In this innovative platform, choreographers across our partner festivals gather to present award-winning works and new creations.
South Koreans Kim Ho-yeon and Lim Jung-ha present their award-winning work from the 11th Seoul Dance Collection, First Abundance Society. Intrigued by the idea that preparing for the future doesn’t guarantee a better quality of life, they imagine paradise to be the society of the hunter-gatherer according to Marshall Sahlin’s “original affluent society” theory. The pair’s visual wit is a perfect match with collaborator Hwa Wei-An (Singapore/Malaysia) in a new creation that will be performed by the trio as a work-in-progress at the end of AFX.
Selected from the Yokohama Dance Collection, Kenji Shinohe’s K(-A-)O examines the phenomenon of emoticons and how the spectrum of human emotional expression has become oversimplified in the information age.
Capping off the night is a twin bill by T.H.E. Second Company created by bold, assured female choreographers, Natalie Clark and Kim Bora. The New Zealander multi-hyphenate Natalie Clark has taken on hot-button issues with humour, from the dark side of millennial existentialism to divine and occult feminine symbolism. Since being talent spotted at “Who’s Next” at SIDance, South Korea’s Kim Bora’s experimental cross-disciplinary and diverse tastes promises a creation that is visually striking and highly sensorial.