Saturday 22nd June 2019
Teatro delle Muse – Ancona
T.H.E. DANCE COMPANY INVISIBLE HABITUDES
In a world of rapid political and social change, we experience loud volumes of opinions and beliefs, many extreme and absolute. Finding one’s personal belief and identity becomes increasingly complicated.
In Invisible Habitudes, choreographer Kuik Swee Boon explores these issues through the language of dance—where solidity and fluidity intersect—in a dialogue between the body and its environment.
The performance was created using T.H.E Dance Company’s “hollow body” methodology, an improvisation-based approach that focuses on the relationship between the mind, body and heart, where the body is a hollow container that carries an individual’s world.
Invisible Habitudes expresses the authentic experiences of each dancer, telling the story of a fluid identity woven from memory, childhood, culture and ethnicity. Each unique body upholds inclusivity and compassion as antidotes to the relentless pursuit of one’s convictions at the expense of others.
artistic direction and choreography Swee Boon Kuik
performer Anthea Seah, Brandon Khoo, Billy Keohavong, Lynette Lim, Zu You Ng, Klievert Jon Mendoza
music composition and live music Yujun Wang
light Designer Adrian Tan
costume An Ni Loo
production T.H.E. Dance Company, Da:ns Festival
in collaboration with National Arts Council Singapore, M1 Limited
in the frame of CROSSING THE SEA / Boarding Pass Plus programme supported by MIBAC
Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon, T.H.E Dance Company has become a household name in Singapore and the region, having commissioned and performed at most major local arts festivals (Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade da:ns festival, Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, to name a few) and in prestigious international festivals such as Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France; Oriente Occidente Festival in Rovereto, Italy; SIDance Festival and Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea; Beijing and Guangdong Dance Festival in China; Yokohama Dance Collection at TPAM and Niigata International Dance Festival in Japan; Auckland Arts Festival (New Creation Commission) 2016 in New Zealand.
With its unique brand of highly physical and kinetic works, T.H.E digs deep into the universal human experience. At the heart of its works lies a connection with heritage and collective history as Singaporeans, juxtaposed with incisive, insightful observations on modern society. A continual pursuit of authentic expression led Kuik to initiate the “hollow body” methodology. The practice aims to nurture our dancers as all-rounded performers able to convey the essence of their identity and lived experiences through the full spectrum of physical, emotional, philosophical and meaningful expression.