Our Origin

Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director 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 under the support of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan.

Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre

Artistic Director Lim Moi Kim

Founded by Artistic Director Madam Lim Moi Kim, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre was incorporated as a professional Chinese dance company in 2014, with the mission to promote Chinese dance through artistic and creative excellence.  It envisions itself as a Centre of Excellence for Chinese dance both locally and internationally and plays a vital role in the development of Chinese dance.

In its sixth years of establishment, the company has continually seeked to ensure and maintain high quality of performance, as well as strived towards achieving greater artistic creativity and excellence.  To date, the company has put up sixth major 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 sought 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 put up 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 boost its efforts in nurturing more promising dance talents, in addition to presenting more engaging performances to its audiences, and making Chinese dance more accessible to the wider community.  At the same time, as we endeavour towards creating a more vibrant performing arts scene in Singapore, we would also like to humbly and sincerely seek the support from the wider community in supporting us in our mission.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

The Company which epitomises the promotion of Chinese dance

through artistic and creative excellence.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING

MAJOR CORPORATE FUNDING

Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022.

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