WKCDA representatives are pictured with AND+ core group members and European Dancehouse Network (EDN) representatives at the launch event of AND+. (From left to right) Front row: AND+ member, Ms Bilqis Hijjas, President of MyDance Alliance and Dance Programme Director of Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia; EDN representative, Ms Bettina Masuch, Artistic and Managing Director of tanzhaus nrw, Germany; AND+ member, Ms Angela Conquet, CEO and Artistic Director of Dancehouse, Australia; AND+ member, Ms Jala Adolphus, Independent Producer, Indonesia; AND+ member, Ms Ophelia Huang, Head of International in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival, China; Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer of WKCDA; Ms Anna CY Chan, Convener of AND+ and Head of Dance, Performing Arts of WKCDA; AND+ member, Ms Chen Pin-hsiu, Programming Manager of Cloud Gate Theater , Taiwan; AND+ member, Mr Daniel Kok, Artistic Director of Dance Nucleus, Singapore; AND+ member, Ms Faith Tan, Head of Dance and Theatre (Programming), Esplanade, Singapore; EDN representative, Mr Roberto Casarotto, Director of Dance Projects for the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea di Bassano del Grappa (CSC) and Operaestate Festival Veneto, and Associate Director of Aerowaves, Italy; Ms Alison Friedman, Artistic Director, Performing Arts of WKCDA; Mr Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts of WKCDA. Back row: EDN representative, Mr Marc Olivé, Artistic Programmer & Curator of Mercat de les Flors, Spain; AND+ member, Ms Claire Hicks, Director of Critical Path, Australia; AND+ member, Ms Ahram Gwak, Producer and Team Leader of Programming and Production Team, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company, Korea; AND+ member, Mr Jacky Fung, Manager (Programme & China Dance Development) of City Contemporary Dance Company CCDC Dance Centre, Hong Kong; AND+ member, Ms Kathy Hong, Director of Marketing and Communications of National Performing Arts Center – National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), Taiwan; AND+ member, Ms Jayachandran Palazhy, Choreographer & Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (Bangalore), India; AND+ member, Mr Shinji Ono, Chief Producer of Yokohama Arts Foundation and Director of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number 1, Japan; EDN representative, Mr Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development, The Place, United Kingdom. Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) launched the Asia Network for Dance (AND+) today. AND+ is a network initiated by WKCDA, combining the four elements – Asia, Network, Dance and Connection. The network is dedicated to connecting, developing and empowering contemporary practice in dance within Asia, providing a comprehensive platform for knowledge exchange and information sharing, deepening connection within the region and promoting the status of dance in Asia. WKCDA is also committed to bringing together top dance artists from Asia and around the world through AND+, providing a good environment for cultural exchange and creation, preparing for the dedication of the first Dancehouse in the Lyric Theatre Complex in 2023 so as to become a leading dance hub in Asia. AND+ will be steered by a core group which is a collective of professionals in dance from different regions and organisations. There are currently 14 members in the core group.