The BOW Project

The BOW Project

In July 2013, Ng Mei-Yin, a Malaysian choreographer based in New York, and Cathy Seago, dancer and dance scholar from the UK, conducted a version of their ongoing performance work, the BOW Project, at Rimbun Dahan. The development concluded with a showing on 12 July 2013 at Damansara Performing Arts Centre.

BOW 2013 brought together choreographers/dancers from different dance forms to workshop together to explore starting points and ways in to dance-making, according to their tradition/practice. The aim was to create a number of short works from shared starting points, and to trace the journey in a meaningful and embodied way.

This was a creative and playful opportunity for inquisitive/ imaginative choreographers to develop their art, their perception and their network. Through exposing, sharing and exploring some of the innate mysteries of dance work with other artists and with a wider community we might find a greater depth to our understanding of dance, our own work and of each other.

Lead artists: Mei-Yin Ng (USA/Malaysia) & Cathy Seago (UK)

Malaysian choreographers: Christine Chew, Maniyarasi Gowindasamy, Rithaudin Abdul Kadir

Music performers: The Music Professional Academy.
Project partner: Damansara Performing Arts Center and ASWARA.

This project is supported by grants from the University of Winchester, MEI-BE WHATever, kakiSeni and JKKN (Jabatan Kebudayaan dan Kesenian Negara).

Stephen Shropshire

Stephen Shropshire

American choreographer spent a month in residency at Rimbun Dahan in 2013, developing a new contemporary dance duet with French dancers  Aimee Lagrange and Martin Harriague.

The work-in-progress of the duet, ‘one day without harming you’, was performed at ASWARA on 30 March 2013.

Stephen Shropshire (b. 26 December 1972) is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City. As a choreographer he has created works for o.a. Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Norrdans,The National Dance Company of Wales, The Holland Dance Festival, and the Iceland Dance Company. In 2003, his work ‘The Piper’s Progress’ was awarded the Grand Prize and the Public’s Prize at the 8th international choreographic competition ‘Tandances’ in Luxembourg. His work ‘sugarwater’ was named one of the top ten dance triumphs of 2008 by the London Telegraph. From 2009 to 2012, Shropshire was the artistic director of Noord Nederlandse Dans.

‘one day without harming you’ is a short study for an evening length work to premiere in 2014 as part of the Holland Dance Festival. The work is an intimate portrayal of love and loss that explores narrative dance structure through contemporary abstract form.  Darting between the present and the past, the work struggles to reconstruct fragmented memories in an attempt to come to terms with what it is to love and be loved in return.

Dancing to Connect

Dancing to Connect

‘Dancing to Connect’ is a five-day dance workshop program that Battery Dance Company, New York, has been introducing all around the world as a mean to provide teenagers with the tools for getting in touch with the dancer within and choreographing their own performances. It aims to engage international youth in creativity and team building through the American art form of modern dance. DtC was launched in Europe in 2006, Asia in 2008 and Africa in 2009.

At the end of September 2011, five teams of teachers combining members of Battery Dance Company and dance students fom Malaysia’s national arts academy ASWARA ran Dancing to Connect workshops in Malaysia. One of these teams was centered at Rimbun Dahan, and was attended by students from Harvest School in Sentul and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Batu Arang.

The students from Harvest School stayed in accommodation at Rimbun Dahan, accompanied by Jade Ong from Lotuspond Outreach. Led by Bafana Matea of Battery Dance Company, and Murni Omar from ASWARA, the students rehearsed for six hours every day to prepare for their final showcase performance which took place at Mong Kiara International School.

Support for Battery Dance Company and for meals for the Dancing to Connect participants was provided by the American Embassy, Kuala Lumpur.