Welcome to the Sigma Youth Programme Showcase. Our year-long training programme began two years ago with the aim of bringing together individuals who share a passion for dance and to provide them with the opportunity to explore dance at a deeper level. Our hope was to foster a community of passionate young dancers who could learn and grow together. This past year, we have witnessed remarkable growth in these dancers, as they have discovered new pathways in their bodies and developed new ways of thinking about dance.
Today's performance represents a significant milestone in the dance journey of these 13 dancers. We are excited to see how much further they will develop from here.
On behalf of the faculty and the team at Sigma Contemporary Dance, we would like to express our gratitude for your presence here today. We hope that you will enjoy the performance!
- Hong Guofeng
Time flows on in minutes, months, millennia and we are often left wondering about the past or anticipating the future. But what do we mean with our present time and the people we spend it with?
Choreographed by Hong Guofeng, Christina Chan and Germaine Cheng, together with the dancers, The Meantime is a culmination of a year of education and exploration with the current batch of Sigma Youth Programme 2022-23.
Erroll Garner - Misty, Etwas - Strahl, Ivan Black - Incandescent, Eluvium - Leaves Eclipse The Light, Machine Fabriek - + Shira Legmann, Machine Fabriek - ED ØS KV, Retina.it - Moto Armonico, The American Dollar - Starscapes (Ambient), Musuta - Urban Abstract
Top left to right: Belle Watt, Chia Yan Lin Cherilyn, Cheang Ke Xuan, Goh Kai Yu, Jorshall Law Jin Hao, Kimberly Sim.
Bottom left to right: Leanne Tan, Leong Kit Yee, Luizmo, Megan Lee Xin Hui, Su Qi, Tng Pei Ling & Alicia Chew Su Xuan.
Christina Chan Born in Singapore, Christina studied at The Boston Conservatory and was awarded the prestigious Arthur B. Whitney Medal for highest scholastic achievement after previously training at The New Zealand School of Dance. Her work in dance has taken her around the world, to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea, the UK and Africa; working with artists including Noa Zuk, Stephanie Lake, Sita Ostheimer, Byron Perry, Liu Yen Cheng, Matej Kejzar, Stephanie Batten Bland, Shahar Binyamini, Wallie Wolfgruber, Gabrielle Nankivell, Victor Fung, Lewis Major, Aymeric Bichon and more. At home, Christina has been working with Singapore Ballet/ Singapore Dance Theatre since 2011, creating several repertory works for the company, most recently for Dans Fest and Sifa 2021. She was previously a full-time artist and the rehearsal director at Frontier Danceland where she created 10 repertory works. She has also created work for NAFA, Lasalle and Sigma Contemporary Dance, where she is currently a resident choreographer.
Hong Guofeng Guofeng is the artistic director of Sigma Contemporary Dance and SMU Indancity. His works have been performed both locally and internationally, such as Malaysia, HongKong and Macau.His works are based on the ongoing development of his movement and choreographic practices and The Straits Times and Arts Equator have described his works as “compelling”, “slick”, “immersive”, “clever” and a choreographer who “breaks new grounds”. Guofeng is constantly pushing boundaries and exploring different ways of presenting contemporary dance to the audience and has a diverse portfolio of works from site-specific to live-streamed Zoom performance. He is most interested in the human experience and translating it physically forms the backbone of his works. Most recently, he initiated an improvisation project, Unsound.Bodies., a collective which explores ways in which multi-disciplinary elements can work together to create a landscape of spontaneous artistry.
Germaine Cheng A wordsmith and movement magpie, Germaine received her initial training in classical ballet at Singapore Ballet Academy before pursuing a BA(Hons) degree at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Since graduating in 2012, she has performed with local dance company RAW Moves and her choreography has been showcased at Dance Nucleus’ HATCH and M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. Germaine has also created interactive installations for Pop-up Noise: Soul Searching as well as Arts in Your Neighbourhood. She is currently an artist with Sigma Contemporary Dance. Germaine was on the Dance Faculty at School of the Arts, Singapore from 2014 to 2020, and is an adjunct lecturer at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. In addition, Germaine is a freelance dancewriter, who received commisions to research, write and edit commemorative publications for Singapore Dance Theatre and T.H.E Dance Company.
Production Manager ----------- Chen Wanxin
Stage Manager ------------------ Darren Ho
Lighting Designer --------------- Darren Lee
Photographers ------------------- Burke Raby, Jingkai Kuang & Sroyon Mukherjee
Videographer --------------------- Patrick Poh
Finance Manager ---------------- Melissa Ng
Marketing Manager ------------- Chua Chiok Woon
Special thanks to Saw Wei Jie for your kind support.
SYP 2023-24 Audition
We are running an audition for our new batch of SYP next Saturday, 15 April!
Deadline for application is 9 April, 2359.
Your donation is greatly appreciated
Part of our mission for the Sigma Youth Programme is to provide our young dancers with the most professional platform to showcase their talent, creativity, and hard work. However, as a non-profit independent dance collective, we require additional support to fund such a full-scale production (performance venue rental, lighting, production crew). Your donation would be incredibly meaningful to us and would help us achieve our goal of bringing their passion for dance to the stage. We appreciate any amount of donation, which will go directly towards supporting this performance.
To donate, simply use PayNow to UEN: T15SS0027G and include "SYP" in the comment.
Thank you for supporting our young dancers and helping us create a memorable performance.