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Dance review: Sharp and short showcase of young choreographers

Published on Mar 22, 2014 1:18 PM

Maya Dance Theatre’s Release 3.0 was a blink-and-you-miss-it showcase of eight short works at The Substation on Friday, each limited to a snappy 10 minutes, from six young Singaporean choreographers and two from Malaysia and Thailand.

There was a stark difference in maturity and approach between the two foreign acts and the local ones, with the overseas artists displaying a confidence and command of the body which the homegrown works lacked.

You by Phitthaya Phaefuang of Thailand was a great reminder of what dance is: the language of the body. Contemporary dance nowadays can sometimes feel gimmicky, peppered with multi-media and layered with dialogue, but Phaefuang spurned any distractions for a laser tight focus on timing, control and movement.

Wearing a full-faced white mask, the Thai dancer-choreographer, clad in just a pair of loose shorts, delivered a stunningly expressive performance to a Thai country song and Celine Dion’s Where Is The Love.

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