ago, ballet choreographers and fashion designers have been inspiring each other to greater artistic heights, and Hong Kong Cool celebrates this legacy.
This exciting evening features world premieres by some of most intriguing dance makers, each working at different stages of their careers: Hong Kong legends Helen Lai and Yuri Ng; established choreographers Andonis Foniadakis, Yuh Egami, Hu Song Wei Ricky, and others. Each choreographer will collaborate with a different emerging local fashion designer in an explosive outpouring of contemporary and classic creativity.
Veteran Hong Kong choreographer and seven-time winner at the Hong Kong Dance Awards for her choreographic works, Helen Lai was the Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company from 1985 to 1989 and Resident Choreographer during 1991-2011. Accolades include Badge of Honour from the Queen of the United Kingdom in 1995, Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in 2000, Choreographer of the Year from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1990), a Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2002 Hong Kong Dance Awards, Award for Arts Achievement (Dance) in 2003 and Outstanding Contribution in Arts Award in 2015 from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and an Honorary Fellowship from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in July 2004.
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Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ngis the Co-Artistic Director of Yat Po Singers and was an Artist Associate for Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2013. Accolades include Artist of the Year Award – Choreographer from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1997, the Prix d’Auteurat the 6th Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet) for his choreography of Boy Story in 1998 and Hong Kong Dance Awards for Outstanding Choreography in 2000 and 2019. He also received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the 2012 Hong Kong Dance Awards and the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2013.
Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis has danced with Bejart Ballet and Lyon Opera Ballet. He has created works for dance companies like Martha Graham Dance Company, Rambert and Geneva Ballet, choreographed for operas and films and collaborated with Palais de Tokyo in Paris. He was Greek National Opera Ballet’s Artistic Director and is currently the Artistic Director of his own dance group Apotosoma. Accolades include Best Choreography by Italian magazine Danza&Danza and Greek Critics Union.
Born in Okinawa, Japan, Yuh Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London and joined Hong Kong Ballet in 2002. He assumed the role of Repetiteur in 2014 and was named Assistant Ballet Master in 2018. He became Ballet Master in 2019. With the Company, Egami has choreographed many works, was the Associate Choreographer for Yuri Ng’s Firecracker (2010) and The Frog Prince - A Ballet Chinois (2013) and co-choreographed with Hu Song Wei Ricky for The Rite of Spring (2019), Carmen (2017) and Bolero (2015), which won Outstanding Ensemble performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016, among others. He also created and restaged works for E-Side Dance Company and Le Studio Ballet in Hong Kong and Architanz, Japan.
Born in Jiangxi, China, Hu Song Wei Ricky trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and becomes Choreographer-in-Residence in the 2019/20 season. He has been invited to choreograph for Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, National University of Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Ballet and more. His Bolero (2015) with Yuh Egami won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. Hu received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012.
Born in Hong Kong, Leung Chunlong graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 2009 and from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2011, with a concentration in Ballet. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year and was named Coryphée in 2014.
His choreographic works included L’espoir (2017) and tʃHEy (2016). Leung received an Outstanding Performance Award at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2003.
Born in Zhejiang, China, Li Lin trained at Beijing Dance Academy. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010 and was named Soloist in 2014.
Since joining the Company, Li has presented choreographic works at Hong Kong Ballet’s Choreographers’ Showcase, including Break Away (2014), Follow Your Heart (2016) and The Bow (2017). He danced Pas de Deux from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow with Liu Miaomiao at the International Ballet Festival of Havana in 2014 and won second prize at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition in 2009.
Born in Tennessee, US, Forrest Rain Oliveros trained at Ballet Tennessee, Ellison Ballet and The Ailey School in the US. He danced with Charlotte Ballet and other companies before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017.
With Hong Kong Ballet, Oliveros has performed featured roles of Rat King and Russian Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcrackerand danced in Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, among others.
Born in Marikina, Philippines, Luis Cabrera began his training at Philippine High School for the Arts. He danced with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines before attending The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts on scholarship, where he graduated with a diploma in Dance in 2015. Cabrera joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet the same year.
With Hong Kong Ballet, Cabrera has danced in John Meehan's Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd's Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli's Lady of the Camellias, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián's Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo's Shape of Glow, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread. Prior to joining the Company, he has also danced in Nonoy Froilan’s restaged Giselle, Carlo Pacis’ restaged A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Alice Reye’s Rama Hari.