Shut Up And Dance: Satori (悟り) - Through the Times
In 1966, the Beatles performed their first and last concert at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo, galvanising a generation of Japanese rock ‘n’ rollers.
Inspired by this rock ‘n’ roll culture and together with Japanese guest choreographer, Akanen Miyoshi, Satori (悟り) – Through the Times follows the journey of a girl with multiple identities: a granddaughter with a close relationship with her grandfather; a proud owner of a record shop; and an aspiring singer-songwriter obsessed with rock ‘n’ roll.
In a time when many settle for performing cover versions, how will she navigate through popular culture to find her own sound?
Satori (悟り) – Through the Times will be an exploration of individuality and aspirations through a creative dance narrative brought to you by members of NUS Dance Blast! under the direction of Patrick Loo.
NUS Dance Blast! was founded in 2001 by passionate individuals who wish to spread their love for hip hop to the rest of the student body. Today, Blast! is the largest street dance group in NUS with more than 100 members selected through strict auditions each year.
At the helm is Resident Choreographer Patrick Loo AKA 'Tricky P', a much celebrated exponent of hip hop dance who has more than 15 years of experience in the dance scene. Under his artistic direction, Blast! trains to develop their own distinct dance style that fuses hip hop dance and funk with specialised techniques such as ‘waving’, ‘popping’ and ‘locking’.
Beyond merely preparing for their performances, through intense training workshops, regular rehearsals and practices, the members of NUS Dance Blast! also learn the value of commitment, creativity and community.
Patrick ‘Tricky P’ Loo
Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer
An experienced dance instructor and choreographer in Singapore’s dance scene, Patrick Loo has performed for many different corporate and media programme including MediaCorp, Motorola, and the President's Star Charity Show. He has also conducted courses for MediaCorp, Nanyang Technological University, 5678 Dance Studio, Dance Arts and other institutions. In 2013, he was appointed as the chief choreographer for the 2013 National Day Parade.
With over 15 years of experience, Patrick is able to train, coordinate and choreograph within a wide range of stage productions. He has extensive knowledge in movement-based presentations, television project conceptualisation, variety programming, and live product launches.
An established teacher of hip-hop, Patrick brings out the versatility and performance quality in dancers and is lauded for the success of his many teams that have gone on to win national dance competitions (Funkamania, Suntec Dance Competition), as well as Asian dance competitions (Big Five). A testament to his dedication as a teacher, Patrick founded all girl team 'Platinum' in 2000, which has since swept national dance competitions for years, and is now nationally recognised as an award-winning dance group. His signature hip-hop choreographic style is to always create innovative movements fused with tons of attitude and fun.
Akanen Miyoshi, a.k.a. Akanen, is one of the up-and-coming choreographers in the Asian dance scene. This talented lady is known for her sexy yet hard-hitting choreography and has a huge following from around the world. Based in Japan, she rose to fame across multiple social media networks by creating dance covers on Instagram and YouTube.