Hong Kong project ‘Dans Met Mij’
Do you want to dance with me?
Do I allow myself to be touched by you?
Do I dare to touch you?
What do you move inside of me?
Do I move something inside of you?
Questions posed in the book ‘Dans met Mij’ (Dutch for ‘Dance with Me’) of Jean Kwok, which inspired artistic director Marloes van Houten to initiate HKNLversations. In the Dans Met Mij project we work in Hong Kong using interdisciplinary art making and life sharing to become aware of our personal history and the effect of the city space on our body, our mind set and the way we relate with our environment. Our artistic research in Hong Kong has been stimulated by the following sub-themes:
- Liminality & Reconstruction (2014/15)
The interrelation between body & city in decay and in reconstruction.
The process of reconstruction out of chaos and changes in liminal space.
- Mirroring and transformation (2015/2016)
How is the Hong Kong – NL encounter a mirror that makes us see ourselves and our cities culture differently?Does this mirroring open new possibilities in how we relate to life?
- Inter-generational growth of HK/NL female artists (2016)
8 female artists from different generations reflecting on growth in their being and career.
They explored what they learnt about growth over the years; both through successes and ‘failures’. They questioned if and how their culture, its history and values facilitates growth of their female artist essence and talents. The research culminated in a multidisciplinary performance ‘Peer to Pier‘.
- Post- colonialism, diversity & self-censorship (2017-2019)
Colonialism might be over, in Hong Kong more recently than in The Netherlands, however what are the remnants of this period on our mindset when we think of our personal and our cities future. What about ‘self-censorship’ and the ‘internal colonalizer’ possibly limiting our ability to life full out. Do we see ethnic minorities as a threat or resource regarding our cities future?
See here for the artists part of the Hong Kong team.Members & biographies