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MEI-BE WHATever


MEI-BE WHATever is a New York City based dance ensemble fusing media technologies with contemporary movement. Exploring relationships between the body and technology, investigations culminate in the staging of multi-media events. Current work focuses on the simultaneity of the performance with its own live reproduction. The company has been presented internationally at Leap Festival 05 in Liverpool, UK; Mercat De Les Flors in Barcelona, Spain; SESC Festival of Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil; International Choreographer’s Platform in Almada, Portugal; Monaco Dance Forum in Monaco; Festival de la cite, Switzerland, Fabbrica Europa, Bassano State Opera Festival, Festival Ammutinamenti Revenna, Civitanova Danza Festival, Bologna Danza Urbana, Opera Estate Festival Veneto, Teatro Fondamnata Nuove of Venice and Enzimi Festival in Italy. MEI-BE WHATever has performed domestically in the USA at venues such as PS122, Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama Etc., Movement Research at the Judson Church, JoyceSoHo, The Flea, Tribeca PAC, Boston Cyberarts Festival and Dance Camera West Festival in Los Angeles. Artistic Director/Choreographer Mei-Yin Ng is a selected participant in the 2004 Multimedia Forum of the Monaco Dance Forum, the 2007 5th Pointe to point Asia- Europe Dance Forum, an artist-inresidence of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and a recipient of a 2004 Choreography Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Work has been received support form New York Foundation of the Art, Manhattan Community Arts Fund, American Music Center and Jerome Foundation.

Company

MEI-BE WHATever

Artistic Director

Mei-Yin Ng

Mailing Address

16 Cypress Ave. No. 421 Brooklyn, NY. 11237 USA

Telephone

+1.917.355.2083

Fax

+1.212.791.9737

Email

info@MeiBeWhatever.com

URL

www.MeiBeWhatever.com

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Grants, Honors & Commissions: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS 2009 (Film & Media/New Tech Production) New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) INTERDISCIPLINARY WORK FELLOWSHIP 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) CHOREOGRAPHY FELLOWSHIP 2004 Merseyside Dance Initiative, Liverpool, UK: LEAP Festival 2005 (Commission) Dance New Amsterdam, NYC (Commission) American Music Center: Live Music for Dance Program (Commission) Monaco Dance Forum (Jury elected participant) 5th Pointe to Point Asia- Europe Dance Forum (Jury elected participant) Pointe to Point Asia- Europe Follow UP Project (Jury elected participant) Manhattan Community Arts Fund / LMCC (Grant) The Jerome Foundation (Grant) US Artists International: National Endowment for the Arts, managed by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (Travel grant 2007, 2009) Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Artist in Residency 2006-7 Dance New Amsterdam, Artist in Residency 2009-10

Performance Highlights USA

Dance New Amsterdam, NYC PS122, NYC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC The A.W.A.R.D. Show, NYC The Construction Company, NYC Joyce Soho, NYC La Mama etc, NYC Dance Theater Workshop, NYC Movement Research at the Judson Church, NYC Boston Cyberarts Festival, Boston Dance Camera West Festival, Los Angeles

INTERNATIONAL

Merseyside Dance Initiative, UK Bangkok Fringe Festival, Thailand Studio 303, Montreal , Canada Bassano Opera State Festival. Italy Teatro Fondamenta Nuove of Venice, Italy Festival Ammutinamenti Ravenna, Italy Civitanova Marche Intl. Dance Festival, Italy Fabbrica Europa, Florence, Italy Enzimi Festival, Rome, Italy Almada Festival, Portugal SESC Pompeia, IFFC, Sao Paolo, Brazil Monaco Dance Forum, Monaco IFFC @ Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain Festival de la Cite, Lausanne, Switzerland

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Residency Activities MEI-BE WHATever is available for performance and teaching residencies, community outreach, master classes and workshops.

Residency History Festival de la Cite, Switzerland Sesc Pompeia, Brazil IFFC, Italy National Arts Academy, Malaysia

Master classes for professional dancers. Master classes for professional dancers. Master classes for professional dancers. Master classes & composition workshops.

Arts Connection NYC:

Workshop & community outreach.

Karin Bacon Events Inc, NYC:

Development and implement: US Department of Education Arts In Education Model Development Program

Commission & Performance The Lord Group Advertising - New Image Launch

Performances & workshops J P Morgan Chase Holiday Festival

Master class Modern Dance Technique: The workshop centers on the skeleton and key structural muscles that promote deep spinal support. Locating the body’s center of support increases the dancer’s range and ease of movement, eliminates the need for compensation, and allows for meaningful physical and emotional release.  Dance phrases will focus on further explorations into rhythm, balance, and weight, and using gravity to generate movement flow.  By utilizing proper breath, alignment, and momentum, students achieve a more compelling quality of presence, a deeper awareness of the body, and greater clarity in their use of space and time. Composition: The workshop uses an improvisation-based approach to generate and explore gestures, developing them into movement sequences using repetition and variation. Structured either around props (including objects and furniture) or around everyday technologies (including cell phones and MP3 players), the class encourages students to explore their physical relationship to the props or technologies, using them as an extension of the body. In order to work in concert with the objects, the students‚ gestures and movements must adapt in unexpected ways. A similar workshop can be designed without props or technologies, or designed to accommodate the particular needs of the host organization.

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Mei Yin Ng ( Artistic Director / Choreographer) has had the privilege of working and collaborating with Remote Control Productions/ Michael Laub in Europe, NyoBa & Dancers in Malaysia, & numerous choreographers in New York City. She founded MEI-BE WHATever (www.MeiBeWhatever.com) in 2002 as a collective for the interaction of artists from diverse fields.

In New York Ms. Ng’s work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama Etc., PS122, Movement Research at the Judson Church, JoyceSoHo, The Flea, Tribeca PAC, Boston Cyberarts Festival, Dance Camera West Festival and internationally at Leap Festival 05 in Liverpool, UK; Mercat De Les Flors in Barcelona, Spain; SESC Festival of Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil; International Choreographer’s Platform in Almada, Portugal; Monaco Dance Forum in Monaco; Festival de la cite, Switzerland, Fabbrica Europa, Bassano State Opera Festival, Festival Ammutinamenti Revenna, Civitanova Danza Festival, Bologna Danza Urbana, Opera Estate Festival Veneto, Teatro Fondamnata Nuove of Venice and Enzimi Festival in Italy, as well as venues in Asia.

Initially focusing on modern movement as inner being, Ms. Ng’s work continues to evolve with the possibilities of contemporary technologies. Her work, Wear + Tear, was commissioned by Merseyside Dance Initiative. Mei-Yin Ng is a selected participant in the 2004 Multimedia Forum of the Monaco Dance Forum, the 2007 5th Pointe to point Asia- Europe Dance Forum, an artist-in-residence of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and a recipient of a 2004 Choreography Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Wear & Tear Wear & Tear investigates the body as machine. The sound of each joint and flex point is emphasized. Repetitive motion is built up and broken down. The dancer is outfitted with multiple wireless video cameras. Each one broadcasts intimate details of the choreography in real time. Premiere Ensemble Length

July 2004 1 Dancer, 1 Video Artist 15 minutes

Performance Archive 2007 Festival Ammutinamenti Ravenna, Italy 2007 Bologna Danza Urbana Festival, San Lazzaro, Italy 2007 Civitanova Marche Intl. Dance Festival, Italy 2006 Festival de la Cite, Switzerland 2006 Dance Camera West Festival, Los Angeles, USA 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival, USA 2005 Leap Festival; Liverpool, UK 2004 SESC Pompeia; Sao Paolo, Brazil 2004 RAW Material, Dance Space Center; NYC, USA 2004 Performance Space 122; NYC, USA Credits Conception-Realization: Mei-Yin Ng, Eric Koziol Choreography: Mei-Yin Ng Dancers: Mei-Yin Ng Video Design: Eric Koziol Video Integration: Eric Koziol Sound Design: Eric Koziol Music: [exerpts] Los Sample “Mambo Brillante” P16.D4 “Distruct” Robert Keefe “On the Death of Johannes Kepler”

Brilliant Provocation: Cybernetic Women and Feminine Cripples ...An incredible ensemble of different styles. Starting with the slow and ritual Dutch Didy Heus and ending with the cyberdance of the brilliant Malaysian Mei Yin Ng... ...The last performer of the evening is the Malaysian Mei Yin Ng. She represents the futuristic touch. She synchronizes body and sound, muscle and motor, body and metal. Everything in the shape of a robot without joints, emphatic prototype of videogame women: a wild, and extremely provocative work.

Wear & Tear was made possible in part by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Double Vision Double Vision is a dance and video performance that explores the desire to see/show the private and normally hidden. The unique combination of dance and spy cameras transform the passive viewer into an active voyeur. With both live and recorded events, the performance unfolds as an intimate and unpredictable optical pursuit. The work focuses conceptually on issues of voyeurism, exhibitionism, visula authority and private/public space. The existence of surveillance technology may be perceived as intrusive and threatening. We explore this inherent aspect but also interject a more playful and intimate use of the technology. Premiere Ensemble Length

January 2003 3 Dancers, 1 Video Artist 27 minutes

Performance Archive 2006 La Mama etc. NYC, USA 2004 Fabbrica Europa; Florence, Italy 2003 The Construction Company: NYC, USA 2003 Almada Festival; Almada, Portugal Credits Conception-Realization: Mei-Yin Ng, Eric Koziol Choreography: Mei-Yin Ng in collaboration with Ge Bai, Samantha Chan, Eric Koziol, David Thomson. Dancers: Ge Bai, Samantha Chan, Mei-Yin Ng Guest Artist: David Thomson Video Design: Eric Koziol Video Integration: Eric Koziol Sound Design/Music: DJ Usul Addtional Music: DJ Spooky, Takako Minekawa, Atropa, Moe!, Toru Takemitsu, Alec Empire Lighting Design: Eric Koziol, Carolyn Lord

Festival Honours for completeness and clarity must go to both … and Mei-Yin Ng’s Double Vision … Mei-be Whatever, the New York Group founded by Mei-Yin Ng, presented a light-hearted voyage into visual realities, capitalising on a dynamic use of video cameras attached to the body. The work gradually becomes an intimate composition of live close-ups, jumping between various shifting angles of the body in action. The ausing duet for two feet had a straightfoward charm which captured more than a few hearts… Bruce Michelson Fabrrica Europa; Florence, Italy Dance Europe 2004

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Where’s the Rub? New Age Spa or Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory? In Where’s the Rub? Choreographer Mei-Yin Ng and Media Artist Eric Koziol dissect and incongruously reconfigure a traditional Chinese Qi-Gong Massage Parlor and it’s denizens. Concepts of beauty, health and healing touch are distorted through body image, fractured sound, and real-time bio-mechanical vision. Premiere Ensemble Length

October 2004 6 Dancers, 1 Video Artist, 1 Composer/DJ 40 minutes

Performance Archive 2004 Performing Space 122, NYC, USA Credits Conception-Realization: Mei-Yin Ng, Eric Koziol Choreography: Mei-Yin Ng in collaboration with Samantha Chan, Antonio Ramos, Alberto Denise, and the dancers. Dancers: Leonides Arpon, Damon Honeycutt, Pedro Jimenez, Mei-Yin Ng, Rebecca Serrell, Lise Serrell Guest Artist: Hillary Raphael Cinematography, Animation, Editing: Eric Koziol Sound Design: Eric Koziol Music: Mike Berk Addtional Music: Takako Minekawa, P16.D4, Andrew Lewis, Senior-Coconut, Group 94, Astor Piszolla, Nothing Recording Set Design: Mary Brogger, Eric Koziol Lighting Design: Joe Levasseur Where’s the Rub? was made possible in part by the New York Foundation for the Arts, Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs / NYC Department of Sanitation / NYC Department of Education and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund / New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Administrered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Cinderella Toe Jam … the popular fairy tale of ‘Cinderella’ … the historical practice of binding women’s feet in ancient China … the transformations of lives, feet, movement. Cinderella Toe Jam explores restriction through the body, resulting in movement that reveals a bizarre and unexpected beauty.    Premiere: Oct 2005 Cast/Crew: 1 dancer Length: 10 min Performance Archive 2005 Dance Conversation at The Flea, NYC, USA 2007 Urban Citizen at Dance New Amsterdam, NYC, USA 2007 New York Butoh Festival, NYC, USA

Credits Choreographer: Mei-Yin Ng Dancer: Mei-Yin Ng Music: “Scott Williams” by Savaged young Beatles, “Love Enchanted” by Daniel Johnston

Cinderella Toe Jam ll: Royal Pink Premiere: Cast/Crew: Length:

April 2-5, 2009 3 dancers, 1 sound artist, 1 video artist 20 min (Short version), 50 min (Full version)

Performance Archive: 2007 The A.W.A.R.D. show, NYC, USA 2007 Urban Citizen at Dance New Amsterdam, NYC, USA 2007 Work & Show Festival, Tribeca Performing Arts, NYC 2007 Festival Ammutinamenti Ravenna, Italy 2007 Bologna Danza Urbana Festival, San Lazzaro, Italy 2007 Civitanova Marche Intl. Dance Festival, Italy 2007 Teatro Fondamnata Nuove of Venice, Italy 2007 Opera Estate Festival Veneto, Provincia di Treviso, Italy 2008 The Construction Company, NYC, USA 2009 Performing Space 122, NYC, USA 2010 LEAP 10 Festival, Liverpool, UK

At the Frari, company MEI-BE WHATever (USAMalaysia) led by Mei-Yin Ng, presents Cinderella Toe Jam II: Royal Pink. Staged are three girls, naked and wrapped in plexi-glass as second skin performing in soft movements and alternating like mechanical toys. Roberto Lamantea Venice, Italy La Nuoca Mestre, 2007

Credits Conceived & Realized: Mei-Yin Ng and Matt Rocker Choreographer: Mei-Yin Ng in collaboration with Lara Benusis, Kelly Buwalda, Erica Rebollar, Kathleen Kelly, Cassandra Taylor. Dancer: Kelly Buwalda, Kathleen Kelly, Mei-Yin Ng Sound artist/ Composer: Matt Rocker Musician: Sara Shaoul ( Singer/ percussion), Leyla McCalla (Cello), Dan O’Sullivan (Guitar, synthesizer) Video Conceived by: Mei-Yin Ng in collaboration with Kleoni Manoussakis, Nika Offenbac and Sarah Stuve Video Design and Integration: Kleoni Manoussakis (workshop video), Nika Offenbac and Sarah Stuve Costume designer: Mika Inatome Lighting designer: Derek Wright Cinderella Toe Jam ll: Royal Pink was made possible in part by the American Music Center (Live Music for Dance Program), and, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, AIR Program 06-7. MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


The Bow Project The Bow project is a cross-cultural collaboration between five artists from Asia and Europe. The artists work in Dance, Film and Music and have met in Beijing during the cultural exchange project Pointe to Point, the 5th Asia Europe Dance Forum of the Asia Europe Foundation (2007). The Bow project was born out of these artists meeting in China and is about exchanging and renewing ideas about movement, from within and across cultures. At the cross over of creative disciplines, The BOW Project artists from Faroe Islands, United Kingdom, Malaysia/USA, Belgium and China are motivated by notions of bowing; metaphorically, culturally and physically. From this integration of ideas and approaches, they have created Bow; an inter-textural and multilingual dance performance with live music from the music group Wang Wei Quartet (Belgium) Bow project take place in Bangkok from December 2009 till January 2010 and result in a live performance event at Patravadi Theatre and a short dance film present in dance film festivals around the world. Premiere: Cast/Crew: Length:

.....THE FINAL BOW.... which is extremely amazing. .... if THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD is as haunting as THE FINAL BOW, it would have been one of my most favorite (THAI) films of all time. Celine Julie Limitless Cinema in Broken English

January 16, 2010 3 dancers, 4 musicians, 1 video artist. 25 min (Live performance) 4 min (Dance film)

Performance Archive Jan 16, 2010 THE FINAL BOW performance at Patravadi Theatre, Bangkok, Thailand Credits Choreographer/Dancer: Mei-Yin Ng (Malaysia/USA), Cathy Seago (UK), Jing-Xin Shi (China) Video artist: Rannva Karadottir (Faroe Islands, Denmark) Composer: Emmanuel Baily (Belgium) Musician: Wang Wei quartet - Xavier RogĂŠ* (drums), Laurent Meunier (saxophones), Marine Horbaczewski (cello) and Emmanuel Baily (guitar and composition) This project is supported by the Asia Europe Foundation as a follow up project of the 5th Asia Europe Dance Forum.

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


Mentallic (Mental+ Metallic) Mentallic utilizes the phantom limb syndrome as an initial site of conceptual research into body/mind connection and its confusion, the sensuousness of longing, the space of simultaneous illusion and reality. Video images and sounds layer with dancers’ movements create a “ Live dance cinema” where the physical and the psychology are in constant controversy dialogue. Premiere: Cast/Crew: Length:

December 3-6, 2009 5 dancers, 1 sound artist, 1 video artist, 1 technical director. 60 min

Performance Archive 2009 AIR Splice at Dance New Amsterdam Credits Choreographed by: Mei-Yin Ng in collaboration with the dancers Performed by: Kelly Buwalda, Owen David (apprentice), Junichi Fukuda, Kathleen Kelley, Mei-Yin Ng and Cassandra Taylor Music, sound, and interactive design created and performed by: Matt Rocker Addition music except: Mozart’s ‘serenade no 10, adagio’ excerpt. Video and media design created and performed by: Nicolas Jenkins Video design consultant and additional imagery by: Eric Koziol Chair interactive design and construction by: Joshua Christopher Costumes design by: Mika Inatome Lighting design by: Farley Whitfield This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. Addition support from New York Foundation for the Arts. This work was created during a 2009-2010 A.I.R residency at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA)

MEI-BE WHATever www.MeiBeWhatever.com 16 Cypress Ave. No. 421, Brooklyn, NY 11237 p 001 917 355 2083 e info@MeiBeWhatever.com


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Festival Honours for completeness and clarity must go to both … and Mei-Yin Ng’s Double Vision … Mei-be Whatever, the New York Group founded by Mei-Yin Ng, presented a light-hearted voyage into visual realities, capitalising on a dynamic use of video cameras attached to the body. The work gradually becomes an intimate composition of live close-ups, jumping between various shifting angles of the body in action. The ausing duet for two feet had a straightfoward charm which captured more than a few hearts…


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Giornale Di Vicenza August 25 2005 by Nicoletta Martelletto Brilliant Provocation: Cybernetic Women and Feminine Cripples ...An incredible ensemble of different styles. Starting with the slow and ritual Dutch Didy Heus and ending with the cyberdance of the brilliant Malaysian Mei Yin Ng... ...The last performer of the evening is the Malaysian Mei Yin Ng. She represents the futuristic touch. She synchronizes body and sound, muscle and motor, body and metal. Everything in the shape of a robot without joints, emphatic prototype of videogame women: a wild, and extremely provocative work. MEI-BE WHATever


Il Gazzettino August 25 2005 by Pamela De Lucia Five microcosms of women. Five women solo, each one different and autonomous, exploring the potential expressivity of the feminine world. Five young interpreters of the new tendencies of the contemporary dance, the Dutch Didy Heus, the Italians Frida Vannini and Martina la regione, the Malaysian Mei-Yin Ng, the Australian Elizabeth Lea, brought to the Operafestival an incredible show about women. Mei Yin Ng brought to us a cybernetic myth with her “Wear/ Tear�. A challenge between technology and nature.

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Lausanne Review July 13 2006 by Anna Hohler The second solo and last spectacle of the evening is the most technological: Wear + tear created by Malaysian/US female dancer, Mei-Yin Ng, with the sophisticated video and sound design of Eric Koziol. (Real - time video engineering by Oles Protsidm during the performance). A soundtrack offers noises that seem to be produced by the dancer’s bones: crackeling joints and creaking body stretching. During the fluent and mechanical dance of Mei-Yin Ng, images of her body are captured real-time and superimposed into the dance. By way of costume, the techical equipment includes: a tiny movie camera, strings, and a small backpack carried on the skin. One would say she resembles a human doll.

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la Nuova Mestre by Roberto Lamantea MEI-BE WHATever

At the Frari, company Mei-Be WHATever (USA-Malaysia) led by Mei Yin Ng, presents Cinderella Toe Jam II: Royal Pink. Staged are three girls, naked and wrapped in plexiglass as second skin performing in soft movements and alternating like mechanical toys.


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