Choreography: Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore)
In collaboration with sound designer Darren Ng and video artist Chen Kunyi
Using the environment as a departure point, choreographer Kuik Swee Boon explores the intricate relationship between man and nature in Water Bloom. A solitary green pole referencing bamboo ascends with a stoic silence from the floor of the stage. In this calm, dancers begin their navigation of the many delicate aspects of this relationship. The lyrical female body is contrasted with that of the male’s explosive energy to bring out the theme of man’s relationship with nature, from the antagonistic to the harmonious.
Water Bloom is filled with both gentle lyricism and an underpinning strength, subtly enhanced by the original music composition of Singaporean sound artist Darren Ng. Water Bloom seeks to capture the fleeting moment in which both man and nature are harmoniously united.
Commissioned by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Arts Festival 2009, as part of the double bill titled Variance.
Praise for Water Bloom:
“There is simply nothing quite like it thus far that is made-in-Singapore” – Daniel Kok, Theatrex Asia
“(Kuik’s) language is poetic, sensitive and original” – Jette Skjoldborg, Aarhus Stiftstidende, Poland
Premiere: NUS Arts Festival 2009, 27 February 2009, NUS University Cultural Centre Hall.
Tour: June 2011, 8th Guangdong Modern Dance Festival in Guangzhou, China.
March 2012, Les Hivernales 2012 in Avignon, France.
September 2012, Oriente Occidente 2012 in Rovereto, Italy.
performance date 15-16 Jun 2018 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Kim Jae Duk
performance date 22-24 Jun 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Borderline by T.H.E Dance Company and Muscle Mouth
performance date 7 - 9 Dec 2017 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | By Kim Jae Duk
performance date 28 Mar – 6 Apr 2018 | Esplanade F.Y.I Festival | By Kim Jae Duk
performance date 1-4 Mar 2018 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | By T.H.E Dance Company and Nine Years Theatre
performance date M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2013, Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore
performance date 1-2 Oct | Seoul Dance Collection | Silences We are Familiar With
We like to give our thanks and acknowledgement to
Matthew G. Johnson
Robin P.E. Chee
Tan Ngiap Heng
Board of Directors:
Jobina Tan (Board Chairman)