LIFE'S A STAGE
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22 February 2014, 21:00 - 21:30
In this post-performance dialogue, choreographer Madam Xiao Yanying will share behind-the-scenes experience of creating her dance masterpiece; hosted by SHHKDT artistic advisor, Dr Chua Soo Pong.
Dialogue in Mandarin and English. Free admission for valid ticket holder.
PROGRAMME PLUS EVENTS
Post Performance Dialogue
With Guest Choreographer, Xiao Yanying
23 February 2014, 13:30 – 16:00
In this workshop led by lead artiste Jiang Wei, winner of 2009 Cultural award in the 9th Peach Cup and Plum Cup Dance Competition, experience the infinite possibilities of Classical Chinese dance through a series of movement based exercises.
Instruction in Mandarin. Free admission for valid ticket holder.
Chinese Dance Workshop
With Guest Lead Dancer, Jiang Wei
PROGRAMME PLUS EVENTS
Post Performance Dialogue
With Guest Choreographer, Xiao Yanying
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In its fourth core production, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) takes a look back into the history of Singapore and attempts to relive the memory, heritage and identity of Chinese traditional arts through this dance drama. “Life’s A Stage” is inspired by the story of a local Chinese street opera troupe in the mid-twentieth century. Overflowing with love, friendship and betrayal, it unfolds the story of three talented Chinese opera artists and how their life revolved around the fate of the opera troupe. This is an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the intriguing Chinese traditional artistic heritage, as SCDT put forth both the finest of Chinese dance and Chinese opera on stage to its audience.
The dance drama will be held on the evenings of 15 and 16 July 2016 at the Drama Centre Theatre. In addition to the fresh choreography, SCDT will also be looking into enhancing the appreciation of arts and developing of new audiences through a series of interactive “programme-plus” activities.
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Lim Moi Kim is the Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre. She was formerly a lecturer at LaSalle College of the Arts, Dance Faculty, as well as at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Dance Department.
Throughout her career, she has produced many commendable works that have left good impressions on critics and members of the public. In 2002, her work “Madam White Snake”, performed by The Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Troupe at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival, won the “People’s Choice”, “Best Visual Presentation” and “Outstanding Supporting Actress” awards from the festival.
In 2015, Madam Lim has choreographed three new dance items for SHHKDT third core production, Journey: Purpose in Motion, which receives positive reviews.
Reworked item, "Stillness in Motion", was presented at the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Networks (APPAN) International Symposium, “The Wisdom of Age in Performance: The Intangible Heritage of the Asia Pacific” in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
LIM MOI KIM
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Neo Jenny started her training in Chinese Classical and Folk Dance at the age of ten under the tutelage of her mother, Madam Lim Moi Kim. Jenny graduated from LASALLE – College of the Arts, Singapore, with a BA (Honours) in Dance. She was also awarded grants from the National Arts Council and scholarships from the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan to further her professional training in Choreography at Beijing Dance Academy, China.
Throughout the years, Jenny has been actively choreographing for the company, schools, and national major events like Chingay and National Day. Her latest, and currently ongoing, involvement is choreographing a dance piece titled "Returning" for a large-scale production conceived and directed by Singapore dance pioneer and Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Lay Kuan, to be performed during the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015.
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).
Ruimin had worked with talented choreographers such as Xing Liang, Liu Qi, Lim Moi Kim, Wu Kam Ming, Cai Ying and Neo Jenny. She was also a participating artist in the "Asia Dance workshop" in korea and has worked with choreographers Idit and Kim Seol Jin as well.
Her recent choreography with co-dancer, Zheng Long, titled (IM)pacity of Perfection was showcased in "Emergence 2015" and invited to performed at "Chinatown Food and Cultural Festival 2015" in Mauritius.
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.
His recent choreography with co-dancer, Li Ruimin, titled (IM)pacity of Perfection was showcased in "Emergence 2015" and invited to performed at "Chinatown Food and Cultural Festival 2015" in Mauritius.
Aaron graduated from LASALLE College of the Artsʼs BA(Hons) Technical Theatre programme in 2011, and has designed sets and costumes for different theatrical genres, ranging from Chinese opera (Bukit Panjang Hokkien Konghuay Opera Troupe), classical ballet (Singapore Dance Theatre), plays and musicals (LASALLE). His more notable works to date are The Merry Widow (set design: Singapore Lyric Opera, 2014 – in progress), The Wedding Singer (set design: LASALLE College of the Arts, 2014), The Nutcracker (set and costume design: Singapore Dance Theatre, 2011) and Bloodshed in the Imperial Palace (set and lighting design: Bukit Panjang Hokkien Konghuay Opera Troupe, 2009).
While also doing lighting design for smaller productions one a while, and occasionally dabbling with musical compositions, graphic design and playwrighting, he is planning to move one level up: to produce/ direct/ write his own show.
Set & Costume Designer
Tay Huey Meng or Meng as he commonly know, started as a performer in the mid 80’s and was an artist with SAF Music and Drama Company. In late 80’s, he become a full time Production Stage Manager with Singapore Dance Theatre. Meng left SDT in 95’ and become a freelance Production Manager, Technical Manager and Lighting Designer for productions by companies like Singapore Lyric Opera, TheatreWork, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Wild Rice Production, Dream Academy Production just to name a few.
Aside from the Art scene, he also involve in many commercial show like Jazz Festival as Logistic Manager, Radio Music Award as Technical Stage Manger, Santosa’s Sandsation and Sentosa Count Down event as Stage Manager. He was also the technical/stage manager for several other projects to name a few big productions, “Cooking” a Korean production, “That’s Kit” Kit Chan Solo Concert and JJ Lin Concert in Singapore Indoor Stadium. International event included Production Technical Manager for Royal Academy of Dance’s “Genee International Ballet Competition 2009”. Technical Stage Manager for “Singapore Day” in Shanghai World Expo 2010.
TAY HUEY MENG
A founding member of the former National Theatre Chinese Dance Company, Mr Chong King Ching joined the ECA Branch (now known as Arts Education Branch), Ministry of Education in 1986 as a Specialist in Dance. Since then he had been tasked to take charge of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Dance Central Judging and assume the role of producer for the SYF Opening Ceremony and the Premiere Night of the Performing Arts at the Kallang Theatre until 2003.
From 2000 to 2012, he attended most of the National Dance Competitions held in China and met with their judgers to learn their views and comments on the dance items. In the same period, he was invited to judge in Chinese dance competitions in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He has been the Artistic Advisor to the Singapore Chinese Dance Artistes' Association since 2000, and assumed the role of Artistic Director for the full length drama “Romance of the White Snake” produced by the association in 2010.
In 2012, he was invited to be the Dance Artistic Director for the 21th Century International Arts Festival held in Malaysia.
CHONG KING CHING
Artistic Advisor & Playwright
Well-known dance instructor and choreographer Mr Low Ee Chiang is a very versatile. Besides teaching in many schools, he also conducts dance classes at PA. Besides dance, Mr Low also teaches wushu and gymnastics. He draws on these skills, combining them into his choreography. He also tries to inject local elements into his work, adding ethnic flourishes to make his dances uniquely Singaporean.
LOW EE CHIANG
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.
To enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the dance production, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre will partner National Heritage Board, National Library Board and Singapore Chinese Opera Museum to put up pre-production exhibitions at the Central Public Library and the Library@Chinatown. This exhibition will be put up again at the front of house during the performance period.
A talk on the production with interactive workshop would be conducted at both libraries. You will get to catch a glimpse of the dance drama too.
Scheduled as follow,
20 June – 30 June 2016: Central Public Library
1 July – 11 July 2016: library@chinatown
12 July – 16 July 2016: Drama Centre Theatre
15 July 2016 (Friday) and 16 July 2016 (Saturday)
Drama Centre Theatre
90 minutes (no intermission)