Participants share… #3

Participants share… #3

Last Friday, we presented our last series of 50/50, a collaboration between Loo Zihan and Jereh Leong. During last week’s class, Zihan and Jereh discussed and raised the issue of sexuality, through the use of Lindy Hop. We conversed with some participants after the class and they kindly shared with us their thoughts and feelings towards the show.

It was interesting because I personally don’t really have a close relationship with Lindy Hop, but after going through all the different themes, I felt really close and I really want to learn more about the dance, because I have such a great appreciation for it.

– Shai, Speech and Drama teacher


Shai

Shai, Speech and Drama teacher

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

Yes, I think Zihan did a very good job in curating that. It was very accessible for people who came for the third class or second class or first class, or have been attending all three. In that sense, he made it very clear what he was trying to explore for each week in terms of the relationship of the dance itself to the music, the dance itself to the history, and the dance itself to race relations and gender relations. Maybe because for me, I have a Degree in Sociology, that really helps and I could really see that they were exploring. It was interesting because I personally don’t really have a close relationship with Lindy Hop, but after going through all the different themes, I felt really close and I really want to learn more about the dance, because I have such a great appreciation for it.

2 How was your learning experience during the workshop?

It is good that it’s not a physically demanding class, in terms of the dance. I felt that there was a lot of room to breathe. Like he will bring up a certain issue or point to consider, and then we will go into, let’s say him dancing or we learn something, yet the point stayed with us. So there was a lot of room for us to think and consider, and I felt like I had a lot of discussions with my partner after the class. Even though it’s only one hour, we want to come back because we want to learn more.

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

No, it’s not my first time. I came like a few years back, because I’m so busy I don’t usually seek out TheatreWorks’ productions. I came here (72-13) before, for their production, one of their more avant-garde ones. So it’s not my first time here, I do like the space actually.

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

Yes I do. I think TheatreWorks has a norm, they push the boundaries of what we consider to be very comfortable theatre. In the sense that some of us like to switch off when we go to theatre, we think of it as a television, like a movie. When you go to TheatreWorks’ shows, you always feel confronted, and you always question something within yourself or the work questions something. You always feel uncomfortable, but it’s never uncomfortable such that you feel threaten, so I like it.

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

I like it. It’s such an open neutral space that you can transform into anything. Because it’s historical, so I like the vibe of it.


Marcel

Marcel, lecturer

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

Partially I would say. It is not something I find myself thinking about much, for me I am just who I am. Definitely not in the context of dance, but I can relate in the sense that sexuality is a human spirit, different people experience in different place. I can appreciate how they develop this theme in the class.

2 How was your learning experience during the workshop?

It was a lot of fun. Especially it was not exactly what I was expecting, because I’m from overseas and I’m just staying in Singapore (for a short term), and I just thought it will be like a normal Lindy Hop class. I really like the concept of this class, like they started with a bit of Jazz steps, and talk a little bit about themselves, and they move on to contemporary performance, it was very fascinating.

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

It’s my first time here.

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

This is the first time ever that I’ve come to TheatreWorks. This one was really good, I really like the concept that they try to do something different, it’s a bit of a mix between dance class and contemporary performance. It was really good.

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

It’s really beautiful here, I like the high ceilings. Dance classes are usually in like community hall, which are like small spaces. Unlike (72-13), which is a beautiful building, arching and very high ceiling. That really adds to how it was a lesson, because it doesn’t feel like a normal dance class in a usual place that we would have. It really feels like a not-space, so I could really see it having an exhibition, for sculptures and paintings. Of every art, we can have a different approach.


Thank you Shai and Marcel for sharing your thoughts with us!

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