the light in the shadow

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An international collaboration between Rivergrass Dance Theatre, Malaysia and “-” Butoh Company, Australia

Mew Chang Tsing (artistic director, Rivergrass)
Tony Yap (artistic director, “-” Butoh Company)

A Dance/Installation Collaboration between Malaysian (Rivergrass Dance Theatre) andAustralian (“-” Butoh Company) Artists to be premiered at Malaysian Dance Festival, KualaLumpur International Performing Arts Centre, July 2005

This production is supported by Arts Victoria, The Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Malaysian Dance Festival, Kuala Lumpur.

Concept - In the shadow

The Light in the Shadow is a dance installation inspired by the greater and lesser signs of decay of the angel as described in the Abhidharma-mahăvibhăsă-săstra. We work with the metaphoric meanings and translate these it into movements and anarchitectural landscape in design.

We are looking at a contemporary idea of “decay” and the “angel” outside the structures of religion and specific cultures. The Light in the Shadow will be a journey of how we seedying and the ideals of dying. This poetic dance installation constructs a display of light and shadows.

The dance is drawn from Butoh and contemporary western styles co-choreographed and directed by Mew Chang Tsing and Tony Yap. This collaboration brings dancers/performers and musicians from Australia and Malaysia into an exchange of skills and ideas to createa performance that challenges boundaries of the present dance practice.


Mew Chang Tsing - director/co-choreographer, Malaysia
Tony Yap - director/co-choreographer, Australia
Tim Humphrey - composer/musician, Australia
Madeleine Flynn - composer/musician, Australia
Ben Rogan - dancer/performer, Australia
Simon Ellis- dancer/performer, Australia
Lu-dancer/performer, Malaysia
Steve-dancer/performer, Malaysia
Berg-dancer/performer, Malaysia