Phrases by Maria Elena Ricci.
Justyne Li, WONG Pik Kei and Alice Ma are three of the gifted artists from Hong Kong performing within the Hong Kong Soul platform in London and Edinburgh this summer season.
Nearer to their London-debut performances on the thirtieth of July, the artists from The (Hong) Kong Women triple invoice answered some questions on their solo works.
Q: What was the inspiration on your work?
Justyne Li: My work is named Bleed-through. The inspiration comes from the way in which by which we exist now: a physique being “programmed” by exterior directions and motion which doesn’t completely come from self-awareness. We’re used to the physique, but we’re not conscious of it. Bleed-through is a piece that research and integrates it and turns it into dance actions.
WONG Pik Kei: My work is named Chook-watching. It talks in regards to the freedom of physique, which additionally includes need. In Asia, ladies’s need just isn’t all the time being mentioned and there are all the time lots of misunderstandings. I hope I can use nudity to open this dialogue about what ladies’s physique ought to be.
Alice Ma: The work is named Wu and is impressed from fascinated with my very own ugliness, to face and cope with it.
Q: How does your work resist the stereotypical understanding of the Kong Woman identification?
Justyne Li: My creation is probably not particularly based mostly on “Kong Woman” identification on the time I started to create it, and it’s laborious to outline what precisely “Kong Woman” stands for. It in some way varies with every lady’s background, age, technology and perception, and so forth. Hong Kong has a various tradition, and it has turn into extra difficult after 2019 for folks to “stereotype” a sure identification.
Nonetheless, I imagine stereotype typically defines an individual in accordance with one’s exterior standing, which could be partial. This contrasts to how I create my physique motion and switch it into dance language. Briefly, when audiences see the “kind” in my work, it comes from how I specific my interior self.
WONG Pik Kei: I can’t say my work can resist any ideas, although from this work I begin to perceive how vital my physique is, how vital it’s that I share this sense with the viewers. Hopefully, due to that, we are able to begin speaking and rethinking what Kong Woman means to everybody, figuring out it shouldn’t be ignored.
Alice Ma: My work doesn’t intend to withstand the stereotypical understanding of the Kong Woman identification. I discover it’s troublesome to outline, and I don’t wish to outline what’s stereotypical of the Kong Woman identification. To some extent, I see the Kong Woman identification as ever-changing, like water.
Q: How do you assume the Hong Kong Soul platform may help constructive illustration of younger ladies? What’s constructive illustration to you?
Justyne: I take “constructive illustration” with a peaceful demeanor. This mentality is essential to me at this stage, not simply solely in dancing/performing/creating, but additionally as an individual. A relaxed demeanor may help me join with the best readability, and that is the most effective vitality to speak with the others and the world.
WONG Pik Kei: I feel that after 4 years of the pandemic and likewise the present state of affairs with all of the adjustments in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Soul platform takes a giant step to convey our voices exterior of Hong Kong. I hope we are able to begin reconnecting to the world and start to consider what we are able to do as artists.
Alice Ma: Hong Kong Soul platform brings our story to the world, allows us to attach with the world once more after almost 4 years of the pandemic. Constructive illustration for me is to maintain passionate to myself and to the world, and hold being curious.
Q: What do you hope the viewers will take away out of your efficiency?
Justyne: I don’t wish to assume any. I hope each viewers has their free thoughts to see and get what they should see.
WONG Pik Kei: I by no means wish to inform what which means I hope the audiences get from my work, I hope we each can benefit from the second deeply, and we speak and share after that. I hope we are able to get the vitality to assist one another.
Alice: I do hope to know what the viewers really feel after watching it, and I look ahead to their completely different interpretations. If I’ve to reply, I do hope the viewers can embrace their very own darkish facet.
Q: How do you see your work in dialogue with the opposite two works showcased in The (Hong) Kong Women triple invoice.
Rachel: We assist one another on this triple invoice. Our work might not speak about the identical subject, however we do assist one another. I feel it reveals the way in which of supporting one another on this unseen dialogue in The(Hong) Kong Women.
Alice: I imagine we three care about our interior selves and our society and we do wish to inform our tales to the world.
The (Hong) Kong Women
Wednesday 2 – Sunday 13 August (no efficiency on 7 August) at 5.30pm
Summerhall – Demonstration Room
(Venue 26) 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Field workplace 01315601580 / [email protected] / https://festival23.summerhall.co.uk/events/the-hong-kong-girls
Tickets (2 + 3 August) £10, (4 – 13 August) £15, £13 concessions
Period 60 minutes
Options nudity and scenes of a sexual nature
The (Hong) Kong Women triple invoice is previewed at The Studio Theatre RADA, 16 Chenies Road, London WC1E 7EX on Sunday 30 July at 2.30pm, tickets £10