Time Capsule Tour (Tawau,Sandakan, Lahad Datu)

山打根的舞蹈工作坊及問答時間 Dance workshop and sharing session at Sandakan:

演出劇照 performance Photo:

BDT巡迴演出後報導新聞稿

今年慶祝十週年的『舞藝舞蹈教育機構』(Synergy Dance Studio)推出一系列的舞蹈及文藝活動,期盼能透過藝術的精神,與社區分享他們成立了十年的喜悅。在Synergy旗下的婆羅洲唯一的全職專業舞團—『婆羅舞蹈劇場』剛巡迴三個地點演出完畢,即4月10日在斗湖、4月12日在山打根及4月15號在拿篤這三個地點。此巡迴演出的舞碼主題為『幾輪時間』,故事內容環繞著時間及人類行為的關係,其中蘊含著濃烈的環保思維及居安思危的訊息。這是婆羅舞蹈劇場自2012年創團以來第一次的巡迴演出,旨在與大眾及舞蹈劇場藝術愛好者分享舞蹈藝術及劇場演出。婆羅舞蹈劇場成立於2012年8月,由畢業于台灣舞蹈學系的劉偉義所創辦。此舞蹈劇場是目前整個婆羅洲首個,也是唯一的私人單位全職專業舞蹈劇場。透過全職專業的模式,希望能夠更專業的投入在舞蹈藝術的領域,分享更多屬於婆羅洲文化特色的新詮釋舞蹈作品與藝術。

「幾輪時間」說的是在時間的軌跡上,所有的事情都是息息相關。“有誰會在乎我們的傳統?是誰決定我們的未來?”是這舞蹈在詢問的問題。整場演出將由濃厚的婆羅洲特性的畫面開始,除了傳統的味道,亦添加了許多新穎的創作想法。這演出以實驗舞蹈劇場的方式演出,也就是說觀眾不按照傳統的方式正襟維坐在椅子上觀賞節目。整個劇場的設計使用到整個演出場地,包括舞台上及舞台下。就這次的「幾輪時間」而言,劇場規定上就已經規定觀眾必須席坐在地及必要的時候會移動,可想而知這是一場非常特殊的觀賞演出經驗。節目中展現了現代舞與婆羅洲文化的結合,除了帶來意義深沈的寓意,亦在作品中帶來逗趣的笑聲。 現場有大部份的觀眾都是第一次觀賞實驗劇場的演出,對他們來說席地而坐的觀賞模式是新穎的體驗。不僅是視角的不同,觀眾也必須順著故事的變化而改變身體觀賞的方向。

除了實驗劇場的演出外,『婆羅舞蹈劇場』也專注與舞蹈教育的推廣及分享。這其中的系列活動包括了在4月9號在斗湖的Kudos Music舉辦的舞蹈講座『現代舞與劇場』講座的活動中,與觀眾解讀他們看不懂現代舞的疑惑,進而引導他們表達他們看了舞蹈影片後的想法,透過這種分享的過程不僅能讓觀眾勇於表達自己的想法,最重要的是了解用自己的想法來解讀作品也是詮釋作品的一種方式。在觀賞不同性質的舞蹈影片的過程中,慢慢的看見觀眾的改變。這個思想上的改變就是舞蹈教育推廣的目的:讓更多人更勇於看舞、說舞。

完成了斗湖場的演出後,『婆羅舞蹈劇場』的成員馬不停蹄的在隔天便飛往山打根進行第二場的演出。在演出日4月12號的早上,藝術總監劉偉義受邀在山打根育源中學講堂舉辦的現代舞舞蹈工作坊活動。當天參加的山打根育源中學舞蹈團的成員將近九十人。在三個小時不間斷的課程中,舞者學習到如何暖身及拉筋。這除了能夠避免運動傷害外,更能讓這些舞蹈愛好者舞技日益精進,更上一層樓。過後,透過舞蹈小品的訓練,開始讓現場的舞者體會到現代舞其實是可以非常多元的。在一片歡笑但凝聚的情況下,舞者揮汗淋漓的完成這小品的學習。工作坊結束前的十五分鐘,劉偉義開始分享有關身為學舞之人的態度,也點出了一些學員在課堂中無意間犯下的無禮貌之舉動,希望透過這樣的分享交流,這些未來的棟樑能夠更醒覺自己必須要自律,才能應對未來的挑戰。

談到這次『幾輪時間』的實驗劇場在三個不同地點的巡迴演出,分別是斗湖新華小學禮堂、山打根育源中學講堂及拿篤中學禮堂,無論是對觀眾來說或對舞團都是不同的體驗。這次來觀賞這演出的觀眾,其中有百分之九十是沒有看過舞蹈實驗劇場的演出。因此,他們對於席地而坐、不同觀賞焦點的方式倍覺新穎。除了演出後熱絡的合影留念外,更有觀眾在演出後分享了自己的觀後感:『長那麼大,從沒看過如此精彩且讓人嘆為觀止的表演。整個演出只有僅僅四位舞者,在有限的空間展現無限的舞姿。從開場到結束,彷彿進入了另一個世界,不同的畫面結合音樂、影像呈現在眼前,腦海更是浮出了不同的想像。第一次坐在地上看表演,反而覺得比較自在、不受約束。』『幾輪時間』演出為時六十分鐘,結合舞蹈實驗劇場的特有設計,讓觀眾在四面八方中觀看舞者、影像的演出。整體來說,『幾輪時間』達到了給觀眾思考時間、空間與環保議題的連貫。希望能夠透過這些作品,讓我們的下一代有更美好的生活環境。

接著下來,Synergy的系列活動焦點將落在四月二十六日,假神學院劇場舉行的『Dance Delight 2014 :Fairy Tales 童話故事』。這是舞蹈教室所有的學員的年度成果展,也是亞庇舞蹈藝術愛好者不容錯過的一場演出。從第一個星期劃位售票便已售出兩百張票的程度來看,可想而知這是大家非常期待的一場演出。目前演出的票卷儘剩下一排,不欲錯失觀賞良機的觀眾請記得儘速聯絡 0195330395 或 0168333936 以獲得票卷詳情。另外,六月十五日的『神山腳下的傳說』(The Legend of Kinabalu) 是馬來西亞第一個七十分鐘多媒體地板投影的舞劇製作,在2011年首演。當年的演出看得觀眾深有感觸,也直接和藝術總監表達希望能夠把這個作品分享給更多人看,是個極有意義的作品。這舞劇是參考沙巴二戰時期真實的故事來編創,相信在今年投資了新的多媒體投影技術及三年的磨練,此作品將會更有看頭。目前票卷已經開始劃位售票,想要購得好位置的觀眾請儘速購票,以免向隅。更多進一步的詳情,可上網瀏覽http://mysynergydance.com。

BDT “Time Capsule” Touring Performance Press Release

This year, Synergy Dance Studio celebrates its 10th anniversary; the Studio had launched a series of dance performances and cultural activities throughout the year to share the encouraging outcomes of our intensive dance education and the experience and satisfaction we have gained from organizing numerous dance productions for a full decade in Kota Kinabalu. In 2012, Borneo Dance Theatre (BDT) was founded under Synergy Dance Studio as the pioneer of full-time professional dance theatre in Borneo. BDT have just finished their first tour, performing at three different locations in Sabah: namely, at Xin Hua Primary School in Tawau (10th April, 2014), Yu Yuan Secondary School  in Sandakan (12th April, 2014) and Lahad Datu Secondary School in Lahad Datu (15th April, 2014). BDT presented to the audience a full-length experimental dance theatre production, named “Time Capsule”. “Time Capsule” explores the co-relationship between time and humanity, and also intends to strongly convey the urgency of environmental issues and environmental awareness. This was the first tour by BDT and was aimed at reaching out to bring dance theatre to more arts and dance enthusiasts all around Sabah.

BDT was founded in August, 2012 by Christopher Liew Vui Ngee who graduated from the Dance Department of Chinese Cultural University, Taiwan. Until now, BDT is still the only private full-time professional dance theatre in Borneo. By operating on a full-time and professional basis, BDT is looking forward to promoting and developing the level of professionalism of the local dance industry in Borneo. Artistically, BDT aims to explore new insights and share more new interpretations of Borneo’s unique culture through contemporary dance theatre and various artworks.

“Time Capsule” encapsulates the idea that in the passage of time, all beings are interrelated. “Who cares about our traditions? Who determines our future?” These are the two main questions that motivate the whole choreography. The performance began with portraying a Borneo traditional atmosphere, yet new creative ideas were presented in the choreography, and the unique bodily language and artistic presentation were captivating. One of the distinctive encounters in “Time Capsule” was the performance setting. It was presented in an experimental way where the audience was not watching/experiencing the performance facing only a conventional proscenium stage. Instead, the whole venue was fully utilized – the performance involved both stage area and the audience area. Furthermore, the audience was being challenged by their freedom to choose where they were seated on the floor and they were encouraged to move around whenever they felt it necessary. It was really a new and exciting experience for most of the audience. The performance demonstrated a refined fusion of Borneo culture and modern dance technique; furthermore, a greater sense of emotional experience and affective response was enriched by the choreographer cunningly infusing some humor at particular times. For the majority of the audience, it was their first experience of watching and being involved in an experimental dance theatre performance.

Besides the performances, BDT also focused on educating and sharing dance with the community. A dance talk entitled ” Modern Dance and Theatre” was held on 9th April 2014 at Kudos Music, Tawau. The artistic director of BDT, Christopher Liew presented the talk in a very practical and interactive way. The participants were guided gradually to solve their doubts and curiosity in understanding modern dance and theatre performance. A few dance films were shared and the participants were guided in an open dialogue after each movie, to share and discuss their interpretations and their thoughts. It created a platform for the participants attempting to interpret the dance movie from their own perspective. The process had several stages, each involving a different dance film, and the dialogues became more vigorous and the participants were apparently growing in courage to express their ideas and thoughts. The talk was successful and indicated a very constructive progress among the participants. The outcome was very encouraging and
in line with the main aim of BDT in sharing dance with the community: so as to cultivate more community members that have the understanding and courage to discuss dance and, most of all, to appreciate dance.

After the performance in Tawau, BDT directly flew to Sandakan the next day to set up for the second performance. In the morning of the  performance in Sandakan, Christopher Liew was invited to conduct a modern dance workshop for the Dance Troupe of Yuk Yuen Secondary
School. The participants consisted of approximately 90 students. The duration of the workshop was 3 hours, and the participants learnt how to warm up, stretch and physically prepare themselves for dancing. This was not only to prevent sport injuries, but also to the improve their basic dance techniques. The second part of the workshop involved sharing a short dance piece: it was fun and full of humor. It exposed the participants to the idea that contemporary dance can actually be very diverse and spontaneous. The short piece was finally completed in cohesion and yet full of cheerfulness. The workshop was concluded in a fifteen minutes sharing session focusing on the pertinent attitudes and discipline of a dancer. Christopher Liew also pointed out a few instances of impolite behaviour by the participants during the workshop which happened unintentionally. Through this sincere sharing, Christopher Liew and BDT hoped that the younger generation will acquire more self-awareness and positive attitudes in preparing themselves to cope with more challenges in the future.

“Time Capsule” was a distinctive experience not only for the audience but also for the BDT members. The experimental setting of this performance sparks greater novelty and excitement for both the audience and the performers. The enthusiasm the audience felt was clearly shown during the lively photography session after the performance. Besides that there were also positive comments from the audience, including the following: “….I have never witnessed such a wonderful and amazing performance like this before. With only four dancers in a limited space, dance and movement presentation still can be inestimable. The whole performance was as if being into another world; different images combined with music together with the multimedia presentations to stimulate my imagination to flow freely. It was my first experience being seated on the floor to watch a performance – surprisingly I felt more content and unfettered”. 

“Time Capsule” was about sixty minutes, with an experimental theatre setting; it inspires the audiences from all angles. In brief, “Time Capsule” successfully bridges the imagination of time, space and environmental issues and reaches out to the audience intuitively. BDT sincerely hopes that the sharing of artworks like “Time Capsule” will create more awareness, so that our future generations will have a better living environment.

After this, the next production of Synergy Dance Studio is “Dance Delight 2014: Fairy Tales” which will be held on 26th April, 2014 at Sabah Theological Seminary Auditorium, Kota Kinabalu. It’s an annual performance of Synergy Dance Studio to share the progress of all the students of the Studio. Dance lovers of Kota Kinabalu should not miss this. 200 tickets were sold in the very first week of ticket selling, so tickets are really selling fast and the audience are really looking forward to this year’s performance. At this moment, the seats are 90% sold out and only the last roll is still available!!  We are sure that you won’t want to miss this, so act fast!! For the final booking, please contact 0195330395 or 0168333936.

Furthermore, “The Legend of Kinabalu” is coming back again on 15th June, 2014.  ”The Legend of Kinabalu” is the first dance production with seventy minutes of full multimedia dance floor projection in Malaysia, premiered in 2011. It’s presented again this year as one of the most important events of the 10th Anniversary. This is a very meaningful work based on the true stories of World War II in Sabah. With the new investments in multimedia projection technology and 3 years of performing experience, this production will definitely be more promising this year. Ticket selling has just started. For members of the public who desire excellent visual and audio experiences, please get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Further
details please visit http://mysynergydance.com.