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Dance Clinic

Choy Ka Fai (Singapore)
Co-commissioned by tanzhaus nrw and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
1hr (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre Studio

R18: Restricted to age 18 years old and above. Contains nudity and mature themes.

There will be a post-show talk after the performance on 20 Oct 2017.
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How does the brain synthesise data to generate movement? Can we examine a dancer’s consciousness as they create dance? Can neuroscience and technology fix their problems? These are the questions that homegrown artist Choy Ka Fai explores in this research-based performance Dance Clinic. A da:ns festival co-commission, this new work imagines a future where dance meets technology, where choreography can be hypothesised with artificial intelligence, and where dance clinics improve your act of choreography and eliminate undesirable symptoms of dance.

Choy takes on the role of a self-proclaimed Doctor to diagnose and “rehabilitate” two distinctly different dance artists in a series of live consultations, case studies and dance experiments with the assistance from an artificial intelligent dance system Ember Jello. "Patient Z" is Florentina Holzinger, who has been labelled an enfant terrible in Europe for her highly physical and provocative performances in which she flirts with camp and kitsch. While "Patient X" is West Papuan Darlane Litaay who draws from Papuan folk traditions, contemporary dance concepts and the magical phenomena of life.

An ironic reference to the world's current obsession with technology as the solution to all our problems, Dance Clinic is at once fascinating, humorous and disturbing!

Based in Berlin, homegrown artist Choy Ka Fai’s work crosses disciplines freely, having worked in theatre, dance and visual art. His conceptually rigorous research explores the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. These factors converge into complex articulations at the intersection of art, design and technology. 

Co-Commissioned by tanzhaus nrw and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

For tanzhaus nrw, this commission is part of MOCCA – Motion Capturing Creative Area, a project by Hochschule Düsseldorf, Fachbereich Medien, LAVAlabs, Velamed GmbH and tanzhaus nrw, supported by EFRE.

For Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, this commission is part of da:ns festival.

Further support through the Residency Programme by NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. 

About Choy Ka Fai
Based in Berlin, Choy Ka Fai is a Singaporean artist who crosses disciplines freely, having worked in theatre, dance, visual art and new media. His conceptually rigorous research explores the conditioning of the human body, often focusing on the intersection between technology, memory, and movement.

Conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council (Singapore) in 2010, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with MA in Design Interaction a year later. He is currently a resident artist (Factory Artist) at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (2017 – 2019). His projects have been presented in major festival worldwide, including Sadler’s Wells London (2016), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna (2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2013 and 2015). Choy's SoftMachine was commissioned in 2015 by Esplanade and successfully travelled to more than 25 festivals around the world.

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