Artistc Director: Kavitha Krishnan
Kavitha is a trained occupational therapist and in 2007 she co-founded Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) with company’s creative
producer/manager, Imran Manaff. She is the artistic director/resident choreographer of the company. 2002 to 2007 Kavitha was part of ASEAN Flagship Contemporary dance production, "Realizing Rama”, touring internationally. Kavitha's long experience in Classical Indian Dance (BharataNatyam), in Asian dance forms and the combination with contemporary dance, brings a unique Asian style of contemporary dance with innovation and creativity to the work of MDT. Over the past 12years, Kavitha has worked with international collaborators to create inter-disciplinary/inter-cultural dance-theatre works that focus on bringing awareness to social subjects. Since 2014, Kavitha is appointed as an Assessor of Dance Performances by National Arts Council (NAC) and is recognized as a Citizen Ambassador of Singapore International Foundation (SIF). Kavitha represented NAC and Singapore at Tanzmasse 2018 and was a speaker at the International Symposium on Arts, Culture and Community Engagement (2019) in Malaysia in November 2019. In 2018, Kavitha founded Diverse Abilities Dance Collective (DADC) made up of performers with different abilities, a community initiative by the company and she leads it with programme leader Subastian Tan, who has a degree in Psychology (BSosc).
Kavitha values dance as a medium for communication and connecting with people.
Producer: Imran Manaff
Imran is the co-founder, director and company manager of Maya Dance Theatre (MDT). Imran graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from University of Canberra, Australia and with a specialist diploma in Arts and Events Management from Temasek Polytechnic (TP). Over the 12 years, he has been instrumental in developing MDT. Imran was also a part-time lecturer at Republic Polytechnic (RP), teaching Art and Production Management. As an independent producer, Imran produced, ‘The cold that creeps in with a thousand cuts’ with dance artist Jereh Leung in-collaboration with Sun Phitthaya Phaefuang (Norway-Thailand). The work was presented at Tanzmesse 2016 and in Hong Kong and Singapore the same year.
He also served as the curator for MDT’s photo exhibition, ‘+/-‘ as part of Puffing Bodies in Singapore in December 2019. In 2020, Imran debuted his solo photo exhibition, Sky Lines.
Content Creator & Dancer: Eva Tey
Eva Tey, Principle dancer from Maya Dance Theatre since January 2015. She graduated with a First Class Honor, (BA) Degree in dance from Lasalle College of the Arts in May 2014. Since then, she has been performing and touring with the company around the world for different festival. As a contemporary dancer, Eva has been learning Bharathanatyam with Miss Kavitha Krishnan. Mr Ajith Bhaskar and Miss Laskhmi Krishnan to explore and discover the in between Bharathanatyam and contemporary dance.
Beside that, she is experienced in pre-school and special needs programme facilitation and conducts community programmes with Kavitha. Eva is interested in using dance as a therapy to connect with people.
Director of Photography & Editor: Jireh Tham
A fanatic storyteller through the mediums of music and media, Jireh seeks to live out a life of purpose. Jireh founded JT productions with a deep passion to capture and relive life’s precious moments. A “people-centric” filmmaker, Jireh’s work aims to accentuate the beauty of human emotions. He specialises in event, wedding, and corporate videography.
Since he was 14, Jireh has been actively engaged in humanitarian work and mission trips to countries all over South-East Asia. Jireh is also a youth trainer, musician, performer and snacking enthusiast.
Music Composer: Kailin Yong
Known to many as the Fiddler for Peace, Kailin believes firmly in the power of music and love to affect profound and positive changes in the world. He was trained in Austria at the Musikhochschule Wien and was the recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin in 2004 for his efforts in building cultural bridges through music.
In 2013, Kailin returned to Singapore after spending twenty years living, traveling and playing in Europe and America. Since then, he has been actively sharing his gift as a music director and composer with theatre and dance groups like Checkpoint Theatre, Flamenco Sin Fronteras, Maya Dance Theatre and In Source Theatre, just to name a few. He is also the founding member of several pan-cultural musical groups including the Kailin Yong Peace Project and many more. Kailin currently teaches at Lasalle College Of The Arts, School Of The Arts (SOTA) and Dulwich College.
Poetry: Cyril Wong
Cyril Wong is a two-time Singapore Literature Prize-winning poet and the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award for Literature. His books include poetry collections Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light (2007) and The Lover’s Inventory (2015), novels The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza (2013) and This Side of Heaven(2020), and fiction collection Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me (2014). He completed his doctoral degree in English Literature at the National University of Singapore in 2012. His works have been featured in the Norton anthology, Language for a New Century, in Chinese Erotic Poems by Everyman’s Library, and in magazines and journals around the world. His writings have been translated into Turkish, German, Italian, French, Portuguese and Japanese
Sound Design & Audio Production: Jeffrey Tan
Jeffrey Tan also known as THE FREY is a musician based in Singapore, having worked with notable artists such as Jun Sung Ahn, Courtney Conway, Syed Ahmad, Addy Cradle, Shabir and Kailin Yong.
He is also the music director and violinist of Flame Of The Forest, an eclectic world fusion music group, and produced their first album “Tree Of Life”.
In August 2020, Jeffrey did the sound design and audio production for the dance film “Stop And Smell The Roses” produced by Maya Dance Theatre.
Bernice is a contemporary dance artist whose practice extends beyond her field. She sees art-making as a form of social activism and roots her labours in improvisation, driven by spontaneity and eccentricity, vulnerability and grace. She can be found #ghosting as @bleelly on Instagram.
From 2011-2017, she performed and created, with Maya Dance Theatre and Frontier Danceland. Bernice currently directs Derring-Do Dance/Rolypoly Family with Faye Lim, and has a joint practice with Chong Gua Khee. An Associate Member of Dance Nucleus, Bernice holds a B.F.A. (Hons) in Dance from The Ohio State University. For more, visit bernicelee.xyz
Shahrin Johry, a recipient of National Arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship, graduated from Roehampton University, UK, with Master of Arts in Dance, Politics and Sociology in 2019. He holds a BA in Dance from the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore (2012). Shahrin is unique with various embodiments of cultures in his body that comes from Bharathanatyam, Javanese and Balinese dance as well as Western dance like Urban forms, Ballet and Contemporary dance. He has been the principal dancer/assistant choreographer in a local dance company Maya Dance Theatre since 2007. Through the company, he has worked with many choreographers and collaborators: Oliver Tapaga (USA/Burkina Faso), Janis Brenner (USA), Liz Lea (Australia), Rachel Arianne Ogle (Australia), Ruth Osborne (Australia), Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), Rianto (Indonesia), Danang Pamungkas (Indonesia), Dr. Sun Ock Lee (South Korea), Ajith Bhaskaran Das (Malaysia). He has also independently created several short works, and full-length productions performed locally and toured internationally: The Conference (2012 - 2016), Sweet Lips (2014), KA (2017), Re: Path (2018). Shahrin creates art that value interculturalism, hybridity, and addressing/commenting on social issues. He aims to initiate cross-cultural works that explore therelationship between dance and society, and the body as a political statement.Shahrin Johry
Starting out as a hip-hop dancer, Subastian first ventured into contemporary and Asian dance forms when he joined NUS Dance Ensemble in 2013. Having danced under various choreographers in performances such as The Next Wave- 2014, M1 Contact Festival and O School Recital among others, Subastian aims to continuously explore new forms of movements. Currently, Subastian is receiving training from Maya Dance Theatre as an apprentice. He has performed with the company in Mahalango III festival 2016, Bali, Indonesia and in Quinzena de Dança de Almada festival in Portugal (2016). Subastian performed with MDT in ANWESHA-Beyond the darkess! and Pancha - Flowers Don’t Bloom All the Time to rave reviews.
Subastian is a founding member of a diverse abilities dance collective (DADC) made of persons with different abilities and they come together to co-exist in space to share their passion for dance. He is also one of the main choreographers of the collective and he manages the administration of the team and their projects.
Subastian is also a member of Dance Ensemble and his own SMU Hip Hop Crew.
Muhd. Sharul Mohd
Sharul is a versatile dance artist with multifaceted experience comprising choreographic work, teaching and performance. He has been a Malay dance practitioner with Artiste Seni Budaya since 2007 and currently an associate artist with P7:1SMA dance company.
With wide experience performing on international stages and collaborative works, he is dedicated to bringing traditional Malay dance closer to society by assisting people to relate to the art form in new ways, thus keeping tradition alive and relevant.
Sharul is passionate in creating contemporary works that explore movement language of Malay traditional form. Upon graduation from BA (Hons) Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2019, he would like to nurture his practice and create more choreographies.
Born and raised in the lion city, Luqman started dancing hip hop in 2007 as part of Flair Nation. As he strives to explore and grow in his craft, he picked up various genres, including Popping, Locking, Breaking, and House. This diverse exposure allowed him to develop a unique flavour in his movement.
Luqman's craft has been recognised both local and international freestyle scene, representing Singapore and clinching titles in competitions such as the prestigious Japanese Dance Delight. He passionately believes in the value of educating the next generation in the art of street dance, teaching in schools and local dance studios.