A new project by associate artist Choy Ka Fai, SoftMachine is a dance research project that studies contemporary dance in Asia, and how the choreographic process of contemporary dance has developed over the last decade. SoftMachine examines what inspires a new series of choreographic experiments and creations in Asia. This work-in-progress will present performances by 3 choreographers from Singapore, Manipur/India and Banyumas/Indonesia who Ka Fai personally observed and studied. There will be an accompanying exhibition of the research process, interview archive and mini-documentaries.
Since 2012, Ka Fai has travelled to 13 cities to meet and interview Asian dance makers. Through this multi-cultural experience, he has collected an independent archive of video interviews with 84 choreographers, dancers and curators from Singapore, Jakarta, Solo, Yogyakarta, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Bangalore, Chennai, Manipur, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.