MARCH 2019
Archive 2017 – Softmachine (Singapore)

Two portraits of new Asian dance

Archive 2017 – Softmachine (Singapore)

A map of the new Asian dance landscape is the best way to describe the project of theatre maker, visual artist and designer Choy Ka Fai. He interviewed 88 choreographers in five countries and made a documentary about the influence of the local context on their lives and work. In collaboration with some of them he also made performances of which two are shown in this programme.

Chinese dancer Xiao Ke and photographer Zhou Rishard examine the influence of censorship and the impression of constantly being monitored. This is done in a mix of videos, photography, live performances and installations. To illustrate the influence of the power relations in a post-colonial era Indian performer Surjit Nongmeikapam presents a work in which different forms of classical Indian dance and martial arts are combined with modern dance.

A jewel of performance-art with exciting contemporary material, and danced with a brilliance you rarely see.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Choy Ka Fai installation
Alongside the Softmachine performance, Explore will present the 88 documentary video portraits by Choy Ka Fai. He put them in an installation which has already been on show in various cities in Asia, Australia and Europe. The installation travels with the performance and is shown in the theatre foyers.

Trailer, Softmachine on You Tube

Genre: Dance
Executives: Choy Ka Fai
Language: No Language


Concept, direction & documentary:
Choy Ka Fai

Tang Fu Kuen

Performance & choreography:
XiaoKe & Zhou Zihan

Performance & choreography:
Surjit Nongmeikapam

Three-quarters of an hour before the start of each performance

A quarter of an hour after each performance


Explore Festival

Festival info

Stadsschouwburg Groningen, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Frascati Theater (Amsterdam), Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Het Nationale Theater (Den Haag), Zuiderstrandtheater (Den Haag), Theater Rotterdam, Chassé Theater (Breda), Parkstad Limburg Theaters (Heerlen en Kerkrade)