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Hong Kong Exile

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Hong Kong Exile – Room C, Sat. 1:30pm & 4pm, Sun. 2pm & 4pm

Hong Kong Exile is an interdisciplinary arts company based in Vancouver made up of three emerging contemporary artists. HKX creates theatrical, experimental work inspired by cultural politics in an era of globalization.  For the last two years, the company has been investigating what possibilities lay in the realm of interdisciplinary collaboration. Hong Kong Exile explores and questions:

  • The relationship between the “East” and the “West”
  • Chinese identity within a Canadian context
  • The formal and aesthetic traditions within dance, theatre, and new music

Since its inception Hong Kong Exile has presented seven original pieces in various Vancouver venues including Chapel Arts, the CBC Broadcasting Studio, the Scotiabank Dance Centre, The Russian Hall, Cineworks Annex, and SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Their collaborative productions have featured dozens of local professional musicians, dancers, lighting designers and media artists.

Earlier this year, Hong Kong Exile was awarded a five-month residency at New Westminster’s River Market. As Artists-in-Residence, the company was committed to bringing the vibrancy of downtown Vancouver’s arts scene to the community of New Westminster. When not working on performances, HKX has kept a busy year, curating an evening of interdisciplinary artists in Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s new home, singing on Valentine’s Day, and most recently returning from a fruitful adventure to meet and work with artists in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taipei.

HKX is currently exploring etiquette across various cultures with The Pugs and Crows (JUNO-award winners) for an intimate show in January, creating an upcoming piece for the CanAsian Dance Festival in April (Toronto), as well as teaming up with Theatre Conspiracy towards a residency in the coming year.

Natalie Gan  is a contemporary dance artist and instructor based in Vancouver. With a double degree in Dance and International Studies from Simon Fraser University, she has continued her studies through training with local company Modus Operandi. A passionate performer, choreographer and activist, she thrives on collaboration and creating work that brings people together in both process and product. As a member of Something Collective, Natalie was awarded a three-year residency at Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre. She is also co-founder of Art For Impact, a non-profit organization that celebrates arts capacity for social change.

Milton Lim is a theatre practitioner from Port Coquitlam. He has recently graduated from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts with a BFA: a Major in Psychology and an Honours degree in Theatre Performance. As an inspired director, deviser, and movement-artist, Milton strives to fuse his processes with the postmodern notions of contemporary psychology and its deep-seated origins in philosophy. Milton’s early work with GLASS Youth Choir amongst other initiatives, has been a driving influence on his desire for collective social change.

His devised theatre plays with movement, collaboration, and performance space.

Remy Siu is an emerging composer based in Vancouver, BC. He studied at SFU Contemporary Arts with David MacIntyre and Owen Underhill. His work has been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Erato Ensemble, Musica Intima, and Quatuor Bozzini.

His music is interested in the strange, the humourous, the montage, and the angular.