Singaporean dance troupe joined ‘Mancopy’ festival in Denmark

Set over nine nights, Mancopy and More is a festival created with a focus on global co-operation and a search for physical expression beyond limits. It brings together the Danish Mancopy Dance Company, the THE Dance Company from Singapore and dancers from the Budapest-based MU Terminal Company, to Dansehallerne in Copenhagen.

Kicking off on Tuesday, November 20, As it Fades from Singapore will captivate audiences with its raw themes. Created by choreographer Kuik Swee Boon, As it Fades was first performed at the Singapore Arts Festival in 2011 by dancers from THE.

As it Fades focuses on showcasing mankind’s many facets through the medium of movement. Throughout the piece, Boon has created a performance where the story isn’t expressed through the dancer’s movements, but rather he uses the dancers as the actual emotions and ideas themselves.

The piece explores two thematic threads: the first tackles the theme of memory, and the second explores the possibilities of the human body. As it Fades also stays true to the company name THE, which stands for ‘the human expression’.

This is one performance that will have audiences memorised by the sheer beauty of dance as Boon captures physical nuances not easily expressed through words.

As It Fades commissioned by the Singapore Arts Festival and first shown in May 2011.

Following on from As it Fades, come two pieces, Inside by Hungarian choreographer Adam Fejes and Adam without by Jens Bjerregarrd from Denmark. Inside, opens on Thursday, Nov 22, takes a close look at the most primitive aspect of the human being: our instincts whereas Adam without takes on a hypothetical biblical twist, posing the question: what if Adam was alone in the Garden of Eden?

The final performance, performed exclusively by Mancopy, is Every Last Breath. Choreographed by Jens Bjerregaard, Every Last Breath shows the picture the modern media has painted of the Middle East and then seeks to challenge it. It offers a look at what life is like in the shadows when one must take on many identities just to survive.

So if you’re up for having all of your preconceived ideas about dance challenged, while contemplating some pretty far-flung ideas, then check out the Mancopy and More festival.

Mancopy and More Festival

Dansehallerne, Pasteursvej 20, Cph V: starts Tue, ends Nov 28; performances for all three productions – As it Fades (Store Carl, Tue & Wed), Inside and Adam without (Lille Carl, Thu & 23 Nov) & Every last Breath (Store Carl, 24-28 Nov) – start at 20:00; tickets: adults 130kr, kids 60kr;

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