Now in its third year, DPAC’s annual season-closing event sees artistes from six countries gathered together for an exciting range of performances, workshops and other fringe programmes. This includes the Asian Festivals Exchange, a series of collaborative residency works by dancers and choreographers from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Malaysia.
One of these is a new piece co-created by Kwang Tung Dance Company artistic director Amy Len and the award-winning Naoto Katori, and that will be performed by DPAC Dance Company, which won the Best Group Performance prize at the 12th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.
Katori also makes an appearance at the International Platform alongside Ikumi Kurosu for a reprise of RE:DIVISION, which took home the Sibiu International Theatre Festival Prize and the Touchpoint Art Foundation Prize at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2015.
The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur is a Festival Collaborator of the event.
Overall event duration: 1420 December, 2015
Programme A International Platform: 8.30 p.m., 16 & 17 December, 2015 Theatre, Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) RM58 for Adults | RM48 for DCARD members, Students, Senior Citizens and the Disabled
Programme B Asian Festivals Exchange: 8.30 p.m., 18 December, 2015 3.00 p.m., 19 December, 2015 Black Box, Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC) RM58 for Adults | RM48 for DCARD members, Students, Senior Citizens and the Disabled
For ticket purchase and more information on other festival activities, visit the DPAC website.
Naoto Katori & Ikumi Kurosu Japan
Began performing as a duo from 2013. Their choreography has won them the Grand Prix at Dance Summit 2013, 1st place at Dance Creation Award 2014, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival Prize and the Touchpoint Art Foundation Prize at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2015.
Naoto Katori was born in 1986 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He is attached to various collectives such as The Condors and The Building Troupes. He started dancing at university, where he came under the tutelage of Ryohei Kondo and Shintoro Hirahara. His work is primarily informed by the explosive power and forceful jumps he acquired from ballet. Katori recently became active in dance education and regularly runs workshops for elementary school students.
Ikumi Kurosu was born in 1987 in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. In addition to his own pieces, he also performs the work of other choreographers as a member of the Baby Q Troupe. He strongly believes that male dancers can portray the subtlety that is often demanded of their female counterparts, and currently participates in numerous workshops at educational institutions.
Amy Len Malaysia
Len was trained in contemporary dance at Kwang Tung Dance Company, where she now holds the position of artistic director. Her choreographic oeuvre has made appearances at such art events as Tari International Dance Festival, Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, Malaysia Dance Festival,CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, and Malaysia International Performing Arts Village.
In 2010, one of her pieces, No Exit, was selected as among 18 semi-finalists at the 5th No Ballet International Choreography Competition in Ludwigshafen, Germany. She has performed and participated in dance exchange programmes in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, and Germany. Among her honours are the Best Performer (Dance) prize at the 4th Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2005 and a nomination in the Rolex Mentor andProtg Arts Initiative (Dance) 2012/2013.