Corey Baker is an award-winning choreographer and filmmaker known for his innovation and for taking dance out of traditional settings and spaces to stadiums, skyscrapers, parks, films and even to Antarctica. Born in New Zealand, he trained as a classical dancer in Christchurch and Sydney before moving to Switzerland to dance at Ballet Theatre Basel. Baker joined the BalletBoyz in the UK in 2008 and founded Corey Baker Dance in 2010. To date, the company has created over 20 works, toured established theatres and made works for television and film. In 2018, Baker became the Resident Choreographer at The Royal New Zealand Ballet. He has worked with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Sydney City Youth Ballet, Elmhurst School for Dance, London 2012 Summer Olympics, Rugby World Cup 2015, VisitEngland, Royal Albert Hall, Kneehigh Theatre, Channel 4, BBC’s The Space and Choice TV in New Zealand.
Born in Jiangxi, China, Ricky Hu Song-wei trained at Shanghai Dance School, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Hu joined Hong Kong Ballet as a dancer in 2008 and is Choreographer-in-Residence in the 2019/20 season. He has been invited to choreograph for the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Chinese Dance for 12 Days, National University of Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Ballet and more. His Bolero (2015), co-choreographed with Yuh Egami, won Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. Hu received the Award for Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2012).
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Veteran Hong Kong choreographer and seven-time winner at the Hong Kong Dance Awards for her choreographic works, Helen Lai was the Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company from 1985 to 1989 and Resident Choreographer from 1991 to 2011. Accolades include a UK Badge of Honour (Queen’s Certificate) (1995), a Medal of Honour from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (2000), Choreographer of the Year from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1990), a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards (2002), awards for Arts Achievement (Dance) (2003) and Outstanding Contribution in Arts Award (2015) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and an Honorary Fellowship from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (2004).
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Hong Kong choreographer Yuri Ng is the Co-Artistic Director of Yat Po Singers and was an Artist Associate for Hong Kong Sinfonietta from 2011 to 2013. Accolades include Artist of the Year Award (Choreographer) from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1997), the Prix d’Auteur at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Bagnolet) for his choreography for Boy Story (1998) and Hong Kong Dance Awards for Outstanding Choreography (2000 and 2019). Yuri also received the Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards (2012) and the Award for Best Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards (2013).
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a masterful choreographer who has created works for over 50 companies worldwide, including the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba, Spanish National Dance Company, Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Joffrey Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Scottish Ballet and The Washington Ballet. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School of Flanders, she danced for 12 years, including as a soloist at the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, before focusing solely on choreography.
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A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Jessica Burrows danced with The National Ballet of Canada before joining the Hong Kong Ballet in 2010. She was promoted to Coryphée (lead dancer) in 2015, joined the Boston Ballet in 2017 and returned to the Hong Kong Ballet in 2019. Burrows has performed principal and solo roles in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018 and Sage Humphries’s YOU. She has also featured in works by Jorma Elo, Val Caniparoli and Alexei Ratmansky. In 2013, Burrows danced in Natalia Makarova’s Giselle during exchange performances with The Royal Swedish Ballet.
Born in Marikina, Philippines, Luis Cabrera began his training at the Philippine High School for the Arts. He danced with Ballet Manila and Ballet Philippines before receiving a scholarship to attend The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After graduating with a diploma in Dance in 2015, Cabrera joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. With Hong Kong Ballet, Cabrera has danced in John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Cynthia Harvey’s The Sleeping Beauty, Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Ronald Hynd’s Coppélia, Pär Isberg’s Pinocchio, Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias, George Balanchine’s Serenade, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Sechs Tänze, Nacho Duato’s Castrati, Jorma Elo’s Shape of Glow, Fei Bo’s Shenren Chang and Edwaard Liang’s Sacred Thread. Prior to joining the company, he also danced in Nonoy Froilan’s restaged Giselle, Carlo Pacis’ restaged A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Alice Reye’s Rama Hari.
Yuh Egami graduated from The Royal Ballet School in London and joined the Hong Kong Ballet in 2002. He became the Ballet Master in 2019. Egami has danced in various works such as John Meehan’s Swan Lake, Stephen Jefferies and Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker, Nina Ananiashvili’s Don Quixote, Ronald Hynd’s Coppélia and William Forsythe’s Steptext. His choreographic works for the Hong Kong Ballet include White Lies (2012) with Ricky Hu Song-wei, Horn (2014) and The Rite of Spring (2019). In 2015, he re-choreographed Yuri Ng’s Devil’s Tale for Studio Architanz in Japan. His work with Hu, Bolero (2015), won the Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2016. In the same year, Egami also collaborated with music composer Mike Orange for the “New Works Forum: Choreographer & Composer Lab” workshop by West Kowloon.
Born in Hong Kong, Leung Chun-long graduated from Beijing Dance Academy in 2009 and from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2011, with a concentration in Ballet. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2011 and was named Coryphée (lead dancer) in 2014. His choreographic works include L’espoir (2017) and tʃHEy (2016). Leung received an Outstanding Performance Award at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition (2003).
Born in Zhejiang, China, Li Lin trained at Beijing Dance Academy. He joined Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2010 and was named Soloist in 2014. Since joining Hong Kong Ballet, Li has presented choreographic works at the Hong Kong Ballet Choreographers’ Showcase, including Break Away (2014), Follow Your Heart (2016) and The Bow (2017). He danced the Pas de Deux from Krzysztof Pastor’s In Light and Shadow with Liu Miaomiao at the International Ballet Festival of Havana in 2014 and won second prize at the Taoli Cup Dance Competition (2009).
Born in Tennessee, Forrest Rain Oliveros trained at Ballet Tennessee, Ellison Ballet and The Ailey School in the USA. He danced with Charlotte Ballet and other companies before joining Hong Kong Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 2017. With Hong Kong Ballet, Oliveros has performed the featured roles of Rat King and Russian Doll in Terence Kohler’s The Nutcracker and danced in Alexei Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux, among others.