Organised Chaos is borne of an ongoing conversation between T.H.E artistic director Swee Boon Kuik and resident Korean choreographer Jae Duk Kim on the universal human condition, a response to global current affairs in an increasingly absurd, chaotic world.
The second collaboration between Kuik and Kim is pieced from free-flowing creative improvisation. Working apart at first, each choreographer casts a critical eye on the social norms that dictate human behavior, tearing apart all that appears logical and rational in order to forge their own interpretation in dance. From the chaos emerges a stunning aural interplay of text, sound, speech and movement.
Founder and Artistic Director of T.H.E Dance Company and the CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, Swee Boon Kuik was born in south Malaysia, Batu Pahat. He was the first Asian principal male dancer with Spain’s Compania Nacional de Danza (CND) from 2002 to 2007. During his career with the CND, he worked mainly with Nacho Duato as well as renowned choreographers including Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and Wim Vandekeybus. Prior to joining the CND, he began his dance career in 1990 with the Singapore People’s Association Dance Company and Singapore Dance Theatre. Swee Boon’s exceptional artistry led him to receive a nomination in 2003 for the Benois De La Danse Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC).
As T.H.E Dance Company’s very first resident choreographer, Jae Duk’s works have been described by critics as among some of the most attention grabbing, refreshing and innovative, straddling both the pop and artistic realms. Jae Duk holds a Master’s in choreography from Korea National University of the Arts, and is currently pursuing a PhD in dance studies at Sungkyunkwan University. He was previously a member of LDP Dance Company and is currently Creative Director and Choreographer with Modern Table Dance Company. In 2007 he received the third prize from Seoul International Dance Concours and the first prize in choreography from Seoul Dance Festival. His 2010 piece, Darkness Pumba, was selected for dance section of PAMS CHOICE.