Anchoring the Festival is the signature dynamism of new creations by Singapore’s Kuik Swee Boon, South Korea’s Kim Jae Duk, and French choreographer Arthur Bernard Bazin working with T.H.E’s dancers for the first time this year.
*There will be a post-show talk on Fri, 2 December 2016.
**This programme is eligible for the Tote Board Arts grant subsidy.
Choreographer: Kuik Swee Boon
Sound Designer & Composition: Jing Ng
Costume Designer: Jamela Law
Dancers: Anthea Seah & Wu Mi
Inspired by the philosophical adage, l’existence précède l’essence (existence precedes essence), Pure examines the complexities of “living together” as both a unit of family and society.
Pure is driven by the perpetual cycle of tension and compromise that accompany every form of social interaction. An inevitable consequence of Man’s fundamental craving to belong. We may own the freedom to decide our individual actions, but so long as we exist amongst other humans, we may never escape the full forces that dictate the ebb and flow of existence. They are one and the same no matter the varying shapes and forms that manifest within different cultures and societal tiers.
Choreographer: Kim Jae Duk
Sound Designer & Composition: Kim Jae Duk
Dancers: Anthea Seah, Evelyn Toh, Chia Poh Hian, Kei Ushiroda, Brandon Khoo & Wu Mi
Equilibrium probes Asia’s ancient wisdom – specifically, Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu. The work contemplates the pitfalls of Western capitalism: increased greed, jealousy,and unhappiness. The dancers seek the “purest state of contentment.”
Do we need fame and wealth in order to be happy?
“Instead of inhaling from the world to fill the emptiness within, one should endeavour to empty one’s mind and soul.”
Choreographer: Arthur Bernard Bazin
Dancers: Evelyn Toh, Chia Poh Hian, Kei Ushiroda, Billy Keohavong, Brandon Khoo
To engage, appeal, endear, attach.
Feeling trapped in the complex web of life, yet existing as part of it. Attention to detail, behaving sensibly, becoming predictable: these are the ways of living that define the individual so deeply they solidify as structures – even more dangerously, as limitations. It is impossible to separate what is ingrained. The more one melts into the world, the more one is defined by its codes. Hence the title of Bazin’s new creation, Attachant: ways and habits that have adhered too closely to the point of no release.
Can bodies rebel by drawing upon their heritage? Layer by layer, the choreographer peels away the fossil of structures. We may never truly understand how we arrived at this point, but we can discover the ties, the attachments forming these bonds.
Using Contact technique as both movement and metaphor, Attachant builds its creative explorations through intricate knots of bodies, looking past perceived physical limitations to the renewable advantages of drawing close to a fellow being.
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