Emergence 2022: Genesis of LifeOrganised by: Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Performed by: Emerging dance choreographers in Singapore
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT) is pleased to be presenting its 8th series of EMERGENCE, an initiative by SCDT to provide an avenue for aspiring choreographers to be mentored by industry professionals and present their works in a full-length, ticketed dance production. Over the past 7 iterations of Emergence, SCDT had witnessed 49 unique and diverse new works, and had provided many budding dance artists with the opportunity to present their works to an audience.
The theme for this year's EMERGENCE is "Genesis of Life". "Genesis of Life" seeks to explore dance creation through a "profound" way in order to express the indescribable life experiences. It hopes to spark individuals to search deeper within themselves while living in the continuous evolution of human society and culture.
Apart from crafting their piece in accordance with the given theme, the new works are required to be of a Chinese dance style. For some of these young choreographers who are new to Chinese dance, this further challenges them as emerging creators. To better equip them with the skills and vocabulary to create their works, participants will undergo Dance Composition and Chinese Dance "Shen Yun" workshops, led by SCDT's Creative Director Mr Benedict Soh and Founder and Artistic Advisor Mdm Lim Moi Kim respectively.
Mr Benedict Soh has also taken on the role of EMERGENCE's mentor for a second time, and he is glad to be able to guide the young choreographers to experience the meaning and values of Chinese culture through choreography once again.
The young choreographers this year include returning choreographers Charmaine Tan Yu Ling, Xenres Kirishima Jonah Chi Ji-Hong, Yeo Hana Ningtias Putri, Gabriella Gleichenia Gautama, and Wong Wen Ru, as well as Chloe Zhuo, Winnie Choo, Lenzo Lim, Jash Foong, and Jozef Chua who are joining EMERGENCE for the first time.