Release of new dance ideas

Release of new dance ideas

The third edition of Maya Dance Theatre's annual platform for new works features eight choreographers, five from Singapore and three from Malaysia and Thailand.

Each bite-sized work is limited to just 10 minutes. Kavitha Krishnan, creative director of the company, says: "The intention is not to produce full-length works but to inspire the choreographers, for them to believe that they can and from this, we want them to spin off into longer creations.

"Release was mooted to provide a platform for creative expression. It's to release your creativity, your artistry." The youngest choreographer taking part this year is Samantha Teo Hui Xin, 23, who graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts two years ago.

The freelance dance instructor's piece, ( / ...), is about the processes which take place when faced with a situation. The Singaporean says she is nervous about showing her work in public for the first time, but "I thought I would like to try it out, and attempt something which is out of my comfort zone".

Another Singaporean choreographer, Shahrin Johry, has more experience. The principal dancer with Maya Dance Theatre had won the Most Promising Work award in 2012 at Sprouts, a choreography competition organised by the National Arts Council. For his piece, Unspeakable, the 31-year-old is working with dancers from The Little Arts Academy.

He says that the piece was crafted by weaving together personal stories from each of the performers. "I had a chat with them. We were talking about life and each one of them has a story which is quite inspiring. One of them said, 'I was in a dance CCA in school, but my teacher always told me I sucked.'

"Another girl always thinks that size is a problem because she feels she's a bit fat. Another dancer, whose family is in Indonesia, really misses his mum."

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