The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur and Co. Yamada Un would like to express our thanks to all dancers who joined us for the one◆piece auditions at Studio Tari Utama, ASWARA, on 30 & 31 October 2015. We were simply overwhelmed by the energy, commitment and talent demonstrated, which heightens our anticipation for the performance to come at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) on 30 & 31 January 2016.
This is what Un Yamada has to say about the candidates:
"It was an extremely difficult task for me to select only five dancers among all the talented candidates I encountered at the audition. So many different choices of members for "one◆piece" come to mind, and I had to spend a lot of time to think over and to finalise the selection.
Unlike other auditions I've conducted before, the selection criteria this time around were not just limited to the charm and skill of each dancer. The characteristics of the performance itself formed the main pillar of consideration, which required such qualifications as tough movement, strong energy, flexible body, as well as height.
I have seen a variety of dancers all over the world, but Malaysian dancers are the ones I am especially attracted to. On top of that, I saw a great deal of hope and courage from all the dancers participating in the audition, and would like to see more. Therefore, I would like to maximise this opportunity and seek for future possibilities with them in other projects.
But in the meantime, together with the selected five dancers, we will concentrate to work on "one◆piece" which will be on view at klpac on January 30 and 31, 2016."
Our sincerest congratulations to all of the successful candidates listed below. We will be in contact shortly regarding participation in the rehearsals in Tokyo on25 Dec 201510 Jan 2016.
Finalised All-Male Malaysian Cast of one◆piece
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. (image source: Huneid Tyeb. All rights reserved.)
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 participant or facilitator roles.
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 includeYunus Ismail, Suhaili Micheline and Jen Jan Loo.
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.
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. James is now undertaking a Master's programme at the Korea National University of Arts.