Ahead of the 28th Macau Arts Festival (MAF), which will be held from the end of April to May 2017, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) is now accepting applications for a dance workshop to be held mid-February led by renowned artist Hiroaki Umeda.
According to a statement from the IC, selected dancers from the workshop will have the opportunity to take part in the production of a performance that will be integrated into the MAF program.
Hiroaki Umeda was born in 1977 and is a multi-disciplinary artist. In addition to being a choreographer, he is also a dancer, sound artist, and image and lighting designer. After studying photography at university, Umeda decided to devote his career to choreography at the age of 20 when he began attending classes in ballet, street dance and modern dance.
In 2000, he founded his company, S20, subsequently earning recognition and acclaim as an original and promising young artist. Since then, he has performed on stages around the world as a solo dancer.
From 2008 onwards, he began to take up roles as a choreographer for dance companies. Examples of this include the works brought by Umeda to the 25th MAF, namely “Adapting for Distortion” and “Haptic,” which were widely acclaimed.
The workshop is limited to 20 participants. Should applicants exceed the limit, the choreographer will select participants by analyzing submitted documents alongside application forms. The workshop will be entirely conducted in English, however Cantonese interpretation will be provided if required.
Applications for Umeda’s dance workshop opened yesterday, and will remain open until February 2. Interested parties can find information regarding application requirements on the IC’s website. Successful candidates will be notified by email or SMS and will be admitted to the workshop free of charge.