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
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.
Schedule of events:
Oct 16-30, 2013 Talks (completed)
Nov 13, 2013 Audition
Nov 14-17, 2013 Workshops (conducted by Scottish Ballet)
Nov 22, 2013 – Feb, 2014 Workshops (held by local artist Katharine Yip)
Feb 18-21, 2014 Workshops (held by Scottish Ballet)
Feb 22, 2014 Student Showcase for Public at North Atrium, Olympian City 2
Feb 24, 2014 Student Showcase for students of the 3 participating schools, North District Town Hall
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
Student Showcase for three selected schools
Date: Monday, 24 February 2014
Time: 16:30 (TBC)
Venue: North District Town Hall
Performances of Highland Fling by Scottish Ballet in 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival
Date: Friday – Sunday, 21 – 23 February 2014
Time: 19:30 (21-23 Feb); 14:30 (23 Feb)
Venue: Auditorium, Sha Tin Town Hall
For programme details and booking online
About Hong Kong Arts Festival
Launched in 1973, the Hong Kong Arts Festival is a major international arts festival committed to enriching the life of the city by presenting about 150 performances and 250 PLUS and educational events in February and March every year. The Festival presents the world’s top artists as well as stars of tomorrow and gives equal importance to great traditions and contemporary creations. The Festival also commissions and produces work in theatre, chamber opera and contemporary dance by Hong Kong’s own creative talents and emerging artists. Many Festival productions have had successful runs in Asia after their Hong Kong premiere.
The Festival invests heavily in arts education, offering diverse arts experiences to tertiary, secondary and primary school students through a wide range of arts education programmes.
The Festival is a non-profit organisation, with about 30% of annual revenue from government funding, around 40% from the box office, and the remaining 30% from sponsorships and donations from corporations, individuals, and charitable foundations.
About BNP Paribas in Hong Kong
Established in Hong Kong in 1958, BNP Paribas has built over the years a unique set-up to service institutional and private investors, corporate or financial intermediaries with a wide range of products and services. Combining global expertise and local know-how, BNP Paribas boasts leading positions in Corporate and Investment Banking (capital markets, advisory and financing businesses), Wealth Management, Asset Management and Securities Services.
BNP Paribas employs more than 2,000 people in Hong Kong – its regional platform for the Asia Pacific region.
About the BNP Paribas Foundation
Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the BNP Paribas Foundation endeavours to preserve and promote the artistic treasures of museums, to encourage creators and performers in disciplines that rarely attract aid from corporate support programmes and to fund research programmes in high technology sectors such as medical and environmental research. It also supports projects aimed at promoting education and social integration.
As the Group’s corporate philanthropic arm for nearly thirty years, the Foundation also coordinates BNP Paribas’ philanthropic policy, thus ensuring the coherence of the sponsorship programmes conducted throughout the world by a network of local foundations, as well as by the Group’s various business lines and subsidiaries.