Resonance of a Portrait

 

Synopsis

“Resonance of a Portrait ” a double bill by Susan Yeung and Steve Goh, is about different women and their exploration into the identities of females in society and the importance of their existence and aspirations in life.

Traditionally, females are often expected to give up their dreams in order to fulfill the roles that are expected of them by family, friends and/or society. However, dreams and aspirations are the core elements that make us who we are, regardless of gender and age.

Through interweaving dialogues between individual dancers and the use of interactive media, Susan and Steve interrogate the boundaries of female’s roles in our society, and to pay tribute to the females that inspire and support the youths to strive for their dreams.

 

If I May, is a performance piece that interrogates the limitations between reality and dreams by salvaging one’s role and identity in this world. Highly acclaimed American composer Brian O’ Reilly interweaves his soundscape which echoes with the choreography of Singapore/ HK dance practitioner Susan Yeung.  Infused within the performance is the implementation of shadow effects created by Khalid Al Mkhlaafy (UK/ Singapore) complemented by set designer Rashid Bin Abdul Gapur (Singapore).

 

In Epitome, Malaysian choreographer Steve Goh creates poignant movement dialogues to music created by award-winning Malaysian composer Ng Chor Guan. The piece recites the disappointment and heart wrenching emotions when one’s dreams and desires became unreachable and improbable.

 

Performance Info

Date and Time:  Sept 14, 8pm,   Sept 15, 4pm & 8pm
Venue:  Goodman Arts Centre, Black Box
Ticket price: $25
Contact/Enquiries: [email protected]

 

Choreographers:

Susan Yeung is a producer, show director, choreographer, performer and event manager. She graduated with a music degree from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts (Singapore) and Kingston University (England) and was awarded the City Contemporary Dance Company Prize upon graduation at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

During her professional career, Susan has choreographed and performed extensively throughout the region. Credits include Jean M Wong School of Ballet, Radio Television Hong Kong, E-Side Modern Dance Company, Dance Home, Y-Space Dance Company, South Asli Dance Workshop Unlock dancing Plaza, COLLECTIVE mayhem, Ah Hock and Pengyu, Ecnad Project Ltd, The Arts Fission Company, MI Arts Ltd, Frontier Danceland, Danzpeople, Moving Arts Studio, Mediacorp Singapore among other international artists and events.

Susan joined Ecnad Project Ltd as Dancer-in-residence in 2002, and performed in Singapore Art Festival the same year. She has also performed in various festivals and productions representing Singapore, in addition to this, she also carries experience in musicals and theatre productions. In 2005 she became one of the founding members of COLLECTIVE mayhem where she has produced and toured performances. She has choreographed site specific and theatre works since 1999, and her works have been featured in Hong Kong, Singapore and China with the most recent work being commissioned by M1 Fringe Festival 2010 which was interviewed by CNN Go Asia. She was also the show choreographer for Xsystem Entertainment from 2007 -2010.

As a full-time lecturer with School of Dance, Susan now continues to mentor and artistic direct student productions as well as programming and directing for LASALLE’s public performances, such as da:ns festival with The Esplanade and Graduation Performance.

 

Steve Goh is a Sabah native dancer and choreographer Steve Goh studied dance in scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. After freelancing as a dancer in Europe, Steve returned to Malaysia to establish the Youth Studio of Dance in 2004 with Lee Swee Keong and Amy Len. In year 2011, he was founder and Artistic Director of the professional dance company JSDance Theatre, for which he choreographed and produced the full-length work Fragile.

An award-winning performer hailed as one of Malaysia’s best male dancers, Steve has won numerous awards at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, including Best Performer (2008), Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill -”Falling Angel” (2008), Best Choreographer in a Feature-Length Work -”Hiding Love” (2008), Best Group Ensemble (2008). His recent works include Heart in a Cage (Osaka, Japan, 2011), Compromise ( Singapore, 2011 Malaysia, 2010 Hong Kong, 2009), Cinderella (Malaysia, 2010), etc. Steve has also performed for Pentas Project, DanceWorks Production, and Kwang Tung Dance Troupe, as well in China, Austria, Netherlands, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany and Japan.