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 gifted artists from Hong Kong performing within the Hong Kong Soul platform in London and Edinburgh this summer time.

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 on your work?

Justyne Li: My work 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 solely 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 known as Chicken-watching. It talks concerning the freedom of physique, which additionally entails need. In Asia, girls’s need just isn’t all the time being mentioned and there are all the time a number of misunderstandings. I hope I can use nudity to open this dialogue about what girls’s physique must be.

Alice Ma: The work known as Wu and is impressed from fascinated about my very own ugliness, to face and take care of it.

Q: How does your work resist the stereotypical understanding of the Kong Lady identification?

Justyne Li: My creation is probably not particularly primarily based on “Kong Lady” identification on the time I started to create it, and it’s onerous to outline what precisely “Kong Lady” stands for. It one way or the other varies with every woman’s background, age, era and perception, and so on. Hong Kong has a various tradition, and it has turn into extra sophisticated after 2019 for folks to “stereotype” a sure identification.

However, I imagine stereotype usually defines an individual in line with one’s exterior standing, which may 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 categorical my inside self.

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

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

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

Justyne: I take “constructive 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 peaceful demeanor might help me join with the best readability, and that is one of the best vitality to speak with the others and the world.

WONG Pik Kei: I feel that after 4 years of the pandemic and in addition the present state of affairs with all of the adjustments in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Soul platform takes an enormous step to carry 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 almost 4 years of the pandemic. Constructive illustration for me is to maintain passionate to myself and to the world, and maintain 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 discuss and share after that. I hope we are able to get the vitality to assist one another.

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

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 exhibits the best way of supporting one another on this unseen dialogue in The(Hong) Kong Ladies.

Alice: I imagine we three care about our inside 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