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Ms. Anna CY Chan

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Head of Artistic Development (Dance) Hong Kong, China www.westkowloon.hk

Biography

Anna CY Chan is a practicing administrator, producer, curator and arts educator. She is now the Head of Artistic Development (Dance) of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. A former professional dancer, Anna continues her artistic contribution as producer and has strong interested in supporting innovative work and cross-disciplinary collaboration. She has produced numerous dance productions for the International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Hong Kong Ballet Group, Hong Kong Arts Development Council and Hong Kong Dance Festival. She was the organizer and chair of the executive curatorial team of Hong Kong Dance Festival 2006 & 2010.

Anna was one of the keynote speakers at the Dance Symposium: The Future of Contemporary Dance – Connecting Artistic Exploration and the Market Needs organized by the Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 2010. In 2011, she was invited by the Koelnmessa Pte Ltd as a speaker at LIVE! Singapore 2011 on the topic of “Arts Infrastructure Development: Audience Development through Community Engagement”. In 2012, she was invited by the Beijing Dance Festival 2012 to speak at the Dance Symposium on the topic of “The Opportunities for Creation and Growth for Young Artists in Asia” and in 2014 to speak on the topic of “Hong Kong Focus”.
Currently she serves as Emeritus Chair of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance; Vice-President (East Asia) of the World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific (WDAAP); Dance Advisor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Curatorial Statement

The vision for these two years prior to the opening of the first performing venue at West Kowloon (WKCDA) in 2017 is to support artists from diverse disciplines and cultures together to explore dance and developing new forms of expression, sharing creative experiences, promoting global collaboration and encouraging innovation of new work. WKCD recently engaged many International Artists including several Australian artists/groups to work collaboratively with our local artists for our Freespace Festival 2014 programmes.