2015 Award for Young Artist-Dance

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Ivy Tsui, 2015 Award for Young Artist-Dance

Tsui Yik-chit, Ivy  

2015 Award for Young Artist-Dance

Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2009 with a first class honors degree, Tsui Yik-chit, Ivy majored in ballet and modern dance and received several awards during her studies, including the Disney Scholarship, a scholarship from the Society of the Academy for Performing Arts and another from the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation. She has been working as a freelance artist after graduation. Her works, Dandelion in 2013 and Breathe in 2014, were invited to the Beijing Dance Festival and Guangdong Dance Festival. Her performance and choreographic works in 2014/15 included: Dehydrated Flower, Frangipani, Beautiful Decay, Absent Presentee, Hollowed 2.0 and Circus in the Dark–2015 Community Cultural Ambassador Scheme. She received a nomination for Outstanding Actress at the 7th Hong Kong Theatre Libre for her performance in Absent Presentee.

At first glance, the promotional poster for her solo dance performance last year, Dehydrated Flower, looks like a very romantic story. Yet what lies underneath the glossy surface is an experimental solo dance infused with equal parts youthful vigour and cruelty. The dancer, Tsui Yik-chit, Ivy believes that plants hold special powers, which inspired her series of works on floral themes.

Dance chose her

Tsui credits her encouraging parents with giving her the impetus to learn dance. Enrolled in children’s ballet classes, the young learner developed a passion for dance which would become a lifetime pursuit. When accepted into the HKAPA, she took ballet as her major but was initiated into different styles of dance during the programme that presaged her detour into modern dance and site specific dance upon graduation. ‘‘Modern dance is the most malleable and expressive form that speaks directly of life principles in today’s world,’’ she remarks. Modern dance defies restrictions of conventions or styles, allowing an artist free rein to give expression to abstract concepts and the many facets of the ‘’true self’’.

Growing from a child taking ballet classes to an artist pursuing dance as her life’s vocation, Tsui’s journey has been smooth sailing. She found the love of her life in dance and it was a choice she didn’t need agonising over. She didn’t choose dance; dance chose her. Coming of age in a more liberalised environment than the previous generation of dance artists prompted Tsui to count her blessings: ‘‘There are so many more opportunities coming our way and we should turn down none. We should do our utmost, make new attempts and experiment different platforms.’’ On the other hand, she urges emerging artists to discern their own artistic direction from the wealth of opportunities: ‘‘It’s precisely the abundance of opportunity and space awaiting them that makes the need of having a clear idea of their goals all the more pressing.’’

Plants as a metaphor for dance

Plants are recurring themes threading through her works; botanical themes have been evident in her works in 2014/15, Dehydrated Flower and Frangipani. ‘’I believe there’s a spring of energy flowing freely in this world. Plants, in particular, are a source of potent energy. Beneath the surface of tranquillity there is a flowing rhythm of life pulsating through that, after a period of dormancy, erupts in a burst of energy,’’ she believes. Her works beat with the rhythm and energy characteristic of plants. In Dehydrated Flower, the opening’s silent stillness slowly gathers momentum, building up to a roaring ferocity in the middle scenes only to return to tranquil serenity at the end, symbolising the cycle of life of a plant coming full circle–from budding to blooming in full to withering. She is truly fascinated with this profound, expansive and placid energy and believes that Hong Kong, a society moving at a ferocious pace, should take a leaf out of the botanical book for the survival rule of thumb, using stillness to defeat motion.

Continuing her endeavours to expand the language of dance, Tsui expresses sincere appreciation of the award for recognising her efforts and giving her a confidence boost to link the universe and people together by her works, discover and enjoy the beautiful moments.

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Organised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards is an annual flagship event in the local arts scene. It aims to give formal recognition to distinguished arts practitioners, groups and organisations that have made significant contributions to the arts development in Hong Kong.

Besides paying tribute to veteran arts practitioners, the Awards scheme presents different awards to recognise arts practitioners and up-and-coming artists with outstanding achievements. It also commends individuals and organisations that have actively participated in arts education and promotion, as well as patrons who have generously supported local arts events. By conferring the awards, the scheme aims to introduce diverse arts talents to the community, and to encourage active community support to the arts development in Hong Kong.

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Ivy Tsui, 2015 Award for Young Artist-Dance

2015香港藝術發展獎 - 藝術新秀獎-舞蹈

徐奕婕

2009年以一級榮譽畢業於香港演藝學院,先後主修芭蕾舞及現代舞,在學期間獲頒多項獎學金,如迪士尼獎學金、演藝學院友誼社獎學金及成龍獎學金等。自畢業後一直為自由身藝術工作者。2013及2014年憑作品《蒲公英》與《人工呼吸》獲邀到北京舞蹈雙週及廣東現代舞周中演出。2014/15年度的編舞及演出作品包括《乾花》、《雞蛋花》、《完‧美》、《靜默邊境》、《沒鎖上的憶記 2.0》及《飯後好馬戲──2015社區文化大使計劃》。其中《靜默邊境》獲提名第七屆香港小劇場獎「優秀女演員」。

徐奕婕去年的獨舞《乾花》,初看宣傳單張會以為是青春甜蜜舞劇,但其實是一場實驗性極高、既青春亦殘酷的獨舞。原來她相信植物有股特別的能量,並以此開展了一系列的作品。

是舞蹈選擇了她

徐奕婕自小在父母的鼓勵下學習舞蹈,參加兒童芭蕾舞班,培養出對舞蹈的濃厚興趣,自始她開展了其舞蹈生涯。最初進入香港演藝學院時,徐奕婕選擇以芭蕾舞作為主修舞蹈,但後來在學院裡接觸到不同的舞蹈方式,畢業後專注發展現代舞及環境舞蹈:「現代舞是最變化萬千、最能反映當代人類的生活理念。」她說,現代舞不受形式規限,任由創作者去發揮,是最能表達抽象的概念及不同面向的真我的一種舞蹈。

由小時候上兒童芭蕾舞班,到以舞蹈為終身事業,徐奕婕笑言過程順利,一直單純地喜歡舞蹈,由始至今沒有太大掙扎,與其說是她選擇舞蹈,不如說是舞蹈選了她。而與舞界的前輩相比,她亦感恩這一代實在幸福許多:「我們這一代,機會真的很多,我不主張拒絕任何機會,而應該盡力在不同平台作出嘗試。」另一方面,她指年輕一輩在芸芸的機會中,需釐清自己的發展方向:「正因為有這麼多機會和空間,我們便更要清楚知道自己真正想做的是什麼。」

以植物作喻的舞蹈

「植物」是徐奕婕的創作中一個重要的主題,這可見諸於其2014/15年度的作品《乾花》及《雞蛋花》。對她而言:「我相信這個世界有能量在不停流動,而植物就是一種特別強勁的能量,它看似安靜,卻並非靜止,而是在慢慢地向前走,在醞釀了一段時間後會一下子爆發出來。」徐奕婕的作品表現著植物獨特的律動與能量,以《乾花》為例,由開場的緩慢、靜默,至中段的洶湧激烈,最後再回歸寂靜,宛如植物含苞、盛放及凋零的過程。她為這種深邃、廣大而沉穩的力量著迷,並認為在香港社會如此急速的步伐下,或許像植物般「以靜制動」才是最佳的生存法則。

徐奕婕希望繼續發展舞蹈語言,是次獲獎無疑給予她一個肯定,讓她更有自信去用作品將世界和大眾連結,共同發現更美好的事物。

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由香港藝術發展局舉辦的「香港藝術發展獎」是本地文化藝術界的年度盛事,每年都會頒發多個不同獎項,表揚在香港文化藝術界有卓越表現的藝術工作者,以及積極支持藝術活動的人士及團體/機構,肯定他們的努力和成就。

「香港藝術發展獎」設有多個不同獎項,除向資深藝術工作者致敬外,並表揚在不同範疇有卓越表現及貢獻的藝術工作者及後起之秀,讓社會各界對本地傑出藝術工作者有更深的認識。本計劃亦嘉許積極參與藝術教育及推廣工作,以及熱心贊助本地藝術活動的人士及團體,鼓勵社會各界支持及參與藝術發展,讓大眾分享他們努力的成果。

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