edgy, current and
fiercely independent



Choreography: Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore) & Wu Yi-San (Taiwan)
In collaboration with lighting designer Goh Boon Ann, music composer Chang Hui Ni, and crosstalk pioneer Han Lao Da.

A crosstalk-inspired performance that speaks, leaps and communicates through dance.

At once fresh and innovative, The Ordinary Man finds its roots in Chinese crosstalk, drawing meaning from daily life to express and evoke emotion and imagery. Set to the rhyme and rhythm of crosstalk, it explores the bittersweet ironies of life and living through the ebb and flow of dance, in a journey that resolves in tears and laughter. Co-choreographed by Taiwanese choreographer Wu Yi-San and T.H.E Dance Company Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon, and featuring Taiwanese guest dancers Kao Hsin-Yu and Chen Ying-Chih, the work draws extensively from the unique cultural backgrounds and experiences of each dancer. Singapore crosstalk pioneer Han Lao Da serves as Crosstalk Consultant.

A Huayi 2014 festival commission. The Ordinary Man is developed from Crosstalk, one of a triple-bill of dance works featured in Solo/Duet, which was commissioned by the NUS Centre for the Arts and presented at the NUS Arts Festival 2012.

Praise for The Ordinary Man:
“T.H.E Dance Company makes bold strides with… the unabashed laugh-out-loud funny The Ordinary Man.” – Germaine Cheng, The Straits Times

“《像生》开启了对现代舞的全新体验。舞蹈中‘跳’出来的相声,吸引了全体观众的目光,爆笑全场,也冲击震荡我心。”- 沈芷华,联合早报

Premiere: Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2014, 16 February 2014, Esplanade Theatre Studio.



performance date 25-26 Jun 2021 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Dimo Kirilov Milev & Jos Baker


performance date 22-23 May 2021 | Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre | Kuik Swee Boon & Kim Jae Duk


performance date 12-14 Dec 2019 | Esplanade Theatre Studio | Kuik Swee Boon

Mr. Sign

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


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


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


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


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