Aug. 4, 2011
Interviewed by Lin Yatin
Khamlane Halsackda (UK)
Q: What do you expect to come out of these three weeks of rehearsals?
A: I am very interested to experience the general dance scene in Asia. I’ve been to Bangalore, India this year, and now I’m in Taiwan. My family originally came from Laos, so it’s good to be able to come to Asia, where I came from, to be able to see how the training is, what kind of works are being shown, and to have an opportunity to input my own vision of choreography.
Q: Your training has been mainly in Western dance techniques?
A: I trained primarily in ballet and contemporary dance, but generally in Europe you need to be quite versatile. I’ve done everything, from pop videos, some more jazz works, to very modern and contemporary works. I’ve also performed in theatre pieces, so versatility is important.
Q: Now that you’ve rehearsed a few times with the dancers, can you share with us your experience?
A: Yes, it’s been wonderful. I think they’re very hungry to experience something else. They’re very strong students, the ones that I have from TNUA, and it’s been very surprising that they’ve already experienced so much and are capable of doing so much.
Q: What do you hope to hope to achieve at the end of the three weeks.
A: Apart from an amazing piece of choreography? Well, just to fully experience my time here, to be involved with all the people I meet, to accumulate contacts. In anything like this, to be in a different country and a different city is to grow, to learn new things, and to push myself further.
(transcribed by Kevin Wang)