Dance en Scene

Dance en Scene

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Date & Time

29 Mar - 5 Apr, 2021 29-30.03.2021 │8pm (JC Cube)
30.03 - 05.04.2021 (Online)

Location

JC Cube (29-30.03.2021);
Online (30.03 - 05.04.2021)

Price

Free of charge

General

Co-presented by (In alphabetical order)

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (Singapore)

Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) (Taiwan)

Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts (Hong Kong)

Taichung Theater (Taiwan)

Dance films, a coming together of two art forms that empowers dance artists and filmmakers alike to rethink movements and transform storytelling. Tai Kwun joins hands with various arts centres in the region through Dance en Scene, an initiative which dedicates to commission dance films that invite artists to find inspiration from sites or themes of meanings and significance, celebrating the diversity of culture and artmaking of Asian artists living in different cities.

Dance en Scene features three films (in alphabetical order): 

  • Rooms, a film by Cinemovement (Singapore) 
  • Terry-fying (work in progress) (Hong Kong)
  • Transmission: Beginning Step into Walk/Dance Project (Taichung – Taiwan) 

Date│Time│Location

29 - 30.03.2021

8pm*

JC Cube 

30.03 - 05.04.2021

Online  Register Now

* There will be a meet-the-artist session after the screening on 30.03.2021

  • The event will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures
  • Chinese and English subtitles


Rooms, a film by Cinemovement 

(Singapore – A programme of Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2021)

Co-directors: Elysa Wendi and Liao Jiekai

Choreographer / Performer: Albert Tiong

Duration: Approximately 15mins

An introspective dance portrait of a career in movement through rooms—physical and metaphorical—that inhibit and encase, but were also inhabited and embraced. Rooms delves into the soul of Singapore contemporary dancer Albert Tiong, uncovering and revealing the intimate milestones of a key contemporary dance figure's coming of age in Singapore.

For over three decades, Albert Tiong pushed towards his goal of becoming an eminent dancer, choreographer and educator. Through this journey, he discovers that his personal spaces of safety for his body and mind have protected him as much as moulded him. Behind all the armour, beneath all the layers, who is he really?

Rooms is co-directed by Elysa Wendi and Liao Jiekai and produced by Jeremy Chua—three practitioners of Cinemovement, an artist-run platform for artists to explore interdisciplinary propositions between the dance and film practices in various settings.


Terry-fying 

(work in progress) (Hong Kong)


Concept, Choreography and Performance: Terry Tsang 
Research and Performance: Wong Yiu Kuen 
Cinematography and Editor: Vincent Ip

Duration: Approximately 10mins

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...

Nothing can be brought away, only the karma that follows. 

This is a presentation of a work-in-progress, inspired from Terry's own work Terry-fy  from a year ago which demonstrated his fear of hair. With this research focusing on life and death, he further investigates the impact of space and sound on the human body. 

Based on “breaking hell”, a traditional Taoist ritual for the dead, Terry explores the power of the sound of chanting scriptures from this ritual to generate different body textures, or even to travel through different spaces. 

The research will continue and eventually develop into a complete live performance. 


Transmission: Beginning Step into Walk/Dance Project

 (Taichung)

Project Director / Concept / Performer: Yu Yen-fang 
Co-creator / Performer: Chen Wu-kang 
Co-creator / Film Director: Maurice Lai  

Duration: Approximately 15mins

The video documents the Walk/Dance Project by YU Yen-Fang and CHEN Wu-Kang, two iconic middle-aged dance artists in Taiwan, against the backdrop of the island’s geography. In the initial stage, Yu and Chen followed the artist KAO Jun-Honn’s field survey of the ruined Topa Frontier Lines from the Japanese Occupation to trek into the mountains, transforming the bumpy physicality across the woods and the perceptual impact of the encounter with historical sites into an improvised performance taking place at the dance studio of HORSE in Banqiao, Xinbei City. The Walk/Dance Project, as its title suggests, is about the body walking and dancing across daily streets and historical sites, presented with possible real-time forms including exhibition, live stream, and live performance. It is the minstrelsy of the body, characterised with a fragile quality of immediacy, makeshift, and ephemerality to manage a direct and yet transparent path as expressed physically. 


Co-Presenter

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay (Singapore)

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is Singapore’s national performing arts centre, hosting a year-round line-up of about 3,500 performances and activities, of which more than 70% are presented free for all to enjoy. As a centre for everyone, Esplanade creates opportunities for seniors, youth, children and underserved communities to experience the arts. It supports the creation of artistic content by commissioning and producing new Singapore and Asian work for the international stage. It also develops technical capabilities for the industry nationally.   

Esplanade is operated by The Esplanade Co Ltd, which is a charity and not-for-profit organisation.


Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) (Taiwan)

Located next to the Weiwuying Metropolitan Park, the Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying) measures 9.9 hectares wide and is the world’s largest single-roof building. Inspired by the banyan trees from the park, Weiwuying’s sound wave-like streamline appearance symbolises the openness and freedom of performing arts. Regarding the Weiwuying Banyan Plaza, it features the Opera House, Concert Hall, Playhouse, and Recital Hall; and an open outdoor theater that uses the sky as its curtains and grass as its chairs. The ideas of openness, penetration, and tolerance conveyed by the banyan trees were incorporated in the overall architectural design, inviting visitors to enter the facilities and enjoy art at every corner. The Center opened on October 13th 2018 and is now operating all-year round, developing and bringing local as well as international talents to southern Taiwan.


Taichung Theater (Taiwan)

The Taichung Theater, Taiwan is dedicated to the vision of creating a theater for the extraordinary and awesome arts, and to let the perception and appreciation of art become an integral part of everyday life. Through 3 annual branding festivals and house hiring, the theater embraces the diversity of programs. The Taichung Theater also regularly organises a variety of activities for all citizens.