T.H.E Dance Company
DIMENSIONS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION
Founded in 2008 by Kuik Swee Boon, The Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E) has progressed quickly to become one of the most seminal Singaporean as well as South East Asian contemporary dance companies in recent years. Its works attempt to expose different dimensions of the human condition; to highlight the minute, intricate but nevertheless important details that often go unnoticed in a contemporary age that moves with blinding speed.
Described as a dance company “at the top of its game”, T.H.E has performed at all major local arts festivals and prestigious international festivals such as Les Hivernales (2012), SIDance Festival (2013), Auckland Arts Festival (2016) and Yokohama Dance Collection at TPAM 2016, amongst others. In 2010, T.H.E initiated Singapore contemporary dance festival CONTACT to create a nurturing platform for local and regional dance artists. With its unique brand of highly physical and kinetic works, T.H.E digs deep into the universal human experience.
The company celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018.
About Kuik Swee Boon
Founder and Artistic Director of T.H.E Dance Company and the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, Kuik Swee Boon was born in South Malaysia, Batu Pahat. He was the first Asian principal male dancer with Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza (CND) from 2002 to 2007. During his career with the CND, he worked mainly with Nacho Duato as well as renowned choreographers including Jiř í Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and Wim Vandekeybus. Prior to joining the CND, he began his dance career in 1990 with the Singapore People’s Association Dance Company and Singapore Dance Theatre. Kuik’s exceptional artistry led him to receive a nomination in 2003 for the Benois De La Danse Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Young Artist Award from the National Arts Council of Singapore. He founded T.H.E Dance Company in September 2008.
Since its establishment, T.H.E has quickly ascended to become a well-known company locally and in Asia. His critically acclaimed works include Silence (2007) and As It Fades (2011), both performances recognised as amongst the best of shows in their respective years. Kuik’s works have also toured to prestigious international festivals, including festival-closing performances at the Les Hivernales festival (2012) in Avignon, France. In 2016, the Auckland Arts Festival commissioned Kuik for a collaborative creation between T.H.E and New Zealand’s Black Grace Company.