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1 Dua Space Dance Theatre
Aman Yap & Anthony Meh, artistic directors

Formally launched in 2003, Malaysia's first Chinese professional dance company, opened a new chapter in Malaysia's local and Chinese dance history, and providing salaries to dancers and administrative staff. . The dance company provides training in contemporary dance and Chinese dance. The name Dua Space is a metapohor for exchange and sharing. Founder Anthony Meh Ye Zhongwen include all outstanding dance talent studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts under scholarship. After graduation, he joined Taiwan's Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and the GGD Dance Company in New York, returning to Malaysia in 1998. The company has performed in China (Beijing, Guangzhou, Harbin, Tianjin), South Korea, Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya), Hong Kong, Pakistan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore and London, UK. The troupe works with traditional and innovative inspirations, full of the strong colors of Malaysia. The company has receivied numerous awards including Outstanding Award of the 1998 Chinese National Dance Competition, 2003 the BOH CAMERONIAN ARTS AWARDS "dynamic tension" Best Dance Company, 2004 THE BOH CAMERONIAN ARTS AWARDS Best Choreography Award and the best stage design and the 2009 Asia-Pacific (Asia) Cultural Industry Creative Award.

2B, Jalan Kenari 11, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

03-8070 0890

Email: dance@duaspace.com.my

http://www.duaspace.com.my, https://www.facebook.com/duaspace, http://duaspace-dancetheatre.blogspot.com/
2 Nyoba Kan
Lee Swee Keong, artistic director

The only dance theatre focusing on the Japanese dance art of Butoh in Malaysia and Led by Lee Swee Keong, Nyoba Kan has been bringing the most avant-garde and yet absurdist pieces to their audiences since. In order to promote the dance form, Nyoba Kan has successfully organized the International Butoh Festival in Kuala Lumpur since 2008. Lee Swee Keong has combined various techniques and discipline acquired from the pioneers in forming his own Butoh philosophy. He believes that Butoh helps to reconstruct the body and the mind, providing a new perspective towards life and death, and a form of spiritual expression far beyond the physical. Recent major productions include 2008《诅咒紫禁城》(Curse of Forbidden Palace (2008), She Walks in Beauty Like The Night (2008), Green Snake (2009), The Peony Dream (2009), The Testimony of Rashomon (2010), The Butterfly Lovers (2011) and Catan Kulit (2012).

nyobakan@gmail.com, jess_procast@yahoo.com.my

Telephone: 012-300 8255
3 Asthana Arts
Ravi Shanker, director

Asthana Arts is a dance studio in The Little India Brickfields and Jalan Hang Kasturi Kuala Lumpur. This is a place where it invites dancers and artists to explore and experiment variety of Malaysian dances in traditional, contemporary and fusion forms. Taught by qualified graduates from notable dance institutions and experienced dance instructors, Asthana Arts is a place that dancers nurture their artistic talents. To preserve and bring in fresh ideas in the world of performing arts especially in the Malaysian traditional , fusion and contemporary dance repertoires, this studio was established and the afflicted to Swarna Malaya Club of Performing Arts University Malaya, Putra Kalakshetra Club of Perfoming Arts University Putra Malaysia and Rasa Lavanya Club of Performing Arts University Kebangasan Malaysia.

We have done numerous dance performances and choreography for various organizations. Some of the notable ones are including Gema Zafana at Istana Budaya, Pepsi Bollywood Commecial, Nokia commercial, ASTRO events and TV shoots, NESTLE events, HOTLINK Tours and Concerts, THR Concerts, Konsert Suria KLCC, Global Indian Shopping Festival Grand Opening, International Tamil Film Award, Indian Film Festival and more.

We have also toured at Thailand, Indonesia, India and Amsterdam. Asthana Arts initiated The Asthana Arts Young Performing Artist Fund, in the effort of creating a platform for deserving students in learning Indian Dance, scholarship of pursuing degree in performing Arts and to support for arts based projects in universities.

We also do thematic performances, product launch, festive performances and wedding performances based on clients’ request.

Address: No 262 B, Jalan Tun Sambanthan ,
Little India Brickfields,
50470 Kuala Lumpur
Studio) Above Sampoorna Curry House / Opposite Pasaraya Asokan

Email: info@asthanaarts.com, ravi_shanker@asthanaarts.com

Ravi Shanker + 6012 6966407
Chandrika 60133679789
Thinesh +6015 2855904
Asthana Arts Melaka +010 2115964
4 Sutra Dance Theatre
Ramli Ibrahim, artistic director

Sutra Dance Theatre was established in 1983 by Ramli Ibrahim to explore, promote awareness and develop traditional and contemporary performing arts in Malaysia through the creation of strong original works, particularly in the disciplines of the Indian classical dance forms of bharatanatyam and odissi.

Over the years, Sutra has staged productions that have received national and international acclaim for their excellent and innovative theatre presentations, thus gaining an impressive track record of artistic achievement.

Accomplished in ballet, modern, and Indian classical dance, Sutra Dance Theatre artistic director Ramli Ibrahim is a cultural icon who has performed internationally for more than three decades. Ramli has choreographed stunning works and nurtured some of the brightest dance talents from Malaysia. He was instrumental in transforming the dance scenario in Malaysia by boldly charting new paths and single-handedly establishing Odissi as a widely appreciated dance form.

He has steered a highly successful International Odissi Festival, Stirring Odissi ’08, in Kuala Lumpur; led Sutra at Carnegie Hall, New York ’08 and was most recently featured at the International Dance Festival presented by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) in New Delhi, 2010.

Ramli is presently Chairman of the Sutra Foundation. His achievements include The Fulbright Distinguished Artist Award 1999, BOH Cameronian Malaysia 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award, Johan Setia Mahkota (J.S.M.), ANGARAG Orissa 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Associations of Cultural Promotion (FACP), Asia 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, Natyanjali Trust/Purush Award, Chennai 2009, Putera Award 2009 (RMC).

12, Persiaran Titiwangsa 3,
53200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 4021 1092
Fax: +603 4023 2548

Email: sutradancetheatre@yahoo.com
5 ASWARA Dance Company
Joseph Gonzales, artistic director/adviser; Yunus Ismail, director

First formed in 1994, as a collective of lecturers and students of ASWARA, it was established to further promote local performances and champion a Malaysian identity in traditional and contemporary dance. Building a good reputation through the years, in 2011 the injection of funds from the SIME DARBY FOUNDATION enabled the full-time professional company to be established for outstanding graduates. ASWARA Dance Company is now a shining example of Malaysia’s plurality embodied in its repertoire that transcends borders of race, religion and genres. Major productions for 2011-12 season include JB Arts Festival, Georgetown Festival, Women On Top, KLCC Seni Festival, 3 Faces and Connecting Communities – National Dance Tour. The company has performed at international dance festivals including Hong Kong Dance Teens, Dance XChange in the Philippines, Muara Festival in Singapore as well as every major Malaysian dance festival.

The company has received innumerable dance awards for performance and choreography especially through kakiseni’s Boh Cameronian Arts Awards and the Ministry of Culture Awards. In 2011, the company was judged the Grand Jury Prize Winner of the Selangor Young Talent Award for performing arts.

115, Jalan 20/9, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Malaysia

Telephone: 019-2319179/ 012-3321657


6 Kwang Tung Dance Company
Amy Len, artistic director

Kwang Tung Dance Troupe has been established for 30 years and was founded on 15th June 1980. In 2010, the troupe is upgraded to Kwang Tung Dance Company. The company’s initial focus gravitate more towards folk and traditional Chinese dance.

The company changed its directions to focus on modern and contemporary dances following its development in recent years. At 2005, the company even had its first open audition to scout for talent.

The company’s vision is to promote local performing arts dance scene, nurturing dancers and to create a dance platform as a move to transform itself into a professional dance company gradually.

Some of the memorable and significant performances by the company are the yearly members’ showcase entitled KUA BU series, “To Dance or Not to Move” in 1995, “Qing” in 2002, “Emotions in Motion” in 2004, “In-Transit” in 2005, and “Hiding Love” in 2007. The company has also participated in APEC guests welcoming 1998, SUKOM Closing Ceremony 1998, TARI 1998, opening ceremony of the launching of Istana Budaya 1999, Formula One Malaysia 1999, TARI 2000, TARI 2002, Malaysian Dance Festival 2005, TARI 2007 and etc.

In the recent years, the company has been well recognized for its performing level and has received many nominations in the Annual BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.

The Sel & KL Kwang Tung Association, 6th Floor, No.44, Jalan Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. ( opposite Puduraya )

012-674 8411
016-964 8363
03-2031 1203

Email: kwangtungdancecompany@gmail.com
7 Five Arts Centre
Marion D’Cruz, founder

Five Arts Centre is a collective of artists and producers dedicated to generating alternative art forms and images in the Malaysian creative environment. The collective’s scope of work includes theatre, dance, music, visual arts and young people’s theatre.

Since it was formed in 1984, Five Arts Centre has been committed to articulating multiple Malaysian identities and championing local creativity. Founded by theatre directors Chin San Sooi and Krishen Jit, and dancer-choreographer Marion D’Cruz, Five Arts has been instrumental in the growth of a Malaysian identity in the arts.

Today, the collective has grown to include 14 arts activists and practitioners from across the generations and disciplines.
Current members of Five Arts Centre include Anne James, Chee Sek Thim, Chew Kin Wah, Fahmi Fadzil, Ivy N. Josiah, Janet Pillai, June Tan, Kubhaer T. Jethwani, Lew Chee Seong, Mac Chan,Marion D’Cruz, Mark Teh, Ravi Navaratnam, and Suhaila Merican.
For 25 years, Five Arts has been in the forefront of creating experimental, interdisciplinary and intercultural work, as well as providing platforms for the next generation of arts practitioners (including the Rhythm In Bronze gamelan ensemble and the 'Directors’ Workshop' training programme).

Contemporary social and cultural issues impinging on Malaysian life are precipitated by the collective by way of exhibitions, performances, and creative and research workshops.

Projects and performances have taken place in theatres, art galleries, dance clubs, schools, colleges, universities, offices, shopping malls, old mansions, squatter areas, low-cost flats, parks, futsal centres, and on the streets.

Over the past 25 years Five Arts Centre has produced over 90 plays, 13 dance productions, ten children’s theatre productions, nine music concerts, seven visual art events, several interdisciplinary events, an album of contemporary gamelan music, and over 100 workshops and training programmes. The company has also performed internationally in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cairo, Berlin and Manchester.

From 2004 to 2006, Five Arts Centre was manager of Arts Network Asia, a regional organisation supporting arts work in Asia.

In 2006, ASTRO and Five Arts Centre launched the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund to support artistic work by Malaysians and others committed to the development of the arts in Malaysia.

27 & 27A Lorong Datuk Sulaiman 7,Taman Tun Dr Ismail,60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fax/Telephone: +603 77254858

8 Lee Wushu Arts Theatre
Lee Swee Seng, director

Lee Wushu Arts Theater was founded on 07 February 1998, with its aim to promote Wushu cultural activities, and to strive on preserving the tradition as we work on creating Wushu in varies aspects. To present the visual and physical aesthetics of Wushu, we have created works like Wushu and Dance in 2001, Wushu and Dance United in 2003 and The King’s Sword in 2005. Each of the performance is a combination of Wushu, dance and drama. With the simple and abstract elements, it depicts the spirit from the inside, emphasizing both beauty and power. In 2002, 2004 and 2006, we hold the Johor State Young Wushu Artists Camp, in co-operation respectively with “Sin Chew Jit Poh,” “Nanyang Siang Pau,” and “Johor Wushu Association.” The founder of the arts theatre, as well as the Wushu director, Lee Swee Seng has spent 15 years in the field. Since 1994, Lee had been winning himself numerous champion and first-runner-up prizes in the Johor State Wushu Tournaments in long-fist, broadsword and spear categories. From 1997 to 1999, in the National Wushu Tournaments, Lee won the first and second-runner-up prizes in the broadsword and spear categories. In July 1999, Lee set off for Beijing Wushu International as a representative from Malaysia, and won himself the 4th place in the broadsword category. During the SUKOM in May 2000, Lee was the champion in the broadsword category. Lee won himself other titles as a champion in broadsword and spear categories in the 16th National Wushu Tournament in June 2001 held in Sabah. Lee was also one of the best athletes in the Wushu field in Malaysia in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. From 2002 to 2006, he visited China three times in Shichuan, Guangzhou and Guangxi to improve his proficiency in the martial arts. After practising Wushu for 10 years, Lee realized that he should not be limited by the martial arts, and so he expanded his talents into dancing and Chinese opera. Hence, he created Wushu and Dance, Wushu and Dance Unite and The King’s Sword, where he started leading his members to perform on stage. There he introduced integrated elements of all sorts into his Wushu arts theatre, which allows it to present both beauty and power.

159-02, Jalan Bestari 1/5, Taman Nusa Bestari, Johor Darul Takzim 81300.

Fax: (607)2368180

012 738 1862,
016 715 9193,
07 511 3013.

Email: wushuarts@gmail.com
9 JS Dance Theatre
Wong Jyh Shyong, artistic director;
Datin Jane, managing director

JSDance Theatre was established on April 2011 with 6 aspiring full-time dancers, and Steve Goh has been appointed as Artistic Director. The self-funded dance company is currently based in Empire Subang where the company is venue-sponsored. Dancers are selected through audition and based on talent, sense of commitment, passion for dance and mostly trained from Dance Space. The dancers are enrolled in a serious dance training program and provided choreographic experience with various artists and performance exposure nationally and internationally.

The initiation of the company establishment is centered on the concerns of dance opportunity in Malaysia and self-advancement. Both founders Datin Jane Lew and Steve Goh Chen Fui determined to generate an initial training platform for local talented and dedicated dancers and choreographers, and hope that with this experience, the dancers are prepared for their embarkation to further their dance career either local or abroad. The intensive dance training equips the dancers to execute refine dance technique physically, and achieve durable inner strength.

In 2012, JS Dance Theatre will become the resident company at the new Damansara Performing Arts Centre.

Email: jsdancetheatre@gmail.com
10 Batu Dance Theatre
Vincent Tan Lian Ho, artistic director

In September 1999, after Mr. Vincent Tan Lian-Ho's "Solo Untitled", he had an audition for dancers. Soon then, he founded Batu Dance Theatre, with the mission to become the first professional dance company in Malaysia. A great will to nurture the rising generation of dancers, to bless many others with arts is magnanimous. Thus, the Batu Dance Theatre is born to provide professional training to generate a space to accommodate dance chorography.

The objective of Batu Dance Theater is to present performing arts as a form of community service. To have theatric presence in every edges of Malaysia, and to evoke every member of the society to stand on their feet and dance. Like the prevailing rivers, Batu Dance Theatre flows through the cosmopolitans, suburban, schools and community and nourishes each place with performances, seminars, movement demonstration to engage the people to dances and arts. There have been more than 40 major and minor performances in 2 years time and they have been receiving praises everywhere they go. This year, leaving the raucous city behind, Vincent Tan and fellow dancers continue their journey to travel around rural and suburban in search of the cultural sentiment and its roots.

July in 2001, Batu Dance Studio his finally established as & venue for trading & rehearsal. Aimed for breeding the culture of arts, it is provided with reading materials, audio and visual equipments for public's use. In the weekends, it holds various events to accommodate teachers and youths who are enthused with arts and dance from all over the country. It is the first Mini Living Theatre in Klang where seminars, exhibition and performance are held.

Founder and artistic director of Malaysia Batu Dance Theatre. He was born in Batu Pahat, Malaysia in 1960. He loves Chinese culture since he was young and has chosen Taiwan to complete his BBA. While he is studying in Taiwan, he followed Lin Hwai Min and Ming-Hsen Ku, practice dancing. Since 1981, he has performed with several companies – The Taipei Ballet Theatre, Francis Tao Dance Troupe and has served as choreographer and teacher with the Taiwan Overseas Chinese Student Dance Group. In 1994, he returned to Taiwan for further studies and pursued a graduate degree at the National Institute of Arts in 1997.

1 (3rd Floor) Persiaran Pegaga, Taman Bayu Perdana, 41200 Klang, Selangor.

Tel: 03 3324 7568
Fax: 03 3324 7569
11 Hornland Dance Theatre
Chen Ing Kuan, director

Founded on 17, July 1995, Hornland Dance Theatre is a dance group based in Sibu, Sarawak, promoting the art of dance and the education in dance. We provide training in Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Cultural Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Yoga.

46, 3rd Floor, Lane 1 Lanang Road, 96000 Sibu, Malaysia

Email: Hornland@hotmail.com

Telephone: 084-349 932

12 Synergy Dance Theatre
Christopher Liew, director

Synergy Dance Theatre in Kota Kinabalu consists of Synergy Dance Theatre, Re-Up Crew and Synergy Tap Crew. Synergy Dance Theatre is the first Modern Dance Theatre in Sabah, Malaysia which formed at 15 November 2004, with Christopher Liew as the founder and artistic director. We aim to create our own dance art and theatre language. The group consists of talented dancers willing to put their time and effort into contemporary dance and dance theatre presentation. The group has performed many remarkable dance theatre performace which are “Body in The Black Box”(2005), “Pandora Box”(2006), “Corner”(2007), “Snow in my Heart”(2008), “You Can’t Imagine”(2010). Christopher Liew is a dance graduate from Chinese Culture University, Taiwan.

+6019-5330395(Christopher) /

Email: synergydt@gmail.com

Website: http://mysynergydance.com/

1st floor, Shop Lot 1, Taman Sinar Baru, Jalan Damai 8300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
(Opposite Sabah Medical Centre SMC at Damai area,KK; same shoplot as COSWAY)
13 Danceworks
Jie Choong Wan-Chin, artistic director;
Dr Chen Wei, managing director

Danceworks Production was founded in 1998 by a group of Malaysian dance enthusiasts with a consuming desire to bring dance to a higher level so that Malaysians could share the joy of dance, whether as participant or spectator. At the same time, it was also aimed to use dance to assist local charities. Since then, 5 major productions had been staged including The White Bat, Carmen, and Cinderella, and some RM400,000 have been raised to benefit 16 local charity groups.

A graduate of the Shanghai Dance School, China, she has danced with the Singapore Dance Theatre, Shanghai Ballet Company. Upon receiving The Calarts Scholarship Award and her Master Degree of Fine Arts in Dance and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts, USA, she joined Ena Ballet Studio as Resident Choreographer in 2001. In 2003 and 2006, she produced International Ballet Galas in Nara Japan, featuring artists from the San Francisco Ballet. In 2006, she co-founded and co-directs Ena Ballet Studio Company, Japan and has created numerous short pieces as well as full-length works such as 'The White Bat', 'Carmen' and 'Cinderella'. In June 2010, she presented 3 choreographies at the 4th International Ballet Festival in Colombia.

Website: http://www.danceworks2012.org/

Telephone: 017 608 5025 (Dr Chen)

14 UMa Contemporary Dance Company
Leng Poh Gee, director

The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance) degree was first offered in Malaysia by University of Malaya in December 2005. Subsequently, the dance department’s performing entity, UMa Dance Company, was established in 2007 to enable its dance students to showcase contemporary works featuring challenging choreography. The company performed in TARI (Kuala Lumpur, 2007), WDA Singapore Conference (Singapore, 2007), Pra-Festival Negara Kretagama (Indonesia, 2009), CONTACT full-length contemporary dance performance (Kuala Lumpur, 2009), Youth Dance Festival (Kluang, 2009 –2011).

Telephone: 603-7967 7079

Fax : 603-7967 3576

Pusat Kebudayaan,
Level 2, Old Canseleri Building
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur


15 Temple of Fine Arts
Malar Gunaratnam, senior director

Many dance styles are offered at The Temple of Fine Arts, with part time courses for both group and individual students. These are Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Contemporary, Kathak and Bollywood. Since 1981, The Temple of Fine Arts has captured the imagination of art lovers in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, India and even USA. And in each centre, his abiding principle of using the arts as the vehicle for creative and spiritual discovery has established The Temple of Fine Arts as a significant and worthy source of artistic research in their respective communities. The new centre of the Temple of Fine Arts in Brickfields is a 5-storey building was designed with the growing needs of the institution. Dance studios, music rooms, a spacious rehearsal hall, a 500 seater performance hall, a library and a cafeteria make up the main areas of activity.

116 Jalan Berhala Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 03-2274-3709

Website: http://tfa.org.my

Email: tfakl@pc.jaring.my

KESUMA Ensemble was formed by a group of students at the University of Malaya in 1971 to promote dance on campus. Since its inception, KESUMA has performed frequently in Malaysia and overseas. Amongst the countries visited are Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Scotland, Austria and England. In 2007, KESUMA became the Dance Department of University of Malaya’s traditional dance ensemble for traditional dances of Malaysia and the Malaya Archipelago. The group is open to all campus members of University of Malaya. Hamid Chan and Mohd Hairil Anuar Bari currently are tutors of Dance Program, University of Malaya.

Pusat Kebudayaan,
Level 2, Old Canseleri Building
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Telephone: 603-7967 7079

Fax : 603-7967 3576


17 Arte e Vida Dance Studio
The birth of a Brazilian cultured based dance studio

Arte É Vida Dance Studio located at Mont Kiara, and is the brainchild of two passionate professionals: Michelle Toh and Lilica Vargas. Michelle loves working with kids and is experienced in guiding them through their first dance steps; while Lilica is an expert in Brazilian Culture and fitness.

Our main expertise is the Brazilian culture where we offer classes such as: Capoeira, Samba Dance, Brazilian-Afro Dance, Capoeira percussion, etc. with instructors who hail all the way from Brazil!

We also offer other learning programs like the 1st and 2nd Steps class, where kids aged 2 - 5 will learn the basics of dance, such as: balance, jumping, strength of upper and lower body, memorizing choreos, isolations (i.e how to move different parts of their body like hips, chest, shoulders, etc), and most importantly have lots of fun!!! Our main goal for the students after they have completed our learning program is that he/she will be ready to engage in any genre of dance or martial arts.

Contact: Michelle Toh Mei Peng

Telephone: 012-5081126,

email: arteevida@live.com

Website: www.arteevidadancestudio.blogspot.com,

12-2, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480.

18 LAPAR Lab
“LAPAR” means ‘hungry’ or ‘desire’ from the Malay language. It indicates the sheer aspiration and strong cordiality to the professionalism and the artistic creation of performing arts.

LAPAR Lab was conceptualized by Low Shee Hoe, who graduated from Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. We are a non-profit organization which provides a platform for local and international performers to publish works of performing arts and visual arts. LAPAR Lab has been actively involved in stage performances, workshops, theatrical and technical productions. The credits include The Dying Eyes (2006), Technatomy (2007), Tan Tiao Ban (2008), Contact (2009), Triangular Prism (2010) and She Moves In A Deliberate Pace (2011). The company is currently headed by Lim Siew Ling.

Contact Person: Lim Siew Ling

Phone No: 016-4126114

Email: laparlab@gmail.com

S2-10-09, Sutramas Apartment, Persiaran Puchang Jaya Selatan, 47170 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.





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