Our third and final interview session in our MEET THE CHOROEGRAPHER series before we embark on RELEASE 5.0. We would like to introduce Mr. Ezekiel Oliveira, creative director of FiveLines and also upcoming choreographer for RELEASE 5.0 Stage 2 (10-12 March 2016) at the Substation.
We sat down to have a little chat with Ezekiel Oliveira a while back to find out about the man and his works.
Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Ezekiel: Originally from Portugal where i studied new circus and contemporary dance. graduated from London Contemporary Dance School in 2007 and has since performed extensively in the U.K and Europe works by Tamzin Fitzgerald, Hofesh Schechter, Stephan Koplowitz, Henrique Cabrera, Helene Blackburn, Libby Seward and Alaine Handa.
I started teaching and lecturing in contact improvisation, floor work technique, choreography and repertoire for the last 5 years. I am a regular guest teacher at Bolzano Danza, LASALLE College of the Arts and NAFA amongst others.
Ezekiel teaches contemporary dance in a wide range of settings, professional classes/training, universities, colleges and dance festivals.
In 2014 I decided to bring together my skills, knowledge and new collaborators under one roof in Singapore – FiveLines.
Since establishing FiveLines – a contemporary dance initiative, I have had the pleasure of working and collaborating with an eclectic group of artists in Singapore.
I am also a part time lecturer at NAFA since 2014, and teaches regularly company class to both Frontier DanceLand and T.H.E Dance Company ( and 2nd company). I am also a dance consultant for Creat:CATT as well as a mentor for [MOVE] with Maya Dance Theatre.
What aspects of dance are you interested in? What do you like to explore in your works?
Ezekiel: For our coming season we have decided to produce the artist in residence and creative director in a sequence of collaborations with fellow artists from Singapore. The focus for the season is collaborative work that expands the horizons of the artists in co production, generating as well as presenting new contemporary dance in unusual locations. In the current climate of contemporary dance it is important to enable multi-discipline performance. Ezekiel Oliveira seeks inspiration from the visual, literary and sound arts and finds value in responding to trends that develop in parallel avenues of the creative art forms.
Please tell us a bit about your work, which you will be presenting in RELEASE 5.0.
Ezekiel: Vent is my new collaboration with the dancers from Maya Dance Theatre. In this performance I am curating different ideals of expressiveness, allowing the dancers to dig further in their emotions to investigate different approaches into revealing their human satisfactions versus dance performance. I am interested in bridging human behaviors with choreography, leading the dancers to sample either throughout the choreography; connecting this work is also the dependence on each other as well as the inquiry on distance amongst bodies on stage.
Please share with us some interesting and challenging moments in creating this piece?
Ezekiel: What is most challenging in creating choreography is to have the ability to distance myself from the work and look at it objectively. By this I mean to put myself in the audience shoes, it is incredibly hard to distance myself from the beautiful dance I have created with the dancers, but constantly I need to ask myself if this beautiful movement is meaningful? Does it contribute to the development and understanding of the piece? Am I feeding my ego instead of focusing on what I want to reveal? These questions hover my head during my creative times in the studio.
Catch Ezekiel Oliveira's choreography, VENT, in Release 5.0, Stage 2.
Join us for RELEASE 5.0:-
Release Fringe (jointly presented by library@esplanade)
27 February 2016, 2-4pm
Dance Village, library@esplanade
4-5 March 2016, 8.30pm
10 Square @ Orchard Central
Tickets: S$22 (Standard)* & S$18 (Concession)
10-12 March 2016, 8.30pm
The Substation Theatre
Tickets: S$28 (Standard)* & S$25 (Concession)
*Discounts available for OCBC Card members and group booking.
Tickets for RELEASE 5.0 can be purchased here.
Maya Dance Theatre is a recipient of National Arts Council's (Singapore) SEED grant for the period from 01 October 2012 to 31 March 2016.
RELEASE 5.0 is supported by:
Apsara Asia Pte Ltd, Singai Tamil Sangam, Arts Fund, OCBC Bank, Samuel Seow Law Corporation, Owl City SG Pte Ltd, Lee Foundation, Copper Chimney and Lee Foundation.