WEEK 3: March 28- April 3
Lee Su-Feh is Artistic Director of battery opera. How this happened involved: Childrens’ Theatre with Janet Pillai, traditional Malay and contemporary dance with Marion D’Cruz in Malaysia, contemporary dance with Lari Leong in Paris, contact improvisation with Peter BIngham in Vancouver; and many years of Chinese martial arts with infuriatingly exacting teachers. Before coming to Vancouver in 1988, she lived in Paris, London, Indonesia and Malaysia. She speaks 6 languages badly. In 1998, she won the Prix de Jeune Auteur of the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-St. Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. In theatre, Su-Feh has worked as a choreographer with directors such as Marc Diamond, Donna Spencer and most recently DD Kugler and Steven Hill. She has been nominated twice for a Jessie Award. In 2012, her solo work The Whole Beast won the BOH Cameronian Award for Outstanding Choreography in Malaysia. In 2013, she was awarded the Isadora Duncan Award by the Dance Centre in Vancouver, in recognition of her contribution to the dance milieu through her work as choreographer, dancer, teacher, dramaturge and all-around shit disturber.
In 1995, she co-founded battery opera with David McIntosh with whom she has been collaborating ever since she saw him lying, bleeding, in Kota Baru in 1985.
Alex Mah‘s residency project involves preparing text scores for musicians and dancers to interpret. In it, he will be exploring the interpretation of language by performers of different disciplines. The nature of the scores combine composition with improvisation and embrace indeterminacy and vulnerability in performance. He will be inviting interpretation of his scores by having them present in the space throughout the week.
Alex Mah is a composer and interdisciplinary artist based in the Vancouver area. His interests include improvisation, interpretation, and indeterminacy in form. He regularly engages dance and theatre artists in collaboration, which informs his process as a composer. Artistically, he is interested in the balance between fragility and chaos and the human body in performance. He is thrilled to collaborate with his good friends Emmalena Fredriksson (emmalena.se) and Arash Khakpour (bitingschool.com) during An Exact Vertigo.