Ricky Hu Songwei from The Hong Kong Ballet wins the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012
<Hong Kong – 13 May 2013> The Hong Kong Ballet is delighted to announce that Ricky Hu Songwei has won the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012.
Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of The Hong Kong Ballet said “I’m so pleased to see Ricky’s talent and hard work has been recognised by the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards. Ricky has been a member of our corps de ballet since 2008, and he’s a highly valued member of The Hong Kong Ballet. Recently his talent for choreography has really become apparent, and I hope he will continue to pursue this creative avenue alongside his dancing.”
Born in Jiangxi, Ricky Hu graduated from the Shanghai Dance School (Major in Chinese Dance) in 2004 before going on to train at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore. He received a full scholarship to study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and later an Asian Cultural Council Dance Fellowship to further his study at the Ailey School in New York. Since joining The Hong Kong Ballet in 2008, he has created works including Twins, Voicing and Play with Abandon (featured in the 2012 Hong Kong Arts Festival) and White Lies, in collaboration with Yuh Egami, also a dancer from The Hong Kong Ballet. Ricky and Yuh were the Associate Choreographers of The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois together with Choreographer Yuri Ng. Ricky also performed in Rush at the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival.
“I am greatly honoured to receive this award and I would like to thank the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and the judges. It’s fantastic to have this recognition, and confirmation that all of the hard work that a dancer puts into his or her career is worth it!” Ricky Hu commented.
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 organizations that have made significant contributions to the arts development in Hong Kong.
About The Hong Kong Ballet
One of the premier classical ballet companies in Asia, The Hong Kong Ballet is becoming internationally recognised as a world-class institution with an identity that fully reflects the unique vitality of Hong Kong. The Company turns 34 in 2013, and over time has evolved into a vibrant performing arts organisation with accomplished dancers, a strong repertoire, and sparkling, technically challenging productions.
The Company’s artistic team is led by Artistic Director Madeleine Onne, with over 40 dancers originating from all over the world. The Company performs a repertoire that combines classical masterpieces and acclaimed contemporary works from the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as new commissions. Since 1997, The Hong Kong Ballet has raised its international profile by conducting over 30 tours; in the summer of 2012, The Hong Kong Ballet toured the United States and Canada, performing at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in Aspen, Montreal and Santa Fe. An integral part of the Company’s activities is an extensive education and community outreach programme, which brings the art of ballet to students as well as to the wider community of Hong Kong.