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。
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.