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
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. 😀