edgy, current and
fiercely independent

NEWS &
HIGHLIGHTS

OLD SOUNDS (2008)

Choreography: Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore)
In collaboration with video artist Gabriela Tropia Gomes (Brazil), sound artist Darren Ng (Singapore), lighting designer Tommy Wong (Singapore), photographer Tan Ngiap Heng (Singapore).

Titled Old Sounds in the 2008 original and renamed O Sounds in 2010, this full-length multimedia dance work is a rich composite of city sounds, endangered dialects, folk songs and dance-on-screen. How much of our tradition can we afford to lose? How much have we already lost and will we be able to reclaim it? O Sounds explores the tensions and complexities arising from the erosion of tradition in our bid to be increasingly progressive and modern.

The work comes at an appropriate time, when globalization, progress and mass consumerism are rapidly changing the way people live. It throws the spotlight on our struggle in trying to maintain the fragile balance between retaining the essence of who we are and our insatiable desire to move endlessly forward.

Through extensive research, choreographer Kuik Swee Boon interviewed and collected material from various Chinese dialect groups around Singapore. These dialects and their history are on the verge of extinction. The collected materials – in the form of spoken memoirs, folksongs and stories – are incorporated into original music composed by Darren Ng, and complemented by video art and film projection by Gabriela Gomes.

Commissioned by the National Heritage Board of Singapore 2009, and restaged at the Singapore Arts Festival 2010.

Praise for O Sounds:
“Kuik had crafted a dance that was both fluid and fast paced, with intricate pairings and engaging ensemble work” – Cheah Ui-Hoon, Business Times

“The intense, careening choreography grappled and mesmerised in stunning duets interjected with fine solos, as well as powerful company work… T.H.E Dance Company is a home-grown force to be reckoned with.” – Tara Tan, The Straits Times

Premiere: 11 – 13 September 2008, National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre.
Tours: July 2011, Chang Mu Dance Festival in Goyang, Korea.
November 2010, Dubai, UAE, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC).
November 2010, Singapour Festivarts in Paris, France, Quai Branly Museum.
July 2010, 17th Annual International Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland.
May 2010, Jakarta, Indonesia, Komunitas Salihara Theatre.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Mr. Sign

performance date 16-19 Jul 2019 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Kim Jae Duk


Un-form

performance date 6 April 2019, 7.30pm | Supercell Festival | Kuik Swee Boon


Learning

performance date 16–17 & 23-24 March 2019, 2pm – 7pm | National Gallery Singapore | LPD'i & T.H.E Dance Company


Invisible Habitudes

performance date 11-12 Oct 2018 | Esplanade Outdoor Theatre | Kuik Swee Boon


Filled with sadness, the old body attacks

performance date 15-16 Jun 2018 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Kim Jae Duk


Perhaps Someone…

performance date 7-9 Nov 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio |By Dimo Kirilov Milev


Borderline

performance date 22-24 Jun 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Borderline by T.H.E Dance Company and Muscle Mouth


Mark 1 – Dialogue and Dance

performance date 7 - 9 Dec 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | By Kim Jae Duk


Water Bloom

performance date 7 - 9 Dec 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | By Kuik Swee Boon


Impulse – a backstage site-specific work

performance date 28 Mar – 6 Apr 2018 | Esplanade F.Y.I Festival | By Kim Jae Duk


Cut Kafka!

performance date 1-4 Mar 2018 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | By T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre


Helix in Progress

performance date 20-21 May 2016 | SOTA Drama Theatre | By Kuik Swee Boon


Mr. Sign

performance date M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2013, Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore


Pure

performance date 1-2 Dec 2016 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Pure by Kuik Swee Boon


Interview With Kim Jae Duk

performance date 30 May | Heart to Heart Ep. 29 | Kim Jae-duk, Artist dancing under the spotlight - Full Episode


As It Fades

performance date 7-10 Sep | Daegu Intern'l Dance Festival | As It Fades


Silences We are Familiar With

performance date 1-2 Oct | Seoul Dance Collection | Silences We are Familiar With


Organised Chaos

performance date 10-11 Feb | Yokohama Dance Collection | Organised Chaos


As Is

performance date 2 - 4 Apr | SOTA Drama Theatre | Triple Bill


Remains Remain

performance date 2 - 4 Apr | SOTA Drama Theatre | Triple Bill


As It Fades in rehearsal

performance date 8 - 10 May 2014


Hey Man! (2012)

performance date 31 May 2014 in Busan, Korea


Mr Sign (2013) Trailer

performance date 29 & 30 Nov 2013


RE:OK…BUT! (2011)

performance date 24 & 27 Oct 2013 in Seoul & Busan