The Third Space: Contemporary Asian Exploration in Dance
Part of da:ns festival 2011’s programme
By: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Date: 7 – 8 Oct 2011, Fri – Sat
Duration: 1 hr
Intermission: 15 mins
Venue: Esplanade Recital Studio
Ticket Prices: $15
The Third Space is an experimental platform which aims to represent Asian identity in dance and reflects the distinctive East-West posture of NAFA’s Department of Dance, emphasizing contemporary Western and Asian performance as well as creation practices. The showcase features the works of contemporary Asian artists influenced by their cultural heritage, sojourns and exposure.
Gillian Tan’s Incense draws from many inspirational sources – the use of incense in different cultures, the music of Henry Cowell with its Asian and Middle Eastern elements, and movement influences of East and West – all bound together like incense, self-sustaining and producing a myriad of fragrances.
Dia Dao Cu Chi by NAFA alumnus Amanda Tay pays homage to the survivors of the Vietnam War from Cu Chi province who rebuilt their communities in a secret network of underground tunnels.
In Syncretitude, coined from “syncretism”, “attitude” and “gratitude”, Canadian choreographer Peter Chin responds to the aptness of these ideas to Singapore’s history and contemporary social dynamic.
The line-up also includes a work by Zen dance pioneer Sun Ock-Lee who is recognized for developing a dance form regarded as “meditation in motion”, fusing