CHAN Hiu-ling, Gabbie
Born in Hong Kong, Chan graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Chinese Dance)
Dancer with DanceArt (2012-2014), performing in such works as In Search of Hui Sin, M-cident, and Lament of the Exile. Joined Passoverdance in 2015 and began to develop her own choreography
M-cident received the 2014 Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance Production, and was invited to be showcased in Nanning and at the Beijing Contemporary Dance Festival in 2014
Her works Recycle Green was presented at the i-Dance Festival (2015) and The 16th Day was presented at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series (2016) for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Other choreographic works include Whisper of Bubble, Whisper in the Dark, Fabric, and He, She, It
Fabric is a site-specific work and a collaboration with Elyse Lai (choreographer) and Amy Wong (fashion designer) whose designs, based primarily on the ideology of Chinese painting, encapsulate elements of east-west cultural exchange while portraying the spirit of the modern woman.
As the old Chinese saying goes: ‘The tailor makes the man.’ The exploration of the meaning of clothing to man begins with the first piece of clothing in the Bible. The choreography in Fabric revolves around creation with fabrics and clothes of different sizes and styles, from which movement and ideas are developed. The transformation from fabric to clothing, from clothing to a rope, from a rope to a cage, reflects the evolution of clothing as protection for the body into symbols of status. The meaning of clothing has metamorphosed from the desires and pursuits of humans, as we have gradually become who society expects us to be.