Pop-Up Noise: Shortcut Dreams
19 Nov 2016 / 12pm – 7.30pm / The Promenade and The Cove at Waterway Point
GCA is proud to be commissioned by Noise Singapore to conceptualise and produce Pop-Up Noise: Shortcut Dreams. It was an attempt to fuse dance and literature through an interdisciplinary work that was staged as a fun-filled day of flash mobs, dance performances and interactive activities. The motivation of this project was to explore the possibilities of advocating Singapore literature through dance, and vice versa, to a mass audience. It was also intended as a platform to feature young and upcoming talents who were hitherto little known to the scene.
Inspired by texts from Singapore theatre doyen Kuo Pao Kun and 2016 Young Artist Award recipient, poet Pooja Nansi, and deriving its choreographic language from sign language,street dance and contemporary dance vocabulary, Pop-Up Noise: Shortcut Dreams was eventually performed by an ensemble of five young dancers and youths from 10 Square, most of whom are beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. The work was choreographed by Wayne Ong and Leia Ang, two young upcoming choreographers and with well-known and award winning poet Aaron Lee as co-curator.
Pop-Up Noise: Shortcut Dreams reached out to an audience of 600. In line with its emphasis on the creative process as a means of engaging audiences into the arts, two lead-up events – a workshop and a panel discussion – were open to the public at Got To Move and Singapore Writers’ Festival.