Jason Yap Kean Beng

BPsy.Sc (HU), BFA (Hons) (HKAPA)
Non-local Contemporary Dance Scholar at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Jason Yap, born and raised in Malaysia, began his dance education after completing high school and has since trained in various genres including Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet. Whilst completing his R.A.D. certification at the Sri Wilayah Ballet Centre, he simultaneously led the MotionCoast Crew as representatives of the HELP Dance Club. Jason has since earned distinctions at both Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate levels; also helping his crew to a second runners-up victory in the 2014 SuperDancers Group Category. In 2014, he completed a Bachelors of Psychological Science at HELP University and was accepted into the Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) programme majoring in Contemporary dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) a year later.

Jason has performed works for numerous local artists including Jack Kek in Ladies of the Red Chamber and Kuik Swee Boon’s As It Fades. He has also performed for international artists such as Gabrielle Nankivell’s Cat Dérive and Leila McMillan’s Three Fingers at Arm’s Length. In 2017, Jason co-produced his choreographic debut titled Kill Your Darlings. In 2018, he initiated and spearheaded the interdisciplinary art collective, the STAGE Creators Collective, under the HKAPA to cultivate and facilitate emerging student artists. He was also selected to represent the HKAPA at international dance intensives such as the Paris Summer Academy (2017), CAMPING and Ponderosa (2018).

Outside of dance, Jason has developed a penchant towards interdisciplinary art practices and harbours future aspirations of becoming a producer and curator in the performing arts. He represented the HKAPA to co-present a lecture performance alongside esteemed academics at the International Symposium for Practice as Research (2017). He has also collaborated with Hong Kong visual artist, Morgan Wong, to perform at the One World Exposition 2.2, curated by Videotage. Jason hopes to gain sufficient experience overseas both in performing as well as curatorship before eventually returning to nurture local talents and elevate Malaysia’s establishment in the global arts landscape.