Close the distance under same roof

Close the distance under same roof
Dancers Ming Poon (left) and Scarlet Yu expand their earlier 15-minute show, The Infinitesimal Distance Between Two Bodies, into an hour-long one.

Their intimate pas de deux began when they were oceans apart - with e-mail messages, followed by telephone calls. Finally, dancers Scarlet Yu and Ming Poon flew from Hong Kong and Berlin respectively to meet in Singapore last year.

The result of that meeting was the 15-minute performance, The Infinitesimal Distance Between Two Bodies. It was commissioned by the Esplanade as part of the venue's 10th anniversary celebrations last year.

For this year's da:ns festival, the pair will be presenting an hour-long version of the show.

Associate producer of the festival Faith Tan, 30, says of last year's work: "Within a short period of time, they managed to show to the audience what a dancer's life is like backstage." The premise of the first show was two dancers warming up backstage and preparing for a dance that never happens.

Singapore-born Ming, 45, who is now a German citizen, says: "You don't see a duet. What you see is two people getting ready for a duet."

This year's work is built on a similar dynamic between the two dancers.

Ming says: "We have not recapped the movements or returned to the steps. We are reworking the whole thing and it may come out quite different this time around."

To create the piece, Hong Kong native Yu, 35, flew to Berlin for 10 weeks to stay with Ming. Until the end of last month, they lived together in Ming's house, learning more about each other's character, habits and preferences. The pair hopes that the bond forged between them will be evident in the show.

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