Art writing is normally regarded as a solitary activity. A writer first puts his/her words on paper, then he/she engages in thinking and providing feedback to him/herself, before putting words back onto the paper again. This process of rethinking, rewriting, retyping informs a writer that reflection is ever so important in the process of working out a piece of effective communique. For the public needs information on the processes of art-making, the aesthetics in appreciating an artist’s intention, and the social impact an art-work has on the very location they are working in. Art critic Lee Weng Choy, in his writing 5 Entries(1), summarised, cogently, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s questioning on the attributing thinking to the head(2), where two questions were raised, “Where does thinking actually take place? And what exactly is “thinking”? He was interested in how “we have been manipulating signs with meanings” (Lee). Besides locating thinking in our heads, according to Lee Weng Choy, it might be less misleading to say that thinking takes place with pen or paper.
Daniel K — A Young Artist Award recipient in 2008 and among The Straits Times’ “Faces to Watch” in 2007 — works with lighting designer Fujimoto Takayuki (aka Kinsei) from Dumb Type and sound artist Chong Li-Chuan for this multi-media dance performance.
In late 1993, when Lt. General Romeo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was heading off to Africa to help two warring parties achieve a peace both sides wanted. Instead, he and members of his small international force were caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide. Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man, disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story. This is his story.
The basics to dance choreography revolve around understanding the form. For a young dance company like Taiwan’s all-male dance company Horse, it is apt that experimentation should start from there. They have been successful, having won the 2008 Taishin Arts Award Taiwan’s Grand Arts Prize.
It seems that the notion of being Asian is a highly problematic label. For there isn’t one Asia, but many Asias. Unfortunately, in the western stereotypical gaze, there is one. For Asians living in this highly contentious continent called Asia, there are infinite forms of Asia. As many Asians are grappling with cultural preservation, not to mention getting involved in the politics of waging cultural hegemony on each other, how does Singapore stand in this sea of conflicts. Singapore dance company T.H.E. Dance Company, founded by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon, seems to be interested in finding an answer to this question.