Benedict’s career as a performer, educator and choreographer spans more than twenty years. He holds a MFA with first class honours majoring in choreography from the University of Melbourne (Victorian college of the Arts).
Benedict has had extensive training in both Chinese classical and contemporary dance since 1987 under the professional guidance of a renowned Singapore dance choreographer and educator-- Mr. Ng Chay Kuang. In recent years, under the tutelage and mentoring of highly experienced dance and arts practitioner - Helen Herbertson and Dr Don Asker (Australia), has allowed him to further develop and explore his choreographic skills.
Known for his distinctive originality, visually captivating and innate ability in connecting to his viewers. Benedict's works were well received both local and international from Asia to Europe. In 2007, the Hong Kong Culture Promotion Society and Hong Kong Art Troupe invited Benedict’s works- “Metamorphosis”, “Matsuri” and “Heartbeats” to perform at the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong SAR exchange Activities and 2007 Hong Kong International Children’s Cultural and Art Festival, and were awarded with 2 Gold and 1 Silver including best performance award. In July 2008, Benedict’s work “Metamorphosis” came in 1st place and was awarded with the Best Choreography and Contemporary Dance in the 12th Europe New Prague Dance Festival 2008. He was the first Singaporean to receive this international award. In 2012, Benedict's works were invited to perform at the 4th "International Dance X-Change" in Philippine, the Taiwan- Tainan Nan Ying International Folklore Art Festival and Korea Andong International Mask Dance festival in 2013.
BENEDICT SOH KIAN LENG
Collaborator for ROOTED | A Triple Bill (2015)
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