Another talented dancer in collaboration for 50/50 is Jereh Leong. Jereh is a well-trained dancer who has been dancing Lindy Hop since he was 13. Prior to 50/50, Jereh was actively associated with TheatreWorks, in the recent Indulgence (2015) in collaboration with Eng Kai Er and Retrospective (2014) in collaboration with Xavier Le Roy. He is also actively involved in the contemporary dance scene, having performed at the Festival d’Hivernale Avignon (France) and Substation’s Septfest (Singapore), and his works were performed at Esplanade’s dan:s festival and Arts Science Museum Singapore. Engagement Intern Michelle Kee discussed with him as he shares his liberating experience in this work.
Exhilarating. Exciting. Liberating.
– Jereh Leong, Collaborator, 50/50
For the upcoming performance of 50/50, Loo Zihan has been collaborating with fellow dancers Joanna Dong, Sinclair Ang and Jereh Leong. Sinclair Ang is a well-established Jazz dancer, who is also the founder of Jazz Inc. Being a dance teacher for more than a decade now, he is a leading figure in Asian Lindy Hop scene. His performance with other dancers were showcased in various festivals such as Esplanade’s Flipside and da:ns Festival, SMU Arts Festival, as well as for National Day Parade with Dim Sum Dollies. Engagement intern Michelle Kee checked in with Sinclair to find out more about his take on this project at 72-13.
I’ve always been interested in the larger issues revolving around jazz dancing and music.
– Sinclair Ang, Collaborator, 50/50 Read more
In collaboration with three dancers from varied backgrounds, Zihan conceived an interactive dance class with each of them, focusing on various topics: gender, race and sexuality. Being involved in the music and theatre industry for more than a decade, collaborating artist Joanna Dong is a Jazz singer and musical theatre actress. She has sung for various local events such as Mosaic Music Festival, Da:ns Festival, Baybeats, and Flipside. Being a passionate lover of jazz, she started dancing to jazz music before debuting as a jazz singer. Engagement intern Michelle Kee speaks to Joanna to find out more about her experience in 50/50 of 72-13.
Lindy Hop has always been very close to my heart
– Joanna Dong, Collaborator, 50/50
We are excited about the presentation of 50/50, a new interactive dance class conceived by our Associate Artist, Loo Zihan! In collaboration with Joanna Dong, Sinclair Ang and Jereh Leong, Zihan addresses issues pertaining to performance of gender, race and sexuality in social dance and everyday life. Prior to this programme, Zihan has been involved in some of TheatreWorks programmes such as Retrospective in collaboration with Xavier Le Roy (2014). Recently awarded with NAC’s (National Arts Council) Young Artist Award, this is the first time Zihan directs a movement based piece.
(Lindy Hop) isn’t all about fancy throws and acrobatic aerials, but more importantly about the connection between two individuals and improvisation on the dance floor to the music.
– Loo Zihan, TheatreWorks’ Associate Artist, 50/50
Our Engagement Intern, Michelle Kee caught up with Zihan to find out more about his inspiration and creative process behind this new exciting work.