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YU Yan-wah, Jacky

Founder of E-Side Dance Company in 1988. Awarded the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship of Asian Cultural Council in 1990 and furthered his studies in the United States.

Yu’s works have been staged by Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, City Contemporary Dance Company, and the HKAPA. Outstanding works include Key to Songs, Dog Blood Rising, Private Moment, Paradoxical Illusion, Toppling the World and Converging Beams.

For the choreography of Gestalt, one of his representative productions, Yu received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2006 for its outstanding creativity and vigourous dance movements.

In 2012, Yu was the recipient of the Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme for his contribution to the promotion of culture and the arts. He was also awarded Artist of the Year (Dance), Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2015).




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Premiered in 2016, the full-length work Gestalt was favourably reviewed. It strongly delivered Yu’s ambition to make the invisible energy visible with his remarkable craft of body movements infused with light.

In the course of dance making, the dancers’ strengths were well elaborated and their differences sparked off new ideas. Light itself is just as integral a performer as the dancers. It drifts, shuttles, darts around, and transforms together with dancers’ bodies into sensuous penetrating energy. Gestalt represents a distinct form of Yu’s choreography embracing simply pure movement and light to pursue the original beauty of dance art.

Photographer © Mark Lam