Fresh take on dance

Fresh take on dance
T.H.E Dance Company
As It Fades by T.H.E Dance Company features 15 dancers and is part of a planned trilogy which explores history and heritage.

SINGAPORE - If you missed the first run of T.H.E Dance Company's As It Fades in 2011, catch it when it opens for the second time next month. The full-length work, which explores the themes of memory and heritage, was commissioned for the Singapore Arts Festival in 2011.

It has since toured Malaysia, China, Italy and Denmark. In 2012, it closed the prestigious Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France. On restaging the production, artistic director of the company, Kuik Swee Boon, 41, says: "Nowadays, Singaporeans have more of an appreciation of their own culture and identity, so now feels like the right time to bring back As It Fades.

"People are not just looking for something Westernised, but also for something unique that belongs to us, what we should keep and learn from the past, and how we can move on."

As It Fades is the second part of a planned trilogy which explores history and heritage. The first, Old Sounds, took place in 2008 and the final instalment is due next year.

Kuik also says that reviving works is important and that the company plans to restage at least one piece from its repertoire every year from now.

He adds: "We have a good enough repertoire and in the past five years, we have created about 30 short and full-length works. We need a history, we need to remind ourselves of what we have achieved and to learn from what we have done."

As It Fades is a piece about rediscovering what makes people who they are and some portions of it draw on the rich histories of the dancers themselves.

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