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Loop Theory

September 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm - September 24, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

Loop Theory
By Sherry Tay and Ho Wen Yang
Thursday 22 – Sunday 24 Saturday 2011, 8-9pm
The Substation Theatre
Admission: $15 available from the box office, contact Mish’aal 6337 7800 /
This is an InHouse event

Set in a game world where performers are avatars with special abilities, where sound is generated by motion-sensor technology, and where the audience directs part of the production, Loop Theory is a genre-bending, experimental dance performance. Exploring the notion of feedback (through sound, dance and interaction), Loop Theory uses technology as a platform for experimentation.

Conventions in the medium of dance have traditionally emphasised that performances be either improvised or rehearsed, and that choreography follows from an already chosen musical score. Loop Theory creatively subverts these conventions. Sound is dynamically and unpredictably created throughout the performance. Using motion sensor technology, the performers trigger and create sound by their movements, and will, at the same time, perform and respond to the sound they create. 

This performance both undermines, and reinforces, the primacy of sound in dance. The sound loop is further extended by including the audience, who will be asked to participate and decide on certain elements of the performance, influencing the outcome of the music, and in turn, influencing the outcome of the choreography.

Clockwise from top left: Bernice Lee, Natalie Wong, Sherry Tay, Jereh Leong and Christina Chan


Dancer talks to musician. Opportunity arises. Musician (Programmer) programs the Kinect. Kinect feedbacks to Programmer who feedbacks to Dancer (Collaborator1). The Substation feedbacks to Collaborator1 who feedbacks to Programmer. Continuous feedback loop between Collaborator1 and Programmer.

Resume. Collaborator1 feedbacks to The Substation. Collaborator1, Programmer and Kinects feedback to the Collaborators23456. Continuous eight-way feedback loops between Collaborators123456, Kinect and Programmer. Don’t forget the feedback of the Physical Environment.
Action / No-action
Comments / No-comments
Audience is present: Find your own Loops.
This is Loop Theory, it is convoluted.

About Sherry Tay and Ho Wen Yang
Sherry Tay is an independent dance artist in Singapore. In 2007, Tay was awarded the NAC Arts Bursary (overseas) to further her dance education at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and a minor in Chemistry. While in college, she was awarded departmental scholarships in dance and chemistry, and received the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant for three choreography projects. In Singapore, Tay co-founded B.S. which aims to research movement, create experimental and original works with artists from various disciplines, and break free from traditional performance settings. She has also choreographed and performed a site-specific solo for PUB Water Day. Other on-going engagements include collaborations with ECNAD.

Wen Yang graduated with a Computer Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore. His passion for music and his intrigue with the collaboration between music and dance inspired him to pursue dance accompaniment as a career. He has accompanied for many classical ballet and contemporary dance master-classes by reputable teachers and is currently the Principal Accompanist of the School of the Arts and the company class accompanist for the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). Wen Yang was also the 20th Century Variations pianist for the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition, held in the University Cultural Centre, Singapore 2009 and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London 2010. Wen Yang aims to expand the field of dance accompaniment in Singapore, making it a viable career choice and in so doing, raising the standard of dance accompaniment and enriching the collaboration between dance and music.

About SeptFest 2011

On 16 September 2011, The Substation, Singapore’s first independent arts centre, celebrates its 21st anniversary. This landmark occasion will be accompanied by a month-long celebration of performances, installations, exhibitions and a book launch.

Other SeptFest events include

Open Call Sound Art: Within 140 Characters
Open Call Visual Art: The Hall of Mirrors
Dance, Tree. Dance
Several Islands


September 22, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
September 24, 2011 @ 9:00 pm
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