Alluding to both choreographers Kuik Swee Boon & Kim Jaeduk’s cultural roots, “盤” is a word commonly used by Mandarin-speaking cultures around the world, that also exists in the native vocabularies of the Koreans, Japanese and Vietnamese. Represented in its traditional form, the Mandarin title《盤》draws upon the allegorical Chinese creation myth “Pangu", a fabled being whose colossal body fragments to transform into all elements of nature. The tale of “Pangu" serves as a starting point to investigate the notion of “transculturation”—a term coined by Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, which refers to the process of the continuous convergence of cultures.
In exploring the concept of "transculturation", it is perceived that the essence of culture transcends social, national, ethnic and geographical boundaries—it is a way of identifying who we are as people.
The openness in this definition of the concept then enables the nature of this work to include additional guest collaborators and local performers. This Italian premiere of Pán《盤》includes Diana Anselmo and Nana Motobi, who bring in their own values and life experiences, which are merged and converged into the work.
It is superbly danced. The performers may have different backgrounds and skills, but they come together in a delightful whole. It starts slowly and, with an almost minimalist touch, draws you in as it gradually unfolds and the choreography develops by absorbing new elements.
Artistic Direction and concept Kuik Swee Boon
Choreography, Music Composition and Arrangement Kim Jae Duk
Pán: The Notion of Transculturation
Choreography Kuik Swee Boon, in collaboration with the performers Music Wang Yu-Jun
Collaboration between Kuik Swee Boon, Kim Jae Duk, Wang Yu-Jun & performers
Producer and Company Manager Athelyna Swee
Lighting and Spatial Design Adrian Tan
Costume Design Loo An Ni
Performers Brandon Khoo, Fiona Thng, Klievert Jon Mendoza, Nah Jieying, Ng Zu You, Haruka Leilani Chan
Masters of Ceremony and Co-Performers Diana Anselmo and Nana Motobi
Production Stage Manager Lee Xinzhi
International Projects and Tour Manager Giulia Poli
Production The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company
Supported by National Arts Council (Singapore) under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre in 2020/2021 for the Cultural Extravaganza Festival 2021
Commissioned by Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre for Cultural Extravaganza 2021
With the support of EBA - Europe Beyond Access, Creative Europe, Fondazione Caritro
Duration 90 min
The project is supported by Europe Beyond Access Creative Europe and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto