Chen Wu-Kang was born in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) and started dancing at the age of 12. When he was 16, he was offered a place at the National Taiwan College of Arts and in 1999 won the Gold Medal at Taiwan’s Council of Cultural Affairs “Creative Dance Competition.” After graduating, he received an award from Taiwan’s National Culture and Arts Foundation to study in New York. Wu-Kang joined Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech Company in 2001 where he became a soloist the following year.
In 2005, Wu-Kang co-founded HORSE and created Who & Memories for the company.
In 2007, Wu-Kang choreographed and performed in Velocity, which was awarded the Taishin Arts Award for 2007, and was invited to the Joyce Theater in New York the following year. HORSE has toured to Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Dusseldorf (Germany). Wu-Kang continues to perform with Eliot Feld’s MANDANCE PROJECT in New York as well as serving as artistic director for HORSE in Taiwan.
For Overdrive II, Wu-Kang will also be assisted by company Dancers of HORSE 驫舞劇場, Yeh Ming-Hwa and Liu Kuan-Hsiang.
Born in Jiangxi (China), Ricky Hu graduated from the Shanghai Dance School (Major in Chinese Dance) in 2004 before going on to train at the LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore. He received a full scholarship to study at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and later an Asian Cultural Council Dance Fellowship to further his study at the Ailey School in New York. Since joining The Hong Kong Ballet in 2008, he has created works including Twins, Voicing and Play with Abandon (featured in Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012) and White Lies, in collaboration with Yuh Egami, also a dancer from The Hong Kong Ballet. Ricky and Yuh were the Associate Choreographers of The Frog Prince – A Ballet Chinois together with Choreographer Yuri Ng. Ricky also performed in Rush at Hong Kong Arts Festival 2013.
Ricky is a recipient of Young Artist (Dance) at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012.
For Overdrive II, Ricky will also be assisted by Mai Jingwen (Dance Lecturer of Shenzhen Senior High School Dance Team).