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Making Space [go online]


# body awareness workshop    #artist sharing

Body as the Subject of Resistance 

Imagine a different world in a different body!

Making Space is a simple ritual, as well as an action. Portuguese choreographer Rita Vilhena researches on audiences’ participation in rituals as performance and studies the body as culture. Making Space to her is an attempt to question the capitalist value in our society: will our bodies be made redundant if they refuse to participate in the cycle of consumption? How different will our city become if the forward motion that we’ve been too accustomed to is contradicted?

In this online programme, Portuguese artist Rita Vilhena will share how the walking backwards ritual has been transformed from one city to another. Excerpts of an online workshop in Hong Kong that she conducted in September will also be shown, in which Rita talks about where Making Space came from and where it is going to.

Making Space was originally conceived as a backward walking ritual from Taikwun to the Hong Kong Zoological and  Botanical Gardens during the Hong Kong Arts Festival last February.

A Hong Kong Arts Festival Production


Choreographer          Rita Vilhena  (Portugual)

Dramaturge                Lai Sim Fong (Hong Kong)

Rita Vilhena (Portuguese) is a choreographer and researcher on dance and movement, a dance-maker interested in the body as culture and sacred place, and a dancer whose main motivation is the idea of transformation and participation, driven by intuition.
Rita is also a dance teacher. She has taught in Amsterdam and Lisbon (contact improvisation), at the Modern Dance Theater School (Amsterdam), the Arnhem Dance Academy – ARTEZ and Dansateliers in Rotterdam. She has performed for professionals in Station Zuid Tilburg and several international festivals. Rita has a master’s degree in performing arts (FCSH), a bachelor’s degree in Dance (CODARTS) and a degree in Dance (ESD). She established the Baila Louca Foundation (Rotterdam/The Netherlands) in 2005 and is currently working as a researcher at INET-md (Instituto de Etnomusicologia - Music and Dance Studies Center), FMH pole.

Lai Sim Fong (Hong Kong) graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter (UK), studying the psycho-physical approach under Phillip Zarrilli. She also  studied German, Cultural Studies and Art History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Freiburg University and UC Berkeley (USA). She has presented her work in Liverpool, Manchester and Poland. Since 2014, She has been working as a dramaturg in theatre and contemporary dance. Productions include: Red and Attempts on Her Life by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, 1st Documentary Theatre Festival of Pants Theatre Production, WKCD/ HKRep International Blackbox Festival. In 2018 she was assistant to the director for Rimini Protokoll, in the production of Remote Hong Kong for Tai Kwun.