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EMERGENCE serves as an exploratory platform for aspiring dance practitioners to experiment with Chinese dance choreography in our modern times. Come and discover with us and our external choreographers such as Fen, a voyager from Mauritius, Jereh Leung, a haploid cell maker, and Michael Wong, an ex-civil servant turned dance fanatic, as they choreograph Chinese dance with their “Senses”.


Meet up with the choreographers after the performance as they will share their behind-the-scene experiences with you. This post-performance dialogue will be conducted in Chinese.



In Search of...《寻觅风的感觉》

Choreographer: Yong Yong Xin

Dancer:Lee Shi Hui



Choreographer: Zeng Xiang

Dancer:Zeng Xiang



Choreographer:Ah Sen Hok Fen

Dancers:Viv Phua, Tey Shiyi Regina, Sandra Faustina Lee


Virgin Touch 《初触》

Choreographer:Michael Wong

Dancers: Liang Bin, Juliana Tan Zhu Nian


Flowing Pulse《脉动》

Choreographer:Jereh Leung

Dancer:Zheng Long



Choreographers:Zeng  Xiang, Zhang Xiaoqi

Dancers: Zeng  Xiang, Zhang Xiaoqi

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23 January 2016 (Saturday) | 8pm

24 January 2016 (Sunday) | 3 pm

Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Blackbox Theatre

60 minutes (no intermission)



Ah Sen Hok Fen, started performing in Mauritius, before moving to Singapore for university. While in NUS, he was a pioneer member of the award-winning Hip-Hop crew “Lil White Ridin Hoods”. He was awarded with a scholarship by Jitterbugs Swingapore and was later recruited as a full-time instructor with Rhythm ‘N’ Moves studio.


Actively promoting Chinese dance through various choreographies since 2007 NUS Arts Festival as well as Exxon Mobil Campus Concert, he led a 14-member group from NUS Chinese Dance to Mauritius for a 2-night cultural show in 2009. He has also choreographed for the "Rhythm of Life" concerts in 2011 and 2014.


He has performed in countries such as Hong Kong, Japan and Korea. He has been consistently choreographing for NUS King Edward VII Hall as an alumnus and while teaching at both primary and secondary schools; his choreographies were awarded “Gold with Honours” and “Certificate of Distinction” at the Singapore Youth Festival. 



Ruimin graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree in Dance. Majoring in Chinese Dance with a minor in Choreography, Ruimin was awarded the Chinese Dance Faculty Scholarship and the William Au Arts Education Scholarship during her studies. She is also the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas).

As a student, she gained a wealth of experience participating in productions such as “November Dances”, “Dance Repertory Concert”, “Dance/ Matters”, "Luminous", "Spirited!", etc., where she worked with talented choreographers such as Xing Liang, Liu Qi, Wu Kam Ming, Cai Ying. Upon graduation, Ruimin subsequently performed with CIE. Ismael Ivo (DE/BR) Biblioteca Do Corpo "No Sacre" in Vienna and Brazil, and also participated in the "15th Anniversary of Handover of Hong Kong" and "The 4th Minorities Art Festival of China." Ruimin was also a participating artist in the "Asia Dance workshop" in korea and has worked with choreographers Idit and Kim Seol Jin as well.



Zheng Long graduated from the ZheJiang Vocational Academy of Art, majoring in Chinese dance. He has played major roles in "Yellow River", "男儿", "谷灵生息", "光芒芒" which received several awards in competitions. He also worked with Guan Yi Yi in "漠然的远离". Zheng Long danced in "东城决" at the tenth Tao Li Cup competition group dance category and was awarded the third prize.



Xiaoqi graduated in 2011 from the Dance Academy of Yunnan Arts Institute with a MA degree, research in Ethnic dance education, and was appointed as the Vice-President of the Yunnan Arts Institute Student Council. She studied her BA degree in Shenyang Conservatory of Music and graduated as the “Outstanding Graduate”, majoring in Chinese Classical Dance and minoring in Chinese Ethnic dance. She had also received national scholarship several times, and is the only recipient of the full scholarship from Shenyang conservatory of music.


Throughout the years, Xiaoqi has been actively serving the community using dance as a medium. In 2010, she was appointed as the choreographer for “The 9th Yunnan Province Ethnic Group Sports Carnival”, and choreographed the aerobic exercise using the dance elements from the Yi Tribe. In 2011, she gave artistic guidance and choreographed for the stage play “Love Is On The Move”, which was organized by The Third Women’s Prison of Yunnan Province. In the same year, she was also appointed as the Assistant Editor by the China Education Circle Federation and worked on a national level research project “The New Education of China”, and was given the title of “National Outstanding Educator” by the China Education Circle Federation.



Meet up with the young choreographers together with our artistic advisor Mr. Chong King Ching after the performance as they will share their insight with you about their choreography. This post-performance dialogue will be conducted in Chinese.


Yong Xin graduated with a Diploma in Dance at Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore) in 2010. With the support of National Arts Council (NAC) scholarship, she obtained a degree in Dance choreography from Beijing Dance Academy, China in 2015. During her studies, she was under the tutelage of dance artistes from China - Zhang Yu Jun, Sun Long Kui, Zhao Wei Qiu, Shi Min, Ou Si Wei, Xia Wei Jia and Han Ping. Yong Xin had also performed in dance pieces by Tammy L Wong (Singapore), Melissa Quek (Singapore), Albert Tiong (Malaysia), Gecko Siompo (Indonesia), Loretta Livingston (USA) and Grace Jun (USA).



Zeng Xiang is a degree graduated from the Hua Qiao University, School of Music and Dance (Education). During his studies, he participated in the China Central Television Night Gala performance as one of the lead dancers in《天游记》,《最炫民族风》, etc. Zeng Xiang participated and obtained "Preserving Traditional Dance Culture" award in the ninth Tao Li Cup competition. He also received several awards in competitions within Chongqing. Upon Graduation, he went into teaching in Malaysia and Thailand before joining Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre in 2015.



Jereh Leong studied dance in Singapore and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Previously a full-time dancer with Frontier Danceland, He has since worked on Focus by KHAM cie, which toured France and Singapore. His other involvement include Silence Please (CIA.FLESH-Inma Marin, M1 Open Stage Festival 2014), Retrospective (Xavier Le Roy, 2014) and Gitanjali [I Feel the Earth Move] (The Necessary Stage, 2014). He collaborated with Eng Kai Er in Indulgence (TheatreWorks, 2015) and involved in the inter disciplinary work by Dramabox(SG) The cemetery commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts. His work is one of 10 selected to be presented in M1 Contact Festival's Diversity co-presented by the National Arts Council. His latest production is a collaboration with Loo Zihan (TheatreWorks) in 50/50.



Michael Wong started with jazz ballet during his NUS undergraduate days under the tutelage of Ms Teresa Pee, and later received training in classical ballet from Ms Sylvia McCully and in Chinese Dance from Mr Zhou Lei and Ms Ding Hong.


Michael has performed in numerous productions of the National University of Singapore Chinese Dance (NUSCD) group, the Theatre Arts Troupe (TAT)’s “Dances of the Orient” concert series, and the Sylvia McCully School of Dancing school productions. For the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), he performed in their productions of “Cinderella”, “Coppelia”, “Graduation Ball”, “The Nutcracker”, “Madame Butterfly” and “Swan Lake”. He also participated in the Royal Ballet’s “Swan Lake” and Ballet Magnificat’s “Deliver Us!” when these companies toured Singapore. He has performed overseas in Zurich (Switzerland), Gyeongju (Korea) and Mauritius.



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