Alison grew up loving dancing and performing arts, with keen interest in Chinese. She wanted to pursue a career where she could combine her passions and innate talent. She found a great opportunity and niche when she moved to China where she has worked over two decades in performing arts industry in different roles.

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๐๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ:

โ€œ๐‘Šโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐ผ ๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐ป๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘–๐‘ก ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ค๐‘  ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ก ๐‘ ๐‘’๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž ๐‘š๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘–๐‘Ž ๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘๐‘’.โ€

๐๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ฎ๐จ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ:

โ–บ โ€œ๐‘€๐‘ฆ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘—๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘œ๐‘“ โ€˜๐ด๐‘›๐‘‘โ€™ ๐‘ฃ๐‘  โ€˜๐‘‚๐‘Ÿโ€™. ๐บ๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ข๐‘, ๐ผ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘š๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘œ๐‘ ๐‘’. ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก โ€˜๐ด๐‘›๐‘‘โ€™ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ข๐‘š๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘œ๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ โ€˜๐‘‚๐‘Ÿโ€™. ๐ผ ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘“๐‘–๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘ฆ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘ .โ€

โ–บ โ€œ๐‘‡โ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘š๐‘Ž๐‘˜๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’, ๐‘ฆ๐‘œ๐‘ข ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘›โ€™๐‘ก ๐‘˜๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘–๐‘Ÿ ๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘œ ๐‘’๐‘“๐‘“๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘”๐‘œ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’.โ€

โ–บ โ€œ๐‘€๐‘ฆ ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘๐‘–๐‘Ÿ๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ƒ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘ƒ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘œ๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘› ๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ข๐‘ ๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘’๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ก๐‘œ๐‘”๐‘’๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘ โ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ค ๐‘š๐‘ข๐‘™๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘“๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’๐‘ .โ€\

โ–บ โ€œ๐ป๐พ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘’๐‘๐‘ก๐‘™๐‘ฆ ๐‘ ๐‘ข๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘“๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘š๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘ก ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘™๐‘‘.โ€

โ–บ โ€œ๐ผ โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ฃ๐‘’ ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘ค๐‘œ๐‘Ÿ๐‘˜๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ฆ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘œ๐‘๐‘™๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘Ÿ๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘œ๐‘š๐‘š๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘‘๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘› [๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘–๐‘› ๐ป๐พ].โ€

๐†๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž:
Alison Friedman is Artistic Director โ€“ Performing Arts at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), one of the largest arts and cultural developments in the world, since October 2017. She leads the dance, theatre, xiqu, music and outdoor teams of the Performing Arts Division to ensure WKCDAโ€™s performing arts programs are conceptualized, curated and implemented in a forward-looking manner that realizes the Authorityโ€™s vision to be a regional and global leader in the performing arts.

Originally from U.S.A., Ms. Friedman has spent nearly two decades in Greater China. She has worked closely with Chinese and international governments, non-profit and private organizations, as well as established and emerging independent performing artists across genres.  She was board member (2013-2018) of the International Society for the Performing Arts, one of the largest international alliances of leaders in the performing arts. Fluent in Mandarin, she founded the successful cultural exchange organization Ping Pong Productions (PPP) in 2010 after studying as a Fulbright scholar at the Department of History in Peking University and the Beijing Dance Academy in Mainland China from 2002 to 2003. Prior to PPP, Alison held producer and general manager roles at dance and music institutions including the Beijing Modern Dance Company as well as famed composer / conductor Tan Dunโ€™s production and management company.

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