As It Fades 《从消逝出发–破碎与扭曲》

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Show Duration

Approximately 27 minutes

Synopsis

Choreographed by T.H.E's Artistic Director and Main Choreographer Kuik Swee Boon and hailed as “one of the top three performances in Singapore 2011” by The Straits Times, As It Fades was originally created and commissioned for Singapore Arts Festival 2011. The work was re-created in 2014 at the SOTA Drama Theatre featuring music by award-winning sound artist Bani Haykal in collaboration with guzheng artist Natalie Tse. 

Seeded in the Singapore Arts Festival 2011 theme, ‘I Want To Remember’, As It Fades is Swee Boon's homage to Asian traditions and their fading presence in our lives. Central to the performance is the use of Hainanese and various folk tunes, and the reflection of personal stories and life experiences from the performers, a powerful trigger of personal and collective memory encompassing culture, heritage and environment on the societal and individual level. These are important as they reconnect us to our roots and to gaps in our past, especially when we don’t have any capacity to remember. 

As It Fades further draws upon dialects, folk songs and memories of our dance artists and their parents to create a piece of work that speaks with an emotionally charged language; one that is lost, forgotten and buried deep within our bodies. Its dance vocabulary reflects Swee Boon’s view of the relationship between modern Man and traditional culture; that is, a fragmented and incomplete understanding towards the latter, giving rise to part of the work’s Mandarin subtitle《破碎与扭曲》– literally translating to ‘broken and twisted’. Akin to triggering something so deep within us that was once there, As It Fades holds on to memory fragments whether real or imagined, in an urgent call to record, to document and to reconnect with ourselves long forgotten. 

Since its conception, this landmark 2011 production by T.H.E Dance Company has toured to major venues in France, Italy, China, Denmark and Malaysia. 

Media/Audience Quotes

“The kinetic energy of the dancers touched a chord with the audience in an immediate, visceral way with the duality of movement and story interconnected and reinforced by lucid interactions between them… As It Fades was a milestone for contemporary dance in Singapore for its innovation, creativity and local resonance. Every moment of dance… told a story in a narrative that weaves between abstraction and literal translation that confronted our senses and demanded reflection.” 

– Stephanie Burridge, CriticalDance UK 2014 

“Kuik’s signature movement vocabulary is writ large in As It Fades. The choreography is minute yet expansive, pointed yet luscious and undeniably demanding.” 

– Germaine Cheng, The Straits Times 2014 

“Swee Boon’s movement style devotes enormous attention to detail… Every movement phrase in As It Fades is weighed and balanced like a sentence, and can be savoured like poetry.” 

– Bilqis Hijjas, KL Dance Watch 2014 

Credits

Artistic Direction & Choreography | Kuik Swee Boon 

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