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Obituary: Mr. Ringo Chan, Assistant Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company

Press Release – For Immediate Release

20 July 2016

Media Enquiry: Mr. Kevin Wong (Director, CCDC Dance Centre)

Tel: (852) 2328 9205

Email: kevinwong@ccdcdc.com.hk



Obituary: Mr. Ringo Chan

Assistant Artistic Director of City Contemporary Dance Company


It is with profound sadness that City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) announces the passing of Mr. Ringo Chan, Assistant Artistic Director,in the evening of Tuesday, 19 July 2016 at the age of 56 after a battle with cancer.


Ringo had worked with CCDC for almost 36 years. He grew up with the Company after joiningas one of Hong Kong’s first professional contemporary dancers in 1980,where he witnessed Hong Kong dance scene’s development from amateur to professional. Having engaged in the development of local creativity from the start, Chan was an indisputable arts pioneer of Hong Kong.


Chan wasthen promoted to CCDC’s Rehearsal Master in 1990, turning his attention to improving CCDC dancers’ artistic accomplishment and the Company’s programming quality. He was further promoted to Assistant Artistic Director in 1997, a role he held until his passing. Chan was active in conserving and documenting CCDC’s dance programmes, as well as assisting the Company in educational and outreach events in Hong Kong, mainland China and overseas since the 1990s. Chan had worked with renowned dance companies, including Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Beijing Modern Dance Company, The Goh Ballet in Canada and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, for which he rearranged various dance classics.


Chan was also a renowned dance photographer. He had always been aware of the importance of archiving in the promotion of dance’s development. He began photographing and filming for performing arts companies in the 1980s, receiving commissions from local and overseas organisations to shoot publicity and production images. Since 1983, he has held dance photography exhibitions in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and the US. In 1998, he published Hong Kong’s first dance photography book The Dance Photography of Ringo Chan, funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His dance photography was collected by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. He was also commissioned by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance to produce a documentary Why They Dance to record and promote local dance development.


During his service at CCDC, Ringo’s dedication to excellence, his friendliness and affinity made him greatly loved by colleagues and respected by the dance sector especially through his mentorship full of grace, generosity and professionalism. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and an advisor of School of Dance of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


In recognition of his contribution, he received the Hong Kong Dance Award from Hong Kong Dance Alliance in 1999 and an honorary fellowship from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2006.


Everyone at CCDC are saddened by the loss of our outstanding colleague. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. The Company plans to hold a memorial service to celebrate the life and work of Ringo Chan, details of which are to be announced.




About City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC)


For 37 years under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director Willy Tsao, City Contemporary Dance Company has inspired and excited audiences – not only in Hong Kong but also around the world – performing superb contemporary dance pieces. Founded in 1979, CCDC has presented more than 200 original works to critical acclaim, including productions by Tsao and other leading choreographers. CCDC has also presented innovative collaborations with outstanding artists from other media and with artists from around the world. CCDC is renowned for reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s vibrant, multifaceted contemporary culture, presenting dance works to an audience of more than 50,000 people annually. It has represented Hong Kong, receiving 239 overseas invitations to perform on some of the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in more than 30 major cities.


CCDC’s commitment to education and development results in around 40 outreach performances annually, offering highly popular dance courses to more than 40,000 students and audience members each year.


CCDC also helps to organise dance festivals in mainland China. Through the China Dance Development Programme, founded in 1998, CCDC provides administrative and technical support to emerging Hong Kong and mainland Chinese artists. CCDC Dance Centre, opened in 2004, provides young artists, students and the community with dance facilities and programmes, ensuring the ongoing development of dance as a vital artistic pursuit in Hong Kong.




The arrangements of funeral, cremation and memorial service of Mr. Ringo Chan, CCDC's Assistant Artistic Director are listed as below. Thank you for your attention.



Memorial service of Mr. Ringo Chan was held on 31 July, 2016. More than 200 guests attended with deepest condolences to his family. The message board is located on G/F of CCDC Dance Centre.

Photo credit: Mr. Kin-wing Koo

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