Interview with Performer, Jaenny Chandra

Jaenny Chandra has been trained in a variety of dance genres – from ballet, hip-hop, jazz, street jazz, to burlesque and many more.  Marrying her love of dance and fitness together, Jaenny is a certified fitness instructor. She has led a record-breaking number of people in KpopX – a dance fitness workout incorporating Korean pop music and dance moves, at Resorts World Sentosa.

“I quit a stable and well-paying job to pursue my passion in dance and fitness. It’s not an easy decision and a challenging journey but I simply love what I do on a daily basis now”.

– Jaenny Chandra, Performer, RE/PLAY Dance Edit

Theatreworks


1 Tell us something inspiring about yourself.

I strongly believe that one should do what one is passionate about in life instead of merely following the norms or simply existing. I quit a stable and well-paying job to pursue my passion in dance and fitness. It’s not an easy decision and a challenging journey but I simply love what I do on a daily basis now. I used to be quite chubby and was rather critical about my body. But through this career, I am more educated about exercising right and eating well. Last year, I was featured in the Straits Times’ Hot Bod column.

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

The concept of the production is very unique and intriguing. During the auditions, we were challenged to move in an interesting manner but not make it look too ‘dancey’ or choreographed. Personally as a dancer, I find it difficult thing to do. It challenges me to think about how do I narrate a story/concept through my bodily movement in a way that is relatable and yet non-dancer like? Each dancer in this production has his/her own unique style and as we are allowed to choreograph our own piece, it will definitely make it interesting to experience and work with.

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

Definitely looking forward to working with the Japanese directors and dancers as it will also be a cultural exchange. It will also be very interesting to see a new and foreign perspective being staged in a local context.

4 By the end of the production, what do you think will resonate in you?

I truly hope to see that no matter what our background is, and in spite of possible language and cultural barriers, the passion and focus to produce a high quality performance is universal. This is a novel experience for me and I wish to experience a new breakthrough in my dance and performing career.


To book your tickets, email replay@theatreworks.org.sg or call us at 6737-7213

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