The Mezzanine: Level 2 of the Dance Escalator Project (2013)


The best young talents of Malaysian contemporary dance are set to polish their skills in a showcase of short works called The Mezzanine: Level 2 of MyDance Alliance’s Dance Escalator project. The selected emerging contemporary choreographers will create a 20-minute work for the project. This multiphase project aims to encourage Malaysians choreographers to develop in each phase and progress into creating a full length work.

Production Information

  • Production / Presenting Company:My Dance Alliance
  • Artistic Director / Curator / Programme Coordinator:Bilqis Hijjas
  • Date:20-22 Dec 2013
  • Total Showing:3
  • Venue:The Actors Studio at KuAsh Theatre
  • State:Kuala Lumpur

Individual Dance Items

Item #1

  • Title:King & I
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Men in power? One day, he will be the one.

  • Choreographer:Fairul Zahid
  • Group:

    ASWARA Dance Company

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Khairul Anuar b Zainudin, Mohd Affie b Abdul, Mohd Fauzi b Amiruddin, Al Jabar Laura, Imran Syafiq b Mohd Affandi, Hazlami b Harun

Item #2

  • Title:Zone of Exclusion
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    A tiny germ in an area. It cannot be seen nor noticed, but it is powerful enough to affect the entire world.

  • Choreographer:Foong Siew Ching
  • Group:

    Kwang Tung Dance Company

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Lim Soon Yi, Yap Hwui Yuen, Anges Leong, Tan Peh Kuan, Elaine Tan, Fiona Chia Yan Wei

Item #3

  • Title:Heart Piece
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    An adaptation from a poem by Heiner Muller.

  • Choreographer:Naim Syahrazad
  • Group:

    ASWARA Dance Company

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Rabiatul Adawiah, Norbaizura Ghani, Rizianah John

Item #4

  • Title:Counterattack of Loneliness
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    Looking back in life, there’s a vast emptiness awaiting. But there’s a beam of light that shines through. One only needs to decide where to go to.

  • Choreographer:Tan Bee Hung
  • Group:

    Kwang Tung Dance Company

  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Anges Leong, Lim Hwang King, Tan Peh Kuan, Elaine Tan, Yap Hwui Yuen, Wong Pui Yi

Item #5

  • Title:Gaia
  • Item Synopsis / Program Notes:

    The mountain feels the brunt, so too the ocean and the dark blue sky. The ground is cracking, and the wind is shouting of the hazards and calling for mother earth, Gaia.

  • Choreographer:Chai Vivian
  • Category:Contemporary
  • Dancers:Chew Sie Theng, Fione Chia, Yan Wei, Al-Jabar Laura, Lim Jun Feng


  • Lighting Designer:Soh Chong Hong
  • Producer:Bilqis Hijjas
  • Stage Manager:Stephanie Ho
  • Additional Notes:

    Theatre manager: Suresh Kumar

    In-house technicians: David Chiok, Pat Omar

    Sound operator: Ramon Fadli

    Stagehands: Tan Xi Fan, Ho Joon Hoe