Performer

Past Resident

Michelle Wan Lok Chan

Michelle Chan is a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and currently an international dance/movement therapy student at Pratt Institute. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in 2010, majoring in Ballet and Dance Education. She was awarded HKSAR/Mainland Performing Arts Exchange Scholarship when she was at school. In 2016, Michelle had also completed Inspirees Professional Dance Therapy Core Training Program which was the alternative route program in Hong Kong. Since graduation she has had great pleasure to work with various populations with diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities in the community to promote life education through multidisciplinary arts. In addition, Michelle has traveled to Nicaragua, Iceland, Myanmar, Africa, Sweden, Singapore and Taipei National University of the Arts for cultural exchange and performances. In 2016, Michelle has participated the program of artist in residence in Iceland and presented her first interactive dance theater performance “Memomentary” at the 3rd Skammdegi Festival. In 2018, she recreated her solo dance video “Land of snow and sorrow” in Iceland and integrated the experiences in dance/movement therapy training, and finally presented in New York. 

Michelle actively participated in diverse productions to develop the arts field in Hong Kong, including ‘Bolero’ (2006) with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Burning My Life 201’ (2008) with Goodnews Communication International, ‘In Search of the Tree of Life in the Concrete Forest’ (2011) with Danceart, ‘Thanksgiving Music Concert 2013’ with Sharehymns Association Limited, ‘A Bit Closer’ (2014) with HKFYG, LCSD school tour "Philosophy of Happiness of Ant-men"(2016) by DancingAngels, ‘Philosophy of Happiness’ (2016) with DancingAngels, ‘Loving in the moment’ (2017) with HKFYG, ‘Separating From Separation’ (2017) with DancingAngels. 

I aspire to be the pioneer to promote the field of dance movement therapy in Hong Kong, China and Asia. One of my dreams is to spread the concept, intervention and impact of dance movement therapy that integrate my cross-cultural experiences and Eastern wisdom to the community and share with people all over the world. As many people think that therapy is only offered to people who are unwell. In order to promote welling being and prosperous living, being in touch with dance movement and arts appears to be one of the ways to reach the full qualities of humanity, honesty and wholeness. I strongly believe that this approach and shift in mindset will prove beneficial to the society and to the people who are preoccupied with their busy life. Everyone and the society needs it.

Past Resident

eDuard Helmbold

eDuard moves between sculpture and performance to materialise his concepts. Using casting as method and metaphor he is currently exploring the role of nostalgia and shame in the negotiation and production of cultural identities: identities cast into moulds of memory, language and landscape. 

In 2017 he graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design (Hons) and was awarded the Constance Gordon Johnson Prize for Sculpture and Installation (2016), President of the Friends of the South Australian School of Art Prize (2016), Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society prize (2017) and the City Rural Helpmann Academy Travel Award (2018). eDuard is currently based at Fontanelle Studios in Port Adelaide, Australia.

 

Past Resident

Dan Thorpe

Dan Thorpe is a Performer//Composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

Influenced by everything from queer punk to American experimentalism, Dan Thorpe’s music “decimat[es] the boundaries of genre” [CutCommon, 2016]. His broad base of musical experience is reflected in a curious, experimental and genre defying compositional and performance output linked together by a love of storytelling and sense of irreverence for existing forms. As a composer, his work always has a focus on collaborative, open approaches to composition that stress the importance of performers’ creative input in musical expression. As a performer, his focus is on contemporary Australian repertoire, work by queer and women composers, and multi-instrumental improvisation.

In 2016, Dan played over thirty shows, spanning Australia, the US and Brazil. His album homecoming (three years later) was a finalist in the SA Music awards, he won a Major Commissioning Prize at the Soundstream Emerging Composers Festival, and he was named Emerging Artist of the Year by the Adelaide Critics’ Circle. He was one of the inaugural winners of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, which commissioned his piece false cognate for bass flute & electric guitar/viola/electronics. He also took part in highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy, and released a tape – D I A P H R A G M – on 3BS Records.

As a composer, Dan’s work has been performed as part of highSCORE Festival [IT], Fresh Minds Festival [Tx, US], Æpex Ensemble’s Soundsystem Takeover  [US, Mi], and he has had works premiered by Ensemble Offspring [AU, NSW], Soundstream Collective [AU, SA], the Australian String Quartet [AU], Kelsey Walsh [US, Ca/DE (Berlin)], and Conrad Tao [US, NY]. As a performer, he has performed around Australia and Internationally at iconic experimental venues (from Sydney’s Red Rattler to San Francisco’s Center for New Music), has self released an LP and EP, an EP on thiswaterfallisyours and a upcoming tape on 3BS records. He holds a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (Sonic Arts/Composition) and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Adelaide.

As well as a career in the arts, Dan has been a freelance Digital Producer, coder and Social Media Manager for five years. He teaches a class on DIY Digital Production at the University of Adelaide, volunteers for peak youth mental health body headspace, and helped found both the South Australian Youth Mental Health Action Group and the Elder Conservatorium Students’ Association.