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Monday, 28 November 2016 22:58

'On the dancefloor' with RELEASE 6.0

Get to know the choreographers of RELEASE 6.0.

SHA 1The first choreographer in our 'On the dancefloor!' series, we introduce Shahrin Johry.No stranger to the Singapore dance scene, Shahrin has been dancing since 15 years old as a hip-hop dancer. He eventually went to Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore) to hone his talents. He is the NAC-FRONTIER DANCELAND's SPROUTS (All Stars winner 2012) and the inaugural Zee Tv's Dance Singapore Dance Winner, 2015. He also recent directed, produced and choreograped his debut full-length work, -KA- in January 2016, which was presented in Singapore, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

OTDF: Can you tell us a bit more of yourself?

SJ: I am 34, years old, and have been a member of Maya Dance Theatre for the past 10 (ten) years. I graduated from Lasalle College of the arts with a degree in dance.My foray into dance began was a hip-hop dancer in my youth, but as I grew older, I decided to learn contemporary dance and also Bharatha Natyam to expand my vocabulary.

OTDF: As a dancer, what inspires you to get up in the morning?

SJ: The thing that inspires me to get up in the morning for dance is the thought that I am able to move and express myself in the studio. Being in studio and having the chance to work on my body to improve is what I look forward to.

OTDF: Who would you say had a great impact on your decision to become a choreographer?

SHASJ: Who has a great impact on me being a choreographer? ... That would have to be my Mother, Ruby Taj. She has been a constant support and encouragement since I was young. She got me enrolled in many artistic activities like the performing choir, kids performing arts programmes, and by bringing me to watch performances- which inspired me to create.The first dance creation I did was when I was 10 (ten) years old!Her passing made me realize how every moment in life is important and I should cherish them, to be able to choreograph is one way I try to cherish moments in life by highlighting them and giving more meanings to each moments through dance. I create so that I can reminisce special moments in life.

OTDF: You recently directed and produced your own show, KA, in January 2016. Can you tell us how was the experience like being a producer and an artist all in one?

SJ: Last year, I presented my first full length work, -KA-. I had to choreograph, artistic direct, and produce my own show. It was hell of a ride but I manage to pull thru with the assistance from Imran Manaff and Kavitha Krishnan. To be able to spread your focus across and keep up to what is expected was challenging. It is a skill to be able to do all of the above, and through this production it was my steeping stone and I am still learning more as I go along these days.

OTDF: Back to RELEASE, how would you say is RELEASE 6.0 different from the previous RELEASE?

SJ: Release this year (RELEASE 6.0) will be different from our last edition (RELEASE 5.0, 2016), since we will be celebrating Maya Dance Theatre's 10th year anniversary!As part of the anniversary celebration, we will be reworking and bringing back to life several of our old works.One such work is one of my past work, PATH, which I created in 2012. PATH was performed in Singapore, Malaysia and UK.As part of the new work, I will be working with former dancers of Maya Dance Theatre, Sheriden Newman and Sufri Juwahir (who are Currently with Soul Signature) together with Kavitha Krishnan.

It was indeed a special segment as we reminisce our moments on a new space and whilse celebrating this joyous occasion.

So do look out for it in RELEASE 6.0

Video trailer for RE-PATH

20-21 January 2017
Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox
90 Goodman Road Blk M
Singapore 439053
Tickets: $25 (Standard) $23(Concession)
Other ticket discounts available.

21 January 2017
Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox
90 Goodman Road Blk M
Singapore 439053
Ticket: $18

Tickets available from www.mayadancetheatre.org


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