RECONVERSION OF AN INDUSTRIAL HIGH RISE BUILDING INTO A MULTIFUNCTIONAL LIVING CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMANCE ARTS (THE WING ARTS CENTRE, WITH L.E.A.D ARCHITECTS HK)
TEAM: In cooperation with LEAD, IC laboratory for explorative Architecture & Design Ltd. G/F 1 Tai on Terrace, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong S.A.R. / www. l-E-A-D.pro
Hong Kong’s neighbourhood Chai Wan is the next up-and-coming cultural hub on the island. As industrial activities are slowly disappearing from the area, the rough post-industrial urban fabric leaves behind a unique range of spaces and places that form the backdrop for an innovative creative scene. WING is the latest addition to what Chai Wan has on offer. Located on the top of a large waterfront industrial complex, this spacious loft / performance space is a versatile and flexible venue for contemporary dance, exhibitions, performances and events.
The venue consists of two wings that open up onto a large terrace. The left wing contains a performance area with a brass volume as a backdrop that houses kitchen / bar facilities. The right wing is characterised by the ArtWall, a ten meter long, foldable wooden artwork which graphics symbolize the dynamic motion of the performances taking place. The wall operates as a lantern-like space divider between the second performance stage and offices hidden behind it, and the meeting area in front. The rooftop houses the third performance stage surrounded by green and with a stunning view of Chai Wan.
Hidden where one would least expect it WING offers Hong Kong a rare place for creative expression. Hyper-flexibility and spatial efficiency are pushed to the maximum to allow the project’s ambitious programme. Careful selected materials, geometries, craft and techniques give the space its unique, warm and charismatic identity. With frequent events and happenings scheduled throughout the year WING aims to stimulate, facilitate, exhibit and inspire Hong Kong.
WING is a Hong Kong based non-profit organisation for performance founded in 2015 by Leslie Van Eyck focusing on the crossover between dance, visual art theatre and other hybrid art practices.
WING aims to create a unique platform to nourish local micro-cosmoses through residencies, performances, artist talks, workshops and more
WING acts as platform between the local art field and a broad network of artists and institutions stimulating international exchanges in the local community. WING is situated in the industrial neighborhood of Chai Wan, a dynamic area with a growing community of artists, designers and creative industries.
WING’s vision focuses on sharing space, time and ideas to develop artistic practices in relation with a local environment and an international arts community.
Being a very personal initiative the choice of WING’s activities depends on occasional but defining encounters. On a changing pace WING tends to grow organically with people based in Hong Kong or coming from overseas and reaching out to local and international visitors
Gilles Polet, a dancer and choreographer living and working in Belgium stays in Hong Kong from 11 till 30 November to work on his project Jack-in-the-Box. At the basis of Gilles Polet’s research raises the question: “How restrain can be a motor to move?” The choreographer is interested to look at the possibilities of performance and movement within confined situations and how a socio-cultural context has an influence on artistic expression.
The second Rooftop Meeting is organized in collaboration with Bruxelles-Wallonie Danse/Theatre, a Belgian based agency for performing arts. Discussion related to the exchange program between Hong Kong and Wallonie-Bruxelles. This program featured a series of performances and a workshop that took place in Hong Kong Art Centre as well as a discussion and a performance by Julien Maire in WING. Stephanie Pecourt, director of Bruxelles-Wallonie Danse/Theatre gives an insight of the working of the organization in dialogue with the participants. Special guests from Belgium: Alessandro Bernardeschi (artist), Mauro Paccagnella (artist), Simon Siegmann (artist), Christophe Galent (Director Halles de Schaerbeek Brussels) , Sylvia Botella (journalist),
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