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ROOTED | A TRIPLE BILL

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Dance Drama - The Wilderness

Neo Jenny and Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A highly dynamic performance, explores the theme of hatred, lust, frustration and struggle using movements give the audiences another interpretation of famous Chinese playwright, Mr Cao Yu’s trilogy – The Wilderness.

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.

 

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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

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Post Performance Dialogue

With Guest Choreographer, Xiao Yanying

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ROOTED | A Triple Bill features the works of four distinct choreographers in one spectacular evening of dance. Inspired by our rich Chinese heritage and roots, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) Principal Choreographer, Neo Jenny, along with guest choreographers Anthony Meh and Aman Yap (Dua Space Dance Theatre, Malaysia) and Benedict Soh (Dance Horizon Troupe, Singapore) will each present their work by their company dancers.

 

 

Yore.Voyage  

Benedict Soh and Dance Horizon Troupe, Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work inspired by the hardship of our forefathers, the earliest Chinese immigrants from southern China, whom were forced to leave their native place in search for a new life of hope.

Sim Script

Anthony Meh, Aman Yap and Dua Space Dance Theatre, Malaysia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work depicting the philosophy of Malaysian Chinese educator and calligrapher Mr. Sim Mow Yu. His calligraphy reflects the integrity, stability, certainty, dignity, generosity and honest personality of Mr. Sim.

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6 February 2015 (Friday) and 7 February 2015 (Saturday)

8:00 pm

Victoria Theatre

90 minutes (inclusive of 15 minutes intermission)

THE ARTISTES

• Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts major in dance

• Ex-professional dancer of Taiwan Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and GGD Dance Company in New York, USA

• The Artistic Director of Performing Arts Troupe of Shuang Fu Disabled Independent Living Association

• Awarded The Most Distinguished Young Artist Award in 2003, became a certified member of UNESCO- International Dance Council in 2005, The Outstanding Young Malaysian Award in 2008, The Asia-Pacific Cultural Industry Creativeness Golden Award in 2009, The Cultural Character of The Year in Global Golden Brand Awards 2010 and honoured with the title of World Chinese Model by World Chinese Venture Model Association in 2011

• His recent choreographies such as Dance Drama The Legend of Hou Yi and Chang Er, Chinese Musical Dance Epic Anak Malaysia, Contemporary Dance Black & White @ VARIATION, DEN, TWO, Epic Musical Rolling Thunder, The Story of Lin Lian Geok and Ode To Nanyang University received great acknowledgements from the audience

ANTHONY MEH KIM CHUAN

Choreographer

• Graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts major in dance

• Ex-professional dancer of Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and GGD Dance Company in New York, USA

• Has toured 25 countries and 45 cities around the world

• Selected as one of the Ten Most Outstanding Male Choreographers in Malaysia by Istana Budaya in 2003

• His dance piece Leave Me Alone won The Best Choreographer Award and The Best Set Design Award in the 3rd BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2003

• Invited by Theatre Du Pif from Hong Kong as guest artist to perform in Dance Me to the End of Love in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Berlin and Columbia since 2006

• The principal dancer of Musical Hang Li Po (2004), Dance Drama The Legend of Hou Yi and Chang Er (2008), Chinese Musical Dance Epic Anak Malaysia (2009), Contemporary Dance Black & White @ VARIATION (2010), DEN (2011) Epic Musical Rolling Thunder (2010) and The Story of Lin Lian Geok (2011)

AMAN YAP CHOONG BOON

Choreographer

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

Choreographer

Founder

Managing Director

Choreographer

 

Dua Space Dance Theatre, Malaysia

Founder

Artistic Director

Choreographer

Principal Dancer

 

Dua Space Dance Theatre, Malaysia

Creative Director

Resident Choreographer

 

Dance Horizon Troupe, Singapore

Neo Jenny started her training in Classical Chinese and Chinese Folk dance at the age of ten under the tutelage of her mother, Madam Lim Moi Kim.

 

In 2004, she was awarded training grants from the National Arts Council, Singapore, and scholarships from the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan to further her professional training at Beijing Dance Academy, China. In 2005, Jenny continued her studies at Lasalle - College of the Arts, Singapore and graduated with a BA (Honours).

 

In recent years, she has been an active choreographer for the dance company and MOE schools, and has participated enthusiastically in national competitions and events such as Singapore Youth Festival (SYF), Danceworks, Sprouts, Chingay and National Day. Her list of commendable works include “Invisible Entity”, “Teahouse”, “In the Frontline”, “Tears of Nanjing”, “In the Nick of Time” and “Snow Blossom”.

 

In her most recent and rewarding role as a dancer, Jenny portrayed the role of Madam White Snake, the female lead dancer in the dance drama at the Singapore National Arts Council’s programme “Dancing In Unity 2010”.  

NEO JENNY

Choreographer

 

Principal Choreographer

Principal Dancer

 

Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

Tommy Wong has obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree majoring in Lighting Design from Purchase College, State of University of New York. He is the founding chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians and Scenographers and a founding committee member of the Technical Theatre Association of Singapore.

 

For the past 20 years, he has been the Technical, Director, Production Manager, Lighting and Set Designer for numerous musical, music theatre, dance and drama productions staged in the USA, Europe and Asia. He has also been a co-facilitator for the Foundation Courses in Technical Theatre at Esplanade since 1999. His works include the lighting design for the APEC evening concert in Esplanade Theatre.

 

"Reminiscing the Moon" by Singapore Dance Theatre was at Esplanade's opening festival in 2002. Tan Dun opera "Tea" in Beijing, National Centre for the Performing Arts, musical "Song of the Light and Shadow" premised in Beijing by CCTV-6, "The Palace of Eternal Youth" by Jiangsu Kun Opera Troupe that premiered in Taipei and subsequently in Beijing, Jacky Cheung musical "Snow Wolf Lake" world premiere in Hong Kong.

 

Tommy received the Wen Hua Award for Best Set Design "Shenzhen Story" by Shenzhen Song and Dance Troupe and Best Lighting Design "Yellow Earth, Yellow River" & "Desperately Seeking Miss Blossom" by Hong Kong Dance Company in Hong Kong Dance Award 2001 & 2008.

TOMMY WONG

Light and Set Designer 

Post-Show Dialogue with Choreographers

9:30pm, Victoria Theatre

 

Meet up with the four choreographers after the performance as they will share their ethos of preserving Chinese heritage using dance as a medium as well as the rationale behind their works. The dialogue session will be carried out mainly in Chinese. Free admission to valid performance ticket holders.

 

Choreography Workshop

10:30am -  4:30pm, SHHK Cultural Academy

 

Workshops will be provided on the 8 February 2014 by the three choreographers. Details as followed,

 

10:30am - 12:00pm Choreographic Workshop by Mr. Benedict Soh

1:30pm - 3:00pm Choreographic Workshop by Mr. Anthony Meh

3:00pm - 4:30pm Choreographic Workshop by Mdm. Neo Jenny

 

These workshops allow the audiences to better understand the intention(s) of creating a specific motif (set of movements) in the dance. Instruction will be given out mainly in Chinese. Free admission to valid performance ticket holders. Each workshop is limited to 25 paxs. Pre - registration is needed.

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