Under the guidance and direction of Artistic Director, Wong Jyh Shyong (JS), DPAC Dance Company (DDC) was formed along with the establishment of Damansara Performing Arts Centre (DPAC), Malaysia. As a choreographic workplace, DDC aims to present DPAC’s in-house dance productions – “D for Dancing” (Contemporary and Classical Ballet Seasons) with local artists and collaborative projects between Malaysian and international dance artists.
Photograph by JS Wong
In July 2013, DDC presented “To Dream a Ballerina’s Dream” performed by eight fresh graduates from the Dancer’s Training Programme (DTP) Classical Ballet Season 2013. Besides that, DDC drew on the collaboration with Mauvais Chausson Dance Theatre (Taiwan) in August 2013 to present “La Vitesse Complexe” which was performed by Wong Jyh Shyong (JS), and Lin Yen-Ching, currently a dancer with Akram Khan Company. DDC also presented other dance works in DPAC’s Soft Opening Ceremony, MyDance Festival 2013, TARI Festival 2013 and many more. In September 2013, DDC presented the first contemporary dance season “In a Space of Time” which was choreographed by Wong Jyh Shyong and performed by six talented young dancers from different nationalities - Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. “In A Space of Time” was nominated for Best Choreographer in a Full-Length Work, Best Lighting Design, Best Set Design and Best Music & Sound Design in the 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards.
In August 2014, DDC presented “The Sleeping Beauty 2014” as a featured guest dancer with graduate students from DTP Classical Ballet Season 2014. “The Sleeping Beauty 2014” was nominated for Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill at the 12th Boh Cameronion Arts Awards 2015. Furthermore, in July, DDC was in an international collaboration with Mirramu Dance Company (Australia) and Dancecology (Taiwan) to present "Mirror Image". "Mirror Image" was premiered in Canberra, Australia in April and then, went on tour to Taipei, Taiwan in June and Malaysia in July. As part of the Asian Young Choreographers Exchange Project, DDC collaborated with Siu Lung Fung Dance Theatre (Hong Kong) to present ‘Here It Goes Again – A Double Bill’ in October. DDC was also invited to TARI Festival 2014 and Shantanand Festival of Arts 2014. DDC joined in d’MOTION International Dance Festival 2014 to present "I See Skies of Blue" and "Cut the Clouds" in December. "Cut the Clouds" received the Best Group Performance, and it was also nominated for the Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill along with awards for the Best Lighting Design and the Best Music & Sound Design at the 12th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2015.
In January 2015, DDC was invited to perform a full-length work - “WExplode” at Store House Collection in Japan. DDC has been invited to present “After Dark” at KLPAC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in May and KL International Performing Arts Festival - Tepak Tari in September. “After Dark” was nominated for the Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill along with awards for the Best Lighting Design and the Best Music & Sound Design at the 13th BOH Cameronion Arts Awards 2016. Then, DDC joined in d’MOTION International Dance Festival 2015 to present "Disco-Teca" by DDC’s resident choreographer, China’s Er Gao from Ergao Dance Production Group who is widely known for his unique cutting-edge choreography style.
In the collaboration with Goethe-Institut Malaysia, Ben J. Riepe (Germany) was invited to be DDC’s guest resident choreographer. Together with his dramaturge, Felizitas Stilleke Kleine, they created a new original piece titled HAHAHA with DDC dancers and premiered at DPAC Arts Festival 2016 in July. In the same year, DDC was invited to Interface 2016 (India), Sibu International Dance Festival 2016 (Malaysia) as well as Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival 2016. Thus far, DDC has toured Australia, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
DDC Performance Calendar
Lumpur Photography Festival 2016
Wholesale City, Malaysia
10 – 12
International Dance Festival 2016
Civic Centre, Malaysia
5 – 11
Delhi & Kolkata, India
Arts Festival 2016 – DUA Creations 'HAHAHA' & 'Faces'
Black Box, Malaysia
18 – 19
International Dance Festival 2015 –
Asian Festivals Exchange 'Disco-Teca'
Black Box, Malaysia
2 - 5
International Performing Arts Festival
1 – 3
10th Anniversary Celebration
Pentas 2, Malaysia
– 25 Jan 2015
Collection 2015 ‘WExplode’
International Dance Festival 2014 –d’Next Choreographer Exchange ‘Cut the
Black Box, Malaysia
17 – 18
International Dance Festival 2014 –
Asian Festivals Exchange ‘I See Skies of Blue’
9 – 10
CONTACT 2014 - Asian Festivals
Exchange ‘I See Skies of Blue’