Ms LAU, Stella 劉 燕 玲
高 級 講 師 ( 芭 蕾 舞 ) 及 青 年 精 英 舞 蹈 課 程 及 外 展 組 長
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Stella Lau started her training at the Hong Kong Academy of Ballet when she was 20. She was awarded twice the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music Fund Scholarship while there. Upon graduation, she joined the Hong Kong Ballet Company where she eventually became the first homegrown dancer promoted to the principal rank in its history.
During her years with the Company, Stella had danced classical as well as contemporary ballets in Hong Kong and overseas. She featured in Giselle as Giselle; Romeo and Juliet as Juliet; La Sylphide as the Sylph; The Nutcracker as Sugar Plum Fairy; The Tales of Hoffmann as Antonia; and The Mid-summer Night Dream as Titania. She was the lead dancer in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, Allegro Brilliante, Who Cares? and Square Dance; Kylian’s Nuages; Duato’s Jardi Tancat; MacMillan’s Pavane; Ashton’s Les Patineurs; and Caniparoli’s Connotations. Besides being a dancer, Stella also participated in the Company’s outreach and educational programmes as presenter and dance instructor.
Stella furthered her study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she graduated from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) programme in dance with first-class honours. In 2010 Stella successfully completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance programme at the Academy and was awarded the Dean’s prize. She was appointed by the School of Dance as full-time ballet lecturer in 2002. From September 2014, she was appointed GYDP Coordinator and ApL Dance Coordinator/Advisor.
Stella has extensive experience in rehearsal direction. She was ballet mistress in Hong Kong Ballet’s The Nutcracker and The Happenings and Hong Kong Ballet Group’s Don Quixote. She was rehearsal director in works of Yuri Ng, Graeme Collin, Natalie Weir, Thierry Maladain, Christopher Hampson, Wang Yuan Yuan, Wayne Ealing, Jean Paul Camelin, Kinsun Chan and most recently Ismael Ivo.
Stella’s creative work includes Dancing to Delibes and Sylvia. She also restaged Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides, Magic Garden from Don Quixote and excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Napoli and Coppélia. She also reconstructed La Cachucha from original score by Ann Hutchison. Last December, she choreographed for Musica Viva in their opera production Rigoletto.
Besides teaching at the Academy, Stella constantly expands and extends her knowledge in dance in a wider context by undertaking artistic and scholarly activities:
she went on study trips to Vienna, Shanghai, Beijing and the Hague; she attended dance conferences in Hong Kong and Australia; she visited Beijing Dance Academy, Australia Ballet School and Victoria College of the Arts; and she participated in dance courses in London, Copenhagen, Toronto and New York. In 2013, she received the certification from Irene Dowd to teach her Spiral©1991 choreography. In July 2014, she presented a conference paper on rehearsal directing in Angers, France at the Global Summit of the World Dance Alliance.
Stella is also committed to the development of dance in the community at large. She hosted talks, lectures and workshops on dance appreciation organized by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, HKUSPACE, Baptist University, IATC, Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Hong Kong Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet Group and Macau Cultural Centre. She was also the presenter at the RTHK Radio 4. She was invited by the Arts Development Council as assessor and critic in project grants; and panelist for the three-year and one-year grants. She also served as adjudicator in dance competitions as well as scholarships. In 2003 she was showcased in the Hong Kong Dance Hall of Fame. Currently she is vice-chairperson of the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and serves on government’s arts panels.