Who We Are

Hi Ching, Artistic Director

Hi Ching was born in London and brought up in Singapore. He returned to London to study at the Royal Ballet School (Dancers' Course) and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Graduate Course - 1st studies in piano and singing, 2nd study in music composition). After graduating, he danced with the Frankfurt Ballet, Royal Opera, and English National Opera. He then worked as a professional actor, appearing on TV, film and stage before turning to directing, writing and composing, creating work with a holistic approach in which he oversees all aspects.

He is also Artistic Director of River Cultures based in East London and has created and directed an extensive range of theatre based, site-specific and outdoor work for organisations including the nationwide Silk Screens for the BBC, Royal National Theatre, South Bank Centre, The Museum in Docklands, Museum of London, V & A, British Museum, Chinese Arts Centre, the Taipei Representative Office, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Hong Kong Tourism Board and local councils at theatres, arts and festivals across the UK.

He was first prize national winner of a short story competition in the UK in 1996. Two of his plays which he directed and produced with the Albany Theatre were Hungry For It and You Beat Me, I Love You which received critical acclaim.

He won 'Best Composition' at the Fo Guang Temple International ‘Voices of the World' Music Competition in 2005 which led to a commission of an outdoor musical on the life of Buddha ‘Journey Of Wisdom', which he also scripted and directed, and received prizes every year at this Competition for three consecutive years. Music he has composed include The mela production of Nature's Icons, Silk Screens and the theme music of BBC's ‘Death On The Beach' in which he also played he lead. A selection of his musical compositions are on the London Diaspora Capital website of Cultural Co-operation where he is featured.

Hi Ching's administrative and organisational work began in 1981 when he was appointed Head of the Upper School at the Urdang Academy. In 1982 he became Principal of Ballet Theatre School / Dance Theatre Academy for ten years. He has received many grants and awards for his artistic projects.

Acting highlights include Spooks (BBC), First Emperor and The Great Wall (Discovery and Lion TV), The Crooked Man, and Thieftakers (Carlton TV), London's Burning (LWT), Roger, Roger (BBC 2), The Fragile Heart (Channel 4), On Dangerous Ground (Superstar Channel), Tartort (Bavarian TV) TV Comedy - Tottenham 2 (Channel 4), Kaisermühlen Blues (Austrian TV series), And There's More‚ (Central TV series with probably the first Chinese comic in a series) Anything Goes (West End), Ping Pong (the first all Chinese production in the UK), High Road To China and Aliens 3. Heritage projects include Spinning Lifestyles (oral history of East London's Bangladeshi community) and Limehouse Chinatown (oral history of the ‘genuine children' of London's first Chinatown) and I Am An Indian Dancer In London.

hi.ching@fipa.org.uk