Described as a dance company ‘at the top of its game’, The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company, along with our semi-professional training arm, T.H.E Second Company, are names synonymous with ground breaking contemporary dance of the highest quality and artistry. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon with six members, T.H.E has become a household name in Singapore and the region, having been commissioned by most major local arts festivals.
The Company has also performed in prestigious international festivals such as Les Hivernales Festival, Oriente Occidente Festival, Inteatro Festival, Cross Festival, and Fabbrica Europa, SIDance Festival and Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Beijing and Guangdong Dance Festival, Yokohama Dance Collection at TPAM and Niigata International Dance Festival, Auckland Arts Festival (new creation commission) 2016, amongst others. (More...)
T.H.E Second Company is the training company set up by T.H.E. Aimed at the semi-professional level, it was established in 2008 and takes in dancers who display a high level of potential in dance. Key to this is a stringent technique training program taught by members of the main company as well as guest teachers that ensures a sound level of physical aptitude needed to tackle the challenges of contemporary dance.
Various members of T.H.E Second Company have received exposure from avenues such as liTHE, an in-house annual showcase, high profile commissions such as the international touring showcase Singapore:Inside Out, for the SG50 celebrations, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s inaugural Cultural Extravaganza in 2017 directed by Royston Tan, and overseas tours with T.H.E Dance Company.
Collaboration is an important part of T.H.E Dance Company’s artistic vision. We believe that a successful work does not depend on one person’s effort but the collective energy of a dynamic group of individuals. We have worked with local and foreign artists from diverse artistic disciplines including musicians Bani Haykal, Darren Ng, and Wang Yu Jun (Taiwan) as well as fashion designer Sunny Lim, Brazilian video artist Gabriela Gomes, Finnish lighting designer Anna Rouhu, and international choreographers such as Xing Liang (Hong Kong), Zhang Xiao-Xiong (Taiwan), Wu Yi San (Taiwan), Boi Sakti (Indonesia), Jeffrey Tan (Singapore) and Dimo Kirilov (France/Spain).
Goh Shou Yi first discovered his zeal for dance when he was enrolled into an all-male ballet class at the age of twelve. He completed his full-time dance education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and went on to further develop his craft at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, with full scholarships awarded by the National Arts Council, Singapore. During his time in New York, Shou Yi had the opportunity to meet and train closely with many established artists such as Janet Panetta (Tanztheater Wuppertal). This affinity with dance also brought him to many other cities of Europe, Asia and Australia, exposing himself to many other styles of dancing and practices. Since his homecoming, Shou Yi was selected by Lianhe Zaobao as a "rising star to watch" (2015 ‘艺术新星-照耀未来星空’) in January 2015.
Shou Yi joined T.H.E Second Company in 2009, and has choreographed for its liTHE showcase in 2014, 2015, and 2017, as well as T.H.E Dance Company’s New Vision platform. His works have also been performed by arts institutions in Singapore, and been featured in festivals in Singapore – Esplanade da:ns festival, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, and abroad – d’MOTION International Dance Festival in Malaysia, Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) and N.D.A Festival in South Korea, and Gothenburg Fringe Festival in Sweden. Shou Yi has also been involved as a choreographer in theatre projects such as Toy Factory’s PRISM (2017) directed by Rei Poh.
Marcus started his formal dance training at LASALLE College of the Arts under the tutelage of Dr. Caren Carino, Ravenna Tucker and Jaime Redfern. Upon graduating from LASALLE, Marcus became a member of the L.A. Dance Connection Performance Company (Singapore) directed by Lionel Araya and later a project dancer from 2007-09 with Moving Image Arts (Singapore) now known as John Mead Dance Company.
From the period of 2010 – 2015 he performed with T.H.E Second Company. His performances with T.H.E includes As It Fades (2014), The Singapore Writer’s Festival 2012, Bedfellows (2013) and M1 CONTACT Festival 2010 – 2014. Whilst performing with the T.H.E Second Company, he was invited as guest dancer with Mad About Dance Company in New York for their Spring Season 2012 performances. Marcus presented a solo work in Hong Kong for the 5th Contemporary Dance Asian Male (2015) showcase presented by E-Side Dance Company and was a dancer for British choreographer Joe Moran, in his 2016 residency at the Delfina Foundation, London.
He has choreographed on T.H.E Second Company for their annual platform liTHE in 2013, 2014 and 2017. International collaborative efforts include works for BIENNALE des DANSES des SEYCHELLES with Parisian dancer Jimmy Vairon, Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2014 with Korean dancer Jin Byoung Cheol and DancePort 2018 (Tokyo) with Yokohama Dance Collection winner (2013) Daisuke Inoue and Seoul Dance Collection winner (2013) Lee Sang Hyun. In 2017 he choreographed for the 3rd edition of Dance in Situ (Singapore), a platform that explores contemporary dance within public spaces in Singapore.
In 2017, Marcus completed his postgraduate studies at London Contemporary Dance School and graduated with a Master of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He most recently completed his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Movement Academy (Singapore) validated by Yoga Alliance, the international standard for Yoga Teacher Training. Marcus is currently an associate artist of T.H.E Second Company (Singapore).
T.H.E Dance Company is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023.
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We like to give our thanks and acknowledgement to
Board of Directors:
Jobina Tan (Board Chairman)
Kuik Swee Boon (Artistic Director)
Ho Jun Chong, Jaycee (Administrative & Partnerships Executive)