Let your body move

Kwang Tung Dance Com­pany’s Dou­ble Plat­ter merges the old and the new.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - ARTS - By ROUWEN LIN star2@ thes­tar. com. my

FOR the first time ever, Kwang Tung Dance Com­pany’s new­est pro­duc­tion will com­bine the en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm of new dance pieces with the wis­dom and grav­i­tas of restaged per­for­mances.

Dou­ble Plat­ter Se­ries: Fresh And Re­freshed wel­comes four new num­bers ( On The Road chore­ographed by Mak Foong Ming; Ex­is­tence by Foong Siew Ching; Yish! By Kyson Teo; Em­brac­ing Ig­no­rance by Tan Bee Hung) and two restaged pieces ( Aban­doned by Fione Chin; Silent Raid by Tan).

“By pre­sent­ing the restaged and new works along­side each other, we are able to send what dancers who are in dif­fer­ent stages of their ca­reer bring to the ta­ble. The aura of our trainee dancers – whose ages range from 16 to 23 – are very dif­fer­ent from the more sea­soned com­pany dancers,” says pro­ducer Lee Choy W an.

As for the restaged pieces, it is an op­por­tu­nity for the chore­og­ra­pher to tweak it to per­fec­tion and hone their skills. Not un­like fine wine that gets bet­ter with time, some dance pieces need to be given time and space to ma­ture, points out artis­tic di­rec­tor Amy Len.

Tan’s Silent Raid, which was first staged in 2013, is one such ex­am­ple.

W ith its un­der­ly­ing theme of re­cy­cling and wastage, this restag­ing, with more than half of its first con­tent given an over­haul, is hardly a retelling of the same tale.

W ith three years be­tween its first ap­pear­ance and its sec­ond, chore­og­ra­pher Tan has plenty of time to re­flect and pon­der on the ex­e­cu­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion.

“Some­times, a sin­gle stag­ing is not enough for the chore­og­ra­pher to do ev­ery­thing you want to do. There might be things that you want to do dif­fer­ently, there might be re­grets that you want to rec­tify. Restag­ing a dance piece gives us an op­por­tu­nity to mod­ify and ex­pand on what you want to say with the per­for­mance,” she says.

Tan shares that Silent Raid, which em­ploys hun­dreds of plas­tic bags in its first stag­ing, was then chore­ographed to be a high- en­ergy piece that pro­gresses into a more moody and mel­low am­bi­ence to­wards the end.

“I was never quite sat­is­fied with this, I thought it looked and felt kind of lop­sided. So with this restag­ing I changed the struc­ture of the dance and now it is more bal­anced in its pre­sen­ta­tion and con­veys the main mes­sage with more clar­ity,” ex­plains Tan.

A to­tal of 27 dancers will take to the stage for Dou­ble Plat­ter Se­ries, with most of them danc­ing in three or four pieces.

Len en­vi­sions this to be the first of many Dou­ble Plat­ter pro­duc­tions, where two groups are pre­sented on one plat­form.

Per­haps the next one will be a show­case of in­ter­na­tional shows and lo­cally- staged shows, she adds with op­ti­mism.

It has been 36 years since Kwang Tung Dance Com­pany ( for­merly known as Kwang Tung Dance Troupe) was founded. Len cred­its hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion to grow and learn, and a col­lab­o­ra­tive spirit, as the key to suc­cess.

“W e learn and grow as a fam­ily, but we also bear in mind that there must al­ways be con­ti­nu­ity in what­ever you do. That’s why we have train­ing pro­grammes, be­cause we be­lieve the young and the new must be nur­tured,” she says.

Dou­ble Plat­ter Se­ries: Fresh And Re­freshed car­ries this spirit high.

Dou­ble Plat­ter Se­ries: Fresh And

Re­freshed is on at The Sel & KL Kwang Tung As­so­ci­a­tion, 6th Floor, No 44, Jalan Pudu ( op­po­site UTC Pudu Sen­tral), in KL on Sept 10 ( 3pm/ 8.30pm) and Sept 11 ( 3pm). Du­ra­tion: 90 min­utes. En­try by do­na­tion of RM30. Tick­ets and en­quiries: 03- 2078 4336 / 012- 389 2127 / 014- 248 6248.

Em­brac­ing Ig­no­rance chore­ographed by Tan Bee Hung.

The chal­leng­ing dance piece Ex­is­tence, chore­ographed by Foong Siew Ching.

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