Step Out Arts (SOA) felt there was a distinctive lack of support and exposure of the British East Asian dance sector. There are many reasons for this situation such as lack of encouragement and development; the negative perception amongst BEA parents towards careers in the arts; and the lack of visibility of BEA artists outside the East Asian community. Jih-Wen Yeh Artistic Director of SOA chose to address this issue and raise awareness of the BEA dance sector by creating the British East Asian Choreographers Development Scheme (BEACDS). The scheme would enable BEA artists to undertake a research and development opportunity which is specifically designed to support and develop choreographic skill.

SOA invited proposals from British East Asian choreographers to take part in a research and development opportunity which culminated in two showcases held at University of Bedfordshire and Greenwich Dance Agency in September/October 2009. The showcases provided an opportunity for the choreographers to present their work to national programmers, promoters and the general public. In addition to the showcases, those selected received up to £1000 towards the research and development costs of their proposals. Participants were provided with two weeks of free rehearsal space and were mentored by professional choreographers. The project was coordinated by SOA and funded by Arts Council England in partnership with Greenwich Dance Agency, University of Bedfordshire and Chinese Arts Centre. The scheme supported Arts Council England’s work by taking positive action to address under-representation of Black and Asian artists in accordance with Sections 35 and 37 of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.

Showcase Poster
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Video Clips from the showcase

Half Truths and Allegories
Annie Pui Ling Lok

Annie is currently lecturing on the Dance and Professional Practice and Performing Arts BA at the University of Bedfordshire and has been in rehearsal and performance with Siobhan Davies Dance in ROTOR. Annie’s independent work is currently centered around work with various body work practitioners (Craniosacral Therapy and Cranial Osteopathy) to inform an on-going exploration and play with improvisation away from performance and choreographic contexts.


Chisato Minamimura

Chisato’s current dance work, ‘NEW BEATS’ was showed at GDA, DaDaFest International 2010, Hawth theatre and at Spring Dance 2011, Utrecht in April. Also she was invited to Europe in Motion 2011 in Utretcht. She choreographed for theatre ‘Laundry Boy’ produced by Face Front in 2011. And the article about her dance education, ‘WHAT’S SPECIAL’ published by RESEO, European Network for Opera and Dance Education.


Khamlane Halsackda

Since premiering ‘A single act’ in London Khamlane has toured the solo to Sweden (Scene konst festivalen) and India (Attakkalari biennial). He has now been researching and developing the sequel to this work and was given a residency by Pavilion Dance (of Dance South West) and Danstationen (of Malmo, Sweden). This was fully funded by Arts Council England. In August he will be 1 of 3 UK choreographers to have a commission in Taiwan as part of Arts Cross, a 3 year scheme and partnership between the UK, Taiwan, China and Singapore.


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Quang Kien Van

Since 2010 Quang has worked extensively with Fleur Darkin Company and has recently been appointed Rehearsal Director/ Assistant Choreographer to the group. He has also been a regular Guest Artist to Salon K, a performance art collective based in Berlin: Kriya a new solo created and performed by Quang has been performed as part of Salon K: Furthermore, Quang has been invited to choreograph for the opening ceremony of a new tropical greenhouse “L’Oasi dell Farfalle” (Butterfly’s oasis) in Milan Italy.