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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Participant share… #2

Participant share… #2

Last Friday, we presented the second class of the three-class series of 50/50, a collaboration between Loo Zihan and Sinclair Ang. Given a choice between Black and White, participants were exposed to the way of dancing from different races: African Americans and White Americans. Zihan and Sinclair increased participants’ understanding towards culture and race in the history of Lindy Hop. We spoke to our participants to find out more about their thoughts and feelings towards the class last Friday.

It was good, because I’m not a dancer and I never ever dance. The first few times they did it, I could not follow, but at the end, I truly enjoyed it.

– Susi Sutan

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This week: 50/50 with Sinclair Ang

This week: 50/50 with Sinclair Ang

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50/50 will be presenting its second class in the series of three this Friday, conceived by Loo Zihan, in collaboration with Sinclair Ang. Sinclair is a prominent figure in the Jazz and Swing dance community. With more than a decade of teaching experience, Sinclair is also the founder of Jazz Inc. Through 50/50, he will teach the basic solo Lindy Hop steps, and touch on issues pertaining to the culture and history of Lindy Hop.

Here we have an interview conducted by Jazz Up Your Life Singapore (JUYL) few years ago, with Sinclair Ang. Through the interview, Sinclair shares about his personal experience and inspiration in Lindy Hop, as well as his hope and vision for the local Lindy Hop dance scene. Check out the full interview below:

Jazz Up Your Life Interview with Sinclair Ang

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to catch Sinclair in action! Be sure to have fun and gain new insights into this form of social dance. You can register for a single class at the price of only $12! Do join us on 11 Dec, 8pm or 9 pm at 72-13, by registering here.

We will see you there!

Interview with Collaborator, Sinclair Ang

Interview with Collaborator, Sinclair Ang

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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