Malaysian Dance Companies

[in alphabetical order]


ASK Dance Company

[Updated Dec 2018]

Joseph Gonzales, artistic director/adviser
Imran Syafiq, managing director

ASK Dance Company (ADC) is a professional dance collective. We specialize in providing training, workshops, master classes, performances, choreography as well as undertaking collaborative projects in traditional and contemporary genres of dance.

The company was first formed in 1994 at ASWARA, Malaysia’s university of the arts. It was a project-based collective of lecturers, graduates and outstanding students, established to promote local performances, artistry and champion a Malaysian identity in traditional and contemporary dance.

In 2011, the professional company was registered, and received a tremendous boost with the injection of funds from the Sime Darby Foundation, embarking on a nationwide tour with the project Connecting Communities, a series of performances and workshops provided free to the community. This has continued with its cornerstone outreach programs Building Bridges, Get Malaysia Dancing and Forging Traditions. At the same time, the company worked to stage an impressive range of dance productions including Women On Top, 3 Faces, Main Zapin, Reborn, Pitstop, Becoming King … the Pakyung Revisited, 2 by 2, Panchali Sabatham, Tracks and Traces, Crossing Borders in Bharatanatyam, and Take Off! The company has also participated in major Malaysian festivals including JB Arts Festival, Kluang Dance Festival, Sibu Arts Festival, Arts on the Move, Georgetown Festival, kakiseni Arts Festival, Iskandar Festival and Borak Arts. Internationally, the company has toured in Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Vietnam and Thailand. The company has continued to receive arts awards and accolades for its work primarily through kakiseni’s Boh Cameronian Arts Awards.

Studio address: A1-1, Block A, Jalan Excella 3, Taman Ampang Hilir, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Telephone: +60 3 4287 6674

Email: inquiries@askdancecompany.com

Website: http://www.askdancecompany.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ASKdancecompany/


Balletbase

Bilqis Hijjas, founder

Balletbase is an amateur contemporary ballet performance group founded in 2007 by Bilqis Hijjas. An opportunity for classically-trained Malaysian dancers to perform, Balletbase has presented its own full-length works Take Flight! (2007), Technatomy (2008), and Balletbase Presents… (2017). The group has performed consistently in Dancing in Place at Rimbun Dahan, in works by Patrick Suzeau, Ming Lam, and Bilqis Hijjas, and at Open Day / YSD Festival at klpac. Many of the performers in Balletbase are themselves teachers of classical ballet in local studios and universities.

Email: bhijjas@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/balletbase/


Dua Space Dance Theatre

Aman Yap & Anthony Meh, artistic directors

Formally launched in 2003, Malaysia’s first Chinese professional dance company, Dua Space Dance Theatre opened a new chapter in Malaysia’s local and Chinese dance history, providing salaries to dancers and administrative staff. The dance company provides training in contemporary dance and Chinese dance. The name Dua Space is a metaphor for exchange and sharing. Founder Anthony Meh Ye Zhongwen studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under a scholarship. After graduation, he joined Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and the GGD Dance Company in New York, returning to Malaysia in 1998. The company has performed in China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Harbin, Tianjin), South Korea, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya), Hong Kong, Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore and UK (London). The troupe works with traditional and innovative inspirations, full of the strong colors of Malaysia. The company has received numerous awards including Outstanding Award at the 1998 Chinese National Dance Competition, The 2003 Boh Cameronian Arts Award for Best Dance Company, The 2004 Boh Cameronian Arts Award for Best Choreography Award and Best Stage Design, and the 2009 Asia-Pacific (Asia) Cultural Industry Creative Award.

Address: 2B, Jalan Kenari 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Telephone: 010-2215262, 03-8070 0890

Email: dance@duaspace.com.my

Website: www.duaspace.com.my

Blog: duaspace-dancetheatre.blogspot.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/duaspace


Euphoria Penang Modern Dance Ensemble

Aida Redza, artistic director

Penang’s first modern cultural dance ensemble helmed by Aida Redza of PEARL (Penang Arts Link) as Artistic Director. A platform to develop recognised Penang ance talents, to nurture young dancers to professional standards to perform locally and internationally, and to promote the vibrant cultures of Penang, in original and uniquely Malaysian dance works. Started in June 2014, and launched by Penang State Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. The ensemble creates intense and innovative modern cultural dances that expresses the vibrant, moving multicultural experiences of Penang.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euphoriapenang/

Website: http://euphoriapenang.wixsite.com/euphoriapenang


Five Arts Centre

Marion D’Cruz, founder

Five Arts Centre is a collective of artists and producers dedicated to generating alternative art forms and images in the Malaysian creative environment. The collective’s scope of work includes theatre, dance, music, visual arts and young people’s theatre.

Since it was formed in 1984, Five Arts Centre has been committed to articulating multiple Malaysian identities and championing local creativity. Founded by theatre directors Chin San Sooi and Krishen Jit, and dancer-choreographer Marion D’Cruz, Five Arts has been instrumental in the growth of a Malaysian identity in the arts.

Today, the collective has grown to include 14 arts activists and practitioners from across the generations and disciplines.
Current members of Five Arts Centre include Anne James, Chee Sek Thim, Chew Kin Wah, Fahmi Fadzil, Ivy N. Josiah, Janet Pillai, June Tan, Kubhaer T. Jethwani, Lew Chee Seong, Mac Chan,Marion D’Cruz, Mark Teh, Ravi Navaratnam, and Suhaila Merican.

For 25 years, Five Arts has been in the forefront of creating experimental, interdisciplinary and intercultural work, as well as providing platforms for the next generation of arts practitioners (including the Rhythm In Bronze gamelan ensemble and the ‘Directors’ Workshop’ training programme).

Contemporary social and cultural issues impinging on Malaysian life are precipitated by the collective by way of exhibitions, performances, and creative and research workshops.

Projects and performances have taken place in theatres, art galleries, dance clubs, schools, colleges, universities, offices, shopping malls, old mansions, squatter areas, low-cost flats, parks, futsal centres, and on the streets.

Over the past 25 years Five Arts Centre has produced over 90 plays, 13 dance productions, ten children’s theatre productions, nine music concerts, seven visual art events, several interdisciplinary events, an album of contemporary gamelan music, and over 100 workshops and training programmes. The company has also performed internationally in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cairo, Berlin and Manchester.

From 2004 to 2006, Five Arts Centre was manager of Arts Network Asia, a regional organisation supporting arts work in Asia.

In 2006, ASTRO and Five Arts Centre launched the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund to support artistic work by Malaysians and others committed to the development of the arts in Malaysia.

Address: 27 & 27A Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,Taman Tun Dr Ismail,60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fax/Telephone: +603 77254858

Email: fivearts@tm.net.my, fiveartscentre@gmail.com

Website: www.fiveartscentre.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiveArtsCentre

Twitter: twitter.com/FiveArts


Hornland Dance Theatre / Sibu International Dance Festival

Chen Ing Kuan, director

Founded on 17, July 1995, Hornland Dance Theatre is a dance group based in Sibu, Sarawak, promoting the art of dance and the education in dance. We provide training in ballet, contemporary dance, cultural dance, ballroom dance, and yoga. Hornland is also the organizer of the annual Sibu International Dance Festival, started in 2012 and supported by Sibu Municipal Council. The dance festival is a platform for performances, workshops and conferences by local and international dance artists, showcasing the diversity of dance.

Address: 46, 3rd Floor, Lane 1 Lanang Road, 96000 Sibu, Malaysia

Email: Hornland@hotmail.com

Telephone: 084-349 932

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hornland, https://www.facebook.com/SibuInternationalDanceFestival/

Website: http://sidfestival.com/


Inner Space Dance Company, Temple of Fine Arts

[Updated Dec 2018]

Umesh Shetty, artistic director of Inner Space Dance Company
Malar Gunaratnam
, senior director of dance at Temple of Fine Arts

Inner Space Dance Company is the performing wing of the Temple of Fine Arts, formed in mid-2017 as a collection of bodies able to masterfully communicate in a multitude of dance forms. Previous productions of Inner Space include SUM – The Multicultural Body (2018), I Am Ravana (2018, with Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, Australia) and Conversations (2017) which included the full-length bharatanatyam work Śiva: Love — Paradox — Ananda by Mavin Khoo.

The Temple of Fine Arts is a centre of Indian music and dance, founded by Swami Shanthanand Saraswathi. Many dance styles, including bharatanatyam, odissi, kuchipudi, contemporary, kathak and Bollywood, are offered at The Temple of Fine Arts, with part time courses for both group and individual students. Since 1981, The Temple of Fine Arts has captured the imagination of art lovers in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and even the USA. The centre of the Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields is a five-storey building which includes dance studios, music rooms, spacious rehearsal hall, 500-seater performance hall, library and cafeteria.

Address: 116 Jalan Berhala Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2274-3709

Email: tfaidc@gmail.com, tfakl@pc.jaring.my

Website: tfa.org.my

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InnerSpaceDance/


Jet Leang Dance Theatre

Jet Leang, artistic director

A contemporary dance company founded by Jet Leang in 2018 and based in Penang, Malaysia. Jet Leang has been involved in numerous productions locally and internationally as dancer, choreographer, costume designer, lighting designer, and stage manager. With the experience he have obtained throughout his dance journey, he decided to return to his home ground to contribute to the dance scene, to familiarize the public and the dance community in Penang with professional dance and choreography in a full-time company.

Website: https://www.jetldt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JETLDT/


KESUMA Ensemble/UMa Contemporary Dance Co

KESUMA is the traditional dance ensemble and UMa is the contemporary dance ensemble of the Dance Department of University of Malaya.

KESUMA Ensemble was formed by a group of students at the University of Malaya in 1971 to promote dance on campus. Since its inception, KESUMA has performed frequently in Malaysia and overseas. Amongst the countries visited are Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, Austria and England. In 2007, KESUMA became the Dance Department of University of Malaya’s traditional dance ensemble for traditional dances of Malaysia and the Malaya Archipelago. The group is open to all campus members of University of Malaya. Hamid Chan and Mohd Hairil Anuar Bari currently are tutors of the Dance Program, University of Malaya.

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance) degree was first offered in Malaysia by University of Malaya in December 2005. Subsequently, the dance department’s performing entity, UMa Dance Company, was established in 2007 to enable its dance students to showcase contemporary works featuring challenging choreography. The company performed in TARI (Kuala Lumpur, 2007), WDA Singapore Conference (Singapore, 2007), Pra-Festival Negara Kretagama (Indonesia, 2009), CONTACT, a full-length contemporary dance performance (Kuala Lumpur, 2009) and Youth Dance Festival (Kluang, 2009 –2011).

Address:
Pusat Kebudayaan,
Level 2, Old Canseleri Building
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur
MALAYSIA

Telephone: 603-7967 7079

Fax : 603-7967 3576


KL Dance Works

Jie Choong Wan-Chin, artistic director
Dr Chen Wei, managing director

Formerly known as Danceworks Production, KL Dance Works is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by a group of Malaysian dance enthusiasts with a consuming desire to bring dance to a higher level so that Malaysians could share the joy of dance, whether as a participant or spectator. At the same time, it also aimed to use dance to assist local charities.

Since 1998, Danceworks Production has staged 9 major productions and raised RM500,563 for 17 local charity groups including Cancerlink Foundation, Fatima Kindergarten, Yayasan Sin Chew, Yayasan Nanyang Press, Kiwanis Down Syndrome Foundation, Living Hope Malaysia, SPCA Selangor, Hospis Malaysia, Lion’s Lyfeline Leukaemia Funds, National Kidney Foundation, Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia, Persatuan SLE Malaysia, Monfort Boys Town, National Autism Society of Malaysia, KL AIDS Support Society, The Dance Society of Malaysia and Asia Dance Channel. From 2010, Danceworks Production has annually been part of the program of Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur with the support from the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture, Malaysia, and embassies of participating countries such as Japan, Australia, People’s Republic of China, Austria, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Germany, UK and the USA.

Full length classical and original ballets were made possible by collaboration with guest artists invited from prominent ballet companies worldwide. Danceworks Production involves not only foreign artists but also many Malaysian artists and students. It envisages that such cultural exchange will benefit local dancers as well as the people culturally and socially.

Danceworks Production also supports workshops and competitions organized by The Dance Society of Malaysia and sponsors local dancers to participate in events abroad.

Telephone: 017 608 5025 (Dr Chen)

Website: www.danceworksproduction.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/danceworks.production


Kwang Tung Dance Company

Amy Len, artistic director

Kwang Tung Dance Troupe has been established for 30 years and was founded on 15 June, 1980. In 2010, the troupe was upgraded to Kwang Tung Dance Company. The company’s initial focus was to gravitate more towards folk and traditional Chinese dance.

The company changed its directions to focus on modern and contemporary dances following its development in recent years. At 2005, the company even had its first open audition to scout for talent.

The company’s vision is to promote the local performing arts dance scene, nurturing dancers and to create a dance platform as a move to transform itself into a professional dance company gradually.

Some of the memorable and significant performances by the company are the yearly members’ showcase entitled KUA BU series, To Dance or Not to Move in 1995, Qing in 2002, Emotions in Motion in 2004, In-Transit in 2005, and Hiding Love in 2007. The company has also participated in APEC guests welcoming 1998, SUKOM Closing Ceremony 1998, TARI 1998, the opening ceremony of the launching of Istana Budaya 1999, Formula One Malaysia 1999, TARI 2000, TARI 2002, Malaysian Dance Festival 2005, TARI 2007, etc.

In recent years, the company has been well-recognized for its performances and has received many nominations in the Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.

Address:
The Sel & KL Kwang Tung Association,
6th Floor, No.44, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. ( opposite Puduraya )

Telephone:
012-4717730
012-674 8411
016-964 8363
03-2031 1203

Email: kwangtungdancecompany@gmail.com

Website: kwangtungdancecompany.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kwangtungdancecompany


Lee Wushu Arts Theatre

Lee Swee Seng, director

With passion of the arts and persistence to develop “wushu as an art”, Lee Wushu Arts Theatre was founded on 7 February, 1998 with an aim to strive in creating wushu in various aspects and to emphasize both the beauty and power of wushu in combination of dance, drama, multimedia effect, etc. This created new multidimensional performances in theatres and blended cultural and lifestyle elements in a creative manner.

Lee Wushu Arts Workshop is a self-funded professional troupe that specializes in wushu and dance in Malaysia, progressing to incorporate martial arts into performing arts, thereafter setting up its office and studio in 2009 with full-time wushu artists, administrators and apprentices. It also invited artists to perform and to be involved in its production team. Since its establishment, members have travelled to several countries for showcase performances and even to Singapore, Hong Kong, UK and Indonesia for performances at arts festivals.

Lee Wushu Arts Theatre has published a series of unique style work since its inception. Works include Wushu and Dance (2001), Wushu & Dance United – Seeking of the Sun (2003), The King’s Sword (2005), Qi (2007), Dances Experimental Art Show – Walking Distance (2008), Buffer Zone of Force (2009), Farewell My Concubine – The Movement of the Martyr (2009), Wushu Madness – 1 Table 2 Chairs (2011) and Wushu Madness II – The Realm Between (2012). Each performance is a combination of Wushu, dance and drama. With simple and abstract elements, the performances depict the spirit from within, emphasizing both beauty and power.

Address:
159-02, Jalan Bestari 1/5, Taman Nusa Bestari, Johor Darul Takzim 81300.

Fax: (607) 2368180

Telephone: 012 738 1862, 016 715 9193, 07 511 3013.

Email: wushuarts@gmail.com

Website: www.leewushuarts.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wushuarts


Nyoba Kan

Lee Swee Keong, artistic director

The only dance theatre focusing on the Japanese dance art of Butoh in Malaysia and led by Lee Swee Keong, Nyoba Kan has been bringing the most avant-garde and yet absurdist pieces to their audiences. In order to promote the dance form, Nyoba Kan has successfully organized the International Butoh Festival in Kuala Lumpur since 2008. Lee Swee Keong has combined various techniques and disciplines acquired from the pioneers in forming his own Butoh philosophy. He believes that Butoh helps to reconstruct the body and the mind, providing a new perspective towards life and death, and a form of spiritual expression far beyond the physical. Recent major productions include Curse of Forbidden Palace (2008), She Walks in Beauty Like The Night (2008), Green Snake (2009), The Peony Dream (2009), The Testimony of Rashomon (2010), The Butterfly Lovers (2011) and Catan Kulit (2012).

Email: nyobakan@gmail.com, jess_procast@yahoo.com.my

Telephone: 012-300 8255694

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/179867478730564


Soubi Sha

Yeow Lai Chee, artistic director

A butoh dance company founded in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, to investigate and explore alternative butoh dance bodies in Malaysia, and to create a new Asian butoh dance form in the future through staging experimental performances and education. Soubi Sha opens its door to multiracial and mixed disciplinary artists in Malaysia who aspire to explore butoh. Previous productions include Reminiscene: The World of the Strange Tales (2013) and The Dead Bird (2018), as well as presentations of works by international butoh artists Yukio Waguri, Yuko Kawamoto, and Taketeru Kudo.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouBiShaPusatTarianRoseQiangWeiWuTaShe/

Email: soubisharose@gmail.com


Sutra Dance Theatre

Ramli Ibrahim, artistic director

Sutra Dance Theatre was established in 1983 by Ramli Ibrahim to explore, promote awareness and develop traditional and contemporary performing arts in Malaysia through the creation of strong original works, particularly in the disciplines of the Indian classical dance forms of bharatanatyam and odissi.

Over the years, Sutra has staged productions that have received national and international acclaim for their excellent and innovative theatre presentations, thus gaining an impressive track record of artistic achievement.

Accomplished in ballet, modern, and Indian classical dance, Sutra Dance Theatre artistic director Ramli Ibrahim is a cultural icon who has performed internationally for more than three decades. Ramli has choreographed stunning works and nurtured some of the brightest dance talents from Malaysia. He was instrumental in transforming the dance scenario in Malaysia by boldly charting new paths and single-handedly establishing Odissi as a widely appreciated dance form.

He has steered a highly successful International Odissi Festival, Stirring Odissi ’08, in Kuala Lumpur; led Sutra at Carnegie Hall, New York ’08 and was most recently featured at the International Dance Festival presented by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) in New Delhi, 2010.

Ramli is presently Chairman of the Sutra Foundation. His achievements include The Fulbright Distinguished Artist Award 1999, BOH Cameronian Malaysia 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, Johan Setia Mahkota (J.S.M.), ANGARAG Orissa 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Associations of Cultural Promotion (FACP), Asia 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, Natyanjali Trust/Purush Award, Chennai 2009, Putera Award 2009 (RMC).

Address:
12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3,
53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 4021 1092
Fax: +603 4023 2548

Email: sutradancetheatre@yahoo.com

Wesbite: www.sutrafoundation.org.my/sutra-dance-thetre/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sutradancemalaysia

 

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The following dance companies have been disbanded or are currently non-operative.

Asthana Arts

Ravi Shanker, director [deceased]

Asthana Arts is a dance studio in Brickfields and Jalan Hang Kasturi Kuala Lumpur. It is a place where it invites dancers and artists to explore and experiment variety of Malaysian dances in traditional, contemporary and fusion forms. Taught by qualified graduates from notable dance institutions and experienced dance instructors, Asthana Arts is a place that dancers nurture their artistic talents. To preserve and bring in fresh ideas in the world of performing arts especially in the Malaysian traditional, fusion and contemporary dance repertoires, this studio was established and the affiliated to Swarna Malaya Club of Performing Arts, University Malaya; Putra Kalakshetra Club of Perfoming Arts, University Putra Malaysia; and Rasa Lavanya Club of Performing Arts, University Kebangasan Malaysia.

Asthana Arts has done numerous dance performances and choreography for various organizations. Some of the notable ones are including Gema Zafana at Istana Budaya, a Pepsi Bollywood commercial, a Nokia commercial, ASTRO events and TV shoots, NESTLE events, HOTLINK Tours and Concerts, THR Concerts, Konsert Suria KLCC, Global Indian Shopping Festival Grand Opening, International Tamil Film Award and Indian Film Festival.

Asthana Arts has also toured Thailand, Indonesia, India and The Netherlands. Asthana Arts initiated The Asthana Arts Young Performing Artist Fund, in the effort of creating a platform for deserving students in learning Indian dance, offering scholarships to pursue degrees in the performing Arts and to support arts-based projects in universities.

Asthana Arts also does thematic performances, product launch, festive performances and wedding performances based on clients’ request.

Address:
No 262 B, Jalan Tun Sambanthan ,
Little India Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
(Above Sampoorna Curry House / Opposite Pasaraya Asokan)

Email: info@asthanaarts.com, ravi_shanker@asthanaarts.com

Telephone: Ravi Shanker + 6012 6966407

Website: www.asthanaarts.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asthanaarts/

Batu Dance Theatre [inactive]

Vincent Tan Lian Ho, artistic director

In September 1999, after Mr. Vincent Tan Lian-Ho’s Solo Untitled, he had an audition for dancers. Soon then, he founded Batu Dance Theatre, with the mission to become the first professional dance company in Malaysia. A great will to nurture the rising generation of dancers and to bless many others with arts is magnanimous. Thus, the Batu Dance Theatre was born to provide professional training to generate a space to accommodate dance choreography.

The objective of Batu Dance Theatre is to present the performing arts as a form of community service. To have a theatric presence in Malaysia, and to evoke every member of the society to stand on their feet and dance. Like the prevailing rivers, Batu Dance Theatre flows through the cosmopolitans, suburban, schools and the community and nourishes each place with performances, seminars and movement demonstration to engage the people with dances and the arts. There have been more than 40 major and minor performances within the span of two years and it has been receiving praises everywhere it goes. Leaving the raucous city behind, Vincent Tan and fellow dancers continue their journey to travel around rural and suburban areas in search of its cultural sentiment and its roots.

In July 2001, Batu Dance Studio was finally established as a venue for training and rehearsal. Aimed to instill the culture of arts, it provides reading materials and audio and visual equipments for the public’s use. During the weekends, it holds various events to accommodate teachers and youths who are enthused with the arts and dance from all over the country. It is the first mini theatre in Klang where seminars, exhibition and performance are held.

Vincent Tan Lian Ho is the founder and artistic director of Batu Dance Theatre. He was born in Batu Pahat, Malaysia in 1960. He loves Chinese culture since he was young and chose Taiwan to complete his Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA). While he was studying in Taiwan, he followed Lin Hwai Min and Ming-Shen Ku to practice dancing. Since 1981, he has performed with several companies – The Taipei Ballet Theatre, Francis Tao Dance Troupe and has served as choreographer and teacher with the Taiwan Overseas Chinese Student Dance Group. In 1994, he returned to Taiwan for further studies and pursued a graduate degree at the National Institute of Arts in 1997.

Address:
1 (3rd Floor) Persiaran Pegaga, Taman Bayu Perdana, 41200 Klang, Selangor.

Telephone: 03 3324 7568
Fax: 03 3324 7569

Facebook: www.facebook.com/batudt

Twitter: twitter.com/BatuDance99

DPAC Dance Company [disbanded]

Wong Jyh Shyong, artistic director
Datin Jane Lew, managing director

Under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director, Wong Jyh Shyong (JS), DPAC Dance Company (DDC) was formed along with the establishment of Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Malaysia. As a choreographic workplace, DDC aims to present DPAC’s in-house dance productions – D for Dancing (Contemporary and Classical Ballet Season) with local artists and collaborative projects between Malaysian and international dance artists.

For the year 2013, DDC presented To Dream a Ballerina’s Dream in July, performed by eight freshly graduated students from its Dancer’s Training Program’s (DTP) Classical Ballet Season 2013. Besides, DDC collaborated with Mauvais Chausson Dance Theatre from Taiwan in August 2013 to present La Vittesse Complexe, which was performed by Wong Jyh Shyong and Lin Yen-Ching, current dancer of Akram Khan Company. DDC also presented other dance works in DPAC’s soft opening ceremony, MyDance Festival 2013, TARI Festival 2013 and more. Last September, DDC presented its first contemporary season with In a Space of Time, which was choreographed by Wong Jyh Shyong and performed by six talented young dancers who were from different nationalities – Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia respectively. In a Space of Time was nominated for Best Choreographer in a Full-Length Work, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design and Best Music and Sound Design for the 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.

Website: www.dpac.com.my/page/dcm/contentViewer/view/91

Borneo Dance Theatre / Synergy Dance Theatre [disbanded]

Christopher Liew, director

Synergy Dance Studio Sdn Bhd was established in 2004 by Christopher Liew and consists of Borneo Dance Theatre (BDT), Synergy Dance Theatre (SDT), Synergy Tap Crew and RE-UP Crew. The company’s goal is to develop the creative talents of young Sabahans in the following areas: dance, choreography, costume design, costume making, making of props, make-up, stage design, lighting design, multi-media production, and the composing of music. Every year, SDT trains dancers and prepares technicians for a minimum of four public performances, involving anything from ten to 200 young people. Performing publicly means that the SDT team needs to reach the highest standard both technically and creatively.

SDT is divide into SDT 1, which consist of dancers from age 13 to 35, and SDT II, which is the Young Dancer Project that consists of young dancers aged 9 to 12 years old. The Young Dancer Project has extended itself into primary schools in Kota Kinabalu and has received a good feedback.

In 2012, SDT participated in the 5th National Chinese Dance Competition for the first time. Their performance piece Road won the Outstanding Award and was also selected to represent Malaysia at the Hong Kong 2nd Bauhinia Cup International Dance Invitation Championship held on the 21st August 2012.

In 2018, BDT presented the full-length work Waig on tour in Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur.

Address:
1st floor, Shop Lot 1, Taman Sinar Baru, Jalan Damai,
8300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
(Opposite Sabah Medical Centre SMC at Damai area, KK; same shoplot as COSWAY)

Telephone:
+6019-5330395(Christopher) /
+60168333936(Skyler)

Email: synergydt@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/borneodancetheatre/, www.facebook.com/groups/synergydance