13 – 16 Oct 2022View dates and time
Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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In marking the opening of Esplanade’s Singtel Waterfront Theatre, one of Singapore’s leading dance companies, The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company unveils its latest work—the first dance production to be staged in the new space. Created in collaboration with a team of designers from Asia, the piece reflects upon freedom within the shifting realities of our modern times.
Driven by a hunger to navigate the multiple identities that define us as individuals and to uncover what it means to live with unabated freedom, Infinitely Closer is director Kuik Swee Boon’s artistic response to the impact that apathy and increasingly complex and opaque systems have on human expression and freedoms.
Combining contemporary dance—rooted in Kuik’s signature HollowBody methodology—with enthralling holograms and the immersive sonic waves of three-dimensional sound, Infinitely Closer has been created with a stellar team of collaborators including Malaysian sound artist Kent Lee, Macau-based projection artist SEESAW, Korean costume designer Choi In Sook, Singaporean lighting designer Adrian Tan, Singaporean dramaturg Kok Heng Leun, Australian-Laotian guest performer Billy Keohavong and six dance artists from T.H.E Dance Company.
You are invited to examine your worldview, reconnect with your childlike wonder and draw infinitely closer to the crux of freedom.
Direction, Choreography & Performance
Concept & Artistic Direction: Kuik Swee Boon
Choreography: Kuik Swee Boon in collaboration with the performers
Dramaturgy: Kok Heng Leun
Performance: Brandon Khoo, Ng Zu You, Klievert Jon Mendoza, Fiona Thng, Haruka Leilani Chan & Chang En from T.H.E Dance Company, & Billy Keohavong (Guest Performer from Australia)
Rehearsal Assistant: Brandon Khoo
Understudy: Marcus Foo
Lighting Design: Adrian Tan
Sound Design & Music Composition: Kent Lee
Projection Content Design: SEESAW (Jay Lei & Jay Lee)
Filming of Projection Content: Pangolin Films & melonrock
Projection System Design: Wee (Ctrl Fre@k) & Gary Chan
Spatial Sound Design: Guo Ningru
Set Conceptualisation Design: Kuik Swee Boon
Costume Design: Choi In Sook
Production Manager: Tennie Su
Technical Manager: Terence Lau
Projection Technical Realisation: Wee (Ctrl Fre@k)
Projection Technical Consultant: Gary Chan
Live Video Elements: Pangolin Films & melonrock
Soundscape System Support: d&b audiotechnik Asia Pacific
Set Realisation: ARTFACTORY
Set Fabrication: INDC Pte Ltd
Costume Realisation: Fertileland
Stage Manager: Lee Xinzhi
Assistant Stage Manager: Koh Yi Wei
Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.
This production incorporates live performance, holographic projection and immersive sound, and can be viewed and experienced from two perspectives.
Advisory for audience members with tickets to Level 1 (Stage Level)
Do dress comfortably as you are free to move around the performance space at specific points during the performance and to experience the work from different angles.
Seats are limited. You may choose to sit on the floor or to stand during the performance.
As you will be close to the action, you may have to move aside from time to time to give way to the performers or to the moving of the set.
Advisory for audience members with tickets to Level 2
You will be experiencing the performance from a distance and will remain seated throughout the performance.
There will be post-show talks after the 8pm performances on 14 & 15 Oct 2022.
The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company
The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon. Rooted firmly in Singapore while universal in its perspective, T.H.E's contemporary dance works reveal the body as a medium for exploring and celebrating the human condition.
Dance artists at T.H.E are immersed in and guided by the company's signature HollowBody methodology to access their deeper instincts and impulses through movement. The vocabulary is distinct in its intensely personal aesthetics and thrilling in its diversity. Driven by a sincere desire to uncover the intricate, complex and oft-times overlooked dimensions of human existence, the company's incisive observations are an essential mirror to the issues and rhythms of contemporary life.
As one of Singapore’s seminal contemporary dance companies, T.H.E has performed in 19 countries to date. This includes being part of the opening and closing acts of various prestigious festivals.
With a vision to nurture human potential through contemporary dance, T.H.E actively engages young artists and the wider public through its many platforms, including public classes, workshops as well as customised programmes for schools and the community. Its semi-professional wing, T.H.E Second Company, identifies and mentors dance artists who aspire to reach a professional standard of contemporary dance. The company also founded cont·act Contemporary Dance Festival (formerly M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival) in 2010—the country's first annual contemporary dance festival to showcase local and international artists.
13 Oct 2022, Thu
14 Oct 2022, Fri
15 Oct 2022, Sat
16 Oct 2022, Sun
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