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November 12, 2013 -

Hong Kong Arts Festival and BNP Paribas join hands to bring Scottish Ballet and dance moves by Matthew Bourne to local students in 2014 Artists-in-Residence Project

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Presented by Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) and sponsored by BNP Paribas, the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Project provides a valuable opportunity for students from three local secondary schools to learn contemporary ballet from the internationally acclaimed Scottish Ballet.

The annual Artists-in-Residence Project invites one international artist ensemble featured in each Hong Kong Arts Festival to provide in-depth workshops in three local secondary schools, where they will help students explore their creativity and artistic potential. The schools participating in the 2014 project are Elegantia College, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School, and Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School.

 

Scottish Ballet, which will be performing Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling during the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival in the spring of 2014, is the national dance company of Scotland with a broad repertoire of both classical and contemporary works, a long history of international touring, and extensive experience in providing dance education programmes for young people.

Tisa Ho, Executive Director of Hong Kong Arts Festival, said, “The Hong Kong Arts Festival invests heavily in arts education for young people, and BNP Paribas has been an excellent partner in the Artists-in-Residence Project since its launch in 2011, enabling us to help students discover their own creative potential, build personal confidence, and instil a love for the arts.”

Martine Tridde-Mazloum, Head of Group Corporate Philanthropy, BNP Paribas, said, “BNP Paribas Foundation is committed to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gain access to worlds that would otherwise be closed to them. With our longstanding involvement in education and artistic creation, we believe that arts nurture the soul and contribute to self-fulfilment and social integration.”

Paul Yang, Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Hong Kong Branch, added, “We are glad to partner with HKAF in the Artist-in-Residence Project. It opens up opportunities for students to explore their desires and capacities through the practice of arts. This experience will ultimately help them succeed in their future study and work.”

Under the guidance of professional dance educators from Scottish Ballet, who will be supported by local dance educator Katharine Yip, participating students of the 5-month project will go through a series of workshops based on creative tasks developed by choreography genius Matthew Bourne, eventually producing a piece of new choreography based on the themes, narrative and movement style taken from Highland Fling. They will create and experiment with creative movement, gain better understanding of contemporary dance techniques, as well as explore the characterisation aspect of Highland Fling and experience how original characters and environments can be created and developed. Participants will showcase what they have learnt from the project to the public on Sat 22 February 2014 at Olympian City and to the students of three participating schools on 24 February 2014 at North District Town Hall.

The Facebook page of Artists-in-Residence Project serves as a platform for sharing precious moments throughout the project and for communication among the instructors and students.

Student Showcase for Public
Date: Saturday, 22 February 2014
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Venue: North Atrium, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, West Kowloon, HK

Media Contact
Kenneth Lee, Outreach Manager Phone: (852) 2828 4907; E-mail: kenneth.lee@hkaf.org
Alex So, Development Manager Phone: (852) 2828 4910; E-mail: alex.so@hkaf.org