2017 | Main programme - International selection City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev” | 04 June, 21.15
Choy Ka Fai - Germany/ Singapore


Concept, Direction, Performance and Documentary Choy Ka Fai

Performance and Choreography Rianto and Surjit

Dramaturge Tang Fu Kuen

Sound Design Zulkifle Mahmod

Lighting Design Andy Lim (Stage “LIVE”)



In English and Indonesian with surtitles in Bulgarian and English.



Virtuoso physical techniques between tradition and contemporaneity.

Choy Ka Fai conceived “SoftMachine” as an expedition across the choreographic landscape of Asia – its past, present and visions for the future of dance. Part of the project is a series of documentary performances – stage portraits of choreographers from various Asian cultures.

Rianto is a dancer from Indonesia who specializes in the traditional erotic dance of Lengger. The documentary performance explores the tensions between choreographic practices of the traditional vs contemporary, the masculine vs feminine, and the urbanist vs ruralist

Surjit Nongmeikapam is a dancer from Manipur, India. The documentary performance will present the process of creating a new dance performance for the consumption of the European audience, revealing the artistic strategies, marketing ideologies and the precarious attempt at exoticizing oneself.

Choy Ka Fai an artist and performance maker. His research springs from a desire to understand the conditioning of the human body, its intangible memories and the forces shaping its expressions. Ka Fai graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with MA in Design Interaction in 2011 and was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council, Singapore, in 2010. He was the resident artist at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin from 2014-2015. His projects have been presented in major festival worldwide, including Sadler’s Wells London (2016), ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna (2015) and Tanz Im August, Berlin (2015 & 2013)

“Ka Fai investigates and extends the boundaries of choreography into the documentary, it is an innovative and bold production contemplating dance and life as an inseparable contour.” Ezekiel Olivera, FiveLineAsia, Singapore

“SoftMachine” is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore for da:ns festival 2015. The development of the project is funded by National Arts Council, Singapore. With support from TheatreWorks, Singapore – danceBox, Kobe – Kyoto Experiment – Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore and Living Dance Studio, Beijing. Soft Machine Digital Archives is co-produced by deSingel internationale kunstcampus



Tickets Price: 10/ 8 BGN Duration: 145 min.

GALLERY    Photo: Law Kian Yen

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