Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre was incorporated in 2014 as a professional dance company, with the mission to promote Chinese dance of artistic and creative excellence. Led by Artistic Director Madam Neo Jenny, SCDT plays a vital role in developing and exploring Chinese dance identity in Singapore; envisions itself as a centre of excellence for Chinese dance both locally and internationally.
In its eight years of establishment, the company has continually sought to ensure and maintain a high quality of performance and strived towards achieving greater artistic creativity and excellence. To date, the company has put up eight significant productions, including dance drama “A Startling Dream” in 2014, “ROOTED | A Triple Bill” and “Journey: Purpose in Motion” in 2015, dance drama “Life’s A Stage” in 2016, “HEARTiculation” in 2017, dance drama “The Greatest Good” in 2018, “Crossings: A Double Bill” in 2019, including its first digital production "The Susurration of the Tree" in 2021.
In addition to local performing arts events, the company showcase its works and participate in exchange opportunities on overseas platforms. In 2014, the company participated in the “Third China Cao Yu Culture Week” held in Qianjiang, China. In 2015, the company was invited to perform at the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network International Symposium “The Wisdom of Age in Performance: The Intangible Heritage of the Asia Pacific”, held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In 2016, the company was invited to perform at the 2016 World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific International Dance Festival held in Seoul, South Korea. In 2017, the company was invited to attend the International Dance Festival held in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. In the same year, the company also participated in the First Maritime Silk Road International Art of Dance Week held in Fujian, China. In 2018, the company was invited to perform a joint performance with Hanoi Vietnam Tuong Theater to commemorate the 45th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Vietnam. In 2019, the company was once again invited to participate in the Maritime Silk Road International Art of Dance Week held in Fujian, China, for the second time. In 2020, the dance "Beneath the Sheath" was screened at the World Dance Alliance (Asia Pacific) International Dance Conference held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The company has received acclamation for its high standard performances overseas. In 2021, the dance ”The Susurration of the Tree" was screened at the Toronto International Dance Festival 2021".
SCDT is also committed to presenting more engaging performances, nurturing promising talents and making Chinese dance more accessible to the broader community.
To inspire, nurture and connect through dance, while contributing to Singapore's vibrant arts scene.
An innovative yet grounded dance company that aims to be internationally recognised for its distinctive works that showcase Singapore heritage and cultural identity.
Humility | Integrity | Innovative
Founded in 1990 by Madam Lim Moi Kim, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (SCDT), previously known as the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Theatre, began as an avocational troupe offering Chinese dance courses and performing opportunities for dance enthusiasts under the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Troupe.
Over the years, SCDT made remarkable achievements and contributed significantly to the local performing arts scene. Its ticketed dance performance “ACT Dance Night”, which features a repertoire of original works, was especially well-received by renowned industry practitioners and the general public. As SCDT became more established, it was frequently invited to perform at prestigious local, as well as overseas events and dance festivals.
In 2002, SCDT participated in the “Liverpool International Theatre Festival” held in Canada, performing its original dance drama “Madam White Snake”. The item clinched “The People’s Choice”, “Best Visual Performance” and “Outstanding Supporting Actress” awards, and was well-loved by the audience. In 2012, SCDT was invited to perform at the “Sibu International Dance Festival” held in Sibu, Malaysia, where the presented items were highly commended and well-received by the locals.
In recognition of its enduring efforts to the local arts scene, in 2013, SCDT was one of the recipients of the Seed Grant from the National Arts Council (NAC). In 2014, it was officially incorporated as a professional dance company under the support of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.