Invisible Habitudes《看不见的归属》

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Show Duration

Approximately 75 minutes

Synopsis

In a world of rapid political and social change, we encounter a cacophony of opinions and beliefs, many of which are extreme and absolute. Finding one’s personal belief and identity becomes increasingly complicated. Featuring an international collaboration between T.H.E Artistic Director and principal choreographer Swee Boon Kuik, award-winning Taiwanese musician Yu-jun Wang, Singaporean lighting designer Adrian Tan, and six dancers from T.H.E, Invisible Habitudes explores these issues through the language of dance—where solidity and fluidity intersect—in a dialogue between the body and its environment.

The performance was created using T.H.E Dance Company’s HollowBody™ methodology, an improvisation-based approach that focuses on the relationship between the mind, body, and heart, where the body is a hollow container that carries an individual’s world. Invisible Habitudes expresses the authentic experiences of each dance artist, telling the story of a fluid identity woven from memory, childhood, culture, and ethnicity. Each unique body upholds inclusivity and compassion as antidotes to the relentless pursuit of one’s convictions at the expense of others.

Originally commissioned for da:ns festival 2018, Invisible Habitudes premiered at the outdoor theatre of Singapore’s iconic national performing arts venue, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, in celebration of T.H.E’s 10th anniversary. The open-air venue allowed for interactions with the environment, connecting to the sounds and sights of the wider world. The production also toured Europe from 8 June to 6 July, visiting five cities across Latvia, Poland, and Italy.

Media/Audience Quotes

“An incessant energy and tension characterises the extraordinary performers...[a] high-calibre company for technique, accuracy, expressiveness and theatrical sense.”

– Giuseppe Distefano, Sipario, 2019 

“...Invisible Habitudes pushes T.H.E’s dancers to the very limits of their abilities...an abstract but determined work of pure self expression, emphasising the need for greater connection and compassion in today’s world.”

– Richard, Bakchormeeboy, 2018

“Balanced, minimalist – raw and cold on the one hand, and warm and human on the other. The technical abilities of the dancers, the plasticity of their bodies and the condition are stunning. Kuik Swee Boon…knows perfectly well how to build a multi-layered, non-obvious movement that creates a mesmerising whole…a gem and a black horse of the 15th edition of the Festival.”

– Beata Miernik, e-teatr.pl, 2019

Credits

Artistic Direction & Choreography | Kuik Swee Boon in collaboration with performers 

Music Direction, Composition & ‘Live’ Performer | Wang Yu-Jun 

Lighting Design | Adrian Tan 

Costume Design | Loo An Ni 

Set Realisation | ARTFACTORY 

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