Hong Kong Exile

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Hong Kong Exile (Vancouver, BC)

Hong Kong Exile (HKX) is a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary arts company formed in 2011. The company consists of three emerging contemporary artists: Natalie Tin Yin Gan (Dance), Milton Lim (Theatre), and Remy Siu (New Music). [1]


Hong Kong Exile is committed to creating vital and innovative art through collaborative, interdisciplinary investigation. [2]


  • Active engagement with local and international arts communities
  • Ambitious and rigorous treatment of challenging artistic and political questions
  • Investigation of cultural politics in an era of globalization and the inclusion of under-represented experiences and identities
  • Exploration outside of the formal and aesthetic traditions of dance, theatre, new music, and multimedia
  • Pushing the boundaries of interdisciplinary process and creation


Hong Kong Exile aims to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and critical arts community. Through work that provokes discourse and new perspectives, they advocate for arts’ importance and its relevance in society. The company is passionate about creating local, national, and international partnerships; Hong Kong Exile looks forward to developing a body of internationally-tourable repertoire.


Each of the three members met while studying at Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts and have been creating work together since 2011, when the company first formed.

  • Natalie Tin Yin Gan is a contemporary dance artist specializing in improvisation and interdisciplinary collaboration. She holds a double degree in Contemporary Dance and International Studies, and received further training with Modus Operandi for two seasons under Artistic Directors Tiffany Tregarthen and David Raymond. She has worked with and performed for battery opera performance, MACHiNOiSY Dance Theatre, Mascall Dance, Dancers' Studio West (Calgary), fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto), La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco), Le Brothers (Vietnam), Amy O'Neal (Seattle) and Daisy Thompson (UK), among others. Natalie has presented work in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle and Vietnam. She also pursues local and international opportunities outside of dance contexts to hone a critical, decolonized approach to choreography.
  • Milton Lim is a Vancouver-based theatre director, designer, and multi-disciplinary performer. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance. His work utilizes digital media and various modes of live performance, notably game mechanics, typography architecture, and high-frequency content readability. Milton has created works for and performed in several international arts festivals in Vancouver, Richmond, Toronto, Victoria, Portland and Seattle. He was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
  • Remy Siu is a Vancouver-based composer. He studied Contemporary Arts at SFU, and is currently the Emerging Composer-in-Residence for Turning Point Ensemble and CMC (Canadian Music Centre) BC Region. His compositions have been performed in Canada and the USA, by groups such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Erato Ensemble, Musica Intima, Quatuor Bozzini, and aTonal Hits. He also composes with Dissonant Disco, a Vancouver music collective. In 2014, he was awarded a SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award.

Company History

Hong Kong Exile is proud to have developed a reputation as an engaged, rigorous and prolific emerging arts collective since the time of its inception.

In 2012, Hong Kong Exile was awarded an inaugural five-month residency at New Westminster’s River Market. This gave them the momentum to produce the sold-out festival, ASCENSION, a showcase of six new music composers pairing with six choreographers. In 2013, the company was featured in Hive: NEW BEES 3, a showcase of the city’s most prolific emerging contemporary performance companies.

Hong Kong Exile premiered a new work at the CanAsian Kickstart Festival in Toronto in April 2014, marking the company’s first out-of-province tour. Projects over the last few years have included presentations at three international arts festivals, an ambitious month-long gallery exhibition and handful of ongoing collaborative initiatives. Current HKX projects reflect the collective’s greater commitment to exploring multi-media innovation and integration with live performance. Their most recent project, Room 2048 will premiere April 11-15th, 2017 at the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver.

Since 2015, the members of HKX have been part of the Gold Saucer Studio, an independently-run studio, rehearsal, and venue space. The members are also currently embarking on a two-year residency with the PuSH International Arts Festival (2017/18).

Hong Kong Exile has and continues to benefit from the support and guidance of Theatre ConspiracyBoca del Lupo, the Turning Point Ensemble, the Canadian Music Centre, and MACHiNENOiSY Dance Theatre who offer valuable insight as they move forward as an emerging arts company. 

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