Celebrate the talents and diversity of Singapore’s dance landscape in this dance film by pre-professional dance students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
Drawing from Homi Bhabha’s theory on hybrid identities, the ‘third space’ is used metaphorically to describe Singapore’s increasingly complex cultural landscape. With his Thai heritage alongside Western performing arts training, choreographer Supatchai Lappakornkul straddles Asian and Western cultures. He modulates between pluralistic modes of dance and music acumen, and translates physical experiences into virtual spaces. His creative work is positioned at the ‘inter’, defined by Bhabha as the cutting edge of translation and negotiation.
da:ns festival supports the next generation of dance artists through Next Generation, a long-standing platform that collaborates annually with dance education institutions. As dance on screen comes into focus with the rise of technology and the circumstances of the pandemic, the works in this edition reflect this development with new creations for dance on film.
About Supatchai Lappakornkul (Choreographer)
Supatchai was first introduced to the performing arts when he was 14 years old. In 2012, he joined Bangkok City Ballet (BCB) after graduating from Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Western music. His passion for dance led him to pursue a Diploma in Dance at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore, where he was a recipient of the Best Graduate Award.
As a dancer, he has performed in numerous local and overseas events, including Bangkok’s International Dance Festival, da:ns festival (Singapore), World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific, M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore) and Tari International Dance Festival (Kuala Lumpur).
Supatchai is currently a choreographer and teacher at Attitude Performing Arts Studio and was the designated show director for its Dance with the Universe Concert in 2019. He is also an adjunct lecturer at NAFA and Singapore Raffles Music College. Additionally, Supatchai led classical and contemporary ballet classes and workshops with Bangkok City Ballet and numerous dance studios in Bangkok.
Supatchai choreographs both locally and internationally, this includes works for Bangkok City Ballet’s Dance Collection and the NAFA Dance Alumni Chapter. During Singapore’s Circuit Breaker in 2020, he launched the Dance Film Project, Dance No Boundaries. Supatchai hopes that through his craft, he can express the inner self, like emotions, desires, or subconscious to the audience.