“T.H.E has struck gold with South Korean choreographer Kim Jae Duk… (Mr. Sign) is hard-hitting with a tinge of humour.” Germaine Cheng, The Straits Times
“Mr. Sign is a universally resonant work able to strike a chord with any audience, in any country it is staged in… the work’s expansiveness fires the imagination, and is one reason why it can transcend cultural borders.”
Li Hai Yen, dance journal/hk
Friday, 19 July 2019 - 8pm @Esplanade Theatre Studio
Suffused with dark humour and inventiveness, Mr. Sign is an excavation into the workings of a hierarchal society – a furious search to locate one’s place within it and the meaning of human communication, explored through the lens of contemporary dance.
The bold musical score arranged by resident choreographer, and original composer Kim Jae Duk features an idiosyncratic mix of influences, from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Indonesian gamelan to traditional Korean trot music. Known for his high-octane performances, Kim translates the playfulness and metaphorical wit of his stylistic movements with an all-new six-member cast from T.H.E Dance Company.
Mr. Sign premiered at the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2013, Singapore. Updated and restaged in 2019, a featured programme as part of Esplanade's Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) 2019, a dedicated series for schools, and for the 10th edition of the M1 CONTACT Festival.