Flying from Beethoven's Fifth and other inspirations
by Estelle Rosen
Born and raised in Singapore, of Peranakan Chinese descent, Yvonne Ng (B.F.A. Honours,York University) is a Toronto based dancer, choreographer, presenter, producer, curator, arts educator and artistic director. An Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts award winner, Ng is the artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), the umbrella organization for tiger princess dance projects (tpdp) and the award-winning dance: made in canada/fait au canada festival which she produces and curates. She has taught in the dance departments of Ryerson and York University, the theatre department at Juniata College (Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) as well as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and La Salle College of the Arts (both in Singapore). Ng has toured tpdp to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China and across Canada. She is also artistic director of Series 8:08 (since 1994). Ng will choreograph SoloDuet, two new works exploring identity and its fluidity, in collaboration with dancers Mairéad Ellgate, Luke Garwood, and Linnea Wong May 6-10 at Toronto's Theatre Centre. www.princessproductions.ca
CHARPO: As choreographer of SoloDuet, what were some of the challenges in presenting these two dance pieces, how do they complement each other and what would you like audiences to come away with?