Australian Choreographer Invites Collaborators

Australian Choreographer Invites Collaborators
Want to explore the process of creating cross-cultural dance? Australian choreographer Annalouise Paul is looking for collaborators for her residency at Rimbun Dahan in August 2019!
Ingin mengkaji proses mencipta tarian bersilang budaya? Ahli koreografer Annalouise Paul dari Australia memohon para kolaborator menyertai residensinya di Rimbun Dahan, pada bulan Ogos 2019. Turun ke versi BM –>

Annalouise Paul Residency at Rimbun Dahan

Dates: 15-30 August 2019

Australian dancer-choreographer Annalouise Paul is looking for local dancer artists to collaborate on a cross-cultural dance exchange at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia.

Callout for Collaborators

WHO: Dancers and choreographers who have a traditional or indigenous dance background (in any culture) are invited to apply. If you are interested in contemporary performance, making new work and challenging traditional concepts or have some experience with contemporary dance that is useful, but not essential.

WHAT: Annalouise Paul will teach excerpts from her existing works and guide artists to explore and develop new choreographic material working from their traditional dances and share her creative practice. Together we will hone a process that uses traditional dances, rhythms and concepts in structured improvisations, and if time permits develop a short choreography that can be shared in a studio showing at the end of the residency.

WHY: Sharing dialogue is key to this exchange. Feeding back on how processes can be pushed further and develop processes for making new works. And as a group, discuss contemporary and traditional dance vocabularies, cultural identity, race, languages, migration and diasporic lineages as artist-makers.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Conversations in the studio will be in English, but we will try to accommodate those with minimal English, wherever possible.
  • Video, photographic and written documentation by Annalouise is essential, but this will not be shared publicly, and used only for Annalouise’s artistic archives and grant reports.
  • Consent forms will be provided.
  • Artists are custodians of their traditional practices at all times and decide what cultural material is offered in the exploratory process and for group discussion.
  • Musicians are welcome in this choreographic lab.

YOUR COMMITMENT:

  • Collaborators will be invited to spend 4-5 days per week for 2 weeks, between [date] and [date] working as a group with Annalouise in the studio at Rimbun Dahan.
  • Schedules for working days will be arranged in consultation with the collaborators so that a small group can work together consistently over the period to have maximum benefit for everyone involved.
  • Times will be between 10-5pm TBC, and this will be confirmed once the collaborators are confirmed.
  • Once accepted, continuity is compulsory for the entire group. If you cannot commit for the full period please state this at the start with your best dates and times available.

FEE: There is no fee offered, however, a daily stipend of RM35? will be offered to cover transport and lunch meals.

CONTACT: If you’re interested please arrange a time to speak with Annalouise Paul. Contact her directly on Whatsapp +61 408664199 or email annalouisempaul@gmail.com with your available dates and times and for more information about the project.

MORE ABOUT ANNALOUISE PAUL

Annalouise Paul has been working in the field of intercultural dance in Australia and internationally for over thirty years. More recently she has developed choreographic tools to push dance hybridity. There is no established ‘method’ for creating cross-cultural movement or for practitioners to model from, so there has been slow but constant emergence of process and vocabulary, evolving out of a pool of processes for various works. ‘Hidden Rhythms’ is one process that employs traditional rhythms for shifting the dynamic of dance movement. ‘Dance DNA’ is the most recent method Annalouise has been investigating largely through workshops internationally and in Australia. She has held cross cultural workshops in Singapore, France, India, Melbourne and Sydney supported by World Dance Alliance, Create NSW and Critical Path.

Annalouise’s residency at Rimbun Dahan in 2019 is an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange.

 

Residensi oleh Annalouise Paul di Rimbun Dahan

Tarikh: 15-30 hb Ogos 2019

Annalouise Paul, seorang penari dan koreografer dari Australia, menjemput artis tari tempatan dari Malaysia untuk menyertai proses kolaborasi dalam sebuah projek pertukaran budaya tari bertempat di Rimbun Dahan.

Jemputan Kepada Kolaborator

SIAPA: Penari atau koreografer yang mempunyai latarbelakang tari tradisi ataupun tarian Orang Asal (daripada budaya mana-mana pun) dijemput membuat permohonan untuk menyertai projek ini. Kami juga menggalakkan permohonan anda jikalau anda pernah terlibat di dalam persembahan jenis kontemporari, terlibat di dalam proses mencipta karya baru yang mencabar konsep-konsep tradisi, ataupun mempunyai sebarang pengalaman di dalam tarian kontemporari.

APA: Annalouise Paul akan mengajar beberapa petikan daripada karya tarinya, dan akan memberi panduan kepada peserta-peserta untuk meneroka dan mengembangkan bahan koreografi yang baru, dengan menggunakan tarian tradisi mereka. Annalouise juga akan kongsi amalan kreatifnya sendiri. Peserta-peserta bersama-sama dengan Annalouise akan menetapkan sebuah proses yang menggunakan pergerakan, rentak dan konsep-konsep daripada tarian tradisi di dalam improvisasi-improvisasi yang berstruktur. Terpulang kepada masa, peserta-peserta juga akan mencipta sebuah koreografi pendek yang akan dipersembahkan kepada orang ramai semasa sebuah pertunjukan di dalam studio pada hujung residensi.

MENGAPA: Berkongsi melalui dialog merupakan kunci proses pertukaran ini. Proses ini juga melibatkan tindakan maklumbalas bagaimana ia boleh diperluaskan dan digunakan untuk mencipta karya yang baru. Sebagai sebuah kumpulan penggiat-penggiat seni, kami akan membincangkan vokabulari tari, identiti budaya, bangsa, bahasa, migrasi dan penyebaran warisan.

HARAP MAKLUM:

  • Perbincangan di dalam studio akan dijalankan di dalam Bahasa Inggeris, tetapi kami akan cuba menampung sesiapa yang kurang fasih di dalam Bahasa Inggeris.
  • Annalouise sering menggunakan sistem dokumentasi proses itu melalui video dan foto serta penulisan, tetapi bahan-bahan tersebut tidak akan dipamerkan secara terbuka, dan hanya digunakan di dalam arkib seni Annalouise serta laporan dana.
  • Borang persetujuan akan disediakan.
  • Peserta-peserta merupakan penjaga budaya tradisi mereka sendiri semasa proses ini. Mereka bertanggungjawab untuk menetapkan sumber tradisi yang boleh atau tidak boleh digunakan semasa proses penerokaan artistik dan perbincangan secara berkumpulan ini.
  • Pemain muzik juga digalakkan menyertai projek ini.

KOMITMENT ANDA:

  • Peserta-peserta dijemput untuk berada di studio di Rimbun Dahan selama 4-5 hari setiap minggu selama dua minggu, di antara tarikh [ ] dan [ ], bekerja berkumpulan bersama-sama dengan Annalouise.
  • Jadual waktu bagi setiap hari di dalam studio akan diatur setelah perundingan dengan peserta-peserta. Kami inginkan sebuah kumpulan kecil yang boleh bekerja bersama-sama dengan cara yang konsisten semasa jangka masa tersebut, untuk memberi faedah yang maksimum kepada semua yang terlibat.
  • Masa di dalam studio adalah lebih kurang di antara pukul 10 pagi dan 5 petang, tetapi waktu sebenarnya akan ditetapkan nanti, setelah peserta-peserta dipilih.
  • Setelah peserta-peserta yang terpilih mengesahkan penyertaan mereka, kehadiran adalah wajib. Jikalau anda tidak dapat memberi komitment yang sepenuhnya, sila mengemukakan jadual waktu anda semasa proses permohonan.

BAYARAN: Tiada bayaran yang ditawarkan, kecuali penghargaan sebanyak RM35 sehari yang akan diberi untuk membantu menanggung kos pengangkutan dan makanan.

HUBUNGI KAMI: Untuk membuat permohonan untuk menyertai projek ini, sila Whatsapp +61 408664199 atau emel annalouisempaul@gmail.com dengan jadual waktu anda yang boleh lapangkan untuk projek ini. Annalouise akan menetapkan masa untuk berbincang dengan lebih lanjut bersama anda secara individu.

MAKLUMAT MENGENAI ANNALOUISE PAUL

Annalouise Paul mempunyai sejenis siasatan koreografi yang timbul daripada kekurangan metodologi yang wujud untuk mencipta pergerakan silang budaya (cross-cultural). Amalan Annalouise berdasarkan proses yang perlahan tetapi berterusan untuk mencipta vokabulari pergerakan. Prosesnya termasuk ‘Hidden Rhythms’ yang menggunakan irama tradisi untuk mengalihkan dinamik pergerakan tarian, dan ‘Dance DNA’ yang menggunakan pergerakan tradisional dengan pendekatan somatik. Beliau telah membangunkan proses-proses ini di Singapura, Perancis, India, Melbourne dan Sydney, disokong oleh institusi-institusi seperti World Dance Alliance, Create NSW dan Critical Path.

Residensi Annalouise di Rimbun Dahan pada tahun 2019 merupakan sebuah Asialink Arts Creative Exchange.

Dancing in Place 2019

Dancing in Place 2019

Photo by Nazir Azhari.

The tenth edition of our popular site-specific dance event, 26-27 January 2019 at Rimbun Dahan. This edition featured restages of work by local dance artists, as well as newly created work through international collaborations by alumni from the Southeast Asian Choreolab.

Program:

A1. Bumbu Goyang
Ingredients

Sensation
∞mg Newspapers
2 Chairs
3 cup Nylon
100g Post it
1/2l Folding
1 cup Tracing
200ml Drawing

2 Marker pens
Perspective
1 tsp SR
1 tsp Mental Music
20ml Replacing
3/4 tsp Touching
50ml Tearing
10 pinch Toes
1 tbsp LangserP/s: How many kg of shadows?
Choreographed & performed by Fitri Anggraini & Lau Beh Chin.

Special guests: Students of the Dance Department of University of Malaya, and Kakak Ayu Lestari.
Thanks to the exhibition and workshop of Chuah Shu Ruei.

Fitri Anggraini graduated from the Art Institute of Jakarta (2016), and choreographed KABA for Indonesia Dance Festival the same year. She has since collaborated with choreographers Mikuni Yanaihara and Ismaera Takeo, received the prestigious Hibah Seni Inovatif Award from Yayasan Seni Kelola, and participated in the Asian Performing Arts Forum in Japan.

Lau Beh Chin, from Penang, has a degree in chemical engineering, spent a year at Fontys Hogeshcool Voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands, and finally graduated from University of Limerick with a Master’s in Contemporary Dance Performance. She produced “Where Two Seas Meet” and “Your Memories, Our Identity” focusing on intercultural dialogue.

 

A2. tree.time

We went digging for roots. We found layers – layers of earth on concrete on plantation on roots on grass on skin on leaves.

This is a durational work where we grow with the space for 3 hours each on 26 and 27 January. The first day is focused on growth and the second on disintegration. The audience is invited to enter the space to look more closely at the installation and texts.

Choreographed & performed by Chan Sze-Wei & Hii Ing Fung.

Hii Ing Fung is a Sarawakian based in KL-Selangor, experienced in Chinese classical & folk dances, ballet, Hua Zu Wu, and contemporary dance technique, and active in performance, education, creation and research. She holds a Master of Performing Arts (Dance) from University of Malaya (2014).

Blending conceptual, interactive, improvisatory and cross-cultural approaches for theatres, public spaces, video installation and film, Chan Sze-Wei’s work is grounded in perception, sensation and the organic knowledge of the human body. Her work has shown in Singapore, various Southeast Asian cities, the UK, Taiwan, Croatia, the USA and Brazil.

 

A3. Canvas

A work originally created for the second chapter of《游云》project. Each chapter is specifically accordant with ancient Chinese philosophy, “Tian Shi”, “Di Li”, and “Ren He”.

“Di Li” is cultural transformation due to a shifting environment. The existing dissimilarities between Southeast Asian dance and traditional Chinese dance are indeed profound evidence of cultural assimilation amongst the Chinese during and after their migratory voyage to Nanyang. This chapter combines the elements of totems prevailing in the language of Southeast Asian dance and the emphasis on coherence and curve in every movement of the dancer, to accentuate the sparks arising from such cultural distinctions.

Choreographed by Chan Kar Kah

Performed by Ker Yee Teng

Chan Kar Kah is a Chinese dance-based freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor. She studied for her Bachelors for Dance at Beijing Normal University, and performed and choreographed for cultural festivals, International Students’ Night, and Collegiate ASEAN Games. She joined Han Fong Dance Ensemble in 2012, and is now lead dancer and ensemble choreographer.

 

A4. Within

“The human animal needs a freedom seldom mentioned, freedom from intrusion. He needs a little privacy quite as much as he wants understanding, vitamins, or exercise, or praise.” – Phylis McGinley

‘Within’ is a piece about the aesthetic element of the animal that is confined and forgotten within the human animal. The animal that has succumbed to society, race and tradition.

Choreographed by Kenny Shim

Performed by Lim Pei Ern
Originally performed by Linda Telek

Kenny Shim completed his BA in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, and his MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at London Contemporary Dance School. Kenny produced his debut production in 2018, featuring Winged Wolves and the Bamboo Mew, Pieces of Three Movements, and a restage of Rite.

 

B1. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Hopeful but then days are young, so who knows how the tale will end?

Created & performed by Tan Bee Hung & Chung Ping Wei

Chung Ping Wei is a Malaysian saxophonist performing classical and pop jazz. After a distinction in the ABRSM London Board Exam major, his diverse interests have led him to play in Birdian Saxophone Quartet, Klpac Symphonic Band and Klpac Orchestra. He runs The Saxophone Store in Kuala Lumpur.

Currently a dancer, choreographer, dance and Pilates instructor, Tan Bee Hung holds an LLB, and has performed locally and internationally for Kwang Tung Dance Company, as well as in her own solo work. A firm believer that humans are natural movers, she hopes to bring dance closer to people’s lives.

 

B2. Darah

I would be more comfortable if I were accompanying you.

Choreographed by Norsafini Jafar

Performed by Dalila Abd Samad & Nadhirah Rahmat

Norsafini Jafar holds a Diploma and Degree in Dance from ASWARA, majoring in joget gamelan, and works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Dance. An award-winning choreographer, with an MA from University of Malaya. She is a member of the Asian Dance Committee in Korea in 2019.

 

B3. A Strange Meeting

What can be seen if the hidden parts of our memories are uncovered?

Choreographed & performed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid, Fauzi Amirudin & Vidura Amranand

Nurulakmal Binti Abdul Wahid holds a Bachelors and Masters from University of Malaya. She has performed and choreographed for many site-specific works at Dancing in Place, George Town Festival, and Butterworth Fringe Festival, which informs her current PhD research. She currently works as a dance lecturer at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, UPSI.

Vidura Amranand is a contemporary dance artist and teacher based in Bangkok, Thailand. She has performed extensively with B-floor Theatre and director Thanapol Virulhakul. Her most recent directorial works are One Night Stand and The Floating Project. Vidura studied dance at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and continues to teach and develop her movement practice in trance, visualization, and awareness.

Fauzi Amirudin is a graduate from ASWARA and a principal dancer at ASK Dance Company, awarded Best Choreographer at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. In 2018, he and Naim Syahrazad presented their first full length production The iProject: Between Self and Others. His current interest is research into tari piring and the body archive.

 

INTERMISSION PERFORMANCE. While in RD

This is the visualisation of our collaboration process, related to this specific site during our stay at Rimbun Dahan as it is like an open ‘home’ for us to create a dialogue between the negotiation and curiosity from one to another. The presence of time and space, the unity of modern life and natural environments, the reflection of materials and rituals.

Choreographed & performed by Sherli Novalinda & Nguyen Chung

Sherli Novalinda is a choreographer, performer and lecturer at Indonesian Institute of Arts Padangpanjang. Her works have been featured in several international events, including Europalia Arts Festival in Belgium (2017). She is currently working on a dance trilogy which began with Meniti Jejak (2016). She has been interested in the negotiation of body, culture and gender.

Independent Vietnamese dance artist Nguyen Chung is interested in the connection between people and familiar objects used in everyday life and the transformation of their functions into his work through arrangement and movement of the body, in combination with performance art and conceptual art to expand the creative process and discover new movements.

 

FINALE. Henjut

A work that explores how people enjoy themselves with the act of bouncing. Every individual has their own style of “henjut” that represents themselves.

Choreographed by Khairi Mokthar

Performed by Noel Thomas, Shuvaseni a/p Ramasamy, Nurhaziyah Bt Salikin, Muhammad Azzarulhafiz Naiem bin Muhammad Shafari, Mohamad Shahfik bin Abd Aziz, Visalini a/p Kumaran, Yashini a/p Sivaraman, Karthini K Chandran, Moch Jack Zhong, Hafidzah Abdul Hamid, Vieazley Michael, Saiful Adwa bin Ahmad Rudin, Amiira Natasya binti Othman, and Tee Kai Ling.
With thanks to the Dance Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya.

Khairi Mokthar holds a Bachelor of Dance from ASWARA, where he presented his bharatanatyam arangetram, and an MFA in Dance Performance from Korea National University of the Arts. Khairi has worked for Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (UK) and ASK Dance Company. He currently performs with TFA Inner Space Dance Company and works in the dance faculty at University of Malaya.


Dancing in Place is a production of MyDance Alliance and Rimbun Dahan.

The collaborative component of Dancing in Place is supported by an Emerging Artist Incubation Funding grant from CENDANA, the Cultural Economy Development Agency.

Producer: Bilqis Hijjas

Applications Open For Southeast Asian Choreolab 2019

Applications Open For Southeast Asian Choreolab 2019

 

Please note: SEA Choreolab 2019 dates have been changed to 6-14 July 2019!

We invite emerging contemporary dance choreographers (or performance artists or physical theatre creators) from Southeast Asia to apply for the Southeast Asian Choreolab 2019.

This international choreographic laboratory will take place at Rimbun Dahan, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 6 – 14 July 2019, facilitated by Australian choreographer Liesel Zink.

Due date for applications: 30 November 2018.

This is a joint project of Rimbun Dahan, MyDance Alliance, and World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific.

For more information, see below, or download the SEA Choreolab 2019 Call for Applications [PDF 1MB]


Project Format

14 chosen choreographers will live, work and explore together in the arts community of Rimbun Dahan for 9 days, with guidance from our international facilitator, Australian choreographer Liesel Zink.

The program will consist of 7 work days with 2 days of study-tour. Work days will take place in the dance studio at Rimbun Dahan and will consist of sessions exploring choreographic methods, analysis and movement techniques led by Liesel Zink and the participants themselves.

Other activities include artists talks by invited guest artists, live performance viewing, and informal socialising and discussions.

The first study tour day will explore major arts institutions in and around Kuala Lumpur. The second half-day study tour day will travel to a nearby green space for rest and relaxation.

The exact program may evolve during the choreolab, to remain flexible, organic and response to the specific profiles of the participants. The program may include an informal sharing and showing event at the end of the choreolab.

Project Aims

To support and enable emerging Southeast Asian contemporary dance choreographers to

  1. Adopt new choreographic tools and physical, thematic and conceptual approaches to enrich their artistic practice;
  2. Develop regional networks among their peers and with regional dance institutions, for knowledge sharing, future artistic collaboration and touring;
  3. Experience works of art, cultures, places and histories beyond their home, to increase international understanding and to help contextualize their artistic practice.
  4. Work closely with an established choreographer (Liesel Zink), to participate in her particular artistic approach, and to benefit from her insights, advice and experience.

We hope you will have a positive and enjoyable experience at the SEA Choreolab, which will reenergize you and help you reaffirm your commitment to your artistic practice. We would like the choreolab and the networks you establish here to be an ongoing resource to which you may return for inspiration, refreshment, respite and a sense of continual community.

Who we’re looking for

  • Emerging contemporary dance choreographers, aged 35 or under, or who began creating contemporary work within the last five years. Artists who create performance art or physical theatre works are also eligible.
  • You should have established a professional or semi-professional practice, and have created at least 3 short works or 1 full-length work.
  • Citizen of and resident in an ASEAN country (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam) or Papua New Guinea or East Timor.
  • Able to communicate functionally in English.
  • Excited to increase your knowledge base, share your practice and establish networks with your international peers.

What the project will provide

  • Twin-share accommodation at Rimbun Dahan.
  • Entry to all the project activities, including classes, study trips, facilitated sessions, and performances.
  • 3 meals per day during the project.
  • Transfer to/from airport or bus terminal (subject to conditions).

What you need to provide

  • Return airfare to Kuala Lumpur (the city is well-connected by low-cost airlines).
  • Travel insurance (and visa for Myanmar, East Timor & PNG only)
  • One session during the project (maximum 1 hour) in which you will lead the other participants through a choreographic method, thematic exploration, dance technique or artistic question. This session will be discussed and developed with the choreolab organisers.

To apply

Download the application form here:

SEAChoreolab2019ApplicationForm

Return the completed form to: contact@mydancealliance.org by the end of Friday 30 November 2018.

For questions or more information

Contact Bilqis Hijjas, MyDance Alliance, Malaysia
contact@mydancealliance.org, +6017 310 3769

About Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan, the home of renowned Malaysian architect Hijjas Kasturi and his wife Angela, is set on fourteen acres of land outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The compound is a centre for developing traditional and contemporary art forms. Its facilities include a dance studio, underground gallery, visual arts studios and artists’ accommodation, as well as two Malaysian heritage houses, in a Southeast Asian indigenous garden environment.

Since 1994, Rimbun Dahan has hosted hundreds of artists in various disciplines. The residency program at Rimbun Dahan aims to give international artists an opportunity to experience Malaysian culture, and to help Malaysian and other Southeast Asian artists engage with artists from the region and beyond. For more information, see http://www.rimbundahan.org/.

About Liesel Zink, facilitator

Liesel Zink is an Australian choreographer interested in the body as a tool for socio-political and environmental expression. With a focus on site-specific work, Liesel seeks to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful contemporary dance experiences. Liesel was awarded the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her work ‘The Stance’, which has been performed at Sziget Festival Hungary 2017, Ansan Street Arts Festival South Korea 2017 and several cities around Australia. Prior to that her site-specific work ‘fifteen’ (Next Wave Festival VIC 2012 & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012) won two ‘best of’ awards both for Melbourne’s Small to Medium dance work and Brisbane Time Out’s dance award.

She is currently developing ‘Balloons & Granite’ (a large scale dance installation exploring the body in shifting landscapes) and recently premiered ‘INTER’ (a science, dance and spoken word collaboration).

Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for Australian dance companies including Expressions Dance Company, Tasdance and LINK Dance Company. Her choreographic style has evolved from her postgraduate research on body language and her ongoing interest in social psychology.

She was a lead artist in the creation of Force Majeure’s new site-specific work FLOCK (Commonwealth Games 2018) and has performed for Polytoxic Dance Company and independent artists including Liz Lea, PVI Collective and Dave Sleswick. As well as producing her own work she produces for dance artist Michael Smith, and co-produces The IndepenDANCE Project (Phluxus2 Dance Collective) and Angry Mime evening of experimental art.

More information: www.lieselzink.com

Nicholas Choong

Nicholas Choong

A go-to conceptual artist for agencies and brands like MRT Gamuda, Uber Malaysia, Tiger Beer, restaurants as well as Accounting & PR Firms in Malaysia – Nicholas Choong is no stranger to the visual arts and design world.

He studied watercolors under a mentor at the age of 13 and when he was 16 he learnt Graphic Design and Photography working as a Production Assistant in the film industry.

By the time he was 19, Nicky (a moniker he goes by sometimes) was already working in the events, music & entertainment industry. The next 17 years of his life was spent working and raising a family before he began painting again in 2011. In 2014 he helped shape (and was the first artist in residence for) the sembilan Art Residency Programme in Seremban. During that time he also mentored under Wei Ling Gallery and has continued to exhibit his work in group and solo shows up till this day.

In 2015 he opened his own studio, Satu Arts and continued to perfect his craft. Nicky also dabbled in installations and collaborative mural projects. In 2016, he began his foray into video production and has since then worked as a director, Art Director and Creative Director in the media and corporate world. In his traditional paintings, Nicholas works in a series based format and is known for his strong ink and line work.

During my residency at Rimbun Dahan I’d like to explore the relationships between the environment (source materials) and mediums available to me (video, photography, paintings) and create a body of work that resonates on all levels to create a story.

Here you can find interviews he’s done/been a part of on BFM (with Jael Estrella and solo), The Star, and Chalk and Raddy. To find out more about Nick’s work, you can check his Website, Facebook, Youtube, or Instagram.

Wong Xiang Yi

Wong Xiang Yi

Wong Xiang Yi (b. 1987, Kuala Lumpur) received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010 and her Master of Fine Arts from Taipei University of the Arts in 2016. Wong majored in ink painting and is trained in traditional Ling Nan Chinese Ink painting. She’s strongly affected by China’s new ink painting movement, Japanese style painting (Nihonga), and the impact of and trend of thought related to ink painting that she was exposed to while she was studying in Taiwan.

The medium of ink painting has always reminded Wong of the relationship between humans and the natural and how it contrasts with the rapid pace of life surrounding artificial objects. Wong can anticipate and work with fractional and overwhelming information through tedious preparations before painting. This process is like a ritual, a vacuum interval, where all the prattle of information is slowly processed, to intercept a process of thinking. She believes that a private natural space (Rimbun Dahan) will be a perfect place to calm down and experience ink painting media meeting the natural face to face.

Wong Xiang Yi is our Yearlong Resident Artist 2018 and will be exhibiting her works in our gallery in January 2019. To find out more about Wong, please check her website here.

Dancing in Place 2018

Dancing in Place 2018

Dancing up a tree. On a sculpture. Underwater. Underground. Dancing in Place is back!

A fun excursion for the family, Dancing in Place features 10 short dance works performed outdoors in the tranquil tropical garden at Rimbun Dahan.

3-5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday, 13-14 January 2018 (same program both days)
Rimbun Dahan, Km 27 Jalan Kuang, Daerah Kuang, Selangor, 48050.
Google Maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/Xu1UxnfH2g72
FREE ENTRY, donations welcome.

Featuring works by local dance artists:
++ Alla Azura Abal Abas, a veteran of site-specific dance, returns with her team, taking birds from classical Malay dance and putting them in trees.
++ Sharm Noh presents his captivating spider work, last seen in the Gala Night of Short+Sweet Dance 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
++ Balletbase dancers present “Reflets Sur l’Eau”, a lyrical modern dance work by French/American choreographer Patrick Suzeau.
++ JS Wong restages his meditative but physically challenging solo with bamboo pole, performed by Tau Chun Wai.

This year, we welcome a special program of new collaborative creations by teams of Southeast Asian choreographers, working together for the first time:

++ Chai Vivan (Malaysia) and Otniel Tasman (Indonesia)
++ Colleen Coy (USA/East Timor), Eng Kai Er (Singapore), Lee Ren Xin (Malaysia) and Ong Nitipat Pholchai (Thailand)
++ Fadilla Oziana (Indonesia), Citra Pratiwi (Indonesia) and Sonoko Prow (Thailand)
++ Fauzi Amirudin (Malaysia) and Sarah Maria Samaniego (Philippines)
++ Al Bernard Garcia (Philippines) and Siko Setyanto (Indonesia)

Plus Joelle Jacinto (Philippines) returns to Malaysia with her sister Jacqui, to perform a duet choreographed by her father, Eli Jacinto.

The event will continue, rain or shine! Please wear shoes that can get wet/muddy, and bring umbrellas and mosquito repellent. Refreshments will be available for purchase, but feel free to bring your own picnic.

Sorry, Rimbun Dahan is not a wheelchair-accessible venue, and Dancing in Place is not open to pets.

Dancing in Place is a production of MyDance Alliance, World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific, and Rimbun Dahan.
Producer: Bilqis Hijjas
Production assistance: Stephanie Ho, Joelle Jacinto, Susan Chee
SM: Keilly Lim
Graphic designer: Grey Yeoh

Dessy TAB

Dessy TAB

Dessy Tri Anandani Bambang or Dessy TAB (b. 1984) is an Indonesian animator born in Brest, France. She  started her carreer as animator by participating in animation challenges during her college days at Bandung Institute of Technology. She has won national awards mostly for her short animations and public social advertisements. In 2014, Dessy received an honorable mention award from ASEAN Animation Festival as a representative participant from Indonesia, for her animation Kopas The Thief. She was also selected as one of three animators for “Animation 3”, an animation masterclass, held collaboratively by Goethe Institut Indonesien, Institut Français Indonesie, and SAE Institut Jakarta. Her animated work, Pulang ke Indonesia, was the result of the masterclass and was completed in July 2016.

I am actually feeling insecure about being away from home but I know I can’t be and I don’t want to stay at home for the rest of my life. So I am planning to make an animation about the insecurity of leaving home, in a place far away from home. I’ve been wanting to make an animation that combines my doll-making skill. Amigurumi is a kind of crocheted doll; aside from being an animator, I am an amigurumi designer and have written a book about them. While I didn’t make any amigurumi for my previous animated works, I’ve made a fabric puppet to use for stop motion animation during my residency in Rimbun Dahan. I still don’t know whether it will work or not, or whether I will go back to paper and ink or digital animation. As I was making the preparation for the project, I realized that making animation in a new place will be very challenging especially from the technical aspect, but when there is a challenge, then there will be a solution. I am looking forward to see what kind of animation I will make in Rimbun Dahan.

To find out more about her, you can check out her website or her Instagram.

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Arts Manager

Job Vacancy for P/T Arts Manager at Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan offers various residencies (fully or partially sponsored or paid) to visual and performing artists, writers, researchers, and curators, with a special focus on those from Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The residencies vary in length depending on the artists’ needs. Rimbun Dahan also hosts short-term workshops, open day events, performances, and student visits, and is available to rent as a venue for events. Our focuses are arts, performance, architecture, and nature, in a Southeast Asian context.
For more information about Rimbun Dahan, see http://rimbundahan.org/.

Overall Role

We are looking for a part time Arts Manager to coordinate the residency, arts, performance and outreach programs at Rimbun Dahan to ensure a lively and active series of residencies and events throughout the year. They will be in charge of handling internal and external communications and finances for all activities in Rimbun Dahan, as well as supervising an Assistant Arts Manager. Applicants must have strong interpersonal, management, and communication skills and the ability to juggle different responsibilities to maintain a vibrant, consistent, and active program and schedule throughout the year. We are looking for highly motivated and proactive applicants with a keen interest and/or familiarity with the local arts scene.

This position is based in Selangor Malaysia. We are looking for Malaysian applicants only.

Key Responsibilities

  • Selection of resident artists with the owners’ involvement, and communicating with artists from the application process through to undergoing the residency;
  • Scheduling and organizing social and arts events such as exhibitions, open day events, performances, showcases, and talks;
  • Hiring, training, and supervising a full-time Assistant Arts Manager, who will provide administrative and logistical support and work with the Arts Manager to ensure the arts, performance, and outreach programs run smoothly;
  • Marketing Rimbun Dahan as a venue for events rental;
  • Coordinating with the Dance Program Director and assisting where necessary;
  • Maintaining communications and relationships with external parties for collaborations, outreach and press;
  • Managing and recording finances for all Rimbun Dahan related activities;
  • Attending local arts events on behalf of Rimbun Dahan and accompanying RD resident artists to introduce them to galleries and people they may wish to meet;
  • Liaising with press and media as a representative of Rimbun Dahan;
  • Monitoring the underground gallery of visual arts works, and periodically changing the hang;
  • Maintaining the website, newsletter and Facebook page and keeping them up to date.

Qualification and Skill Set

  • Tertiary degree in arts or a related field is preferred
  • 2 – 3 years work/relevant experience preferred
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills for handling communications
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Competent with computers and social media
  • Must be able and licensed to drive
  • Comfortable with dogs, as Rimbun Dahan has guard dogs on-site.

What We Offer

  • Salary depends on qualifications and experience, but starts from RM3,000
  • An additional car allowance is negotiable
  • Flexible work hours. The manager is required to be on site at Rimbun Dahan three days a week and timing is flexible – ideally 10AM to 6PM
  • A chance to engage more deeply with and make connections within the Malaysian arts scene

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to (Ms) Bilqis Hijjas at bhijjas@gmail.com. Position starts 1 February 2018.

Download this job vacancy notice as PDF here: Rimbun Dahan PT Arts Manager Job Description

Carlos Carvalho

Carlos Carvalho

Originally from Brazil, in the last three years Carlos Carvalho has been living in Asia, first India, now in Indonesia. Using crafts techniques and everyday materials, like textiles (mostly felt), paper, cardboard and paint, he builds topographies. Those topographies are found through the combination and juxtaposition of shapes cast from his body. His process is time consuming and repetitive, almost meditative.

My body is the center of my work, my body is queer and I’m gay. Thinking queerness in places where it’s not welcome or allowed is what is going through my mind. Especially because Brazil is also facing a conservative wave right now that is pressing against women, LGBTIs and the African-Brazilian population.

At Rimbun Dahan, being in the middle of all this green I wonder about things that hide in the vegetation, in the bushes. Being mostly by myself, this also brings about the idea that things that we fear hide in the dark, among the plants. I decided to play with the idea of camouflage as a starting point, as we can think of animals that hide. I mock the hunter animal print over the casts taken from my own body – I fear they are part of each of us, that they are constituents of our minds. This is supposed to be a turning point of the dynamics of fear. The body parts originating from the queer-gay body to become the element that hides and hunts, I put the body in a position of power and control, which is what the queer body needs to have in today’s reality.

Find more of Carlos’s work at his website, and his instagram accounts: @carhencarvalho and @carloscarvalhoart

Material, Order & Chance by Zulkifli Lee, Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2017

Material, Order & Chance by Zulkifli Lee, Rimbun Dahan Residency Exhibition 2017

Rimbun Dahan presents Material, Order & Chance, a solo exhibition by Rimbun Dahan Yearlong Resident Artist 2017, Zulkifli Lee. In the well-trod tradition of past resident artists, Zulkifli has taken inspiration from the natural and built environments of Rimbun Dahan and the results are textured, detailed large canvases and surfaces with geometric designs and compositions influenced by the repetitions and colours that occur in the landscapes he has been immersed in for a year.

DATES: Sunday 26 November to Sunday 10 December

OPENING HOURS: Weekends (26 Nov, 2 & 3 Dec, 9 & 10 Dec) 10am – 6pm; Mon to Fri by appointment only (email Syar at syar@rimbundahan.org)

Admission is FREE. For the event page on Facebook please click here.

There will also be a free guided tour of Rimbun Dahan’s grounds and traditional village houses at 9am on 10 December, conducted by Angela Hijjas.

Rimbun Dahan is also a part of Gallery Weekend Kuala Lumpur (GWKL), December 8 – 10 2017, a novel, annual 3-day celebration of aesthetic and cultural diversity in Malaysia’s capital city.