Hong Kong Exile Arts Association is an interdisciplinary arts company and registered non-profit organization based in Vancouver. The company is made up of three emerging contemporary artists: Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Remy Siu, and Milton Lim. The three met as students at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and have been consistently creating and producing work since 2011 when the company was formed.
Hong Kong Exile is committed to creating vital and innovative art through collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation.
Active engagement with local and international arts communities
Ambitious and rigorous treatment of challenging artistic and political questions
Investigation of cultural politics in an era of globalization, and inclusion of under-represented experiences and identities
Exploration outside of the formal and aesthetic traditions of dance, theatre, new music, multimedia
Pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary process and creation
Hong Kong Exile aims to contribute to a thriving, diverse and critical arts community. Through work that provokes discourse and new perspectives, we advocate for arts’ importance and its relevance in society.
We are passionate about creating local, national and international partnerships. We look forward to developing a body of internationally-tourable repertoire.
Hong Kong Exile is proud to have developed a reputation as an engaged, rigorous and prolific emerging arts company since the time of its inception. Since 2011, we have created thirteen original works presented in dance, theatre, film/media and New Music Festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto, and Seattle.
In 2012, Hong Kong Exile was awarded an inaugural five-month residency at New Westminster’s River Market. This gave us the momentum to produce the sold-out festival, ASCENSION, a showcase of six new music composers pairing with six choreographers. In 2013, Hong Kong Exile was featured in Hive: NEW BEES 3, a showcase of the city’s most prolific emerging contemporary performance bodies.
Hong Kong Exile premiered a new work at the CanAsian Kickstart Festival in Toronto in 2014, marking the company’s first out-of-province tour. Projects over the last two years include an ambitious month-long gallery exhibition, presentations at CanAsian International Dance Festival, Seattle International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, and Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival, as well as a handful of ongoing collaborative initiatives. Present Hong Kong Exile projects reflect our company’s commitment to exploring multi-media innovation and integration with live performance.
The members of Hong Kong Exile were the Artists-in-Residence with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2017/2018).
Natalie Tin Yin Gan is a contemporary dance artist specializing in improvisation and interdisciplinary collaboration. She lives and works on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, land still referred to as Vancouver, British Columbia. Natalie has a double degree in Contemporary Dance and International Studies from Simon Fraser University. She continued her training with Modus Operandi for two seasons under Artistic Directors Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. Her current practice is deeply influenced by mentor, Lee Su-Feh of battery opera performance.
Natalie has worked with and performed for battery opera performance, MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, Mascall Dance, Dancers' Studio West (Calgary), fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco), Le Brothers (Vietnam), Amy O’Neal (Seattle), Daisy Thompson (UK), among others. Natalie pursues opportunities locally and internationally outside of dance contexts in an effort to hone a critical, decolonized approach to choreography. She has presented work in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, and Vietnam. She is a late sleeper, a late riser, a latecomer, a late bloomer, and a late-night snacker.
Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. He holds a BFA (Hons.) from Simon Fraser University; a dual-major degree in theatre performance and psychology. His work utilizes digital media and various modes of live performance, often employing game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency readability.
He has created works and performed internationally at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), CanadaHub at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Gateway Pacific Theatre Festival (Richmond), CanAsian Dance Festival (Toronto), Uno Fest (Victoria), rEvolver Theatre Festival (Vancouver), SummerWorks Festival (Toronto), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Risk/Reward Festival (Portland), and the Seattle International Dance Festival. Milton's video media works have also been presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, and VIVO Media Arts Centre.
In Vancouver, Milton has worked with MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, Playwright's Theatre Centre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Centre A Gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery among others. Acting credits include Gateway Theatre's King of the Yees at Canada's National Arts Centre and Theatre Conspiracy’s award-winning immersive show: Foreign Radical at CanadaHub as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He is also an Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy and recently completed a mentorship with David Yee, Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto, ON). Milton was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
Remy Siu 蕭逸南 is a composer and new media artist based in Vancouver, BC. Recently, his work has involved the construction of automated and variable performance apparatuses that employ light, sound, software, and the body. He is interested in creating friction and stakes between the performer, the interface, and the system through the use of game mechanics and failure. His output spans chamber music, dance, theatre, installations, and audio-visual work.
He actively creates with Mahaila Patterson-O’Brien (choreographer), and has worked with Vicky Chow, Turning Point Ensemble, Quatuor Bozzini, Centre A Gallery, Pi Theatre, Theatre Replacement, the Western Front, and others.
His work has been presented internationally at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver), Sonic Anchor (Hong Kong), CanAsian Dance (Toronto), UNO Fest (Victoria), Sonic Boom Festival (Vancouver), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), Centre for New Music (San Francisco), Constellation (Chicago), Seattle International Dance Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, The International Symposium On Electronic Art (2015 Vancouver, 2016 Hong Kong), and more.
He has received a SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award and an honourable mention in the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music (2016).
During 2017-2019, he will be one of two Composers-in-Residence with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Canada).
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and Canada Council for the Arts