Dancing in Place 2017

Dancing in Place 2017

A weekend of short contemporary dance works performed in the gardens at Rimbun Dahan, open for free to the general public.

18-19 March 2017
Produced by Joelle Jacinto and Leng Poh Gee for MyDance Alliance.

Photos featured on this page by Nazir Azhari, Tony Tan, Mohd Nor Azmil Abdul Rahman and Huneid Tyeb. Many thanks to the photographers.


I March

Location: Brick fence / Reflective pond
Choreographed and performed by JS Wong
Music composed by Thong Yoong How

I march forward or backward, in or out and here or there.

He Simply Disappears

Location: Front porch of Penang House
Choreographed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid
Performed by Nurhanis binti Yahya and Jazali bin Mohamad of UPSI

“It’s hard being left behind… It’s hard to be the one that stays…”  – Audrey Niffenegger 

Dis-location Series

Location: Rumah Uda Manap
Choreographed and performed by Chantal Primero and Nicole Primero of Airdance Philippines

“Achieving the end of the exercise was never the point of the exercise to begin with, was it.” -Adam Savage


Location: Playhouse and the path where it leads
Choreographed by Kathyn Tan Chai Chen
Performed by Kathyn Tan, Eden Lim, Lee Ren Xin, Leo Yap, Lim Hwang King.

The unseen energy that causes movement. They spin and stop and start again, as if without permission. The wind is like a child that wants to play.

Special thanks to Now Theatre, Mr & Mrs Choo


Location: Sakinah sculpture / Bulatan Plong
Choreographed by Chai Vivan and Fione Chia
Performed by Chai Vivan, Fione Chia and Kyson Teo of Kwang Tung Dance Company

We are currently living in a world where the Artificial is becoming Natural, and Nature is becoming more and more Artificial. There are times where our eyes are unable to identify true and false. There are things that stand in between the real and the fake. Does that matter anymore?


Location: In the forest beside the dance studio
Choreographed by Rathimalar Govindarajoo
Performed by Rathimalar Govindarajoo and Wei Jun, with Amirul Said, Yap Chiw Yi, Gwen Ng, Wong Yi Juan and Karthini Chandran of UMa Dance Company

Rebab – inspired by the Main Putri and the Makyong. The concept dwells around the word “Gerhana” as the churning of the ocean where immortality is obtained, and Gods dance where the Moon is eaten by the snake, and a dragon is split to two as Rahu and Kethu…

Female. Solo Dance Series

Location: Underground Gallery
Director / Choreographer: Loke Soh Kim
Photography Director: Kim Teoh
Soundscape Designer: Goh Lee Kwang
Dancers: Rachel Chew, Hoi Cheng Sim , Lee Ren Xin, Loke Soh Kim, Wong Man Chui

To capture the beauty and the feminine qualities of dancers, choreographer Loke Soh Kim decided to make a video series for five different dancers. Restrictions of video shooting have been set between the choreographer and the photography director to minimize the interruption to the pure dance improvisation that based on environmental stimulus; long-take in the film making, no pre-context communication with the dancers, and no disturbance from the camera. Female. Solo Dance Series is a dance video that depicted the interaction of sites, dancers, photographer and soundscape designer. The series consisted of five female solo dance with different ages and backgrounds, who wish to share their stories.                       

Supported by:  PCP Publications, Little Planet Lab, Sekeping Kong Heng, Damansara Performing Arts Centre, Oriental Art & Cultural Association, and EPSON Malaysia.

Fulfillment Needs

Location: Main plaza driveway
Choreographed by Fairul Zahid
Performed by Syafiq Kamarul, Zaidyansjah, Nur Syafiqah Najwa and Fatin Nadhirah


Location: Red sculpture under the trees
Collaboration by Tan Bee Hung, Mamad Samsuddin and Al Bernard Garcia, alumni of the Southeast Asian Choreolab.

Search. Fit. Build. Settle. Trap.

My Alay

Location: Reflective pond
Choreographed and performed by Rithaudin Abdul Kadir

Based on the traditional Pangalay dance of the Suluk (Tausug) from Sabah, this piece is reconstructed with a contemporary vocabulary to accommodate the site. By experimenting and exploring the use of the Gong and the Turung, it is a journey of self-discovery. The use of the gong symbolises the wealth and of late, the burden of the Suluk people.


Location: 60 Turns Lawn
Choreographed by Kyo Hong
Performed by Kate Soon and Jazz Ter

As time flew away, as the leaf scattered away so do our pathways.

When They Ate The Apple

Location: 60 Turns Lawn
Choreographed by Yunus Ismail
Performed by Maria Devonne Escobia

For the good that they were promised, they chose to disobey.


Location: 60 Turns Lawn
Choreographed by Fauzi Amirudin
Performed by Denise Tan, I-Lyn Tan, Joelle Jacinto, Joyce Chan, Lee Jia Xi, Regina Toyad, Ving Yee of Balletbase

We negotiate between tradition and the modern; we try to find a balance between the two, until they are harmonious – “like clockwork”. Yet there is also an effort to stop time, and we try to make that universal pause before coming into a hopeful, uncertain, inevitable future.

Dancing in Place 2015

Dancing in Place 2015

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Dancing up a tree. On a sculpture. Underwater. Underground.
12 contemporary dance works in the tranquil tropical garden at Rimbun Dahan. Family friendly, FREE ENTRY for all!

Saturday 31 January
Sunday 1 February [same program on both days]

Rimbun Dahan
Km 27 Jalan Kuang
Selangor 48050. MAP

Photos below by our official photographers, Huneid Tyeb and James Quah. Click here for more photos of Dancing in Place 2015.

Mermaid meets monkey from classical myth, in the duet ‘Same Space’ by Shahrin Johry from Maya Dance Theatre [Singapore] and Phittaya Phaefuang [Thailand].

Colours lead you on a journey of rebirth, in ‘Dust to Dust’ with Rithaudin Abdul Kadir, Foo Chiwei and Pinar Sinka.

Three guys and three beds will always be a work-in-progress, in ‘Asing-Asing’ by Lee Ren Xin

Best friends forever and partners in crime, in ‘Then She Simply Disappears’, performed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid’s students from University Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

Joelle Jacinto dances through Jack Kek’s vision of a German city, in this excerpt ‘Strasse, Stadt’ from ‘A Wanderer in Berlin’.

The dancers of Batari Shakti let down their hair in a ritual purification with the sacred number ‘Seven’, with choreographer Alla Azura Abal Abas as their guide.

Mia Cabalfin and Rhosam Prudenciado Jr. from the Philippines welcome you to the Penang heritage house, with ‘Housewarming’.


A group of friends who might just be pretending to be dancers, choreographed by Leng Poh Gee.

What are we apart from names and numbers? Judimar Hernandez, Gan Chih Pei & James Kan explore ‘Existence.’

Indian classical dance stars Rathimalar Govindarajoo and January Low in their intimate duet ‘rehab’.

Selipar Dance Troupe turns every place into a stage, under the leadership of Loke Soh Kim.

Alisya Razman Adam and Chong Hoei Tzin combine youth and skill in the romantic solos from ‘Short Stories’, choreographed by Patrick Suzeau [USA]



++ Lim Sae Min takes everyone in a circle, hand-to-hand! [Saturday only]

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

For more information, contact Bilqis Hijjas, Producer, +6017 310 3769 or bilqis@rimbundahan.org

Please note that Dancing in Place is not a wheelchair-accessible event.

Dancing in Place 2010

Dancing in Place 2010

dip3-8pm,7-8 August 2010
Entrance free
to the general public.

In the midst of a 14-acre indigenous Malaysian garden, and in the shade of contemporary and traditional architecture, 13 Malaysian and international choreographers presented a collection of site-specific contemporary dance works for Dancing in Place.

The 2010 theme for Dancing in Place was Cross-Pollination. It encouraged choreographers to consider how difference – working with artists from other disciplines, working with people from other cultures or abilities, or working in new environments – creates the potential for rich and vigorous hybridities.

Performers at Dancing in Place this year included Kristine Nilsen Oma (Norway), Elysa Wendi (Singapore), Donna Miranda (Philippines) and Scarlet Yu (Hong Kong), as well nine choreographers from Malaysia including Rathimalar Govindarajoo, Gan Chih Pei, Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid, Muhaini Ahmad, Leng Poh Gee, Fahmi Fadzil and January Low.


In front of 60 turns

‘In Spirit’, staged at Rimbun Dahan by choreographer Rathimalar Govindarajoo on the lawn in front of the art work ‘Sixty Turns.’


Time Item
3pm Arrival & introduction
3.15pm DSC_0365b_JPGThe Campus ThoughtChoreographed by Leng Poh Gee & Kathyn Tan Chai Chen
Performed by Lim Siew Ling, Lim Hooi Ming, Lim Shin Hui, Tan Shiao Por & Pan May Tzy
A work by LAPAR LabAt the same time we are doing this particular performance, a batch of new graduates of the dance degree from University of Malaya is celebrating their graduation. We sincerely dedicate this performance to those who are ready to embark upon their journey into professional dance society, and wish them luck.
3.30pm DSC_0392_jpg13 Knots to HomeCreated and performed by Scarlet Yu Mei Wah

Having left her home in Hong Kong ten years ago to live in Singapore, Scarlet Yu has moved from one room to another, one house to another, in a foreign land that has accepted her as an adopted child. In the past ten years, she has made exactly thirteen trips back home to Hong Kong, only to feel more and more distant from the place she once regarded as home.

3.45pm Dreams InterruptedChoreographed by Elysa Wendi (Singapore)
Performed by Ren Wei ChenInspired by the Kun Opera Peony Pavilion, choreographer Elysa Wendi
investigates the idea of intangibility and the power of dreams in our life. Dreams
interrupted is performed in a series of 5 short segments. Like a dream that happens over a number of days, the audience will slowly find out the full story at the end.
3.54pm DSC_0432_JPGIn SpiritChoreographed by Ramli Ibrahim, reworked by Rathimalar Govindarajoo
Performed by Michelle Chang, Revathi Tamilselvam, Sivagamavalli, Tan Mei Mei, Divya Nair, and Rathimalar Govindarajoo.An ode to women who celebrate the rhythm of life.
4.15pm KapayapaanChoreographed and performed by Wong Oi Min & Gan Chih Pei
Music by Razali bin Abd. RahimA piece about the celebration of life, conservation of nature and cultivation of compassion.
4.40pm DSC_0485_JPG DSC_0465_JPGSimilar

Choreographed by Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid
Performed by Ahmad Zaki B. Mu Salleh @ Musleh, Muhaini Ahmad & Nurulakmal Abdul Wahid

A man wears women’s clothing, but he is not a woman. No matter how much he imitates her lovely or sexy movements, he can only be similar. He is only an outline. She fills in the gaps.

4.55pm ChimeraCreated by Kim Kyungmi, Sasha Ratnam & Mathieu Castel
Performed by Kim Kyungmi
Music by Mathieu CastelIn the quirky circle of life, we begin as simple cells awakened by meeting each other. Moulded by genetics over which we have no control, we evolve and mutate through human socialisation, finally leaving nothing behind. No predictions, rules or even will can exist in this cycle of energy. The same clone but different mutants, we are born and fade away within this energy of evolution.
5.10pm Divide & ConquerChoreographed by Fahmi Fadzil
Performed by audience volunteersMalaysians love polls. Malaysians love being together. Let’s see if this “poll” performance can keep people together. Or not.
5.20pm Intermission
5.40pm SweetChoreographed & performed by January Low
Music by Reza Salleh
6.05pm AchilotCoordinated by Elaine Pedley
Assisted by Muhammad Syaffiq bin Hambali
Choreographed and performed by the young participants of the Rimbun Dahan Dance WorkshopThe workshop is based on basic movements pieced together by the kids through
games and exercises. The focus is on play, hence achilot, a Malay term for various children’s games.
6.30pm Biji IIChoreographed by Chai Vivan
Performed by Fione Chia Yan Wei, Caren Yap Chai Wen, Denny Donius, Chew Sie Theng, Sufi Asyraf b. Mohd Azman, Woo Yan Ten & Anna Lee See Wan.Something small springs into growth. From the seed comes life.
6.50pm Anything less is less than a reckless actChoreographed and performed by Donna Miranda
Dramaturgy by Angelo V. Suarez
Featuring (on video) PJ Rebullida & Marah ArcillaTo go to the theatre, to go shopping, to watch a dance performance or the latest Hollywood movie—any aesthetic experience is informed by a decision-making process. This entails a necessary foreclosure: to choose one experience means not experiencing another. With the use of two rooms that cannot be experienced by the audience simultaneously—one with a video featuring two dancers in a duet, another where Miranda talks about the video’s context—Anything less is less than a reckless act allows room for participation. This in turn exposes the futility of the concept of participation in theatre, a prohibitive system designed to distinguish performer from audience. To risk the audience’s subjectivity by giving them a measure of activity is to risk theatre itself.
7.40pm DSC_0549_JPG DSC_0584_JPGMarilyn Monroe’s last 20 minutes before committing suicide

Created and performed by Kristine Nilsen Oma
Video art by Kok Siew Wai

The work is an experiential exploration of the Buddhist concept that earthly desires can lead to enlightenment. The work is a response to meeting a whole new environment and culture, and a personal quest to understand both my own desires and how to make them come from a higher perspective. In the context of the Third World certain neuroses becomes ridiculous. Yet they were created as a response to the Western world I have lived in all my life. How do I cope in the Third World? How will my neuroses behave? Is there a control in this experiment?

This last item is not appropriate for children.

Artists in Dancing in Place 2010 observing the performances from their green room.

Artists in Dancing in Place 2010 observing the performances from their green room.

Gesek-Gosok by ASWARA Work Placement Students

Gesek-Gosok by ASWARA Work Placement Students


Two students from the second year of the degree program at ASWARA, Malaysia’s national arts university, spent a month as work placement students at Rimbun Dahan as part of the requirements for their course.

Sufinah Abu Bakar and Shafirul Azmi were linked with the dance programme at Rimbun Dahan from 14 Dec to 8 January. During their time at Rimbun Dahan, they worked on several new dance works, including one for a book launch by the Centre of Orang Asli Affairs and another to ring in the New Year.

Gesek-Gosok was performed on New Year’s Eve in and around the reflective pool at Rimbun Dahan. To Indochine-themed music, the group of seven dancers from ASWARA and Balletbase paraded with parasols, lowered themselves into water troughs, and paddled serenely through the waterlilies, to the great delight of the onlookers. Photographs below by Akshay Sateesh.

Sufinah binti Abu Bakar, now 24, was born in Kuala Lumpur and is currently living in Sungai Buloh. A second year student in the Bachelor of Dance program at ASWARA, Sufinah has been trained in classical Malay dance as well as Chinese dance, Bharatanatyam, folk dance, ballet, contemporary and modern. She has worked with local choreographers such as Joseph Gonzales, Umesh Shetty, Zhou Gui Xin, A. Aris A. Kadir, Shafirul Azmi, Choo Tee Kuang, Loke Soke Kim, and Gan Chih Pei. She has danced in various local ASWARA performances including Jamu, Stepping Out, Langkah, traditional Mak Yong theatre, Randai, Bangsawan, the dance drama Huminodun and Asyik. Sufinah has performed in the musicals Puteri Gunung Ledang, Rubiah and Ibu Zain, and has also performed overseas in ASWARA collaborations in Singapore, with RTM in Brunei, Festival Tari Nusantara in Palembang, Indonesia, and the 6th and 8th Asian Art Festivals in Beijing. Sufinah’s television work includes video clips for Hafiz AF7 and Pisau Cukur, commercials for Mummy Slrpp and BOH Tea, and RTM and TV3 programs.

Originally from Sabah, Shafirul Azmi bin Suhaimi began his career in art when he was 18 years old, as a cultural artist for Lembaga Kebudayaan Negeri Sabah (1998) and Badan Kesenian Negeri Kedah (1999). After receiving his diploma in choreography from ASWARA, Shafirul choreographed for Badan Kesenian Negeri Kedah in 2005 and Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya before continuing his studies at ASWARA for his Bachelors. Shafirul in currently a lecturer at ASWARA as well as a dance artist in the local industry. He has been involved in many contemporary performances including Gerak Angin (Sutra Dance Theatre), Jamming The Box (Nyoba Kan and The Actors Studio), Curfew (Five Arts Center), Spring In Kuala Lumpur (Japan Foundation), AWAS (ASWARA) and The Light Show (Annexe Central Market). His musical work includes Ronggeng Rokiah, ANTARA, P. Ramlee, Kasih Menanti and Tun Abdul Razak at Istana Budaya, and TUNKU at KLPac. His own choreographic works are IBN, Let’s Swim, Kabur, Tabung Uji, Niaki, Pipit, Hari+Hari, Escape, Typhoon, Transporter, Shakti, Tapak 4 and Cik Mah. Shafirul is always looking for unusual ideas for traditional-based art works, and favours productions with a collaborative element.

Sites for Dancing in Place

Sites for Dancing in Place

Potential sites for site-specific dance works. Click on the thumbnails to view larger versions.

Dancing in Place 2009

Dancing in Place 2009

Banner_verticalDraped around trees. Crawling through sculptures. Underwater. Underground?

Experience contemporary dance as you’ve never seen it before!

In the midst of a 14-acre indigenous Malaysian garden, and in the shade of contemporary and traditional architecture, seven emerging choreographers will present a collection of site-specific contemporary dance works.

In conjunction with the Art for Nature visual art exhibition, whose theme this year is Tanah Air, these works will lure us to unusual venues, or challenges us to view familiar places in new ways. Chance and circumstance — the weather, quality of light, ambient noise, mood of the crowd — will shape our experience.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, 23 & 24 May, 4-7pm
Venue: In and around the gardens and architecture of Rimbun Dahan, Km. 27 Jln Kuang, Kuang, Selangor.
Free Entrance

Photos on this page by Antradika Hamzah, Hafiz Hamdan, Bilqis Hijjas and Lee Wey Jiun.

1. Octagon in the Round
Informed by environment, this solo will be created and danced simultaneously. One body will move in response to current experiences of space, sound, architecture, audience, movement and texture, thus constructing a solo in and of the present moment.

Performed by Angela Goh, Rimbun Dahan resident choreographer.

2. Orpheus X
When Orpheus’ wife Eurydice was killed by the bite of a serpent, he went down to the underworld to bring her back. His songs were so beautiful that Hades finally agreed to allow Eurydice to return to the world of the living, under one condition: Orpheus must not look back as he was conducting her to the surface. Just before the pair reached the upper world, Orpheus looked back, and Eurydice slipped back into the netherworld once again. One last word — “Farewell…” — then she was gone forever.

Choreographed by Low Shee Hoe.
Performed by Khor Beng Hooi, Kyo Hong Xi Fan, Lee Wey Jiun, Lian Bee Ngo, Saw Li Wai, Stephanie Tan Lei Mooi and Woon Li Hwa from Charlie Tan Dance Theatre.

3. Can You Dance Better Than A Fourth Grader?
Ever thought you’d be challenged in dance by a 4th grader? Learn a quick sketch of steps from these young kids. Don’t be shy and clumsy as they will be impatient and
disappointed! Then the Cool Club shows you how it’s done, the weird, wacky teenagers keeping everything cool simply by ‘wassup-ing’ the environment.

Choreographed by Suhaili Micheline binti Ahmad Kamil.
Performed by Cheryl Soh, Erica Liew, Farah Sofea Nadzri, Falihah Asyiqin Nadzri, Wan Aiqha Liyana, Janice Yong, Siti Amellia, Teo May Jean, Ng Xin Ying, Ayu Azril Ali and Mohd Azizi Mansor.

4. Quintessence
In classical philosophy, four elements – air, fire, water, earth – explain the patterns of nature. The realm of human life makes a fifth.

Choreographed and performed by Rathimalar Govindarajoo.

5. House Awakening
What does a house see, when its shutters are open? Or hear, when they are closed?
Do houses sleep? Do houses dream?

Choreographed by Bilqis Hijjas.
Performed by Jojo Wong, Janice Yong, Regina Toyad, Jennifer Lai, and Yuka Tanaka.

6. Infantaneous
The spontaneous movements created and inspired by bebe and then some.

Performed by Elaine Pedley and Keeva Craig.
Music by Hardesh Singh.

7. Lompatan Cemerlang
Athletes shouldn’t have all the fun. Jom lompat!

Directed by Fahmi Fadzil.