Choreographer & Performer (NAKA - M1 Open Stage + DiverCity)
Shou Yi first discovered his zeal for dance when he was enrolled into an all-male ballet class at the age of twelve. He completed his full-time dance education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and went on to further develop his craft at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, with full scholarships awarded by the National Arts Council, Singapore. During his time in New York, Shou Yi had the opportunity to meet and train closely with many established artists such as Janet Panetta (Tanztheater Wuppertal). This affinity with dance has also brought him to many other cities of Europe, Asia and Australia, exposing himself to many other styles of dancing and practices. Since his homecoming, Shou Yi was selected by Lianhe Zaobao as a “rising star to watch” (2015 , 1 Jan 2015) in 2015.
As a choreographer, Shou Yi’s works have been performed by arts institutions in Singapore and have also been showcased at various festivals including the Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) – Seoul Dance Collection, Esplanade da:ns festival, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, d’MOTION International Dance Festival, New Dance for Asia (NDA) International Dance Festival, Gothenburg Fringe Festival as well as on both T.H.E’s Main and Second Company’s choreographic platforms. Shou Yi also participated as a choreographer in Toy Factory’s PRISM (2017) directed by Rei Poh.