Choreographer Jeffrey Tan is back with a major work

Choreographer Jeffrey Tan is back with a major work
Choreographer Jeffrey Tan.

SINGAPORE - This Friday, former Singapore Dance Theatre resident choreographer Jeffrey Tan (right) will step back into the limelight with his first major artistic endeavour since leaving the company.

Tan, 44, will be joining T.H.E Dance Company as an associate artist, and will present his multi-disciplinary creation, Command Pattern, as part of its upcoming show New Vision.

The company's artistic director Kuik Swee Boon, 40, himself an Singapore Dance Theatre alumni, says: "After Goh Choo San, Jeffrey is one of the most recognised choreographers in Singapore. His contribution to the local dance scene in the past is very important, and will be so in the future as well."

The late Goh found fame with the Washington Ballet and also worked with the Joffrey Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet.

Since leaving Singapore Dance Theatre five years ago, Tan, who is now the principal of the Singapore Ballet Academy, has been keeping a low profile. He says of his decision to quit, after Goh Soo Khim left and Janek Schergen took over as artistic director: "I guess the environment changed, the director changed and I thought it was the right moment to leave.

"I've been very lucky and given the opporunity to explore many things, such as theatre and musicals."

Since then, the bachelor has taken up commercial and educational jobs to pay the bills. He choreographed performances such as the Singapore Lyric Opera's Carmen in 2011, and was the choreographer for the National Day Parade from 2009 to 2011.

In 2009, he also joined the School of the Arts as a ballet teacher and guest choreographer.

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