Ballet | Jazz | Contemporary Dance | Hip Hop

Contemporary movement artist

From Hong Kong

Based in London

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Photo credit to @Stephanie Yau

Pui Yung Shum is a contemporary movement-based artist with an all-around dance training background. With interests in object-movement relationship, she explores object-oriented ontology through creative movements. How bodies can be inspired by the ever-changing appearance of the objects and the different qualities of a same object that a human body can imitate.

She started her ballet training in Christine Liao School of Ballet (Hong Kong) at the age of five. She was awarded distinction from the RAD in Ballet examinations (Advanced 2 and Grade 8) and was invited to participate in The Genee International Ballet Competition in Antwerp, Belgium. 

In 2017, she became the team manager of the Dance Society of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. During her studies, she performed with choreographers such as Faijai (WingFai Tsang), Siuwan (Noel Cheung) and explored different dance styles, including house, hip hop and jazz. In 2018, she joined the Bauhinia Cup Dance Competition (Open group section), where the group was awarded the 2nd runner up of the Asia division and entered the International Dance Championship section.

In 2019, she completed her M.A. in Contemporary Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School. Throughout the course, she worked with famous choreographers such as Leila McMillan and Holly Blakey. She was invited by Eloise Mavronicholas to be the soloist in the dance film ‘Concrete Kisses’, which was screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Shum participated in several music videos of Cantonese pop singers, including On Chan from C All Star. She also worked with Ghost and John in 'Meniscus' and performed with Collective 31 in ‘Snow White Reimagined’. She presented her solo ‘I'm not sure what to do. It's flooding.’ at The Place in December 2019. 

In 2020, upon the completion of her studies, she participated in the Resolution Festival at The Place Theatre with the Contingency Theatre in ‘MoonSweats’. She was also part of  ‘Freedom Hi’ with the Papergang Theatre in Feb 2020, which was voted the best show of the week in the VAULT Festival (London).

Photo credit to @Stephanie Yau @Camilla Greenwell @Daniele Fummo