Thursday, October 16, 2014

舞评 02: 'Ancient Inscriptions' A Review by Chin San Sooi

Scintillating. Dua Space continues to thrill with its latest presentation Ancient Inscriptions choreographed by Anthony Meh  and Aman Yap. Its was an evening of precision and power , of rhythm and flow of movement, of contemplation and meditation and breathless exhilaration.

The internal dynamics of the scholar meet the external energy of the dancer. In bringing
the calligraphic virtuosity of the master calligraphers and the trained body of the modern dancers, an entertaining cultural fusion of an ancient art form and a contemporary movement is realized.

The delights are manifold especially in the section on Han Calligraphy.  Was it the venerable ancient inscriptions bathing on the playfully responsive dancers or was it the dancers thoughtfully weaving their way through the presence of erudite scripts? Most absorbingly delicate was the moment when script and dancer were at one responding to each other.  We stopped seeing. We were at one in the moment. A suspended epiphany.



The pulsating rhythms of sounds was sometimes full of high octane energy, coupled with over exuberant visuals especially in the opening number Jia-Gu Wen which  did not sit well with yours truly. The tribal character of the warring states did not always manifest itself in the body movements of the dancers.  When sound and rhythm worked, the evening was suffused with magic.

Outstanding was Aman Yap, lead dancer.  His body extensions and magnetic presence
commanded attention.  The other dancers complemented with their exuberance and
spiritedness.


In the last chapter, in honouring renowned local calligrapher, Sim Mow Yu, the employment of the cane and extended silence, held yours truly spellbound especially in the section of the five elements.  The rhythm of movement with continual flowing lines
expressed constant change as the only constant.

Dua Space’s Ancient Inscription is an inspiring piece in which the fecundity of
the mind of the ancients inspires the restless creative spirit of  to-day’s mind
to reveal the Power of the Imagination.


Chin San Sooi

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2014.10.11 中国报China Press《水泥地上种艺花 Planting Flower of Art on Cement Floor》

非常感谢中国报特约记者子若为舞团两位创办人,马金泉老师及叶忠文老师做专访,并撰写了《水泥地上中艺花》。
Many thanks to China Press for interviewing our founders, Mr Anthony Meh and Aman Yap and wrote this article: "Planting Flower of Art on Cement Floor".

错过了的朋友可点击一下图,阅读全文!
For those wish to read the full article, please click on the picture to enlarge them.


16年前,马金泉与叶忠文从美国归来,毅然在大马这块寸草不生、硬如水泥的艺术贫瘠土地,开拓他们的舞蹈天地!当时,没有太多理直气壮的想法,只有义无反顾去做:“窜入这个水泥地,梦想在上面种花吧!”

16 years ago, Anthony Meh and Amap Yap returned from the United States and decided to build their dance career in Malaysia, a barren land of art.Without any righteous thoughts nor hesitation, there as only one thing in their mind - "Dreaming to nurture the garden of art on this cement floor!"


那一次,在丝绸基金会(Sutra Foundation)位于吉隆坡蒂蒂旺沙花园(Taman Titiwangsa)的办公室兼练舞室里,与著名印度传统舞蹈家拿督南利依布拉欣(Datuk Ramli Ibrahim)进行专访后,对方特别提起了共享空间的两位创办人马金泉与叶忠文。

记得当时他给了他们俩最高的舞蹈艺术评价,于是一直等待一个与两位极负盛名的舞者会面的机会。多个月以后,《架势堂》终于等到16年前在大马这片舞蹈艺术荒路中开疆辟土的二人做客此栏目。

在这一聊天中,他们与广大读者分享他们过去、现在与未来的转变和出路。

During an interview with Datuk Ramli Ibrahim in the office and also the dance studio of Sutra Foundation at Taman Titiwangsa, Datuk Ramli specially mentioned about the founders of Dua Space Dance Theatre, Mr Anthony Meh and Mr Aman Yap.

Datuk Ramli gave them a very high appraisal for their dance art. China Press has been anticipating for an opportunity to meet these two prestigious dancers. After several months, we finally have an opportunity to interview these distinguished artists.

During the interview,they shared their experience in the past, challenges they are facing now, and also changes and future prospects for developing dance art in Malaysia.


《万象甲骨ANCIENT INSCRIPTIONS》预告片段Promo Video

请欣赏我们即将重演《万象甲骨》的预告片段!
感谢Visualline - the moving picture people的支持及影片剪接。

Here's our video promo for upcoming ANCIENT INSCRIPTIONS!
Thanks to Visualline - the moving picture people for their support and editing this video.


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