ShumGhostJohn (Since 2017)
Fluid in their artistic expression, ShumGhostJohn is a Hong Kong trio making performance works across disciplines, previously trained in language, ballet, computer science and biology. Met in 2017, they devise storytelling works that recognise Hongkonger identity, power of being a collective and the nature of interdependence. Their research topic includes use of technology in democratic society, folklore and contemporary art practices and object-oriented ontology.
The trio’s first solo exhibition "Thousand Papers" was held in May 2021 with Fitzrovia Noir, Whitechapel Gallery, Poplar Union and Finborough Theatre. Their performance has been seen across Hong Kong, London, Vienna and Antwerp, in renowned venues and festivals including ImPulsTanz, The Place London and Genee. Their performance in Vault Festival at “Freedom HI” with Papergang Theatre has been awarded Show of The Week. They won a championship in Kangaroo Cup (Hong Kong) 2017 Lyrical/Contemporary. They received their MA Contemporary Dance at London Contemporary Dance School and are now based between London and Hong Kong.
Known as "The Devisers Company" before Oct 2019, they are a collaborative unit between Shum Pui Yung and Ghost and John. Recent collaborators include Papergang Theatre, Royal School of Music, Contingency Theatre, Nhu Xuan Hua and more
A Selected List Of Our Works :
Thousand Papers - Exhibition and Durational Performance
Cart Noodle Show - DARE Festival 2021
I'M NOT SURE - Vault Festival 2020
The Cup Noodle Act - Live Art Club
RLDU 右左下上 (2018) - Full-Length Theatre Work
Merry Christmas 2017 (Jingle Bell Rock by Glee Cast)
HK Kangaroo Cup 2017 Open Contemporary/Lyrical: Champion
Project 2 - “Puzzle” ("Better" by One Republic)
Scene “Cheshire Cat” from “Alice in the Wonderland” with Christine Liao School of Ballet
Project 1 - “Seek” ("Somewhere Only We Know" by Lily Allen)
Ruby Flanagan, Poplar LDN - 2 May 2021
Ethan Paul, South China Morning Post - 27 Mar 2021
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen Reviews - 28 Feb 2021
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)
"Cart Noodle Show" is a hybrid of game show and storytelling night, the most recent ShumGhostJohn work. It was presented on 25-27 Feb 2021 with Upstart Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall.
"I loved Cart Noodle show. A fun interactive experience that deforms into disillusionment and dystopia; it packs a poignant punch. The viewer becomes the subject of a gamified system that is designed to disenfranchise them. The political implications of the work are clear but sophisticated. One is left feeling both entertained and with a deep sadness about what has been lost. The exciting visual world ShumGhostJohn are able to conjure in their white walled flat is an impressive testament to their endless creativity."
- Kim Pearce, British Theatre Director