# immersive performance
The core creators of Belgium-based arts group fieldworks, Heine Avdal (Norway) and Yukiko Shinozaki (Japan) have visited Hong Kong twice since May last year, to collaborate with artists from Hong Kong to stage a series of subtle, playful and imaginative interventions in Tai Kwun. Daily life is animated from private hidden corners to outside bustling streets, setting free the history and the memory held captive in the space, the movement, and the body.
carry on was originally conceived as an unconventional guided tour in and around Taikwun and was scheduled for 16 performances during the Hong Kong Arts Festival last February.
Programme 1. Dialogue：carry on
# a dialogue
A global pandemic has postponed the Hong Kong premiere of carry on for over 7 months. On August 27, a special online re-union was arranged to bring together artists from different parts of the world. They talked about how the work has evolved in Hong Kong, and how the artists’ vision has ignited the performers’ imagination. When everyone embraces unexpected happenings in the process, the creation can be full of possibilities.
Programme 2. Documentary：fieldworks portrait 2018
a documentary film by Klaas Boelen
# a documentary
Shot during the preparations and happenings of fieldworks portrait, a three-day performative exhibition devoted to the work of Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki that was held at PACT Zollverein in 2018. A wonderful account of how the artists reflect on their perceptions and perspectives during the creative process. Not to be missed.
A Hong Kong Arts Festival Production
Concept & Direction
Heine Avdal (Norway) | fieldworks
Yukiko Shinozaki (Japan) | fieldworks
Sound & Installation
Tetsuya Umeda* (Japan)
Hong Kong Artists
Anson Chan (Performer)
Mandy Chen (Performer)
Han Mei (Performer)
Wing Moa (Performer)
Samantha Tse* (Performer)
Miu Law (Production Coordinator)
Leung Tat-ming (Production Manager)
Tim Fu (Assistant Stage Manager)
*The artist did not take part in this online activity.
Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki / fieldworks' international travel is supported by the Performing Arts Hub Norway and the Norwegian Arts Council.
fieldworks is the company of Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki. Since 2000, more than 20 productions have been created, and all have been toured internationally.
The various productions are concerned with “performativity” and allow for an open interpretation of movement as a heterogeneous combination of a variety of media. Consequently, the artists draw on a broad range of disciplines and expertise: performance, dance, visual arts, video, music, and technology.
Every performance plays on the tension and contrast between the body and objects, the body and the mind, fact and fiction/representation, the tangible and the invisible, the organic and the artificial, ... Recurrent themes in the productions include the relationship between performer and spectator, the non-hierarchical approach to the various elements of a performance, and the exploration of both theatrical and non-theatrical environments. www.field-works.be
Heine Avdal (Norway) has been active in the fields of contemporary dance, performance, video and visual arts. After studying at the Oslo National College of the Arts and P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and working as a performer for various companies of which the most prominent is Meg Stuart’s Damaged Goods, he started making his own work/productions, most often in collaboration with Yukiko Shinozaki.
In recent projects, Heine Avdal’s focus has been on the distribution of space. He questions how spatial conventions affect the way we experience and move through private/public spaces. Considering people’s preconceptions of spatial conventions and through slight shifts, or manipulations he searches for unexpected intersections between different components of a space. In this context, Avdal also questions how technology is being used or, can be used in acquiring new meanings and perceptions of the human body and our daily surroundings. He investigates the blurred distinction between what is artificial and what is organic, by integrating different technologies in such a way that they become charged with presences, acquiring some sort of human quality.
Yukiko Shinozaki (Japan) studied classical ballet in Tokyo and then contemporary dance and psychology at the Portland State University in the U.S. After graduating, she worked in New York as a freelance dancer as well as presenting her solo works at various venues. Since 1997 she has been living in Brussels and collaborating with Heine Avdal.
Shinozaki’s work focuses on internal complexities and contradictions of the body. The process of transformation takes an important role in her movement vocabulary: through subtle shifts and manipulations, familiar actions slowly transform into an unfamiliar realm/landscape. She considers artistic collaboration an important factor in her work and she consciously integrates serendipitous elements that arrive in encounters with different artists and situations. She often works in an intuitive way, yet she is also fascinated by something beyond her imagination.
Anson Chan (Hong Kong) graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art, majoring in Drama. Since graduation, he has performed in Red Chamber in the Concrete Forest of Hong Kong Arts Festival; Antigone - North East Village Edition of Theatre Horizon; Quai Ouest, Golden Dragon, Postcolonial Affairs of Food and the Heart, Fragments of Stones and Gold, Electronic City, The Ugly One of On & On Theatre Workshop; Life of Galileo, Hamletmachine of Alice Theatre Laboratory; The Sorrows of Young Yat Sum of Ricochet Ensemble in the International Arts Carnival.
He has written two plays, Without Him, My Family and Pigdog, which were presented in the Playwright Scheme organised by Prospects Theatre.
Mandy Chen (Hong Kong) graduated from the Drama School of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Griffith University (MA in Applied Theatre and Drama Education) and European Graduate School. She is a veteran performer and an educator for theatre-in-education. In 2000, she was granted an Arts Scholarship by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for her further studies in the Feldenkrais Method in the UK and later with Moshe Feldenkrais’ in Paris. In 2007, she gained another Arts Scholarship again to the UK to learn with Tim Wheeler from the well-known Mind the Gap Theatre Company. After her return, she adapted the moth ball and co-directed with Tim Wheeler.
She currently works as drama practitioner for the School and Community training program, as a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method™ and as a performer.
Han Mei (Hong Kong) was born into a dancing family in Shanbei, China. She was awarded scholarships from City Contemporary Dance Company and City Contemporary Dance Centre to study in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, graduating with a Modern Dance Professional Diploma. She was awarded the Hong Kong Dance Alliance’s Hong Kong Dance Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer” with Homecoming, choreographed by Pewan Chow from Passover dance in 2010. In 2018 she won the 1st runner up in the 18 District Singing Contest. In 2019 she joined John Chen Ensemble as a vocalist. From 2006 to 2019 she participated in productions by On & On Theatre Workshop including Cosmo X, Postcolonial God of Food, Kassandra - oder die Welt als Ende der Vorstellung, Fragments of Stones and Gold, Ballads of Expulsion, etc.
Wing Moa (Hong Kong) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in The University of Hong Kong majoring in Comparative Literature, minoring in both Media and Cultural Studies and German, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts majoring in Acting. She was nominated Best Actress at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre for her performance in The Electronic City (Director’s Cut).
Her recent productions include Best Wishes, The Plot, Quai Ouest, Postcolonial God of Food, Postcolonial Affairs of Food and the Heart, Century-old Dreams of A Fishing Harbour Episode III, The Awakening, Landscape in the Mist (Argentina tour), school productions include Miss Julie, The Electronic City and Night, Mother. She has toured in France, Argentina, Taiwan and China. She is also a professional EMCEE and has worked in radio and TV broadcasting company as reporter and host.