Born in Hong Kong and an experienced dance artist, Yuri Ng has been involved with ballet, contemporary dance, drama, classical music and a cappella, as well as stage setting and costume design. He began classical ballet training with Jean Wong at the age of six, going on to win scholarships to study in Canada and the United Kingdom. He was awarded the Adeline Genée Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) in 1983 before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a dancer.
After his return to Hong Kong in 1993, Ng established a strong connection with CCDC. He worked with the Company on many performances, including A Game of ____ (1993) as choreographer and set and costume designer; The Second Shirt Skirt Show (1995) and Love On Sale (2008) as choreographer; le beau (1996) and The Firecracker (1997) as choreographer and costume designer. He contributed to Seasonal Syndromes (2008), Very Dance (2009) and The Legend and The Hero (2011) as stage/set and costume designer, and to Requiem HK (2018) as choreographer, set and costume designer.
Yuri Ng received the Artist of the Year Award – Choreographer from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1997 and in 1998, and was awarded the Prix d’ Auteur at the Sixth Rencontres Choreographiques Internationale de Seine-St-Denis (Bagnolet) for his choreography of Boy Story. His two solo pieces choreographed for Genée International Ballet Competition in 2006 have been adopted into the RAD syllabus. His choreography of A Soldier’s Story, in collaboration with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, received the Hong Kong Dance Awards in 2008. He won a Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2012 and Award for Best Artist (Dance) from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2013. Ng also won Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Large Venue Production for Requiem HK at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2019.
Yuri Ng is currently the Artistic Advisor of Yat Po Singers. He was the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Artist Associate from 2011-2013.
Associate Artistic Director
Dominic Wong was a TV artist for Asia Television Company from 1990 to 1992. He studied modern dance in The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He joined CCDC after his graduation in 1996 and was promoted as Associate Artistic Director in 2016. He received 2001 and 2013 Hong Kong Dance Awards “Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer” for his performance in Plaza X and The Comedy of K respectively. He is one of the founding member of the Zero Zero Ensemble. Wong’s choreographic work Men’s Chop Suey (All of A Sudden, 2003) was invited to rerun in the 1st Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. He also choreographed widely for other dance companies including Zero Zero Ensemble, BiLiBaLa Physical Theatre and E-Side Modern Dance Company. Other choreographic works include E.Y.T. (2007), Xtremely Four Seasons (2008), What’s Next? (2009), Punk Side Story (2010), Blind Chance (2012), Second Thoughts (2014), Travelogue (2016) (previous title: Little Pieces), The Little Prince (2017), Day After Day in Season(s) (2018) and The Odyssey of Little Dragon (2019). Xtremely Four Seasons and Blind Chance were invited to rerun in the 6th and 9th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival. Xtremely Four Seasons and What’s Next? were both hailed by South China Morning Post as one of the “Best Dances” in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Travelogue was awarded the Outstanding Medium Venue Production at The 19th Hong Kong Dance Awards.
Sang Jijia is the Resident Choreographer of CCDC. He had received numerous international dance awards and the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to study in the US. In 2002, he was selected by the ‘Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative’ to study choreography under William Forsythe in Germany and joined the Ballet Frankfurt and Forsythe Company as Assistant Choreographer and Dancer, respectively. Sang Jijia returned to China in 2006 and has choreographed for CCDC, BeijingDance/LDTX and Guangdong Modern Dance Company. He is also commissioned by famous dance companies around the world, including Ballet Frankfurt (Germany), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet (Italy), Carte Blanche (Norway) and GöteborgsOperans Danskompani (Sweden).
Sang Jijia is celebrated for his extremely physical and emotional movement language and his use of electronic music to interpret abstract concepts. Recent choreographies include: As If To Nothing (2009), Fragile Beauty (2016), Mr Blank (2018), Re-mark (2019), Pa | Ethos (2022) and Meeting In-between Time (2022).
Melissa Leung graduated in Sports Science and Physical Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Then she pursued her professional development in theatre in Singapore. She was a graduate in “The Theatre Training and Research Programme” (TTRP, now known as Intercultural Theatre Institute, ITI). There, she received training in contemporary performance backed up by Taiqi and meditation, physical movement, post-Stanislavki acting techniques; and four classical Asian theatre forms, namely Bharatanatyam, an ancient Indian dance art, Wayang Wong, an Indonesia court dance; Beijing opera and Japanese Noh. Leung also pursued her master’s degree in Drama at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is among the first batch of graduates with a major in Dramaturgy. Leung is currently the Company Dramaturg of CCDC.
Leung was the Assistant Artistic Director (Education) of CCDC from 2018 to 2021. She directed a three-year “Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Literacy and Learning Project”, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. This project was awarded the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Award Certificate of Merit (Non-School Division) for Arts Education and the Outstanding Dance Education or Community Dance Award at the Hong Kong Dance Award 2020.
A very all rounded theatre practitioners, Melissa is known for her intense and exquisite physical acting. She cooperated with different dancing organisations and theatre associations, including Theatre du Pif, On & On Theatre Workshop, Unlock Dancing Plaza and Ho Bit Goon. Her recent works include Phenomenon of Man: REVOLVER 2021 (with On & On Theatre Workshop); A Fork In The Road (produced by On & On Theatre Workshop); Where is Our Sea? (Littlebreath Creative Workshop 2019 Community Cultural Ambassador project) and The Kassandra or the World as the End of Representation (presented by Littlebreath creative workshop, received the award for performer of the year at the IATC(HK) Critics Awards 2018). Also she is a movement coach at the production Stragglers by The Hong Kong Dramatist.
Shirley Lok graduated in Ballet from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She received several scholarships during her studies. She has performed widely in Hong Kong and overseas with different dance companies, including Hong Kong Ballet and Hong Kong Dance Company. She joined CCDC in 2010 and received a Master of Intercultural Studies from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018. She became Senior Dance Artist in 2022 and was promoted to Rehearsal Mistress in 2023.
Her recent choreographic works include Besieged in In-between (2014), Journey to the West (2016), Generation Beta in 2019 Dancers’ Homework and Rebug in M.U.D. – Movement UnDefined in 2022.
Qiao Yang, Artist in Residence of CCDC, joined the Company in 1996, and debut her full-length solo performance in Almost 55 in 2019.
Born in Shaanxi, Qiao started learning Chinese dance at the age of 12. She received the Gold Award in the Modern Dance Duet Class at the Paris International Dance Competition in 1990 and became a founding member of Guangdong Modern Dance Company in 1992, where she performed extensively in major international arts festivals in the US, India, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. She joined CCDC in 1996. With her performance in The Tragedy of Mr O, she won the 2003 Hong Kong Dance Award and was listed in the ‘Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame’. Qiao received Hong Kong Dance Awards ‘Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer’ in 2011 and 2020 for her performances in Tales of Two Cities – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Eileen Chang, and Almost 55 respectively, and received a nomination for the same prize at the 2016 Hong Kong Dance Awards for Soledad. Qiao was the awardee of ‘Artist of the Year (Dance)’ of the 14th Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2020 and ‘Secretary for Home Affairs Commendation Scheme (Arts and Culture)’ in 2021.
Senior Dance Artist
Felix Ke graduated in Contemporary Dance from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and obtained a Master of Fine Arts from Taipei University of the Arts. He was a Resident Artist at Unlock Dancing Plaza and a dancer at WCDance. In 2017, he joined CCDC and became a Senior Dance Artist in 2022.
He has worked with renowned choreographers, such as Xiao-xiong Zhang, Ming-lung Yang and Heather Myers. In addition to the local production and overseas tours with the Company, Ke has created his own choreographic works including V (2015), Last body (2016), Finding Uncertain, White Noise (2018) as commissioned by ‘Hong Kong Arts Festival’, Ongoing (2020) and The Prospective Potential Dangers Concerning Dancing Safety (2021).