dance-Oke: What our participants said

dance-Oke: What our participants said

On Saturday, a group of participants gathered at 72-13 for dance-Oke, where we danced along to our favourite music videos, before settling down for a live interview with Kai. Here’s what some of the participants had to say after event.

Sheryl and Sam, both students, shared:

1. Describe your experience at dance-Oke.

Sheryl: I think it was really fun and casual. It was also challenging some times trying to follow some of the dances, but I think one thing I really enjoyed was being able to dance like no one’s watching.

Sam: For me, I was just helping her take photos, but it’s nice how people can really enjoy themselves here, and be casual and just do what they want.

2. How is dance-Oke different from your understanding of dance?

Sheryl: Because I do take classes outside, I’m a dancer outside, it’s very different in the sense that there’s no one standing in front telling you what to do, or teaching you certain moves that you have to follow, there’s no pressure that you have to do it right. So it’s very different in the sense that you have a lot of freedom to do whatever you want, and even if you follow the steps on the screen, you can do it in a different direction, or in a different way. It’s all completely up to you so it’s very different in a sense that it gives you freedom to dance however you want.

(Do you prefer that?)

I think at certain times I would prefer that, especially if there’s no one watching, like I can just be myself and dance weird moves, that kind of thing. But also it would be difficult to do that in normal classes because there’s a certain set of things, like for example you’re preparing for a performance or anything like that. So I think if I ever feel stressed and I want to do something then this would be the kind of thing I would do.

Sam: I don’t really dance outside, and I don’t really dance a lot but from what I see it’s like people enjoying themselves. My perception of dance is like people enjoying themselves, doing what they like. And this is what I see today so it’s quite similar in that sense.

3. Which part of the live interview did you find the most interesting?

Sam: It’s about her pursuing her dream. Although she was overseas, she had a scholarship and all that, she still gave it up because of her passion for dance. How she shared about her experiences, I thought that was really brave and courageous about her.

Sheryl: I think also that she made the decision to come back, because it’s true that the dance scene in Singapore is very small, and there isn’t much space for growth. Yet she was willing to come back and start here, start dancing here instead of staying in Sweden so I think that’s very interesting how people’s dreams can come to life even in difficult situations.

4. Will you take part in similar events by TheatreWorks in future?

Sheryl: Yeah, I would!

Sam: Yes.

Yan Ru, a student, shared:

1. Describe your experience at dance-Oke.

I really liked it. Because it’s something that I never usually do, I’ve never danced before in my entire life and it’s something that I’m a bit scared of, so coming here and seeing everyone have fun, it’s quite fun. It’s quite interesting also.

2. How is dance-Oke different from your understanding of dance?

I guess in a way, when we look at dances, we usually think of the very nice figures, people who are very experienced and very good at it. But then I think here, when you bring a group of us together, it shows that dance isn’t something that’s so exclusive, that anyone can just have fun with the movement and the music.

3. Which part of the live interview did you find the most interesting?

I guess I like it when Kai talks about herself and the work that they were doing, in that when you have a performance – I like it when she said like, “there’s no need to classify it as either dance or theatre,” instead of trying to keyhole yourself into a certain stereotype. Maybe sometimes art can just be for art’s sake, you know, you can just put up a performance that people can relate to, there’s no need to say “oh, it’s dance,” so only dance fans will come and watch, or “theatre”, so only people who appreciate theatre will come.

4. Will you take part in similar events by TheatreWorks in future?

Yeah, yeah sure!

Alex, a student, shared:

1. Describe your experience at dance-Oke.

I had a lot of fun trying out things that I don’t usually do, that’s the first thing. Second thing is, it gives me probably a rougher understanding of what Indulgence is going to be like next week, and understanding performance setup. Performance…what’s that word? Performance making. Contemporary performance making.

2. How is dance-Oke different from your understanding of dance?

The concept is very much like karaoke, which is very impromptu. Usually when you go karaoke, you usually go with a group of people, and then all of them will have their different tastes. But in this sense, you are obliged to participate in the dance, so you have to perform the dance in the music video, which in the sense of karaoke, not everybody knows how to sing that song, but people don’t sing. So basically for dance-Oke you have to really try out. I mean, in my case, I tried out most of them.

3. Which part of the live interview did you find the most interesting?

I think the whole live interview was basically talking about how the artist (Kai) came about, the background of the artist, how the artist wants to portray indulgence, what kind of light she wants to project indulgence, how it’s going to be like. So 95% of the interview was that, so it wasn’t very thought-provoking so I didn’t really have any questions.

4. Will you take part in similar events by TheatreWorks in future?

Yes! In fact I’m going for 24-Hour (the 24-Hour Playwriting Competition).


 

Thank you Sheryl, Sam, Yan Ru and Alex!

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