Curtain Call: 50/50

Curtain Call: 50/50

The presentation of 50/50, by our Associate Artist Loo Zihan marked the final leg of our programmes in 2015 with a series of interactive dance classes held over three weeks at 72-13. A Big Thank You for all our “new Lindy-Hoppers”, ambassadors, friends and guests who participated and show their support!

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We caught up with our participants after each class, in an attempt to find out what they felt towards the classes. We were glad to have received many encouraging comments through interviews and feedback forms. Many shared with us about how they could relate to the themes explored during the classes in 50/50.

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

I was surprised to learn that Lindy Hop originated from African American culture, and it was interesting to see the different variations of Lindy Hop.

– Sherilyn Lim

Have been dancing Lindy for a year and this is the first time I’ve heard a proper discourse on gender roles.

– Julian Austin

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Some expressed how intriguing and refreshing this programme is, presenting a dance class through a unique concept. We were incredibly heartened to see how all of you have been excited for this new, experimental format of dance class, and are supporting Zihan, a provocative multi-disciplinary artist with a unique style.

Dance is something I love, be it in old or new age, and 50/50 makes it even more fun.

– Melissa Chew

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.

– Marcel, lecturer

Less linear (than usual dance workshop). Less focused on the technique, more on the humanity, stories and memory.

– Zee Wong

 

TheatreworksDuring Zihan’s residency at TheatreWorks, along with his three collaborators, Joanna Dong, Sinclair Ang and Jereh Leong, they transformed the space to a classroom and observation area. From 50/50, many shared how 72-13 is spacious and open, yet relaxing and welcoming, offering a unique atmosphere.

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

– John Li, Drama teacher

The performance space is wonderful and flexible

– Mish’aal

It’s very authentic, natural and interesting in its form

– Phitthaya Phaefuang, contemporary dancer

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Here’s once again, a BIG THANK YOU for supporting 50/50 and experimental artists like Zihan! Your feedback and comments meant a lot to us, and definitely to Zihan and his collaborators too. If you have more comments on the show, do share with us, in the comments section below or on Facebook and Instagram!

We have come to the end of our Main Season Programmes this year!  Following this successful run of 50/50, we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events in 2016. Find out more about our upcoming programmes here.

Happy 2016 and see you soon!

 

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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 Read more

Interview with Collaborator, Joanna Dong

Interview with Collaborator, Joanna Dong

Joanna Dong

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

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