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Chan Sze-Wei

M1 Open Stage – The Man by Jan Möllmer and Tsai-Wei Tien (Photo by Crispian Chan)
Photo: Crispian Chan

Podcast 65: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival (Part 1)

Duration: 20 min Podcast host Chan Sze-Wei and guest Melissa Quek discuss works they saw at the recent M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, specifically at the platforms DiverCity, Off Stage and M1 Open Stage. These include H A S E R by Singapore dancer-choreographer Syimah Sabtu and Leftovers by Josh Martin from Canadian company, Company 605. …

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Sangeun Lee, Raphael Coumes-Marquet – Impressing the Czar – Photo Ian Whalen (IMG_1209)
Ian Whalen

What More Ballet Might Be: William Forsythe at da:ns series 2019

By Chan Sze-Wei (687 words, four-minute read) In 1987, William Forsythe created a ballet for the Paris Opera with a young Sylvie Guillem and Laurent Hilaire in the central duet. In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated is a high-octane incarnation of neoclassical ballet. Set to a pounding score, the ensemble silhouettes deliver razor-sharp pique unisons, while …

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Elijah Zechariah

Podcast 43: Paradigm Shift; Contemporary and Street Dance

Duration: 30 mins In this month’s dance podcast Chan Sze-Wei chats with Hwa Wei-An and Luqman, two dancers who move between the worlds of contemporary dance and street dance. Wei-An is the organiser of Paradigm Shift, a contemporary-based dance platform taking place in Singapore that encourages exchange between contemporary dancers and dancers of different backgrounds. …

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Regina Brocke

“OCD Love” by L-E-V Dance Company: Mental Illness Plus Dance Equals Ballet and Horror

By Chan Sze-Wei (849 words, 5 minute read) L-E-V Dance company’s OCD Love is tightly choreographed and intense in its physicality, as might be expected from a choreographer issuing from years dancing, choreographing and directing for the iconic Batsheva Company whose Gaga style of dancing and theatrical physicality has become iconic of Israeli contemporary dance. …

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Podcast 40: Dance in the Gallery Space

Duration: 40 mins Podcast host Chan Sze-Wei leads a discussion on dance-making and dance programming for/in gallery spaces. Joining her are three guests: Vanini Belarmino, Assistant Director of Programmes at the National Gallery Singapore; Lim Chin Huat, cross-disciplinary artist and performance-maker whose recent dance work In Her Hands took place earlier this month at the …

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“from: The Platform” by Chowk Productions: A Running Imprint on the Mind

by Chan Sze-Wei (745 words, 5-minute read) Singapore-based Raka Maitra and her company Chowk are familiar names at the Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam and Raga programmes annually. The company is firmly based in classicial Odissi dance and the martial arts of chhau and kalari. But with them, tradition is not a formula. Walking into the Esplanade …

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Dancing Unashamed: ¡Walang Hiya!

By Chan Sze-Wei (945 words, 9-minute read) “There are so many taboos and judgements around our bodies and the politics they carry. Let’s take the leap to talk and dance about tough questions. Let’s be unashamed. Walang hiya.” Over two weeks this February in Manila and Singapore, a group of dancers came together to look …

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