What is dance, and do we need to define it?
In response to the ongoing debate surrounding dance in Singapore, a group of panellists from different backgrounds, training and cultural perspectives grapple with defining dance today. Through a moderated dialogue session, locally-based artists Edith Podesta, Soultari Amin Farid and Susan Sentler will share diverse viewpoints on the question: what is dance?
In doing so, the panellists challenge the cultural relevance of defining dance, and invite possibilities of exploring new questions within the topic of dance.
Susan Sentler is a dance artist working as teacher, choreographer, researcher, director, and performer. She served as senior lecturer with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for 18 years and has taught globally in the field of dance for over 30 years. As performer she danced with the Martha Graham Ensemble, and in recent years has returned to performing in works of artists such as Tino Sehgal, Xavier le Roy and Jerome Bel. Susan’s personal creative practice is interdisciplinary, anchored by a honed somatic relationship to image. She works in gallery/museum contexts creating ‘responses’ or ‘activations’ within exhibitions as well as durational installations orchestrating objects, sound, moving/still image and absence/presence of the performing body. Her work has been exhibited and performed in the UK, USA, Europe and Singapore. She is a lecturer in the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
Soultari Amin Farid
Soultari Amin Farid is a choreographer, arts educator and researcher from Singapore. He is currently a PhD candidate in Theatre, Drama and Dance studies at the prestigious Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. He is a recipient of the ASEAN-India Youth Award (2018), Singapore Youth Award (2017), National Arts Council Scholarship (2017) and Goh Chok Tong Mendaki Youth Promise Award (2016). Amin is the Joint-Artistic Director of Bhumi Collective, a multidisciplinary performing art and producing company. He writes occasionally for online arts magazine, Arts Equator, and the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay.
Edith Podesta is a theatre maker, actor, and choreographer. Her previous choreographic work includes; The Immortal Sole for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Indices of Vanishment for RAW Moves, Dog Woman; Sleeping On Her Owner’s Coat for LASALLE; MTV Australian Music Awards; Dardanus and The Fairy Queen for Pinchgut Opera; and Three Furies directed by Jim Sharman for the Sydney Festival. Edith has also collaborated as a writer for Inadvertently Housed Together by Dapheny Chen (CO:LAB for Re:Dance Theatre), andLook Up 2.0 by Ricky Hu for NUS Arts Festival. Edith is currently Associate Artistic Director of young & W!LD a division of W!LD RICE.