Choy Ka Fai

SoftMachine: Surjit & Rianto

An expedition across the choreographic landscape of Asia

SoftMachine: Surjit & Rianto is a double bill performance by Choy ka fai. It is part of the SoftMachine project that investigates the contemporary status of dance through a research across Asia. Since 2012, Choy Ka Fai has travelled to 13 cities in 5 countries to meet and interview contemporary dance makers. Through these encounters, he has collected an independent archive of video interviews with 88 choreographers, dancers and curators. In 2015, at the ImpulsTanz Vienna and the Esplanade Da:ns Festival Singapore, the SoftMachine project premiered 4 unique documentary performances in which the choreographers outline their version and vision of contemporary dance in Asia.

SoftMachine: Surjit Nongmeikapam
Surjit Nongmeikapam is a young contemporary dancer from Manipur, India, who has learned various forms of classical Indian dance and martial arts. The documentary performance will present the process of creating a new dance performance for the consumption of the European audience, revealing the artistic strategies, marketing ideologies and the precarious attempt at eroticizing oneself.

SoftMachine: Rianto
Rianto is a dancer from Banyumas Indonesia who specializes in the traditional cross gender erotic dance of Lengger, while being equally versatile in other Javanese traditional dance forms. Since moving to Tokyo in 2003, he has developed different choreographic practices, deriving and departing from his traditional beginning. The documentary performance inquires into the tensions between traditional and contemporary choreographic practices on the global shifts from rural to urban lifestyles.

Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center
100min. (with intervals)
English with Japanese surtitles and consecutive interpretation

Choy Ka Fai

Director / Artist / Multimedia performer (Singapore)
Choy Ka Fai an artist, performance maker and speculative designer. He is inspired by the histories and theorizations that together contain the uncertainties of the future. His research springs from a desire to understand the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. These factors converge into complex articulations at the intersection of art, design and technology. Ka Fai graduated in Design Interaction from the Royal College Of Art London, with the Singapore National Arts Council Overseas Scholarship, and was conferred the Singapore Young Artist Award in 2010. He is the artist-inresidence at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin from 2014-2015. His works have been presented worldwide in major festival, such as the ImpulsTanz Festival Vienna (2015), Tanz Im August Berlin (2015, 2013), and Singapore Arts Festival (2012).

Concept, direction, performance and documentaryChoy Ka Fai
Performance and choreographyRianto, Surjit Nongmeikapam
DramaturgeTang Fu Kuen
Sound designZulkifle Mahmod
Lighting designAndy Lim (Stage “LIVE”)
Production managerYap Seok Hui
Live translation and Japanese surtitlesTomoko Inoue
Technical manager and lighting adaptation in JapanRyoya Fudetani
Produced byChoy Ka Fai
Presented byKyoto Experiment
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSSoftMachine is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for da:ns festival 2015 / The development of the project is funded by National Arts Council, Singapore. With the support from TheatreWorks, Singapore / DanceBox, Kobe / KyotoExperiment / Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore / Living Dance Studio, Beijing Soft Machine Digital Archives are created with the support of deSingel International Kunst Campus, Antwerpen


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