Psyche – Winter Solstice

Finally my item~! This was my first time having Sophia as my dance partner and it was such a learning experience~! It was definitely stressful initially as I had to match up to her standard, not technically (luckily) but emotionally. This item wasn’t demanding on the dance techniques but it required the four couples to express their theme mood passionately: 喜/怒/哀/乐. I’d leave it to you to guess which one is which… Heh heh…

冬.冻.动 | Winter Solstice

Choreographed by Stephen Ah Sen

冬天来了,心冻结了,情亦动了。

The turning of the season…
A budding romance,
Two conflicting hearts,
Many lingering goodbyes,
An everlasting love…
It’s winter again

I know some guy dancers who do not like to do pas de deux due to various reasons. But after this dance, I’m even more sure that I enjoy doing partner dance. The synergy involved is very different from doing mass dance. It requires communication, trust and most importantly 默契.

It was also from this dance (and the other one that I was in) that I realized the difference between performing an item by university students and that by students from JC/Secondary/Primary schools. Certain emotions are just not known to a person until they are older and have more life experience. I quote my junior:

dance is not all about jumping the highest or kicking powerfully well or being flexible […]. I guess sometimes the best dancer isn’t one who is just technically strong. […] Dance to me used to be “SMILE!!! You all don’t have gold teeth so must show your nice teeth to everyone!” That was in primary school. Then JC was “Straighten legs! Point! Hand lower! Fingers!!!” By then the “SMILE!” part was already conditioned. That was basically the most frequently used emotion.

Wow… Interesting huh? Never knew such differences were present.

Update (24 March)

The original edit for Winter Solstice has been replaced with the one above. Thanks to Sophia for providing her feedback and contributing to the video editing process. Compare it with the original below and see which one you’d prefer. 😀

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42 thoughts on “Psyche – Winter Solstice

  1. haiyo u were stressed? i think i was the one more stressed coz acting sweet and cute n a 16 yr old is so difficult lor. No wonder clare says our actions are ‘uncomfortably cute’…if only can zoom in on our faces n our expressions…then mebbe less “ta match” 😛

  2. ahhs. it’s so easy to wanna watch u but end up tracking fen instead 😀 he did the fluid thing at 2:30ish..! chants: fenfenFEN!!!

    salutes to the girl who was super graceful even when strewn to the floor and even more graceful in coming up. dun recognise her tho… losing touch *oops*

  3. haha… the 怒 couple was one of the complimented couples la~ i always thought Jing Wen looks very pityful by the way YY treats her in the dance.

  4. its pitiful not pityful.
    muahaha. in the end i think i was more of sad than angry leh. yy did the angry part well lar 🙂
    yixin, don’t know if you remember me. maybe not. hahaha. one of the quiet people around dance. saw you durin qinggongyan last yr if u remember. i think i sat opp you before everyone else came!

  5. jingwen, of cos i rem u lar! (i have a good memory, unlike…*ahem*) must be the dim lights & heavy makeup that disguised u. i’m used to seeing ur hair down (that nice permed hair rights?:D)and normal clothes mahs. 😀 (blames everything except my own poor memory & eyesight heehee)

    btw, r u the one who also commented on shiyao’s photo?

  6. hmm… i tried looking for photos from 庆功宴 last year which contain the both of you. but i can’t~! then i got distracted by how young i looked just one year ago. sigh~

  7. contain both of us. hm i dun think i got take pic of me n her only leh. pls nzj. wake up. u are not young le. 28 ok.

    yup yixin, i was the one who commented on shiyao’s pic. i was wondering if that was you. hahahaah …. 🙂 and you’ve got gd memory. yes i had hair down that nite!

    Heys where you staying now ??? me and xuefen going to utretch to work coming hols!

  8. nzj is not 28!!! omg. he is ONLY 23, though he looks like 32. (public request for u to reply my email now before i say more evil things.)

    cmon jingwen, of cos i rem ur nice hair! erms, i mean of cos i rem u! also saw u at cfa for one of those meetings after huishi became president also. u showed up in your nice hair in a brown shirt. and of cos nobody will rem what u wore, hence it is credited to me that i remembered correctly with a perfect memory. hahs. and you’re xuefen’s fellow pharmer right? 😀

    as for shiyao’s photo, i actually was quite sure it’s you cos of that chinese dance-y display pix. muahah. those purple lights and poses. 😀 shiyao damn good life rights. the sun! if u read my comment carefully, u’d realise shiyao and i have a window we call our own because i’m staying at, surprisesurprise, shiyao’s previous room. SLEEPING ON THE BED HE SLEPT ON!!! yea, rather coincidentally, i was allocated to his room here in Eindhoven (1 hour away from Utretch by train). geez. i’m here technically til 21st July but exams end 23rd June and I’ll be travelling around from then. When are you (and xuefen) coming?

    btw Utretch is great, got direct trains to Berlin and many many other cities. 😀 oh and i can pass u my 40% netherlands train travel discount card before i leave. 😀 they only see the card, don’t really check so definitely passable.

    umms, thanks nzj for giving us ur blog to have free-for-all-to-see chat. 😀

  9. we will only be reaching on 26 june! ahhh. whats that netherland train travel discount thing abt? nv see it in guidebooks leh!hm how long is it to Berlin. me n xf planning to go Belgium, Germany and maybe switzerland if we have time. but sounds a bit overly ambitious. hahaha.

    so cool u in shiyao’s room. u guys know each other before hand???? or only on xchange? haha. eh u can msg me in facebook lar. i lazy to go find the pic in facebook to find ur contacts.haha or u can add me *******@hotmail.com

  10. just remembered something particular about my partner: she is super hardcore. she does up to 1000 crunches a night to tone her abdominal muscles. the thought of doing so much makes me shudder~

  11. haha thanks nzj. I’ve been gettin random junkmail but i dun think from here ba.hahah nevertheless thanks.

    btw hor, your display pic on ur blog finally looks not bad now.hahaha

  12. diaoz..i hardcore oso no need to tell everyone mah. haiyo. anw i”discovered” a way to do crunches with sureproof 6-pack so no need to do so many. wheee.
    btw “壮” is the visually accentuated effect of wearing that vest lah. muahaha. 😛

  13. seriously~ then u shd 传授 your techniques to all of us wanna be-s. i need it to prevent myself from getting out of shape over my 2-3 months without any technique class.

  14. hahaha glad to impart u a set of body conditioning exercises, but i need to know what u wanna train. n u need to be disciplined to do them everyday hor. juz remind me when u see me. 🙂

  15. definitely more body conditioning exercises needed to get there. we don’t do any of those in our current technique classes. Hmmm…perhaps NUSCD should set aside another day for body conditioning, strength and stamina building? hahaha 🙂

  16. not a bad idea. can pilot first rite? but tink it can be rostered to achieve greater exposure to different things to be learnt since everyone brings different skillsets to the table. 😛

  17. oh please…of coz Canada is more fun. think of the dance classes u can take there. 🙂 anw, if this is somethg that works out, think u still have alot of time to be “tortured”…lol…don’t worry, we can double the dosage specially for u. 🙂

  18. HAHA something for ZHU to ponder about! she can take turns and lead with sophia!! hahaha jingwen you are how skinny already please hahaha and if you have heavy bones it’s not like you can do anything to make your bone density lighter!!! it’ll be very VERY worrying if your bone density became smaller lor…..

  19. clare i believe you have just replied to an entry that does not belong to this blog. *ahem*

    and to jw: i agree with clare (surprisingly, cos she is usually blur~). it’s a bad sign when u have light bones. sure u don’t want to age as quickly as i am…

  20. I COMMENTED ON THE RIGHT BLOG LA!!! cos you see, earlier in the comments (i know there are 34 and very hard to track but still….) jingwen said “I wan 6 packs. Got anything that can make me less flabby. lighter and be stick thin. hoho” so i was replying to what she said!!! and just remembered her post about her bone density which made me -.- hahaha. and excuse me, i think it’s rather normal that a person agrees with me, considering i always say very intelligent things!! tsk.

  21. wah i din realise this one got 36 comments alr. haha let’s keep it going.hoho….

    clare are u sure you always say smart things?

  22. yeah i will think abt it….. when i finish stressing hurr.
    and yeah, seriously jingwen, light bone density is not exactly good also! join the heavy bones club, i let u be pres HAHAHA. (plus its not good if you start looking 28 like nzj HAHA)

  23. hey~! jokes about my age aside (GRR~), i wanna join the heavy bones club too~! i’ve accumulated quite a hight density for my bones after drinking milk daily for 23 years!

  24. hmm does a light density bone mass make ppl age fasteR???

    really????

    but then people always think im way ahead of my real age leh? and i dun have light bones. arghhh
    why??!?!??!

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