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.
Since 2015, members of HKX have been part of the Gold Saucer Studio, an independently run studio, rehearsal, and venue space. We are young, emerging artists creating a space for ourselves and others.
The members of Hong Kong Exile are currently embarking on a two-year residency 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 theatre director/designer and multi-disciplinary performer. He holds a BFA (Hons.) in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. His work utilizes digital media and various modes of live performance, often employing game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency readability.
Milton was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
He has created works for and performed in several international festivals in Vancouver, Richmond, Toronto, Victoria, Portland, and Seattle.
In Vancouver, Milton has had the pleasure of working with MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre, Playwright's Theatre Centre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Centre A Gallery, and the Vancouver Art Gallery among others. Recent acting credits include Boca del Lupo’s Big Bad, Gateway Theatre's King of the Yees, and Theatre Conspiracy’s award-winning immersive show: Foreign Radical.
He is also an Artistic Associate with Theatre Conspiracy. Milton is currently doing a year-long mentorship with award-winning playwright, David Yee, Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto, ON).
Remy Siu ( 蕭逸南 ) ( b.1990 ) is an emerging composer based in Vancouver, BC. He studied at SFU Contemporary Arts with David MacIntyre, Owen Underhill, Janet Danielson, Arne Eigenfeldt, and Barry Truax. He has also studied with Rodney Sharman, Ken Ueno, Claus-Steffan Mahnkopf, Suzanne Farrin, and Detlef Heusinger.
His work has been performed in Canada and the USA by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Erato Ensemble, Musica Intima, Quatuor Bozzini, aTonal Hits, and others. He also composes and performs with Dissonant Disco (a Vancouver music collective).
He has also worked with Henry Daniel, Steven Hill, and Rob Kitsos, among others in the Vancouver arts community.
He was featured in the Georgia Straight 2012 Fall Arts Preview. The media has described his music as "characterized by vibrant, driving rhythms and brash sonorities," "dark...cacophonous," [and] "haunting." In 2014, he won a SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award.
We acknowledge the financial assistance of the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and Canada Council for the Arts