The (Hong) Kong Ladies on new work at Edinburgh Fringe

Phrases by Maria Elena Ricci.

Justyne Li, WONG Pik Kei and Alice Ma are three of the proficient artists from Hong Kong performing within the Hong Kong Soul platform in London and Edinburgh this summer season.

Nearer to their London-debut performances on the thirtieth of July, the artists from The (Hong) Kong Ladies triple invoice answered some questions on their solo works.

Q: What was the inspiration in your work?

Justyne Li: My work is known as Bleed-through. The inspiration comes from the best way by which we exist now: a physique being “programmed” by exterior directions and motion which doesn’t totally come from self-awareness. We’re used to the physique, but we’re not conscious of it. Bleed-through is a piece that research and integrates it and turns it into dance actions.

WONG Pik Kei: My work is known as Hen-watching. It talks concerning the freedom of physique, which additionally entails need. In Asia, ladies’s need will not be at all times being mentioned and there are at all times numerous misunderstandings. I hope I can use nudity to open this dialogue about what ladies’s physique needs to be.

Alice Ma: The work is known as Wu and is impressed from fascinated by my very own ugliness, to face and cope with it.

Q: How does your work resist the stereotypical understanding of the Kong Woman id?

Justyne Li: My creation is probably not particularly primarily based on “Kong Woman” id on the time I started to create it, and it’s arduous to outline what precisely “Kong Woman” stands for. It in some way varies with every lady’s background, age, era and perception, and so forth. Hong Kong has a various tradition, and it has turn into extra difficult after 2019 for folks to “stereotype” a sure id.

However, I consider stereotype usually defines an individual in response to one’s exterior standing, which might be partial. This contrasts to how I create my physique motion and switch it into dance language. In brief, when audiences see the “kind” in my work, it comes from how I specific my internal self.

WONG Pik Kei: I can’t say my work can resist any ideas, although from this work I begin to perceive how vital my physique is, how vital it’s that I share this sense with the viewers. Hopefully, due to that, we are able to begin speaking and rethinking what Kong Woman means to everybody, understanding it shouldn’t be ignored.

Alice Ma: My work doesn’t intend to withstand the stereotypical understanding of the Kong Woman id. I discover it’s tough to outline, and I don’t need to outline what’s stereotypical of the Kong Woman id. To some extent, I see the Kong Woman id as ever-changing, like water.

Q: How do you assume the Hong Kong Soul platform might help optimistic illustration of younger ladies? What’s optimistic illustration to you?

Justyne: I take “optimistic illustration” with a peaceful demeanor. This mentality is essential to me at this stage, not simply solely in dancing/performing/creating, but additionally as an individual. A relaxed demeanor might help me join with the best readability, and that is the perfect power to speak with the others and the world.

WONG Pik Kei: I feel that after 4 years of the pandemic and likewise the present scenario with all of the modifications in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Soul platform takes an enormous step to deliver our voices exterior of Hong Kong. I hope we are able to begin reconnecting to the world and start to consider what we are able to do as artists.

Alice Ma: Hong Kong Soul platform brings our story to the world, allows us to attach with the world once more after practically 4 years of the pandemic. Optimistic illustration for me is to maintain passionate to myself and to the world, and hold being curious.

Q: What do you hope the viewers will take away out of your efficiency?

Justyne: I don’t need to assume any. I hope each viewers has their free thoughts to see and get what they should see.

WONG Pik Kei: I by no means need to inform what which means I hope the audiences get from my work, I hope we each can benefit from the second deeply, and we speak and share after that. I hope we are able to get the power to assist one another.

Alice: I do hope to know what the viewers really feel after watching it, and I stay up for their totally different interpretations. If I’ve to reply, I do hope the viewers can embrace their very own darkish aspect.

Q: How do you see your work in dialogue with the opposite two works showcased in The (Hong) Kong Ladies triple invoice.

Rachel: We assist one another on this triple invoice. Our work could not discuss the identical matter, however we do assist one another. I feel it reveals the best way of supporting one another on this unseen dialogue in The(Hong) Kong Ladies.

Alice: I consider we three care about our internal selves and our society and we do need to inform our tales to the world.

The (Hong) Kong Ladies
Wednesday 2 – Sunday 13 August (no efficiency on 7 August) at 5.30pm
Summerhall – Demonstration Room
(Venue 26) 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Field workplace 01315601580 / [email protected] /
Tickets (2 + 3 August) £10, (4 – 13 August) £15, £13 concessions
Length 60 minutes
Age 12+
Options nudity and scenes of a sexual nature

The (Hong) Kong Ladies triple invoice is previewed at The Studio Theatre RADA, 16 Chenies Road, London WC1E 7EX on Sunday 30 July at 2.30pm, tickets £10