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Ricky Sim is a home-grown Singapore talent. His dance career spans over 25 years, including being a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator. He obtained a Masters in Fine Arts (Dance) from Queensland University of Technology, Australia and had completed his Diploma in Dance and Graphic Design (Singapore) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore) respectively.
As a professional dancer and/or choreographer, Ricky worked with The Arts Fission Company and Singapore Dance Theatre (Singapore), Katsura Kan & Saltibanques (Japan), Theatre Nordhausen (Germany), Fattore K and Teatro alla Scala (Italy).
Gaining reputation as a choreographer who is collaborative and provocative, Ricky works closely with musicians, stage actors, and various art practitioners in an integrative manner. His works have been described as ‘being extraordinary, physically daring with a strong sense of vivid musicality’.
His notable choreographic works include Transparent Ground in Brisbane in 2003, X-ray presented under Forward Moves by Singapore Arts Festival in 2007, Visible Cities co-commissioned and premiered by Napoli Teatro Festiva-Italy and Singapore Arts Festival-Singapore in 2009, It Appears That... commissioned by The Esplanade's Studio Series in Singapore in 2010, Turandot with the world-acclaimed Italian opera house Teatro alla Scala in 2011, AUTOPUSProject in 2012, Teasein 2013, FREE in 2015, and facilitating as a movement collaborator for Sounding Body in 2016-2017, X & Y in 2018, Alice, Bob & Evein 2019 and Ghost Callin 2019 for RAW Moves. To date, Ricky has created over 50 commissioned works for professional companies, institutions, festivals, and interdisciplinary collaboration with local and international artists from America, Australia, Asia and Europe.
Ricky is often invited as speaker and guest lecturer of dance and education at international forums and institutions. Some of his appointments include panel member for Grants, Scholarships & Bursary, Performance Assessor and Arts Education Programme by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Ricky has chaired the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) dance department in 2016 to 2017. He was also the dance lecturer at NAFA and LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, guest lecturer in movement at both Thammasat University in Thailand and Teatro De Flippo, University Rome – La Sapienza, Italy.
In 2011, Ricky founded RAW Moves, an experimental contemporary dance company based in Singapore. It focuses its establishment, connection and direction of work with the spirit of inquiry. RAW Moves Ltd is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.
The international and local artistic accolades that Ricky received include — Artist-in-Resident at Thammasat University in Thailand, Silver award in choreography for National Day Parade, Singapore, International Touring Grant for Indonesia Dance Festival VIII, Rotary-NAC Arts Training Grant, Djerassi Residency Program for Choreography in USA, UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for Artist Programme (France / Greece), NAC-International Development and Marketing Grant, and Shell-NAC Arts Scholarship.
Since 2004, Ricky has been a representative and standing member of the UNESCO's Conseil International De La Danse (CID), Paris.
After obtaining her Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore, Chong enrolled in LASALLE College of the Arts to pursue dance. Since graduating with a Diploma in Contemporary Dance in 2001, administratively, she has worked with local companies including Touch Entertainment (Production Manager 2001-2002), Ah Hock and Peng Yu (AHPY) (General Manager/Production Manager from 2003-2004) and The ARTS FISSION Company (Project Manager 2005-2006).
As a performer, she has danced for AHPY, Joavien Ng, Daniel K, Neo Hong Chin, Cheryl Quek, Susan Yeung and Melissa Quek. As a choreographer while with AHPY, she created Weeping Willows Transfigured Nites (2004) and co-created Blue Carousel (2004). In 2005, under Collective MAYHEM she created There’s something about… SUBTEXT (2005) and co-created SUBTEXT II (2006). Her work w a l l s was commissioned for Forward Moves , a platform showcasing local contemporary artistes, in the Singapore Arts Festival 2008.
Ebelle then took a break to become a stay-at-home mum to raise 3 boys who have and still do, challenge her in her administrative and choreographic ways. After a hiatus of 7 years, Ebelle created her work Standing, Sitting and Lying Down:7 for RAW Moves Repertory Platform (R.e.P) 2015. She was also an Artist-Mentor for Open Homes Singapore International Festival of Arts 2015, where she worked with non-performers to showcase their stories in their living rooms. Her latest collaboration with theatre practitioner Patricia Toh saw them drinking tea and hanging out on stage under Pat & Ebelle as part of Exxonmobil Campus Concert 2016’s Intensi-5: An Evening of Contemporary Dance. In 2017, Ebelle was invited back by SIFA Open Homes as an Artist Facilitator and in the same year she co-created 慢慢走 - Walk Slowly with collaborators Pat Toh and Neo Hong Chin for RAW Moves' Run Another Way Platform.
Ebelle is currently teaching contemporary dance in several schools under its CCA and Curriculum banner. She also served as the Conference Secretariat for Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance by World Dance Alliance Singapore.
Sim Siew Kiang