Photo by Monica Tolia
Ghost and John
are a Hong Kong multidisciplinary art duo who are best known for their innovative integration of performance and contemporary technologies. Drawing from their experiences of working within biology and computer science, they have developed a dynamic artistic practice that examines the intricacies of the body and nature, technological advances and folklore that accompany history. Their embrace of digital technology allows them to create extended choreographic experience beyond theatre and dance, and broadcast their arts to wider audiences. Working across video, installation and performance, they create unique spectator encounters from scientific to spiritual, and from historical to mythical. Through complex investigations of social, historical, and cultural differences across the globe, they constantly explore the post-colonial trauma of Hong Kong, the use of technology in democratic society and new forms of art presentation.
(By Sandra Lam)
“Highly engaged, emerging artist, whose creations are formally and content wise, cutting edge, examine amongst others other changing relationship with communication technology and also addressing some of the current political issues.”
- Dr. Guy Cools, renowned Dance Dramaturg, Associate Professor in Dance Studies, Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, the Netherlands and Guest Professor, Ghent University, Belgium
Ghost and John graduated from M.A. (Distinction) in Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School. They are a danceWEB scholarship recipient and an ATLAS young choreographer at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival 2019 respectively. They are artist members of Chisenhale Dance Space, London, artists-in-residence at Live Art Development Agency, London, and artist fellows at Hong Kong Dance Alliance.
One of Ghost and John’s multimedia performances “I’M NOT SURE”, a space-transforming work, was presented at The Place, London; Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, Vienna; Goethe-Institut Hongkong. Their interactive production, “Meniscus”, involves a team of twenty-six cross-disciplinary creatives.
A selection of their recent works: Online interactive work “Meniscus Going Online”; Durational performance/ community installation “Thousand Papers”; Live performance “Skirmishes”; Video collaboration with Moongate Production “No Time For Tears”; Online live work “A Tank-full of Memes". Ghost and John’s works have been supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, Creative Europe, Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and many more.
香港仔 14 Sep 2021
大館表演藝術季：SPOTLIGHT 方言、身體、花崗岩 香港故事密密尋
文匯報 08 Sep 2021
Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday September 2021 (Mention)
02 Sep 2021
Review: BUZZCUT Festival (online)
Naomi Obeng, Exuent - 12 June 2021
Whitechapel Gallery First Thursday May 2021 (Mention)
6 May 2021
Aberfeldy Street celebrates Poplarism with art installation (Feature)
Ruby Flanagan, Poplar LDN - 2 May 2021
‘I thought about Bruce Lee’: how Hong Kong artists in Britain struggled to feel from afar the pulse of their home city, and to represent it (Feature)
Ethan Paul, South China Morning Post - 27 Mar 2021
Fantastic Frustration - Cart Noodle Show (Review)
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 28 Feb 2021
#WeRNotVirus with Moongate Productions (Reviews and Mention)
‘Skirmishes’ Ghost and John with Angela Hui at The Place (Review)
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 30 Nov 2019
The Culturist專訪 - 11 Jul 2018
3青年放下工作 舞出夢想 (港聞)
Showcase: Dance trio find a way to make dancing their full-time career (Feature)
他們曾於世界各地演出，包括倫敦 The Place、維也納 ImPulsTanz、香港歌德學院、阿姆斯特丹 Framer Framed 等。他們於2018年在ImPulsTanz維也納國際舞蹈節擔任ATLAS年輕編舞家，同時獲得 danceWEB獎學金。他們以一級榮譽畢業於倫敦當代舞學院（London Contemporary Dance School），取得當代舞碩士學位。