Dancebox (September 2013)


MyDance Alliance has been producing the Dancebox series in partnership with The Actors Studio going back to 2001. It remains a popular platform for new or experimental dance works from emerging and established choreographers, presented in a professional theatre but an informal setting, and affordable and accessible to all.

Production Information

  • Production / Presenting Company:My Dance Alliance, The Actor Studio
  • Artistic Director / Curator / Programme Coordinator:Bilqis Hijjas
  • Date:21 Sep 2013
  • Total Showing:1
  • Venue:The Actor Studio @ KuAsh Theatre
  • State:Kuala Lumpur

Individual Dance Items

Item #1

  • Title:Uncommon Ground
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Uncommon Ground is a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary work that depicts a story of two identities coming together in one place, transitioning through frictions, destructions, compromise and progression, concluding with something that extends beyond the sum of its parts. This concepts speaks to an internal and external landscape; a personal struggle to discover and understand oneself and the realities of living in a diverse and ever-changing society.

  • Choreographer:Caitlin MacKenzie, Gabriel Comerford
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Caitlin MacKenzie, Gabriel Comerford

Item #2

  • Title:Chemical X
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Sugar, spice and everything nice are the ingredients for a perfect little girl! But Professor Utonium accidentally added an extra ingredient: Chemical X! Chemical X trademark characteristic (in the animated show The Powerpuff Girls) is its ability to produce strength, and this dance represents it perfectly; it has strong beats and strong steps incorporated into the usually delicate ballet steps.

  • Choreographer:Amy Kong
  • Group:

    Dancingtime Academy

  • Category:Ballet, Hip-hop
  • Dancers:Students of Dancingtime Academy of Ballet & Music

Item #3

  • Title:Honey
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Exploring the feelings of a wife who shares her husband with another woman who also calls him her husband. This dance looks at the meaning of polygamy in Islam and the common things that are only understood by the society that practices it. Is it “jodoh” or desire?

  • Choreographer:Muhammad Syaffiq Hambali
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Leong Pek Yeng, Chew Kai Min, Queency Manjalip

Item #4

  • Title:Sshhh…..
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Silence is present in everything; it displays more than it bides. It could be a sign, a gesture, of disagreement, or something else unspoken. It is hard to interpret the meaning of a person who is silent. What you say may jeopardize you.

  • Choreographer:Maria Devonne Escobia
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Mohd Amirul Fahmi, Mohd Haziq, Syamsudin Bin Noh, Dalila Binti Abdul Samad, Chi Ying

Item #5

  • Title:Contemporary Kathak
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    This dance explores new forms in combining kathak with contemporary dance, and demonstrates the happiness of a young woman able to explore new ideas without forgetting the beauty of her traditions.

  • Choreographer:Maniyarasi Gowindasamy
  • Category:Contemporary, Indian Classical dance
  • Dancers:Maniyarasi Gowindasamy

Item #6

  • Title:Portrait of Court Ladies
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A dash of lipstick, a shade of rouge, traverse the trials of time. After a thousand years, has the glory faded, or does the splendor still remain?

  • Choreographer:Wong Cheong Chee
  • Group:

    Han Fong Dance Troupe

  • Category:Contemporary, Chinese dance
  • Dancers:Han Fong Dance Troupe


  • Additional Notes:

    House technician: Pat, David

    Theatre manager: Suresh Kumar

    Assistant producer: Stephanie Ho