A collaboration between Hwa Wei-An and Charis from Shift Movement Collective, a community born out of the appreciation of various movement art forms.
Wei-An teaches The Art of Falling, which is a practice that starts functional, and then becomes entertaining. It begins with ideas on how to fall well, both in and out of dance, and then takes these concepts and transforms them into a method of creating motions that are exciting to watch and deeply engaging to perform.
The work progresses to include acrobatics, allowing practitioners to learn complex movements safely, while finding off-balance angles and lines ever easier to tap into as the fear of falling disappears, and becomes an art.
About Hwa Wei-An (Malaysia)
Wei-An started dancing because he thought it was cool. So, he decided to study dance and enrolled in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, he went on to dance in Frontier Danceland, and has recently moved on to become an independent artist. During his time as a dancer, he has had the opportunity to work with choreographers like Pichet Klunchun, Wu Chien Wei, Noa Zuk, Ole Khamchanla, Shahar Binyamini, Gabrielle Nankivell and Luke Smiles, and Sita Ostheimer.
In 2018 Wei-An has compeleted the ELEMENT Residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore, as well as a residency in Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia, during which the piece "The Art of Falling" was made. Wei-An was also selected by the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore) to collaborate with Kim Ho-yeon and Lim JungHa of the Dab Dance Project in Korea to create "Ignoramus", which has been performed in both Singapore and Korea.
Today, Wei-An continues to delve into the worlds of hip-hop dance, b-boying, and tricking; disciplines that feed into his contemporary dance practice. He also organises an annual event called Paradigm Shift held in Singapore, aimed at bringing contemporary dancers together with dancers of other backgrounds and influences.