Photo by Jonathan Tan
Photo by Gabriel Aiden
Photo by Crispian Chan
Photo by Martin Eklund
Photo by Caroline Bindon
Photo by Sophia Otto
Photo by Feriadi Heru Presetyo
Compagnia Zappalà Danza distinguishes itself with a wide and articulated repertory, a result of the synergistic and prolific work of Roberto Zappalà and dramaturg Nello Calabrò, who traced together in the last ten years a path in continuous expansion that allowed for the realisation of different types of productions, from creations for a few dancers to those with the entire company, most of them with live music.
Zappalà often deals with extended, longer-term projects such as Corpi incompiuti (2002-2007), Instruments (2007-2009), Re-mapping Sicily (2007- now). Among his creations for the company, Pasolini nell'era di Internet was selected for BIG Torino 2000, and A. semu tutti devoti tutti?, which received the Danza & Danza Prize 2010 for the best Italian production, was recently staged at the Théâtre de la Ville of Paris. Recently, the production LA NONA (from chaos, the body) received the Danza & Danza 2015 Award Italian Production of the Year.
Chung’s individual works, and collaborations, have been presented across Vietnam, Australia, America, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, and Switzerland. Chung has also participated in artist residencies including Deep in the Mountains (Korea), Southeast Asia Choreolab, (Malaysia), The International Choreographers Residency-American Dance Festival (Durham, USA), Southeast Asia Choreographers Network 2 & 3, and Grey Space (ongoing), cont·act Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore).
Pakhamon has participated in artist residencies such as Southeast Asia Choreolab (Malaysia), International Choreographers Residency – American Dance Festival (USA), Southeast Asia Choreographers Network-Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), and Grey Space (Singapore). She is also passionate about teaching to help people gain better understanding of their bodies and to connect with their own groove and flow. Pakhamon trained at Victorian College of The Arts (Melbourne, Australia) and attained a BA in Dance in 2011. She joined EDge Postgraduate Dance Company of London Contemporary Dance School – LCDS (London, UK), touring nationally and internationally for their 2012/2013 season and completed her MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at LCDS in 2014. Since 2015, Pakhamon has been working in numbers of projects across Asia and Europe as performers, collaborator, and choreographer.
Unique to the company is its stringent technique training programme - one that is seldom available to individuals outside of a professional dance company. Members are taught by T.H.E’s core artistic team and guest teachers to ground them with a sound level of physical aptitude to tackle the demands of contemporary dance. Members also receive critical professional feedback on their performances and choreographic creations.
The rigorous yet open nature of T.H.E Second Company’s training empowers individuals to develop their artistic practice alongside their educational, work and personal commitments. Equally significant are the myriad opportunities for exposure and performance, encouraging members to make the most of their training and to aim for higher artistic excellence.
Various members of T.H.E Second Company have performed at the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival; liTHE (previously known as Emerging Choreographers), an annual in-house showcase; high profile commissions such Singapore:Inside Out, the SG50 celebrations, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s inaugural Cultural Extravaganza 2017; as well as on overseas tours with T.H.E Dance Company.
Courtesy of National Gallery Singapore
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