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Here’s who you will be seeing at Pitchpad ASEAN this year

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The selection process for Pitchpad ASEAN keeps getting more difficult each year with many talented and interesting applicationsto choose from. This year’s Pitchpad-ers were chosen by a selection committee which comprised of Grey Yeoh (Head of Arts and Creative Industries, British Council), Pang Khee Teik (arts consultant, curator and writer), and Pat Ibrahim (renowned choreographer). Without further ado, here are the 10 presenters who will be pitching their projects at Pitchpad ASEAN this year:

1. Athelyna Swee from T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore) pitching a contemporary dance titled Borderline.

Since its establishment, The Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E.) has quickly ascended to become a well-known company in Singapore and in Asia.Working in creative collaboration with New Zealand’s visual theatre dance company Muscle Mouth, T.H.E. Dance Company’s Borderline is an experiment in movement theatre.


2. Catherine Ho (Singapore) pitching a theatre piece titled Recurrence.

Catherine graduated from the Intercultural Theatre Institute (formerly known as the Theatre Training and Research Programme) and has always haboured a love for performance which soon brought her back to the stage. She will be pitching her original theatre piece that is performed in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, using the common Singaporean lingo. It discusses the relationship between family members, both living and those that have passed and addresses how people cope with loss.

3. Cheam Sophiline from Sophiline Arts Ensemble (Cambodia) pitching an experimental Cambodian classical dance titled Phka Sla.

Established in 2007, Sophiline Arts Ensemble is Cambodia’s most accomplished independent dance company. It specialises in developing and performing original and experimental works in the classical tradition. Phka Sla is a concert-length dance interpretation of the oral histories from survivors of forced marriage under the Khmer Rouge.


4. Diong Chae Lian from Gardner & Wife Theatre (Malaysia) pitching a children’s theatre titled STUCK by Oliver Jeffers.

Chae Lian initially trained as a performer, first in Singapore, and later in the USA. Returning to Malaysia, she spent two years as a Malaysian TV series regular. She co-founded Gardner & Wife Theatre with Richard in 2001 and since then, they have developed it into Malaysia’s leading presenter for family theatre. This year, Gardner & Wife Theatre in association with UK’s Big Wooden Horse Theatre created a Malaysian-cast stage adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ best-selling children’s book “Stuck”.

5. Erwin Shah Ismail (Singapore) pitching a family-oriented theatre piece titled Kulit On The Go.

Kulit On The Go is an organic collaboration between two Singaporeans; renowned director Baba Richard Tan and established stage and screen actor Erwin Shah Ismail, whose concept revives a vanishing trade to encourage appreciation in creating art.


6. Jarunun Phantachat from B-Floor Theatre (Thailand) pitching a physical theatre titled Mano Land.

Jarunun Phantachat (Jaa) as Co-Artistic Director and Founder of B-Floor Theatre, Jarunun has many experience of producing, including international collaborative projects between Thailand and Japan, Indonesia, and the USA. B-Floor Theatre is a physical theatre company based in Bangkok. For over 15 years, their productions have fought to raise social and political awareness in Thailand by communicating the points of view of suppressed ideas, people and events.

7. Mohamad Shaifulbahri from Bhumi Collective (Singapore) pitching a dance titled Jantan Joget.

Bhumi Collective is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary performing arts company that develops and produces inter-cultural and transnational work between artists from different parts of the world. Jantan Joget is an investigation about gender in performance, to question the rigid gender roles in Malay traditional dance, seeking how such conventions can be challenged.

8. Pavan J Singh (Singapore) pitching a one-man show titled Refuge.

This freelance actor has worked in theatre and film for over 18 years. He developed and created Refuge, where he takes on multiple characters to tell a powerful story of a man’s struggle to bring his family to safety on a perilous journey as he becomes a refugee.


9. JYOTSNA NITHYANANDAN PRAKASH from ANKUR (Malaysia) pitching a musical performance titled Under The Kayon Tree.

ANKUR Orchestra performs original compositions under the musical direction of Temple of Fine Arts. Under The Kayon Tree is a musical performance that embraces elements of theatre and dance, in pursuance of sharing the stories of Malaysian legends.


10. The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat (Malaysia) pitching their theatrical adaptation titled Kandang.

The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat aims to break the barrier between the arts and the people. Rosheen Fatima, Omar Ali and Yusman Mukhtar will be representing The Actors Studio Seni Teater Rakyat at Borak Arts Series year, to pitch their localised Malaysian adaptation of George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm titled Kandang.


Borak Arts Series’ networking opportunities, Pitchpad ASEAN and One-on-One Meetings with Festival Directors resulted in mobility for artists:

o ‘Skin!’ by local artists TerryandtheCuz was presented at OzAsia Festival Australia 2016.

o ‘Moved by Padi’ by local artists Ombak-Ombak Art Studio was presented at 2016 George Town Festival.

o ‘Bordal Serei’ by Amrita Performing Arts (Cambodia) was presented at Esplanade Singapore in 2016.

o ‘Gobyerno’ by Sipat Lawin (Philippines) was presented at Darwin Festival, Australia in 2016.


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