Poetry in mo­tion

The in­au­gu­ral d’Mo­TIon In­ter­na­tional dance Fes­ti­val 2013 rounds off the dance cal­en­dar for the year nicely.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By RE­VATHI MURUGAPPAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

IT has been a fruit­ful year in the per­form­ing arts scene with plenty of de­lights to thrill the com­mu­nity. From lo­cal fes­ti­vals to solo acts, col­lab­o­ra­tions and ex­per­i­men­tal works, the in­dus­try has wit­nessed sig­nif­i­cant growth, es­pe­cially with the pro­vi­sion for more arts grants.

To cap the year off on a high, the d’MO­TION In­ter­na­tional Dance Fes­ti­val 2013 is set to take place from Dec 11-15,

Co-pre­sented by the Da­mansara Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (DPAC) and T.H.E Dance Com­pany, the in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val brings to­gether in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal chore­og­ra­phers in a se­ries of dance per­for­mances and mas­ter classes for afi­ciona­dos seek­ing to im­merse them­selves in an in­ten­sive dance ex­pe­ri­ence.

The brain­child of Wong Jyh Shy­ong, DPAC’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture three dif­fer­ent pro­grammes with six per­for­mances and nine mas­ter­classes by chore­og­ra­phers and artistes from Den­mark, Ja­pan, Korea, Hong Kong, China, Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia.

The idea for d’MO­TION sparked when Wong was in­vited to per­form at the Con­tact Con­tem­po­rary Dance Fes­ti­val 2012 in Sin­ga­pore, where there were mul­ti­ple per­for­mances and work­shops for 10 days.

Af­ter four years of pro­duc­ing the fes­ti­val, Con­tact was fi­nally able to de­velop a big­ger au­di­ence for con­tem­po­rary dance, which is what Wong in­tends to do lo­cally.

“There are some lo­cal dance troupes that ac­tively pro­duce con­tem­po­rary works in Malaysia, but in­ter­na­tional works in this genre are rare.

There is also a lack of op­portu- nity to take dance classes from dif­fer­ent teach­ers.

This year, Con­tact pro­posed a col­lab­o­ra­tion with DPAC to bring some pro­grammes to Malaysia, hence the fes­ti­val,” ex­plains Wong.

He be­lieves that per­form­ing arts ranks lowly among other en­ter­tain­ment arts.

Pro­gramme A:

Asian Fes­ti­vals Ex­change con­sists of works by Yoko­hama and Seoul Dance Col­lec­tions. Tran­scend­ing lan­guage bar­ri­ers, they con­ceive fresh, new works that em­body the unique colours and cus­toms of their re­spec­tive dance cul­tures.

Pro­gramme B:

In­ter­na­tional Pro­gramme fea­tures four di­verse works by noted chore­og­ra­phers: Stigma by Kitt John­son (Den­mark), Co­ex­is­tence by Kim Bo­ram (Korea), twi­light by Shi­mada Tadashi (Ja­pan) and a new dance piece by

“But, for an artist, we have the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­velop in­ter­est with the pub­lic to ap­pre­ci­ate all kinds of arts.

For DPAC, it’s a bold at­tempt to host such a fes­ti­val. Grad­u­ally, we hope to de­velop a bet­ter fes­ti­val struc­ture.

Be­sides the fes­ti­val, we wish to in­cor­po­rate dance ed­u­ca­tional pro- grammes to in­tro­duce per­form­ing arts to the younger gen­er­a­tion.”

Artistes were se­lected based on the line-up at the Con­tact fes­ti­val. Since this is the first fes­ti­val, Wong says the fo­cus is on in­ter­na­tional artists, hence no lo­cal dancers are in­volved in the per­for­mances, ex­cept him­self and Rachel Chew Zi Xin, who was se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the Asian Fes­ti­vals Ex­change.

To open the fes­ti­val, Aswara Dance Com­pany will present a Malaysian con­tem­po­rary dance num­ber.

For mas­ter classes, var­i­ous artists will con­duct dif­fer­ent work­shops for all lev­els.

Th­ese in­clude classes in tech­nique, style, im­pro­vi­sa­tion and body aware­ness. Even if you are a new­bie with two left feet, there is some­thing for you.

Wong says, “Some work­shops are open for ev­ery­one. So, as long as you want to move, you can be part of this class to en­joy ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of your body.

Then there are work­shops catered for those with a dance back­ground, so that they can ex­pe­ri­ence the di­verse style of the in­ter­na­tional artists.”

The fu­ture plan for d’MO­TION is to high­light both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional pro­grammes, and also pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal artists to present their works in other fes­ti­vals abroad.

But Wong is tak­ing it one step at a time.

The d’MO­TION In­ter­na­tional Dance Fes­ti­val 2013 runs from Dec 11-15 at the Da­mansara Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre, Em­pire Da­mansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Da­mansara Per­dana, Pe­tal­ing Jaya. For ticket book­ings, call 034065 0001 or 03-4065 0002, or log onto www.dpac.com.my.

By Kim Bo­ram (Korea) prom­ises and ex­plo­sive af­fair.

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