Interview with Performer, Ma Yanling

Ma Yanling found her love for dance since the early school days and has since been actively involved in the local dance scene. Besides pursuing her passion in dance, she is also a full-time arts manager, who believe in supporting the development of theatre in Singapore. Despite being accustomed to the local arts industry, she mentioned that RE/PLAY Dance Edit is a new experience for her. Read on more to find out her thoughts on RE/PLAY Dance Edit!

“In RE/PLAY Dance Edit, I will be working with other independent performers in a space that we are all new to. This excites me, and for a little bit, scares me too.”

Ma Yanling, Performer, RE/PLAY Dance Edit

Theatreworks

1 Tell us something inspiring about yourself.

I have been dancing and performing alongside holding down a full-time job since graduation from university. Although I can’t dedicate as much time to hone this craft as a full-time professional, I consider myself fortunate to be able to continue my development in performing while also simultaneously building a career outside of it. 

2 What motivated you to take up the challenge to be part of RE/PLAY Dance Edit?

I was introduced to the open call for auditions for RE/PLAY Dance Edit from a friend who casually egged me to “go for it”. That started me thinking “why not?” and I realised that for the longest time, I have been dancing and performing in ensemble or company where I was familiar with the fellow dancers and the way of working. In RE/PLAY Dance Edit, I will be working with other independent performers in a space that we are all new to. This excites me, and for a little bit, scares me too.

Being part of this Singapore-Japan collaboration, what do you look forward to?

Very much the working process with Junnosuke Tada. I believe navigating the language exchanges, the differences in culture, and the performance forms will be an interesting one.


Stay tuned to the blog for more interviews with Singaporean dancers! In the meantime, do feel free to check out the conversations with our Associate Artist, Junnosuke Tada and Japanese collaborator Kitamari below!

Conversation with Associate Artist, Junnosuke Tada

Conversation with Collaborator, Kitamari

 

Catch RE/PLAY Dance Edit from 17 to 20 Feb 2016 at 72-13, 8pm nightly. To reserve your tickets, email replay@theatreworks.org.sg or ring us at 6737-7213.

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