“What is dance? And can a theatre director better examine that question?”
Re/Play Dance Edit is once again featured, this time on The Business Times! BT reporter, Cheah Ul-Hoon discussed with Tada, as well as two Singaporean performers, Sheriden and Yanling in search of the answer to the above question.
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The Business Times, City Buzz 5 Feb 2016, Friday by Cheah Ul-Hoon.
RE/PLAY Dance Edit was featured in The Straits Times, Life on the OffStage column today. ST reporter, Nabilah Said interviewed Junnosuke Tada, Director of Tokyo Deathlock and TheatreWorks’ Associate Artist, to find out more about his source of inspiration for works and some interesting past performing experiences he had.
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The Straits Times, Life OffStage 2 Feb 2016, Tuesday by Nabilah Said.
RE/PLAY Dance Edit was first premiered by Junnosuke Tada’s theatre company, Tokyo Deathlock, in Tokyo in 2011. It was well-received by the Japanese audiences and reputable Japanese critics…
RE/PLAY Dance Edit is based on themes such as “unrepeatable” and “interruption” where actors continue their movements without interference from each other -accompanied by pop music- to create a work that express time and life ironically through relentless repetition. Juxtaposing their widely varying physiques, perspectives on dance, and choreography, the performance deconstructs the audience’s perception of dance/movement.
Tada’s idea is to see this scenario with Japanese and Southeast Asian physicality – the Asian physicality – in the upcoming creation in Singapore with TheatreWorks. Each dancer will make their own performance based on their own “dance/not dance” and “movement/choreography”. Creating a space where the dancers as well as the audience will be able to rethink, investigate, and develop their perspective on dance.
Don’t miss your chance to catch this international production right here in Singapore!
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Welcome to the blog for TheatreWorks’ upcoming programme, RE/PLAY Dance Edit !
Junnosuke TADA, a renowned Japanese theatre maker, created Re/Play in 2011 for his theatre company, Tokyo Deathlock. It explores the intent and meaning of reproduction through bodily repetition of physical movement. As a re-making of a theatrical production, the Singapore version sees TADA working with eight Singaporean and Japanese contemporary dancer-choreographers. Using pop music, the performers dance until they collapse in exhaustion – and then they get up and do it again, each choreographer-dancer taking a turn at their own approach to the project. In their collaboration with TADA’s direction, the very foundation and meaning of dance is undermined, theatre as a format is subverted, and a truly fresh perspective on dance and performance emerges.
This is the first time TheatreWorks (Singapore) is collaborating with Offsite Dance Project for an international collaboration that takes the creative energies of Japan’s and Singapore’s new wave performance artists.
RE /PLAY Dance Edit also celebrates the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Singapore.
Dates & Times
17 – 20 Feb 2016 | 8pm
1 hr 30 min
Follow this space for behind-the-scenes looks into the production leading up to the programme. Also, get a closer look at our artist and collaborators as we know them better through conversations!
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See you at the performance!