Ata Wong Chun Tat 黃俊達
Ata Wong Chun Tat is a director, choreographer, actor, movement coach and instructor. He is also the awardee of the 2017 Hong Kong Arts Development Awards “Award for Young Artist” (Drama).
He graduated from the School of Dance in Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and later on studied at École Internationale de Theâtre Jacques Lecoq (Jacques Lecoq) in Paris, France. Ata was one of the few Chinese artists who completed the two-year program and the courses in Le Laboratoire d’Etude du Mouvement. After graduation, he studied the making and usage of leather masks with Italian mask-making master Stefano Perocco di Meduna at l’academie Albatros.
In 2018, he completed his studies at Jacques Lecoq for the third year of the teaching course and was awarded the professional license for teaching. Within the same year, he was invited to le Theâtre de Gerard-Philipe for the international theatre director conference, and to create experimental works at the theatre. Also, he received an invitation from Festival d’Avignon to host a physical theatre workshop called ‘The body and the Blood Relation’.
During his time in Europe, Ata was involved in performances by various theatre groups and directors, including a theatre documentary named Sur un Fil / The Tightrope (Brook Production) co-directed by world-famous Peter Brook and Simon Brook, PAN (Compagnie Irina Brook), Princess Amazonia (Phoebus Production), etc.
After returning to Hong Kong in 2013, Ata joined Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Studio (TSW) as director researcher to help train its full-time actors. He now acts as the course designer and instructor in his Two-Year Professional Physical Theatre Youth Training Programme.
Ata formed the Theâtre de la Feuille in 2010 and led as director and artistic director. He has integrated physical training from both East and West to train actors, as well as to create diverse productions that toured around the world. His directorial works include Mad Man, Sonnets, Papa, Zheng He, Zhuang-ji, L’Orphelin 2.0, I Want Euthanasia and L’Orphelin.
He choreographed Tres leger and Chater Road for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series in the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF).
He was the movement director for the crime thriller Three, a 2015 movie directed by Johnnie To; and Warriors of Future, a science fiction action film directed by Ng Yuen-fai.
Ata often organizes acting trainings and workshops for different institutions and organizations; previous partners include Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (School of Dance and School of Drama), HKAF, City Contemporary Dance Company, Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), Hong Kong Disneyland, TSW, AFTEC, Skyhigh Creative Partner, various primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, etc. Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), Peking University (China), Tsinghua University (China), Tianjin Conservatory Of Music (China), International Theatre Festival (Croatia), Festival d’Avignon (France), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), Tai Pei Fringe Festival (Taiwan), etc.