Esplanade Presents | da:ns festival


Invisible Habitudes

T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore)

An Esplanade Commission
11 & 12 Oct 2018 Thu & Fri
Thu: 8pm
Fri: 10.30pm
11 Oct 2018 : 8pm
12 Oct 2018 : 10.30pm
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1hr (no intermission)
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre
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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 da:ns festival commission 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.

Invisible Habitudes is the first full-length ticketed dance performance at Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre. In tandem with the production’s themes, the open-air venue allows for interactions with the environment, connecting to the sounds and sights of the wider world. The international collaboration also unites award-winning Taiwanese musician Yujun Wang, who performs live on stage, Singaporean lighting designer Adrian Tan and T.H.E’s talented cast of dancers. This production is part of T.H.E’s 10th anniversary celebrations.

About T.H.E Dance Company
Described as a dance company “at the top of its game”, The Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E), is synonymous with Singapore contemporary dance of the highest quality and artistry. Founded in 2008 by artistic director Kuik Swee Boon with six members, T.H.E has performed at major local arts festivals such as Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade’s da:ns festival and Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, and international festivals including Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France and Niigata International Dance Festival in Japan.

With its unique brand of highly physical and kinetic works, T.H.E digs deep into the universal human experience. Their work is connected to the heritage and collective history of Singapore, juxtaposed with incisive, insightful observations on modern society. Kuik also developed the “hollow body” methodology, a practice that trains dancers to be all-rounded performers with the ability to convey the essence of their identity and lived experiences through the full spectrum of physical, emotional, philosophical and meaningful expression.

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