10 Oct 2017, 9am
10 Oct 2017, 10am
Choreographed by award-winning theatre maker Edith Podesta, The Immortal Sole is a piece of dance theatre reimagining Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
Featuring performers Dapheny Chen, Koh Wan Ching, Ma Yanling and Yarra Illeto, the piece looks at patriarchal notions of female stereotypes, and how these proliferate within the social and cultural fabric in which a contemporary girl ''grows up'' into a woman.
In The Immortal Sole, the Sea is a world of carefree abandon in which a young girl connects to her body; the Land is a world where etiquette, morality, and accepted behaviour hamstring a woman and her ability to stand on her own two feet.
Using supplementary material from ancient folklore on mermaids, to observations by fashion icons like Christian Louboutin, to the transformation of Miley Cyrus from the wholesome Hannah Montana to the hyper-sexualised siren in Wrecking Ball, The Immortal Sole explores the transition from girlhood to womanhood and what is gained and lost in becoming a woman.
''Indices of Vanishment is hypnotic and mesmerizing with its physical rigor and the dancers' commitment to the performance, and whose actions speak volumes about the source material.''
- Bakchormeeboy, on Indices of Vanishment, choreographed by Edith Podesta
''It was refreshing to see Podesta, who has spent a lot of time in theatre here, bring in elements that are seldom seen in local contemporary dance. Besides the narrative thread, Podesta's choreography was also illustrative and expressive.''
- Lee Mun Wai, The Straits Times Life!, on Indices of Vanishment, choreographed by Edith Podesta
''B*tch itself, commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, has the potential to become a legendary work of theatre. It is a simple story with a complex heart.''
- Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times Life!, on BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species by Edith Podesta
Edith Podesta is a theatre maker, actor, and choreographer. Her previous choreographic work includes: Indices of Vanishment for RAW Moves, Dog Woman; Sleeping On Her Owner's Coat for LASALLE College of the Arts; and the MTV Australian Music Awards.
Approximately 60 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- No admission for infant in arms and child aged below 13 years old
- Child 13 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission
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CHOREOGRAPHER – EDITH PODESTA
Edith Podesta is a theatre maker, actor, and choreographer. Her previous choreographic work includes: Indices of Vanishment for RAW Moves, Dog Woman; Sleeping On Her Owner’s Coat for LASALLE College of the Arts; MTV Australian Music Awards; Dardanus and The Fairy Queen for Pinchgut Opera; and Three Furies directed by Jim Sharman for the Sydney Festival. Edith has also collaborated as a writer for Inadvertently Housed Together by Dapheny Chen (CO:LAB for Re:Dance Theatre), and Look Up 2.0 by Ricky Hu for NUS Arts Festival.
PERFORMER – MA YANLING
Ma Yanling is a contemporary dancer who is currently an associate artist with T.H.E Dance Company. Her most recent performances include Permission to Speak, Sir (2015) by local choreographer Lee Mun Wai, a contemporary dance piece that toured with the Singapore: Inside Out showcase to Beijing, London, New York and Singapore; RE/PLAY Dance Edit (2016) by Japanese theatre director Junnosuke Tada, presented by TheatreWorks; and Gala (2016) by French choreographer Jerome Bel, presented by TheatreWorks
PERFOMER – KOH WAN CHING
Koh Wan Ching has worked as an actor and movement director with companies including Drama Box, Hatch Theatrics, Nine Years Theatre and The Necessary Stage. Wan Ching has trained with SITI Company as well as the Suzuki Company of Toga and is a graduate of the inaugural SITI Conservatory Program, a full time, nine-month immersion program for international theatre artists.
PERFORMER – DAPHENY CHEN
Dapheny Chen is an independent dancer and choreographer. She was a founding member of Re:Dance Theatre, a Singapore-based contemporary dance company. Her choreographic works include: 1 is to 3, Inadvertently Housed Together, and A Box Full of. This. She has performed at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, NUS Arts Festival and UNESCO International Dance Week.
PERFORMER – YARRA ILETO
Yarra Ileto is currently a professional freelance dance artist, choreographer and instructor. Yarra joined T.H.E Dance Company in 2008 as one of the company’s pioneer members, and performed for the company from 2008 to 2015, touring extensively across Asia and Europe. Yarra has also choreographed works for T.H.E Dance Company, T.H.E Second Company and several local universities and colleges.