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Melissa has been dancing since the age of eight and was exposed to traditional Chinese and classical dance in her early years. She received classical training under Dance Ensemble Singapore and has been active in company productions. While pursuing her dance education in LASALLE, Melissa has also undergone training in other forms and was given opportunities to work alongside artists such as Adam Marple in The Winter’s Tale and director-choreographer Edith Podesta’s Dog Woman; Sleeping on Her Owner's Coat. Apart from studying dance, Melissa teaches in her spare time. After graduation, Melissa aims to continue her involvement in the arts scene, contributing as a dance educator and performer.
Now is the springboard from which we launch our graduating students into the dance industry. It acknowledges their development as artists and looks to their future. We invite you to join us in this ephemeral moment where their journey as artists up to this point and their hopes for their future are condensed in the now. To that end, it is an evening of exciting experiments, contemplative moments, and energetic dancing that will have you swaying in your seats.
This piece was inspired by Portuguese and British visual artist Dame Paula Rego's Dog Woman (1994). Rego explains, “The dog woman series (of pastels depicting women posturing and behaving like dogs) is about the love I had for my husband. It just happened. I first of all got this wonderful model called Lila Nunes. She looked after my husband when he was dying. She used to help him paint. Then she took up nursing. Then she could sit for me in her spare time. ... She is really myself. I don’t like doing self-portraits but she’s like a self-portrait. The dog woman was her. I don’t know why, I just said to her, ‘Now crouch there, and growl.’ And she did. ... So she became the dog woman, the first dog woman, where she’s trapped, but she can bite.”
Excerpts from Interview with Paula Rego, by Benjamin Eastham and Helen Graham, The White Review, February 2011