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Friday, 10 August 2018 11:37

Meet the ... Choreographers of PANCHA-Flowers Don't Bloom All The Time



Meet the ... is a new series of Maya Dance Theatre feature the many collaborators in our upcoming production, PANCHA-Flowers Don't Bloom All the time.

This episode feature the 'shakers and the movers'.

The choreographers for PANCHA-Flowers Don't Bloom All the Time .


Kavitha Krishnan-Artistic Director/ Concept Choreographer

Kavitha Krishnan has many years of Indian Classical (Bharatha Natyam) dance training. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, Kavitha presents herself as a dance artist today and she is also the Creative Director Apsara Asia Pte Ltd an arts management and performances company.

In 2002, 2003, and 2006 Kavitha represented Singapore for ASEAN Flagship Production, ‘Realizing Rama’ a contemporary dance production artistic directed by award winning choreographer Denisa Reyes from Philippines and toured many countries.
In 2013, Kavitha co-created and performed PATH at the Accidental Festival in London, UK and also toured Singapore and Malaysia for GREY. Kavitha mentors young choreographers and dancers; and present their works at RELEASE.
Kavitha also teaches in schools and dance institutions in Singapore. Kavitha worked with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts dance team to create the module on Dance Therapy in 2013.

“Kavitha’s years of experience in Indian Classical Dance (Bharata Natyam) and in Asian dance forms and with her deep interest in modern contemporary works brings out a unique Asian contemporary dance style with innovation and creativity to her works for Maya Dance Theatre.” - Flying Inkpot, Singapore


Shahrin Johry- Assistant Concept Choreographer

Shahrin is a founding member, assistant choreographer and principal dancer of Maya Dance Theatre (MDT). In 2012, he graduated with BA (Hons) in dance from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. In the same year, he was awarded ‘Best Choreography’ for Sprouts All Star, organised by NAC and Frontier Danceland. He was crowned Singapore's First Dancing Star in Zee TV’s First edition of Dance Singapore Dance (2015) and went on to use his prize money to produce his full-length work "KA" supported by National Arts Council. Shahrin has presented his works, ‘The Conference’ and ‘KA’ in international festivals in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia.

“Shahrin Johry's work... had complexity, and a mature layering of imagery and emotions...”-The Flying Inkpot, Singapore

“[Shahrin’s work] achieves individuality, presence and complexity...” -
FiveLines, Singapore


Danang Pamungkas (Solo, Indonesia)

Danang has been attracted to art since he was very young. He formally learned traditional art at High School for Traditional Art and graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Surakarta. He has also trained in traditional Javanese dance at the Mangkunegaran palace of Surakarta, where he became a main dancer. As a professional dancer, Danang has worked with the Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Company, Lin Hwai Min (2008 – 2011).


Premela Balakrishnan

Trained in Bharatnatyam from Nirtyalaya Aesthetics Society by Mr KP Bhaskar and Mrs Santha Bhaskar. She’s also trained in Kuchipudi by Rajyasri Muralidhar whose the senior disciple of the well known Master Vempati Chinna satyam.
She also worked with Mrs Neila Sathya Lingam in People’s Association as a senior performing artist.

In 2016 she received the award Yuva Kala Ratna from Sai Manjeera Kuchipudi Art academy in collaboration with the Hyderabad government and Kalpashree Natya Choodamani award in 2017 from Kalpashree Performing Arts Centre Bangalore. Both these awards were given for outstanding performance and her extraordinary contribution to the Kuchipudi art.

Premela is currently a MOE Co-Curriculum Instructor and a Speech and Drama Teacher

She also runs a Dance school Rudram Arts .

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