Back for the fourth time, top Japanese choreographer Un Yamada presents a double bill that will showcase her professional troupe and rising stars of Malaysian dance.
30 Jan 2016, 8.30 p.m.
31 Jan 2016, 5.00 p.m.
RM23 (students, seniors, disabled, TAS Cardholders, JFKL library members)
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Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan (off Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah)
51100 Kuala Lumpur
Un Yamada made her first foray here in 2012 to participate in feminism-themed dance project ‘Work It!’. She has returned every year since, having been chosen as part of the distinguished line-up of artists at ASWARA’s annual dance festival ‘Tari’ in 2013 and reinvited by the national arts academy to deliver a three-week physical theatre course in 2014.
2016 will see Yamada finally bring to Malaysia her full-length take on Stravinsky’s opus, featuring 13 members of her renowned dance company Co. Un Yamada. The evening will be capped off by the Malaysian version of one◆piece, as performed by five of the country’s brightest male prospects that emerged at the auditions.
Created in 2004 for a single-gender cast, Yamada’s seminal work has since toured internationally and been performed by Japan’s leading dancers. Following a decade of success, it is set to make its Malaysian debut with five of the best homegrown male talents selected through auditions in October 2015, marking the first time one◆piece featured an exclusively international ensemble.
Lu Wit Chin
Pengiran Khairul Qayyum
Music: Satoru Wono
The Rite of Spring
Malaysian audiences will be the first in Southeast Asia to witness Co. Un Yamada’s version of the influential ballet and orchestral classic. Premiered in Chigasaki, Japan in 2013 to commemorate the centenary since Stravinsky unveiled his radical vision, the troupe draws upon the same primitive forces that inspired the Russian composer for their own unique display of intense movement and emotional impact.
Performed by Co. Un Yamada
Music composed by Igor Stravinsky
Recorded performance by Kirov Orchestra with Valery Gergief as conductor (1999)
Both productions are choreographed by Un Yamada.
Currently a choreographer and principal dancer at ASWARA Dance Company, Fauzi boasts an impressive list of accomplishments that belies his age. Stalemate, his final choreographic project as an undergraduate, was a hit with audiences at the Tari international Dance Festival and regularly features in his alma mater’s main repertoire. In 2014, he was named Best Choreographer at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for his mixed bill work 2 by 2. Fauzi also travels extensively within and outside the country for workshops, either in participatory or facilitator roles.
A former primary school teacher, James only started dancing in 2004 and made it his profession two years later. The decade since has seen a string of choreographic works that have travelled a large stretch of the Asia Pacific. His 2011 piece Utopia garnered a Merit Award at the Taiwan Creative Dance Competition, while Dreams led him to the top prize on his next attempt the following year. His work Lost Box also landed him in the finals of MyDance Alliance’s mentor-mentee choreography programme Dance Escalator. James is now undertaking a Master’s programme at the Korea National University of Arts.
Lu Wit Chin
Hailing from a small town in Kelantan, Wit Chin is a contemporary dance graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he studied under a full scholarship. Prior to opening his own studio, he has contributed his expertise as a freelancer for local ballet school productions and as an artiste internationally. His talents have not gone unnoticed; winning him the Sansha Modern Dance Award at the 2008 TDS Solo Ballet Competition and Most Promising Work award at Sprouts 2011, a dance choreography competition in Singapore.
Pengiran Khairul Qayyum
Part of the ensemble that won Best Group Performance at the 2014 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, Pengiran has enjoyed similar highs throughout his student life. A seemingly permanent fixture in ASWARA Dance Company’s various productions, he has been involved in several international collaborations and events like the Asian Arts Festival in China, dance play Bendahara in Singapore and Festival Zapin Nusantara in Johor. Some of the established names he has worked with include Yunus Ismail, Suhaili Micheline and Jen Jan Loo.
An ASWARA alumnus, Raziman commands an eclectic skillset ranging from ballet and contemporary dance to the classical forms of Malaysia’s three major races. In addition to performing at various student productions and festivals, he has taken his skills to the competitive arena; most successfully at the 2012 World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles where he won several gold medals. The very same year, his choreographic piece made it to the Gala Finals of klpac’s Short+Sweet Festival.
Jointly organised by:
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2284 6228