Garden Affairs 014: ….Scarlet is Mumbling…

 

Garden Affairs 014: ……………Scarlet is Mumbling………

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We attended the showcase performance put together by The Arts Fission Company recently. Choreograph & Directed by Aaron Khek, we were treated to a series of surprises gracefully performed by Scarlet Yu.

Scheduled over 3 nights at The Arts Fission Company’s studio at Cairnhill Road, the company opens the dance to a full house every night. It was almost overcrowding on the opening night!


Scarlet was on her top form and remained consistent throughout the series, showcasing her various moves and glides sending the audience to places where only the mind can imagine.

We would like to exaggerate more on Scarlet’s impressive performance, but not this time. You can always Google for her; she is already famous when we came to know her. Instead, allow us to take you on a pictorial journey with us to relive and “feel” the energy from the performance.

We rated this dance showcase 4 Stars out of 5!

 

Let’s go!

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On a side note: 

With an informal setting and casual ambience, there are bound to be “Concert-Idiots”. People who left their mobile phones on ringing mode or simple refuse to switch off beeping devices.

For this performance, we found a female – “photographer wannabe” who is seated among the audience and was shutter-happy. She shot at 3 seconds interval even at the most quietest part of the performance where silence is required from the audience to fully re-create the ambience and mood of the scene. We later found out she was a close friend of the performer and we left the performance disgusted by such rude & barbaric behavior – selfishly displayed by this individual, which indirectly affected our overall experience.

All it takes is just one idiot like this person to spoil the audience’s experience with her off beat shutter speed at the wrong moment snapping away.

Such people obviously do not understand Camera Ethics of Concerts (CEC) and definitely do not respect performing arts. She is not even fit to be holding a camera at a concert/ performance to start with.

Worse, this is total disrespect to the performer(s).

 
Lastly, I believed no one ever taught her how to communicate with a journalist. We can lift or kill with our words.   
(Can you believe this? She is an Editor too, of some magazine. Go on, Laugh.)

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About The ARTS FISSION Company (ARTS FISSION) 
ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia under the artistic direction of Angela Liong, Cultural Medallion (Dance) recipient.

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The company has presented over 50 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. 

ARTS FISSION, SINGAPORE – CREATING A [new] GENRE OF ASIAN DANCE THEATRE
126 Cairnhill Road, #01-07/09 and #03-03/04 Singapore 229707 | Tel: +65 62386469 | Fax: +65 6235 4642

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EXCLUSIVE – The Arts Fission Company – Get To Know Them Better!

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Up Close & Personal with The Arts Fission Company
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Behind The Scenes – The ARTS FISSION Company

Singapore Media Owners Hub recently went beyond the curtains to understand the group better and uncover the untold story of The ARTS FISSION Company (TAFCL) Dancers….
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Media: How & when did The ARTS FISSION Company (“ARTS FISSION”) started?

Dancers: The Company was founded in 1994 and our name was “unbelievably accidental”. The early company members wrote relevant words in little strips of paper and randomly picked out two paper strips, it so happened to form “Arts Fission”. Voila!

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Media: Why ARTS FISSION is being described as a Dance Laboratory instead of a Dance Group/ Movement?

Dancers: Angela insisted that typical “dance group names” does not really represent what she had in mind for the dance company and those “usual” names are also very “limiting” as dance is not just for entertainment. Thus the term “Dance Laboratory” was selected to better reflect the experimental characteristics of ARTS FISSION, the free and dynamic exploration of ideas.

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Media: What are the key obstacles that ARTS FISSION faced since it started?

Dancers: Funding is probably the most intriguing problem. The lack of understanding in contemporary dance meant that few patrons or supporters come forth to support charity arts organisation like ARTS FISSION.

 

The second is the lack of talents. Back in 1989, Angela left her well-paid job at the television station and headed the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) dance department with the passion in mind to develop a substantial pool of talents in Singapore.

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Media: On the personal front, what are the key obstacles/milestones for individual dancers?

Scarlet Yu (Hong Kong): When I came to Singapore to join ARTS FISSION, it was quite a culture shock, everything here felt so different. Dance itself as a form of art was suffering from a lack of recognition then. I am glad I survived.


Mayu Watanabe (Japan): I am a ballet dancer by training, switching to contemporary dance had been really challenging. It’s like learning everything from scratch again.


Lynn Huang (Singapore): Objections from parents almost stopped me from pursuing my dance degree. They didn’t succeed, I was far too determined for them to stop me from choosing dance as a profession.


Bobbi Chen (China): Coming to Singapore opened my eyes to a totally different world. Back from where I came from, the dancers only need to focus on dancing. Dancing with ARTS FISSION, I realized that every company member have to assume secondary duties and responsibilities aside from dancing. It was tough, initially.


Shirley Wong (Singapore): I took a long detour before I finally landed myself with ARTS FISSION. I was a freelance performer/ dancer before and peers around me had in fact been negative about my choice of joining a company. But my mind was set and determined to pursue artistic maturity with the Company.

 

Edwin Wee (Singapore): I began dancing later than my peers in the dance industry, I have to work double as hard to gain the strength and flexibility as a professional dancer.

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Media: How has that shaped today’s ARTS FISSION?

Dancers: It forged closer ties to fellow dancers through individual’s life experiences. After all, it’s the company members who shaped ARTS FISSION. Most importantly, everyone had helped everyone to stay positive!

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Media: What are some of the roles that the individual dancers have to assume?

Scarlet: Rehearsal Director, Coach and a Production Manager, Arts Workshop Educator!
Mayu: Arts & Dance Workshop Educator, Gives Ballet class to the company dancers, takes care of the Wardrobe & Props!
Lynn: Arts & Dance Workshop Educator, Media relations coordinator, takes care of Welfare in the productions.

Bobbi: Arts & Dance Workshop Educator, Wardrobe mistress, and assist in some financial bookkeeping.
Shirley: Business Manager, Project Manager, Production Manager, Arts & Dance Workshop, also takes charge and oversees all Marketing & Media communications; and overall in-charge of Company’s finance reports and plan.

Edwin: I am a Project Manager, Production Coordinator, Arts & Dance Workshop Educator and takes charge of props and technical set-up duties.

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Media: WOW! That’s a lot of side duties apart from dancing! Tell me, what keep the team going?

Dancers: Passion, Determination & our Mission to succeed.

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Media: When away from the studio, what would everyone be doing?

Scarlet: Enjoying Life!
Mayu: Spending time with love ones.
Lynn: Spending time with myself, family & friends. In that order!
Bobbi: Experience life & enjoy!
Shirley: Spending time with love ones and reading! Edwin: Taking care of my dogs, LAN-Gaming & spending time with love ones.
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Media: Does everyone hang out together a lot?

Dancers: Yes, we often watch performances together too!
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Media: What are ARTS FISSION’s dreams and goals to achieve within the next 2 years?

Dancers: We hope to receive enough support to continue to grow & to gain wider recognition for ARTS FISSION.

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Media: We attended ARTS FISSION’s recent sold-out performance “Graffiti of the Celeste” and rated the performance 4.5 Stars out of 5. How many stars will you rate TAFC’s performance that night?

Scarlet & Shirley: We rate our performance 10 Stars! 5 Stars for the 100% concerted effort put in by the dancers and additional 5 stars if one is able to look beyond the movements and gain inspiration from the work!

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Media: Thank you for this exclusive interview, Singapore Media Owners and Shutter Journey of Singapore wishes The Arts Fission Company success in all future endeavors!

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ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia under the artistic direction of Angela Liong, Cultural Medallion (Dance) recipient.

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The company has presented over 50 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. 

ARTS FISSION, SINGAPORE – CREATING A [new] GENRE OF ASIAN DANCE THEATRE
126 Cairnhill Road, #01-07/09 and #03-03/04 Singapore 229707 | Tel: +65 62386469 | Fax: +65 6235 4642

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EXCLUSIVE: Scarlet Yu – The Arts Fission Company


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Scarlet Yu with Aaron Khek on “Garden Affairs 014: Scarlet Is Mumbling…”.

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Media : Hi Scarlet, “Garden Affairs 014: Scarlet Is Mumbling..” sounds very engaging.  So how did Aaron Khek translate that into a dance expression for you?

Scarlet: Since the word garden from “Garden Affairs” is associated to flowers and plants, Aaron was inspired to take flowers as his working imagery.  I supposed all these flowers in bloom do look like
mouths opening; hence it’s quite natural to bring the mumbling part into this dance project.  I mumble a lot since young.  Therefore it’s absolutely no problem for me to assume the part. 
 

Media: In a nutshell, what are we (audience/media) to expect for this performance?

Scarlet & Aaron: Don’t expect a “finished” piece (i.e. a beginning and an end) like you get in the theatre.  Do expect an up-close-and-personal performance.  After all we are sharing an experimental work in an intimate, small studio with the audience. The work is not DONE but still evolving, sometimes the response and feedback of the audience may also affect the final making of the piece.

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Media: 10 years is a long time since you started with The Arts Fission Company. So is this upcoming performance a solo showcase?

Scarlet: You can say that, although I do assume quite a number of solo performances in the company’s past productions.  However, this project is probably more initiated by me and has more of my own personal input and thinking that goes into it.  I also want to experiment working with an artist outside of the company. May be outside of my comfort zone, too.

Media: Since you (Scarlet) admitted that you mumble a lot since young, Aaron, does Scarlet mumbles during rehearsals and at other times too?

Aaron: Certainly, always! I’ve known her for more than 10 years. It is an in-built function I think.
Scarlet: When I was young, I like to be alone. Sometimes I talk to imaginary friends (talking to the void)

Media: Incorporating Flower Forms into a dance movement is definitely special and creative. Where does this inspiration comes from?

Aaron:  Everywhere, nature, people, poetry etc even the aerial view of our city!
Scarlet: Flowers are symbolic. They bloom, they wither, akin to life, we come and go. This dance is also about the impermanent beauty of life through flowers.

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Media: We noted that there will be a 15 minutes dialogue as part of the performance, this is the first time we heard of this, is this common in the dance industry?

Scarlet: It’s a common practice of GARDEN AFFAIRS since we started in 2003.  The idea is about audience development and we want to have the chance to talk to people informally.  You know, no pressure, chill out, ask the artists all one wants to know and was afraid to ask J

Media: Any highlights both of you would like to share with my readers for “Garden Affairs 014: Scarlet Is Mumbling..”?

Scarlet: Yes, every night is different as this dance is based on what we call an “improvisational format”. So come for all 3 nights if you can!
Aaron: This project is a play of senses, a rare interpretation of a dancer from her personal point of view, collaborating with the creative journey of a choreographer
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We would like to thank Scarlet Yu & Aaron Khek for granting us their time for this exclusive interview.
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What: SCARLET IS MUMBLING: …"

When:  28, 29, 30 April 2010 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Time: 8:30pm (Estimated performance duration 30mins + 15-minute post-show dialogue)

Entry: Admission is FREE (limited seats – please RSVP)

How : RSVP & Enquiries – Lynn / Vernice | 62386469 | admin@artfission.org
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About The ARTS FISSION Company (ARTS FISSION) 
ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia under the artistic direction of Angela Liong, Cultural Medallion (Dance) recipient.

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The company has presented over 50 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. 

ARTS FISSION, SINGAPORE – CREATING A [new] GENRE OF ASIAN DANCE THEATRE
126 Cairnhill Road, #01-07/09 and #03-03/04 Singapore 229707 | Tel: +65 62386469 | Fax: +65 6235 4642

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Garden Affairs 014 SCARLET IS MUMBLING


From the people who brought us "Graffiti of the Celeste", the sold-out dance performance in March 2010,

comes……

"Garden Affairs 014 SCARLET IS MUMBLING…" aka  <花 落 知 多 少?>
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Garden Affairs 014 SCARLET IS MUMBLING:…… is a dance initiative conceived by ARTS FISSION’s senior dancer Scarlet Yu, together with collaborator choreographer Aaron Khek.

Scarlet expresses her intention of embarking on this initiative:
“As a dancer I’m naturally drawn to interpreting different ideas through movement. The project comes out from a purely personal desire in setting up a dance-ego repository just for me.

2010 marks my tenth year of dancing with ARTS FISSION. I’ve grown with the company and found enough artistic bearing to step beyond my familiar dance-ground. I’m trying to look for new dance expression and movement that may have evaded me in the past.

 
In order for me to continue my artistic growth as a mature performer, I want to start my own collection of unexpected “dance finds” and deposit them in a dance account that I could withdraw dividends when necessary.

 

Mumbling is a personal habit of mine. So much so I’ve come to the realization that I’m really talking to another “me” that eventually becomes “you.”  The monologue quickly turns into dialogue between the “me and you”. Sometimes confounding, at times fiery, this mumbling dialogue is anything but calm.       

 

Based on this framework, I plan to invite artistic partners to come and be the third eye in observing and responding to the dialogue between “me” and the “you”. Maybe I will get to find a different “Scarlet the dancer” that would emerge from this process of pitching back and forth.”

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For this particular exploration, collaborator Aaron KHEK picks flower as a key imagery to explore the different states of mind as created by “me” and “you.” 

 

Stylized gestures or movements inspired by the flora form are performed in three different spatial concepts (a long grass patch, a white invisible room and a snowing path are demarcated within the Garden Studio at Cairnhill).

 

The studio performance is under one hour inclusive of a 15-minute Artist post-show dialogue with the audience.

Happening on 28, 29, 30 April 2010 at 8:30pm (Thu – Sat)

At Garden Studio, Cairnhill Arts Centre, 126 Cairnhill Road S(229707)

 

Admission Is FREE – But Please RSVP at 6238-6469 or tafcl@singnet.com.sg

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About The ARTS FISSION Company (ARTS FISSION) 
ARTS FISSION is a Singapore based dance laboratory with the vision to rekindle human spirit by a new genre of dance theatre informed by Asian traditions, cultures, and aesthetics.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia.  Poised in Southeast Asia, ARTS FISSION creates its dance works in sync with the pulses of new Asia under the artistic direction of Angela Liong, Cultural Medallion (Dance) recipient.

Many of ARTS FISSION’s original creations are acute responses to the emerging contemporary Asian identity amidst the rapid developing urban environment.   These works aim to experiment and reinvent vernacular gesture and movement into a new dance vocabulary that cross-references between urban Asia and old Asia.  This artistic direction marks ARTS FISSION with a distinct dance profile. The company has presented over 50 full-length productions locally and internationally to date. 

ARTS FISSION, SINGAPORE – CREATING A [new] GENRE OF ASIAN DANCE THEATRE
126 Cairnhill Road, #01-07/09 and #03-03/04 Singapore 229707 | Tel: +65 62386469 | Fax: +65 6235 4642

tafcl@singnet.com.sg | www.artsfission.org

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ADFEST ANNOUNCES NEW DATES!


ADFEST ANNOUNCES NEW DATES!

THE 13TH ASIA PACIFIC ADVERTISING FESTIVAL WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON MAY 27-29th 2010

 

BANGKOK: The ADFEST Working Committee is delighted to announce new festival dates for ADFEST 2010, which will now take place on 27th – 29th May at the Pattaya Exhibition & Conference Hall in Thailand.

ADFEST 2010 was originally scheduled to take place on 18th – 20th March, but was postponed due to uncertain political circumstances in Thailand.

“After watching events unfold closely in Thailand over the past few weeks, we are happy to say the cloud has passed. When we reluctantly called for a postponement, we simply did not know if our delegates, judges or speakers would experience inconveniences or travel delays due to the planned political rallies. Now that the rallies have occurred peacefully and dialogues have begun, we are confident that they can again travel to Thailand with their minds at ease,” says Vinit Suraphongchai, Chairman of the ADFEST Working Committee.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to postpone ADFEST, but we felt it was imperative to protect the legacy that ADFEST has built up over the past thirteen years as a fun, enjoyable and professionally-run event. Now that the dust has settled, we are delighted to announce ADFEST will take place on 27-29th May 2010. We have endeavored to choose dates that won’t clash with any other major industry events and would like to thank our friends around the region for their empathy, concern and continued support,” says Vinit.

 

In arriving at this new date, ADFEST had in the meantime sent out questionnaires to the various advertising associations in the region requesting a preference for 27-29 May or 29-31 July 2010. The majority opted for 27-29 May 2010.

ADFEST 2010 is being re-scheduled with minimum disruption to the original festival line-up.

Entries to ADFEST 2010 have already closed, and will include 14 different categories: Film; Press; Poster; Outdoor; Radio; Cyber; Direct; Design; Print Craft; Film Craft; New Director; 360; INNOVA, and Lotus Roots.

Delegates who have not yet registered with ADFEST 2010 are now invited to do so via www.adfest.com. The theme for this year’s event is, ‘REFRESH’, based on ADFEST’s legacy as the region’s friendliest and most inspiring advertising festival, located in beautiful tropical Pattaya, Thailand.

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