CDS creates opportunities for young choreographers in the city to realise their talent, while also nurturing the appreciation of contemporary dance among a growing number of young students. Every year, the HKAF team curates a CDS educational outreach programme; led by professional teachers of contemporary dance, they tour across Hong Kong schools, particularly those in remote districts. Through school exhibitions, guided talks, contemporary dance workshops, open rehearsals and official performances, as well as pre/post-performance guided appreciation sessions, CDS introduces students to the performing arts and helps them to experience the power of contemporary dance. The number of student participants exceeds 5,000 each year; these students will make up future audiences or become the creators of contemporary dance in the future.
|Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Yuen Long)
|Buddhist Yip Kei Nam Memorial College
|Caritas Fanling Chan Chun Ha Secondary School
|CCC Chuen Yuen College
|Buddhist Tai Hung College
|Jockey Club Government Secondary School
|Christian Alliance S W Chan Memorial College
|Chinese YMCA Secondary School
|Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School
|Liu Po Shan Memorial College
|Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No. 2 Secondary School
The introductory talks focus on contemporary arts appreciation. Through lecture demonstrations covering two past CDS works, Wu and Sous Vide, participants explore how contemporary dance makes use of symbolism and mixed media. Key points of the programme are recapped on the educational display panels.
Period: October 2018 to January 2019
Speaker and Dancers: Rain Chan, Ho Ming-yan, Alice Ma, Leung Po-wing, Neville Li Man-chun, Tracy Wong, Joanne Shao, Ronny Wong
Total participants: Around 3025 students
Structured around the theme of "memory", this workshop provides students a first taste of contemporary dance fundamentals. Using their own memories as source material, participants explore the dance production process through creating and developing dance moves.
Period: September to December 2018
Facilitator: Ronny Wong
Total participants: Around 532 students