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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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 Read more

Conversation with Eng Kai Er and Loo Zihan

Conversation with Eng Kai Er and Loo Zihan

Eng Kai Er, TheatreWorks’ associate artist for Indulgence attended our current main season programme, 50/50 last Friday. After attending the first session of 50/50 by Loo Zihan and Joanna Dong, she shared with us some of her observations and thoughts on the programme. As an amateur in social dancing, Kai Er reflected on different roles the lead and follower have to take, and her take-away after the programme. Read on more for the conversation we had with Kai Er and Zihan, yesterday.

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Zao Bao features 50/50 by Loo Zihan

Zao Bao features 50/50 by Loo Zihan

Last Thursday, 50/50 by Loo Zihan was featured in the mandarin newspaper, Zao Bao. ZB reporter, Wang Yiming provided some background information on Lindy Hop and describe the themes explored in the programme. Do click on the image to enlarge.

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Click on read more for the English version of this article. Read more

New Look of 72-13!

New Look of 72-13!

Being part of TheatreWorks’ Main Season Programme, 50/50 will be presented at 72-13 over the span of three weeks.  We did some transformation to the building and put up some bright banners. The building can now be easily spotted and found along Mohamed Sultan Road, you can never miss it. Check out the new look of 72-13!

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To get more insights into the programme, do check out our gallery here.

What are you waiting for? Come on down to 72-13 this Friday for some fun. Reserve a place at 50/50 now, here!

See you there!

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

50/50 is open for Single-Class!

50/50 is open for Single-Class!

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50/50 is opening this Friday (4 December) and we have opened up availabilities for Single-Class Signups!

Experience a new format of performance in 50/50, conceived by Loo Zihan in collaboration with Joanna Dong, Sinclair Ang and Jereh Leong. This new format comprises a series of three dance classes that ‘audiences’ must participate in!

Curious?

You can sign up for three dance classes which will teach you basic Lindy Hop steps, while exposing you to the background of Lindy Hop, topics such as the performance of gender, race and sexuality in social dance and everyday life.

Meanwhile, no dance experience is required.

Sign Up Details:
$30 for 3-Classes
$12 for Single-Class

Group 1: 4, 11, 18 December, 8pm
Group 2: 4, 11, 18 December, 9pm

To register for a place in 50/50, email fifty50@theatreworks.org.sg or ring us at 6737 7213