50/50 Opens!

50/50 Opens!

Jo Dong Class

Last Friday evening was the opening night of 50/50, a series of interactive dance classes conceived by Loo Zihan. Collaborating with Joanna Dong last Friday, they brought forward a new format of dance class which includes performance, dialogue, video screening and dance class. We caught up with some participants to find out more about their thoughts on the programme.

It’s interesting! I like learning how to take small steps, working with different people.

– John


John

John, Drama teacher

1 Could you relate to the themes explored during the workshop?

Yes, because it’s exploring the creative side, letting free. It’s interesting that Lindy Hop has a structure, but encourages creativity, innovation, and improvisation.

2 How was your learning experience during the workshop?

Interesting. I like learning how to take small steps, working with different people.

3 Is this your first time at TheatreWorks’ events or 72-13?

Yes, it is my first time.

4 Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ events? Why so?

I think I like the atmosphere, where it’s so relaxed. You’re allowed to make mistakes, and yet we learn from each other.

5 Do you like 72-13 as an arts space? Why so?

Yes. I like the way it’s spaced out, it feels so open, feels so free, and yet it’s very relaxing.


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Phitthaya Phaefuang, professional contemporary dancer

1 Could you relate to the themes explored during the workshop?

Yes for sure, even though all dance styles are different somehow, they are still connected to each other. If you really go to the roots and history of dance, (you can understand) how they develop through the history. For me, it’s interesting to hear the stories from people, like how they started to dance, why they started to dance, why are they doing it now, and if there are any reasons for it.

2 How was your learning experience during the workshop?

It was fun! But because I’m a professional dancer myself, I just wish everything went faster. I wanted more, but that’s because I’m not a non-dancer. Since I’m a dancer myself, I think everything can go quicker for me.

3 Is this your first time at TheatreWorks events or 72-13?

No, I’ve been here twice.

4 Do you enjoy being at TheatreWorks’ events? Why so?

I find it very different from other places, I feel like the shows are very different. I’ve been watching only three shows for now, and all three of them are very different, (even though) I’m not sure if that’s what they usually do. But my impression of seeing those three different shows, shows me already that what they are (presenting) is quite diverse. They try to showcase all kinds of artists, both local and international, and something that might be very unusual for audience to watch.

5 Do you like 72-13 as an arts space? Why so?

Yea, I love the space here. The atmosphere is different from like black box theatre, or a stage. This space is more like a space in a room.


If you have missed Joanna’s class, fret not! We will be having two more dance classes presented by Sinclair Ang and Jereh Leung on 11 and 18 Dec respectively. As a professional dance trainer in the Jazz industry, Sinclair Ang will provide you with more insights into the history of Lindy Hop, and discuss issues pertaining to race. Do come on down to 72-13 on 11 Dec, 8pm or 9pm to join us for some fun!

Do register here now!

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