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Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre was incorporated as a professional dance company in 2014, with the mission to promote Chinese dance through artistic and creative excellence.  Led by Artistic Director Madam Neo Jenny, SCDT envisions itself as a centre of excellence for Chinese dance both locally and internationally and plays a vital role in developing and exploring Chinese dance identity in Singapore.

In its seven 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 seven 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 and “Crossings: A Double Bill” in 2019.

Apart from actively participating in local performing arts events, the company also tours annually to showcase its works and seeks opportunities for exchange.  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.  The company has received acclamation for its high standard performances overseas.

SCDT has also boosted its efforts to nurture promising dance talents, present more engaging performances to its audiences, and make Chinese dance more accessible to the broader community.  At the same time, as we endeavour to create a more vibrant performing arts scene in Singapore.

mission

To inspire, nurture and connect through dance, while contributing to Singapore's vibrant arts scene.

vision

An innovative yet grounded dance company that aims to be internationally recognised for its distinctive works that showcase Singapore heritage and cultural identity.

values

Humility

Integrity

Innovative


OUR ORIGIN
 

Founded in 1989 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.