Photos: Kuang Jingkai
Company Dancer (Senior)
Matthew Goh graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance with Distinction (Choreography) and attained Best Graduate Award in 2013. He sought alternatives from his conventional dance training and developed an inquiry — what is dance/movement? — that guided him throughout his career. As a founding member of RAW Moves, he challenged his notion further through the company's repertoires and choreographic platforms.
He had the opportunity to work with artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines — music, theatre, visual arts, and interactive media. Some of the works include Sounding Body (2016), On Display (2016), Indices of Vanishment (2017), Archipelago Archives Exhibit #3: If I could set with the sun (2017), 慢慢走 – Walk Slowly (2017), X&Y (2018), Close Company (2018), Close Company’s Australian premiere at OzAsia Festival (2018), Alice, Bob & Eve (2019), Ghost Call (2019), Subtle Downtempo No (2019) and Being, and Organs (2019).
His choreographic works include That Special Thing (2012), As WE Repeat (2013), The Turn (2014) under RAW Moves’ Run Another Way Platform; A Swee Way to Fly… (2016), PerforME (2017), Tapping Out (2018) and The Board- a digital presentation (2020) under RAW Moves’ RawGround Platform and XITY (2021) under RAW Moves’ Research & Development Platform. In 2021, Matthew conceptualised a digital iteration of XITY, the XITY Augmented Reality App as part of the National Arts Council’s Got to Move 2021.
He is also a dance educator that believes in creating an inclusive learning environment for all ages. In 2020, he completed 'Working with Children with Disabilities in and through the Arts' course by Social Service Institute and National Arts Council; and is actively working with children and young adults with diverse needs. He facilitates A Little RAW an inclusive young dancers’ company in their annual showcase, such as hoME (2016), What the tree sees… (2017), A Green Dot (2018), What Simon Didn't Say (2019) and A Green Dot - a short film (2020).
Natasha Fawzi graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts with Diploma in Dance in 2020. During her time at LASALLE, she collaborated with students from other disciplines. A couple of notable ones would be with the Puttnam School of Film and Animation, where they created a dance film called Transferred Impressions, which was presented at Brussels International Dance Film 2020, and Creative Direction for Fashion (Diploma) which was performed at National Arts Gallery. She has worked with the choreographers such as Ery Mefri (Indonesia), Eisa Jocson (Philippines), Goh Xiang Tian, Melissa Quek, Susan Sentler, Dapheny Chen and Susan Yeung.
Natasha yearns to explore different movement forms that are unconventional and how they can be derived. She believes in pushing the audience's perspective of what dance can be and blurring the lines between dance and other art forms. She is eager in learning about other methods that could translate everyday happenings into performance.
Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara
Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara (PhD NUS) is a dance researcher-practitioner. Trained in bharata natyam, her academic research interests include evolving Asian performance practices and their affective registers.
She has taught a range of courses at NUS, NTU and Lasalle College of the Arts. She has completed a Dramaturgy Apprenticeship with Centre 42.
Shanthini is also an External Assessor for dance with National Arts Council.
Fascinated by diverse approaches to performance making in the region, Shanthini aspires to inculcate a culture of discursive conversations about dance processes (of dancing and dance-making) that would strengthen professional ties between choreographers, dancers and audiences.
Neo Hong Chin
Hong Chin received her foundation training in Chinese Ethnic dance. She was a recipient of both the 2-Year Rotary Multi Ambassadorial Scholarship and National Arts Council (NAC) Bursary Grant for her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) studies at Queensland University of Technology. A veteran performer, Hong Chin has worked with local and overseas artistes. She presented her
choreographic work, Out... of Steps, as part of Transfigured Nites IV 2004, featuring local female choreographers and presented by AHPY at Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.
She co-produced Subtext (MAYHEMprojectZ) with several local independent artists, where she choreographed Sitting Alone. Hong Chin was invited to showcase Magic:Machine at Forward Moves 2008, a platform of Singapore Arts Festival for emerging artists. She was also chosen to work with Post Ego Company, a Korean all-male dance company during their 3-month
residency at Esplanade to present Yellow Monkey.
Hong Chin joined RAW Moves in 2013 and had since performed in the production of 吃了吗? Eat With Us (2014), FREE (2014), Re: Time x Space (2014), Floating Box (2015), SSLD:7 (2015), 48:00 (2015), The Fleeting Moment (2015), Act II - The Messy Middle (2016) and BOUND (2016).
She guest choreographed S.P.E.A.K.I.N.G , as part of the triple bill of Repertory Platform (R.e.P) 2013. Her most recent work 慢慢走 - Walk Slowly, a collaboration with Ebelle Chong and Pat Toh, was presented under RAW Moves' Run Another Way Platform 2017.
Since 2013, Hong Chin has been certified under Romana’s Pilates.