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SIDES 2020 is an introspective double bill of original creations by two Singaporean dance artists. Zhuo Zihao crafts a microscopic view set up into questioning the peculiarity of sentiments in B(_).I( _).O(_). In Apple Diary, Chiew Peishan juxtaposes personal history with absurdity in a positive confrontation of the past, where a surrealistic re-enactment of traumatic memories meditates on the role of power and ego in cultivating a wall of silence.
SIDES 2020 Artist Dialogue will take place ...
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14 Dec 2020, 12pm
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Director of B(_).I(_).O(_)
Since turning into an independent artist in 2016, Zihao’s continuation in the exploration of how movements can enhance performance has widen the spectrum of his crafts. He got to work with not only people within the dance scene but also others such as the disabled community, children, inmates and theatre practitioners. Zihao’s practice covers a broad range of relating subjects like Dance filmmaking, photography, set design, production management and even composing his own music for his own works. Felt Sense (2013) is a work that illustrates his ability which merges 3D projection with live performance. The 2012 Young Artist Award recipient co-produced Dance in Situ in 2015 with the aim of bringing dance to non-dance goers with site-specific creations. In the following year, the work Being, was proudly selected by The Strait Times as one of the best works in 2016. Zihao studied contemporary dance at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, both under scholarships. He started his professional practice as resident artist with Odyssey Dance Theatre from 2000 - 2004 and subsequently as a founding member with T.H.E Dance Company from 2008 - 2016. Over close to 2 decades of practice, Zihao is a known name in the local scene and had worked with many renowned artists from all over the world. He is currently also an Associate Artist with T.H.E Dance Company.
Director of Apple Diary
Peishan is a dance artist, choreographer and lecturer. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Contemporary Dance (Distinction) from London Contemporary Dance School, with the support of National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas). She attained a Diploma in Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2007, following her graduation from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 2004.
As a performer, she has worked with local and international choreographers including Albert Tiong (Singapore), Low Mei Yoke (Singapore), John Mead (USA), Anthony Meh (Malaysia), Gaspard Louis (USA), Richard Alston (UK), Sasha Roubicek (UK), Teresa Ranieri (Italy) and Martín Piliponsky (Argentina). She was an artist with Frontier Danceland (2007 - 2011), and manager/ associate artistic director/ artist with RAW Moves (2013 - 2016).
Peishan’s practice is informed by the introspection of her biography, where she focuses on internal contemplative processes and draws from intuition to identify stimuli that imprint cognitively or emotionally. Engaging the body as the central medium, her works explore the connections and tensions between reality and imagination, and situate in the in-between of subjective truth and inventive representation.
She received commissions to create for Re: Dance Theatre, T.H.E Second Company, Dance in Situ, as well as LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore Management University’s InDancity and National University of Singapore’s Dance Synergy. Her works have performed in Esplanade da:ns Festival 2013, M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival 2014, 2015 and 2018 in Singapore, as well as in United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Peishan has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and School of the Arts. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director of Frontier Danceland.
Founded in 1991 by Low Mei Yoke and Tan Chong Poh, Frontier Danceland is a contemporary dance repertory company in Singapore that became full-fledged in 2011. The company is committed to inspire audience with a dynamic range of contemporary dance creations while creating opportunities for Singaporean and international dance artists to create and present diverse, experimental and accessible dance works.
Frontier Danceland has worked with both local and international dance-makers including Noa Zuk, Ohad Fishof and Shahar Binyamini (Israel), Richard Chappell and Deborah Nightingale (United Kingdom), Stephanie Lake and Luke Smiles (Australia), Edouard Hue and Thomas Lebrun (France), Sita Ostheimer (Germany), Sascia Pellegrini (Italy), Matej Kejzar (Belgium/Slovenia), Liu Yen-Cheng and Tung I-Fen (Taiwan), and Victor Ma Choi-Wo (Hong Kong).
Throughout the years, Frontier Danceland has represented Singapore internationally, including three sold-out shows at Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv (Israel), Kuandu Arts Festival (Taiwan), 25th Quinzena De Dançe De Almada – International Dance Festival (Portugal), Festival Tour d'Horizons (France) and Dance in the City (Belgium/Germany).
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