23 March 2016
Author: The Place

Meet the dancer: Wai Shan Vivian Luk

Vivian holds double Bachelor degrees in Language Studies for Professions and Contemporary Dance. She graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2015, where she was awarded numerous scholarships during her studies, including the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, Hong Kong Scholarship for excellence Scheme, City Contemporary Dance Company Scholarship and HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship. She worked with different local and international choreographers: Laura Arís Alvarez from Ultima Vez, Olympic skater David Liu, freelance choreographer and former dancer of Nederlands Dans Theatre Natalia Horecna, artist in residence of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Christine Gouzelis from Greece and Rob Tannion from Spain. She participated in several dance events: BeiJing Contemporary Dance Festival 2012, OpenFLR summer dance intensive in Florence 2014, Impulse Dance Festival and Biblioteca do Corpo 2015.

  • When did you start dancing, and when did you realise that dance was going to be the main career focus for you?  

I started dancing jazz and hip pop as a hobby when I was 16. I didn't think about being a professional dancer as my career until I found dance as an exploration and expression of life and living.

  • How would you describe your artistic practice; are there particular styles, techniques or ways of working that resonate more strongly with you?

My artistic practice and techniques are developed through my education, from which I’ve built my dance vocabulary. There are many resources providing knowledge of different areas and techniques like Cunningham, flying low, UltimaVez vocabulary, improvisation, contact improvisation and partnering. The wide variety of information for the mind and body has been essential for my development.

  • What/who influences or inspires you as a dancer?

Life experience, especially the tough ones, they are my inspiration as a dancer.

  • Why did you chosen to study on the postgraduate performance programme EDge?

I thought this would be a place where I could gain and share through dance because of its openness and generosity to share dance with the audience and the world.

  • What are you surprisingly bad at?

Cooking/ creating

  • What are you surprisingly good at?

Listening

  • Anything else you’d like to add?  

I discovered that sometimes dance is a therapy for relief. Yet, good arts is a product of experiencing struggles in life. Therefore, whenever we go through a storm in our life, our art will be as bright as the sun in the sky.

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