For our second 'Meet the choreographer's series, we talk to US base dance artist and choreographer, Esme Boyce, from New York City.
No stranger to the New York arts scene, RELEASE 5.0 marks the first time Esme will present her work in Asia, with Singapore being its debut.
1. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Esme: I am Esmé Boyce, a 28 year old choreographer and dancer based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. I have a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and have presented work in venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Judson Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Center for Performance Research and La MaMa. My work is almost always collaborative and includes dance, music, sculptural form, and image developed in tandem. Last summer I was invited to choreograph a trio on Maya Dance Theater's company members. Shahrin Johry, Bernice Lee and Eva Tey during their residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in New York. I am thrilled to have my work shown as part of Release 5.0.
2. What aspects of dance are you interested in? What do you like to explore in your works?
Esme: I am interested in the ability of dance to create a world on stage. Dance allows a never-ending exploration of how to reveal the sensations or images that have no other language. I love exploring movement in nature as a source of choreographic material as well as using movement to develop a portrait of a state or character. Dance also offers the material for a rich cultural exchange that opens doors for new creations.
3. Please tell us a bit about your work which you will be presenting in RELEASE 5.0.
Esme: The work I will be presenting at Release 5.0 is titled "Eyes and the Blinking Lights." This piece is about orientation and attachment to a certain landscape, about great horizontal journeys and about how one can feel like a foreigner in one's own homeland. With a tone of an abstract western this solo serves as a portrait of a woman as she explores her place in the world. The tone and imagined environment I seek to depict in this dance is that this woman is walking by the side of a road in the middle of open land while the sun begins to set and the occasional car drives past.
4. This is your first time presenting your work overseas. How do you feel and what do you expect from the audience?
Esme: I am thrilled to be presenting work overseas for the first time and honored to be a part of Release 5.0. I am particularly grateful for the support of Kavitha Krishnan and Imran Manaff of Maya Dance Theater for their interest in my work. I come from a very specific American modern dance tradition and this work was in some ways made with many American references. I am curious to see if those ideas translate to an international audience or if instead there is a completely new interpretation of the dance. I believe the human feeling that this dance portrays is a universal feeling but that the language used to explore it is unique to our personal and cultural expression. I'm excited to gain further insight into how dance is experienced around the world and how I might fit into a larger international conversation.
Catch Esme Boyce's choreography 'Eyes and the Blinking Lights' in Release 5.0, Stage 2.
Join us for RELEASE 5.0:-
Release Fringe (jointly presented by library@esplanade)
27 February 2016, 2-4pm
Dance Village, library@esplanade
4-5 March 2016, 8.30pm
10 Square @ Orchard Central
Tickets: S$22 (Standard)* & S$18 (Concession)
10-12 March 2016, 8.30pm
The Substation Theatre
Tickets: S$28 (Standard)* & S$25 (Concession)
*Discounts available for OCBC Card members and group booking.
To get your tickets here.
Maya Dance Theatre is a recipient of National Arts Council's (Singapore) SEED grant for the period from 01 October 2012 to 31 March 2016.
RELEASE 5.0 is supported by:
Apsara Asia Pte Ltd, Singai Tamil Sangam, Arts Fund, OCBC Bank, Samuel Seow Law Corporation, Owl City SG Pte Ltd, Lee Foundation and Copper Chimney.
Partners of RELEASE 5.0:
10 Square @ Orchard Central, library@esplanade, Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre (New York, USA) and Tri Pusaka Sakti Foundation (Bali, Indonesia).