RAYMOND LIEW JIN PIN
About the Company
A Malaysian German-based freelance choreographer-dancer who survived a tragic speedboat accident in Pulau Tioman in 2013. Fifteen surgeries and a year of recovery later, not only is he able to walk again, he has returned to his passion, more determined than ever to live out his life in dance. He has danced with Pina Bausch Tanztheater, Theater Bremen, Folkwang Tanz Studio, Tanz Company Gervasi, Kwang Tung Dance Company, Aalto Theater, Jerome Bél, Henrietta Horn, Samir Akika, Rodolpho Leoni, Mark Sieczkarek, Fang-Yu Shen & Benjamin Riepe. He was one of the finalists for the second season of “So You Think You Can Dance” in Malaysia. Raymond graduated with a Bachelor and Master in Choreography at Folkwang University in Essen, Germany and Diploma in Dance at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) in Malaysia.
In December 2014, he presented his first evening-length premiere “The Edge” & “Cut the Clouds” in Malaysia with an international cast of dancers . “Cut the Clouds” was nominated for the Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill & won the Best Group Performance, Best Choreographer in a Mixed Bill, Best Lighting Design & Best Music & Sound Design at the 12th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards in Malaysia. He also received the “Choreographic Dialogue’ residency programme at PACT Zollverein Essen & created a solo performance with polaroid installation “Dear Raymond” + “Dear Butt” , performed at ‘Es Wird Sogar Schön’ in Essen and P-Bodies#1 in Leipzig. Created also ‘I can see you’ & ‘Red Head’ during Tanzfaktur Inkubator Residency Programmed in Köln. ‘Red Head’ was performed in Solo Duo Festival in Köln and Unitanz Lecce. He had choreographed for companies such as Folkwang Tanz Studio (Germany), Aswara Dance Company (Malaysia), DPAC Dance Company(Malaysia) & Maya Dance Company (Singapore). Actively giving workshop as well in Germany and South-East Asia.
About the Piece
A haunting piece created on the edges of life. One peers through the darkness, hiding behind the fear to be seen. There is too much not to be exposed. Still the curiosity pierces through, what goes on with the world out there? Could others take my place? Would I let them?
Different voices of survival. At times aloof, distant. At times deafening, frantic. A perfectly normal person, how desirable. To be or not to be in the limelight, with the world demanding something of you, every passing moment. Finally, the desire, to live on, lives on…
Don’t let me drown.