Whats happening at Maya Dance Theatre ?

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 07:18


With only 03 more days (20 Jan 2017) to RELEASE 6.0 and RELEASE, In-Bloom, here's a sneak peak into our choreographers.


RELEASE 6.0 (20 & 21 Jan 2017; 8pm)

Mandalas by Rachel Arianne Ogle (Australia)

The mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol representing the universe. It is any pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
Simultaneously simple and complex, the structures of the cosmos are at once ephemeral, eternal and infinite. Spiralling in and out of infinity, this endless fluidity imbues a permanent impermanence, revealing that motion, change, growth, and decay are the most basic characteristics of reality. In this way the mandala reflects how intimately related to the universe we really are.

Rachel Arianne Ogle is an Australian artist with an extensive career spanning 15 years. She has created work for Sydney Dance Company, Proximity Festival, Link Dance Company, WAAPA, Nat Cursio Company, STRUT Dance, STEPS Youth Dance Company and Perth Fashion Festival. Her work has been presented in Australia, France, Netherlands and Nigeria. Her full-length work precipice was nominated for both a Helpmann Award for 'Best Dance Work' and an Australian Dance Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance' in 2015. In 2016 Rachel was an Asialink resident with Maya Dance Theatre, a commissioned choreographer with Sydney Dance Company. This year she is a resident at EMPAC in New York for her new dance and installation work.

Re-Path by Shahrin Johry (Singapore)

This piece is a rework of Shahrin's previous piece "path" that was created in 2012. Re:path wishes to revisit and re-look into each person; rediscovering connections and new possibilities.

"People come and go but their footprints are embedded in our memories. We may be on separate pathways but at times we do meet at the crossroads

Shahrin is a founding member, assistant choreographer and principal dancer of Maya Dance Theatre (MDT). He graduated with BA (Hons) in dance from LA SALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2012. In 2015, he was crowned Singapore's Dancing Star in Zee TV's Dance Singapore Dance and he went on to use his prize money to produce his full-length work "KA" along with Maya Dance Theatre and National Arts Council.

Video trailer of Re-Path.

Draw-err by Fairul Zahid (Malaysia)

"Draw-err" is an exploration of two different bodies, cultures and understanding. 'We are similar but not the same; even though we try to be but can never be.' At its core, "Draw-err" is a multi-dimensional study of Richard Schechner's "Is or As" theory of 'performativity' and restoration behaviour.

The cultures of our respective countries are deeply engrained in artistic practices. Movements are influenced by culture and therefore, the competition involving culture becomes inconclusive.

Fairul Zahid is a prolific and versatile choreographer and dancer, adept in Contemporary, Chinese classical, Indian classical and Ballet forms of dance. He was a choreographer and principal dancer for several companies in NYC and Malaysia. He has received multiple prestigious awards in Malaysia, New York and Berlin. He is currently an artistic director of Asia Duo Dance Company and a Dance Lecturer at ASWARA arts institution in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Video trailer of Draw-err.

World's Best Culture (WBC) by Eva Tey (Singapore/ Malaysia) and Martina Feiertag (Germany)

This work is about a conversation between two people - from two cultures with striking cultural diversity

The dancers examine their cultural backgrounds which instantly evoke specific images – that are stereotypical, commonly imagined as differences between Asian and Western women.

Eva, originally from Malaysia, graduated with a First Class Honors (BA) Degree in dance from LA SALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2014. She became a part of Maya Dance Theatre in January 2015 and has featured prominently in the company productions besides performing extensively at international festivals. This is Eva's first collaborative effort for her own piece. She eventually intends to develop this short work into a full-length evening performance. She hopes to gain more experience in the field of dance and become an active contributor to the local dance scene.

Martina Feiertag is a freelance dancer/choreographer in the contemporary dance scene. Post her dance education, in 2014 Martina joined "TanzstelleR" (an institution which organizes the "Schleudertraum- Dance-Festival"in Regensburg, Germany) as a member.

She is currently a guest-choreographer and contemporary teacher at the "Ballett-Tanz-Akademie Bonivento-Dazzi" in Regensburg, Germany.
Her solo "Anamnese" has been presented in several international festivals such as in Germany, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Hong Kong. This is Martina's first international collaboration

Video trailer of WBC


RELEASE, IN-BLOOM (21 Jan 2017; 3:30pm)

Baby Baby Mama Bear by Bernice Lee

We have come to the age where peace is attained with war, happiness is achieved through the sadness of others, love is professed through hating another kind and unverified chatter engulfs the mind. Our looney world, twisted beyond return, caged in our own professed knowledge. In the pursuit of truth, we found beautiful lies.

Bernice is a Singaporean dance artist who enjoys taking risks through a collaborative process. Since 2014, Bernice has been a part of Maya Dance Theatre's core creative team. She has been key in developing distinctive Asian contemporary dance theatre, touring and performing internationally.
Bernice formulated a role for "Retrospective" by Xavier Le Roy (France), and collaborated with Eng Kai Er (Singapore) on "Indulgence", both presented by 72-13 Theatre works (2014-2015).

She was a company artist at Frontier Danceland (2012-2014). From 2014-2016, Bernice created a series of works considering selfhood. Supported by National Arts Council. Bernice graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University (2010).

Between ears not legs byMaria Devonne Escobia

The freedom to choose one

Maria Devonne Escobia was born in 1993 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She began as a hip-hop dancer at the age of 16 and pursued her dreams in ASWARA after SPM. Maria completed her diploma and degree in 2014, majoring in Choreography. She has been a member of ASK Dance Company since 2014. Her accolades include winning the won the Gold Medal at the Andong Mask Festival (2014, South Korea), being nominated as best featured dancer in Mohd Yunus Ismail's choreography ("when they ate the apple") at the Boh Cameronian Awards and participating in several events, Jamu, Gelombang Baru, Tapestry, Short & Sweet, Main Zapin, Dancing in Places, TariHer, Umbrella and Knowing featured in Malaysia.

I'll give a piece of me to you by Nah Jie min

"I'll give a piece of me to you" delves into the connection and interdependency of people. When you're but a half of yourself, how do you search for the other half to make yourself whole? Do you need to? This piece is also inspired by how a dancer gives themselves to the audience as he/she performs, with the dancer taking part of the audience's attention, and leaving a piece of themselves behind. This work was debuted in Project Move 2016

Jie Min, a trained Chinese dancer, joined NUS Chinese Dance in 2011. She competed in the 10th Taoli Cup in Anhui, China, where NUSCD was awarded the third prize in the Overseas category. She is an active choreographer for NUS Chinese Dance, and also choreographed for Xin Yi Dance Company. She has recently begun practicing contemporary dance and has worked with both local and overseas choreographers. Currently an associate dancer in Sigma Contemporary Dance. Jie Min was a participant in Maya Dance Theatre's MOVE in 2016.

Our Looney World by James Kan

We have come to the age where peace is attained with war, happiness is achieved through the sadness of others, love is professed through hating another kind and unverified chatter engulfs the mind. Our looney world, twisted beyond return, caged in our own professed knowledge. In the pursuit of truth, we found beautiful lies.

James Kan started dancing in 2004. He completed a 3-year diploma program in the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA), Malaysia. In 2008, he was awarded the "Taiwan Scholarship". James graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from Taipei National University of The Arts, School Of Dance. Currently, he is studying in Korea National University of Arts (K-Arts), (school of dance) majoring in dance choreography with an Asian Major Arts Scholarship (AMA). He has received several invitations to perform at various events such as JAMU, TAPESTRY, STEPPING OUT!, BALIK KAMPUNG series, TARI festivals, SANGGAR Choreography and international dance festivals

20th April by Logan Narayanasamy

Always unorthodox and inspired by dark events, the choreographer aims to tell a story through dance. This piece is an imagination of how he views addiction and he wants to explain it through dance. Portraying darkness, in a brighter way. 20th April returns with a new development after its debut in Project Move 2016.

Logan Narayanasamy, 28, started dancing at the age of 4 under Manimaran as a child artist, he was the youngest performer within the group. Eventually, he led his own dance crew Killabeez and has been a part of many dance competitions through the years. Although Street Hip Hop had been his forte , he was interested in attempting and educating himself in other dance forms. Through this process, he developed a keen interest in contemporary dance.

Logan has recently choreographed a work and was part of the 2nd edition of the MOVE Initiative in 2016. He will be featuring his work in Release 6.0, In-Bloom with new developments.



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