Photos: Kuang Jingkai
Company Dancer (Senior)
Matthew graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance with Distinction (Choreography) and attained Best Graduate Award in 2013. His accolades include 2nd place in Commonwealth Society of Teaching of Dancing 14th Asia Pacific Dance Competition, Hong Kong, Open Age Group Lyrical Solo and 2nd place in Youth America Grand Prix Contemporary Dance Category 2013 Season, Japan.
Matthew is a founding member of RAW Moves and has since performed in most of the company's works such as, Paperman and Silent Words (2011), AUTOPUS Project (2012), Tease (2013), Helix (2013), Optical Appetite (2013), Getting to know you... we are... (2013), FREE (2014), Floating Box (2015), 48:00 (2015), Act II - The Messy Middle (2016), BOUND (2016), 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), 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, That Special Thing, As WE Repeat, The Turn, A Swee Way to Fly..., PerforME and Tapping Out were featured in RAW Moves' Artistic Platform, as part of Run Another Way 2012, Run Another Way 2013, Run Another Way 2014, RawGround-SG51 (2016), RawGround: Clutter (2017) and RawGround: Competition (2018) respectively.
He was also a facilitator for A Little RAW Company’s annual showcase hoME (2016), What the tree sees… (2017) and A Green Dot (2018).
Stephanie Rae Yoong
Stephanie Rae Yoong developed an interest in dance at the age of 7 through ballet under The Royal Academy of Dance. She trained under Zaki Ahmad and Wee E Ching at CHIJ Toa Payoh and participated in competitions with the Dance Ensemble locally and overseas.
While undergoing Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)’s Dance Program, Stephanie took a liking to Interdisciplinary collaborations and projects. She performed in an interdisciplinary project, Remembering World War Two in Singapore: Between Light and Darkness (2017), headed by Grace Leong in collaboration with the Theatre and Music department for the National Museum Singapore. Stephanie also collaborated with the Music department to create a piece Away from home (2017) under the guidance of Mdm Lim Fei Shen and Dr. Joyce Koh.
In 2018, her choreography titled D for dyslexia was chosen to be performed at Intensi-5 2018: Dancing left of centre (A platform for exploring choreography and the creative process).
Stephanie graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Dance in 2018 and joined RAW Moves as an Apprentice Dancer, performing in Close Company (2018), Close Company's Australian premiere at OzAsia Festival (2018), Alice, Bob & Eve (2019) and Ghost Call (2019), Subtle Downtempo No (2019) and Being, and Organs (2019).
Her choreographic work Fragments was featured in RawGround: Competition (2018) and she was also a facilitator for A Little RAW Company’s annual showcase A Green Dot (2018).
PICHMUTTA PUANGTONGDEE, DADA
Dada graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, with a Diploma in Dance in April 2019. Dada is a Thai dancer who started her dance training at the age of 13. She found her passion toward Street Dance and received training in Hip Hop and Waacking. Ever since, she has become a contributing member towards the Street Dance scene in Thailand. In order to widen her perspective in dance, she decided to enrol in LASALLE College of The Arts, Singapore. During her studies, she has gained interest in Contemporary dance and other dance forms. Dada hopes to become an emerging dance artist who creates works that embrace both Contemporary and Street Dance elements. Dada recently performed with RAW Moves in Subtle Downtempo No (2019) and Being, and Organs (2019).
Dr Nidya Shanthini
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 Nite 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.