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Choreographer remembers Japan through dance

Published on Jan 6, 2013 11:27 AM

In the autumn of 2009, dancer-choreographer Perrine Valli flew to Tokyo for a four-month sojourn where she did nothing but fully immerse in Japanese culture.

It jolted her from her comfort zone. Says the 32-year-old in a phone interview from her holiday home in Paris: "In Switzerland everything is slow and quiet, and the streets dead by 10pm. But in Tokyo it is very intense and vibrant with so much noise even at 3am. I loved it."

Valli, who is half-French and half-Swiss, was on a research residency and the trip was fully-funded. The result of the trip - the dance Deproduction, which will be staged at the Esplanade Theatre Studio on Jan 24 and 25 as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

But Valli stresses that it was not borne out of obligation.

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