Artistic Director & Choreographer
A prominent and celebrated Singaporean dance ambassador, Dr Danny has forged strong alliances with many international organisations and artistes over the years, positioning our unique Singaporean identity on the global dance map.
As an educator, consultant, choreographer and reviewer, Dr Danny has received accolades for his sustainable dance education programmes and initiatives since 1994. Dr Danny performs internationally and extensively, flying Singapore’s flag with pride. He continues to inspire audiences with his passion for dance, charting new frontiers and setting new possibilities for Singapore dance to grow and prosper.
Danny’s commissioned works by corporate organisations, statutory and educational institutions have graced theatres and festivals across Asia, Australia and Europe. He has directed and produced more than 80 mainhouse seasons and 16 editions of ODT’s biennial dance festivals, with more than 40 involving international exchanges and collaborations. Danny’s choreography included 16 full-length works and more than 50 short works that are performed to more than 200,000 global audiences. Highly commended by international press and media, he is also praised as one of the “Movers & Shakers in Singapore Arts” by The Asian Wall Street Journal.
In 2010, Dr Danny received his Doctor in Creative Industries from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Park Na Hoon currently serves as a Director, Lecturer and Choreography at Sung Kyun Kwan University (South Korea), whilst holding a PhD in Interdisciplinary Programme - Performing Arts.
In 2003, he was selected by Arts Council Korea as an artiste to look out for which led to subsequent opportunities for overseas studies and training. In 2004, he was selected by the critics of Dance Forum as a distinguished choreographer, granting him the accolade of the best choreographer. In 2007, his work ‘Three Airs’ was selected as an award-winning piece to be staged in the 3rd Performing Arts Market in Seoul. Na Hoon was also selected as the 2008 recipient of the creation fund awarded by the Seoul Foundation for Arts & Culture, and as the Korea-Finland Connection Participant in 2011. He also choreographed and performed ‘Lost Missing and Forgotten’ as part of international relations in SID Festival.
Park Na Hoon is ODT’s Associate Artiste since 2013. His choreography ‘SomeWhere’ was performed by ODT Young Company in the Summer DanceFit Festival 2013. His other work ‘Two Male Strangers Touch’ was presented at Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta 2013 in Seoul.
Simona Cieri started her artistic career in 1984 and has been awarded many prestigious commendations including the 1994 National Choreographic Prize (Spello, Italy), 2006 Prize Teatarfest (Sarajevo, BiH), 2008 Prize Teatarfest (Sarajevo, BiH), and Official Praises of the President of the Italian Republic in 2009 and 2010. Since 1994, Simona is the Director, choreographer and dancer at MOTUS. She has created a wide repertory of about 70 different works and her choreography is presented in main theatres and festivals, in Italy and abroad (USA, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina). As choreographer and dancer, she has contributed to the works at other companies and artists including Al Yamanouchi, Gianni Miglietta, Sabrina Cesaroni, Margherita Sergardi, Claudio Ascoli, Sissi Abbondanza.
Pui Sze is the Associate Artistic Director at ODT. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (Dance) from the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). A long-standing member of Odyssey Dance Theatre since 2001, she has accumulated her wealth of dance experiences with leading roles in more than 20 repertoires by Dr Danny Tan. She had represented Singapore for ODT’s performances at the ASEAN Festival of Arts 2003 in Malaysia and the Asian Dance Choreographers Festival 2004 in South Korea. As part of the 5th DanzINC- International Dancers & Choreographers’ Residency Festival, Pui Sze has performed ‘Hi Heaven!’ & ‘Dancing Demeanour’ in Italy’s Siena Festival and Move Off Festival and the 21st Korea Dance Festival 2012 in Yeonsu. Praised as one of Singapore’s most highly respected dancers by H.E. Mr Doug Chester (Australia’s former High Commissioner to Singapore), Pui Sze has choreographic collaborations with many eminent practitioners from Australia and South Korea. Pui Sze’s outstanding works were also invited to South Korea’s Mullae International Arts Festival 2012 and Italy’s Move Off Festival – Winter Edition and Bangkok’s International Dance Festival in the same year.
Linnea Ong holds a Master of Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology. As one of ODT’s choreographers & performer in the ODT Main Company, she had performed in ODT’s major mainhouse seasons & festivals, and commissioned projects such as the Singapore Biennale 2014. Linnea’s choreographic creativity was showcased in ODT’s Black Box Series since 2008. Amassing her performing and collaborative experiences with international practitioners, she was one of the key performers in ODT’s overseas performances in Australia, Italy, South Korea and Thailand. Her recent residencies with practitioners and companies included Wu Chun Hsien (Taiwan/ Germany), Brian Lucas (Australia), On and Off Dance Company (South Korea) and MOTUS (Italy).
Since 2003, Lay Teng has performed extensively and toured with ODT to many festivals in Asia and Europe. The recent years have seen Lay Teng performing in works by international choreographers such as The Road, The Art of Faking and Location Series: Urban. She has performed with ODT in South Korea and Italy. Armed with double degrees in Business and Law, Lay Teng also presented her choreography under ODT Studio Series from 2008 to 2011 and at ODT mainstage and outreach performances.
Calvin is currently a Dance Artist at ODT, and has been under the tutelage of Dr Danny Tan since 2005. He has completed a 3-year dance internship programme with ODT and has been our dance ambassador for performances in Italy, Germany & South Korea. A talented dancer armed with a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology, Calvin has participated in numerous ODT mainhouse performances such as ‘Hi Heaven!’ and ‘Fervour’. He was selected to perform in recent choreographies by Germanybased choreographer Wu Chun-Hsien in ‘Emptiness – The Structure of Air (Luftstruktur)’.
Nurfarliana has been under the tutelage of Dr Danny Tan since 2008. She has performed in various ODT major productions since 2011. Nurfarliana was selected to be a Cultural Ambassador to perform in South Korea (2011) and Italy (2013). For her outstanding performance as a young dancer, she was awarded the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award in 2013.
Wiing graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts last year with a diploma in Dance in 2013. Over the years, she has studied from renowned choreographers including Xavier Leroy(France), Akiko Kitamura(Japan), James Cousins(UK), Kitt Johnson(Denmark), Sun Shangchi(Germany), Pichet Klunchun(Thailand), and Singapore’s Lee Munwai and Mdm Lim Feishen. Apart from performing, Wiing has presented her works at M1 Openstage 2013, Sprouts 2013 & 2011, Evocation 2012 & 2011 and Danza!2009. With a never dying passion for dance, Wiing aspires to discover more about dance and its purpose. People are her main inspiration, and she aims to create works that are relevant to people.
Lee Hyo Sun graduated from Sung Kyun Kwan University where she majored in Modern Dance. She started dancing since Grade Three during her middle school years at Incheon Art High School, and has been exposed to advance choreographies during her course of study at the university. She hopes to be versatile in different forms of dance styles and maintains a positive outlook in her dance learning. She has gained performing experience with various dance companies in South Korea, and is currently a member of the Park Na Hoon Co.
Lee Jong Hwa is a graduate of the Sung Kyun Kwan University. Learning dance at a relatively late age of 17, he started performing actively in a wide range of repertoires since 2011. He is currently a member of the Park Na Hoon Co. Through the guidance of Artistic Director Park Na Hoon, Jong Hwa hopes to improve further as a performer, and hopes to create exciting works as a choreographer in the near future.
A graduate from Hanyang University, Choi Jaehyuk has been performing actively in repertoires by many choreographers. He had also participated in the Korea International Modern Dance Competition since 2011, and was awarded the Silver award in 2013 and Bronze award in 2014. He is currently a member of the Garimda Dance Company.
Shin Wonmin graduated from Sunhwa Arts high school and Sejong University in Dance. His determination has seen him attaining first prize at 2012 Korea International Modern Dance Competition and 2013 Berlin International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP. Currently, he is the member of Tatmaroo Dance Company and intends to delve more into choreography.
Kimiko Komata started her ballet training at the age of 7. She entered Stars Dancers Ballet Company (Japan) in 2009. Her accumulated experiences saw her engagement in projects by Melbourne Ballet Company and she was exposed to choreography by established choreographers at the company. In 2013, she joined the Culture and Experience Activities for Children – Agency for Cultural Affairs and had the opportunity to present her choreography. She was awarded the Bronze award for the Korea International Modern Dance Competition (KIMDC) in 2012.
An Associate Artiste with ODT, Clarence studied conducting with Imre Pallo and Stephen Mould at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Wang Ya-Hui in Singapore. He has also participated in international conducting master classes in Tokyo and Milan, studying with Douglas Bostock and Sandro Gorli respectively, discovering fresh insights into established repertoire. In 2013, he conducted a successful performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and was assistant music director to Neal Peres da Costa in the production of Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto in Sydney. Clarence also holds a double Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing and Management from the Curtin University of Technology and a Diploma in Music from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is a recipient of the Eugene Goosens Scholarship from the Conservatorium. An avid supporter of Singaporean composers and their works, Clarence regularly commissions and programs new works into his concerts. Clarence conducts the AudioImage Wind Ensemble in Singapore where he has been their Artistic and Musical Director since 2007. He is also Music Director of an active musical collective from Chamber.Sounds, an exciting contemporary music ensemble based in Singapore dedicated to the commissioning and promotion of Singaporean and music of the Asian region.
Chung Shih is a Singaporean composer, guqin (古 琴) player, sound artist, and an interdisciplinary researcher. Currently, he is a Lead Teacher at Raffles Institution. As a composer, his music receives commissions and performances worldwide. As an interdisciplinary researcher, he is a member of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Asian Network, principal investigator in a collaborative project with the Geographical Information Science Program of University of Redlands and composer-advisor for the National University of Singapore, Interactive and Digital Media Institute Networked Music Ensemble Project. He is also the Artistic Director for the Magnetic Band, Singapore’s first contemporary music ensemble. As a guqin player, he has performed frequently with his multidisciplinary and multinational artists collective, MLuM. His artistic interests include cross-cultural dialogs, Chinese and the larger East Asian cultures, European and American Experimentalism, trans-media expressions, and interactive computer music.
Bingling started her musical training at the age of six under the guidance of Mr Ho Boon Thiam. After receiving her Diploma in Music at the Lasalle- SIA College of the Arts, she went on to pursue her Honours Degree in Music at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2004, and passed her LTCL Violin Recital with Distinction. Bingling was awarded a Master’s Degree in Music at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London in 2010 with a Distinction for her Final Violin Recital. Bingling has participated in various notable performances with the college ensembles in London, and professionally involved in several ensembles in UK and Portugal working with renowned musicians including Julian Bliss, Rivka Golani. In Singapore, she actively participates in major works with Singapore Dance Ensemble, Lasalle-SIA Gamelan, Singapore Lyric Opera, remix and various local ensembles.
Ye Zhi was the 2nd runner up for the Guang Dong Province violin competition (Senior category, Guang Dong, China) in 1995. Under the tutelage of SSO violinist Foo Say Ming, she was awarded Fellowship from Trinity College London (FTCL) in violin performance. An active member of Singapore-based string orchestra re: mix, Zhi also performs with various orchestras, including the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra and The Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been on concert tours to the United Kingdom, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia with re: mix, Singapore National Youth Orchestra and National University of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Zhi also performed in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ during its Singapore seasons in 2007 and 2013.
Violist and Dalcroze practitioner - Jeremy Chiew graduated with a Masters in Viola Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, under the tutelage of Dimitri Murrath. A recipient of the Patricia Sherman Award, Jeremy has participated in the master-classes of eminent musicians such as Caroline Coade & Emmanuella Reiter. His past teachers include Jiri Heger, Han Oh and Judy Tay. Recent concert appearances include the Boston Chamber Symphony, New England Repertory Orchestra and Boston Civic Symphony. Jeremy led / joined local performing ensembles such as The Philharmonic Orchestra (TPO), Singapore Festival Orchestra (SFO), Singapore Lyric Opera (SLO) and re:mix.
Eunice started learning the cello at the age of 12 and has achieved distinction for Grade 5 & 8 ABRSM cello examination. She was a member of the Singapore Youth Chinese orchestra from 2007 to 2011, and is currently pursuing her music education NAFA. Apart from the school performances, she also performs for other orchestras such as The Philharmonic orchestra, Re:mix and various chamber groups. She is also an active member of Fete musicians and does gigs regularly.
Yun Zhen Khew has recently graduated from The University of Sydney – Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Studies (Hons) in piano performance under the tutelage of Professor Gerard Willems AM. She also holds the associate and licentiate performance recital diploma in piano ATCL and LTCL, awarded by the Trinity Guildhall. She is currently teaching piano at Madison Academy of Music and is actively involved in piano accompaniment for ABRSM exams.
Paul Huang started his music education with learning the piano at the age of 8. At the age of 13, he picked up the flute and he had performed regularly as a flutist since 2002. During his years in the Singapore Armed Forces, he pursued a career as a military musician and travelled frequently for international performances. In 2010, he furthered his music studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), and graduated with a diploma with distinction in 2013. Paul is currently a student of the RCM-NAFA degree program, and continues to be active in many musical events within and beyond NAFA.
Ng Hui Qi graduated under the National Arts Council’s Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) as a Violist. During then, she also served as the principle violist under the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Orchestra. She began pursuing her music at the tender age of 4 studying the Violin under the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Being a versatile musician, she performs and teaches both the Violin and the Viola. She performed for various reputable orchestras such as the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Lyric Opera.
Winner of numerous prizes and awards from various national piano competitions throughout Indonesia, Sheila Victoria Pietono is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore) under full scholarship. She has performed regularly since the age of 5 and made her debut solo when she was 16. She won the Alberti International Piano Competition 2012. Following which, she made her debut in Carnegie Hall, New York in May 2013 performing Alberti Sonata and Rapsodia Nusantara - a piece based on Indonesian folk songs - as one of the competition prizes. In 2012, Sheila received full-scholarship for attending International Keyboard Institute and Festival in Mannes College of Music, New York. She also received another scholarship to join Adam Gyorgy Castle Academy 2010 in Pomaz, Hungary. In which, she performed in two concerts and had masterclasses with Adam Gyorgy, Balasz Reti, Gyorgy Nador, and Steven Spooner. Last year, she once again received full scholarship to participate in the Adam Gyorgy Island Academy 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
Jiaxing is a Singapore-based percussionist who is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Music with the Royal College of Music program at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) studying with Mark Suter. He had previously graduated from NAFA in 2013, awarded with a Diploma in Music. A well-sought after percussionist, Jiaxing has performed with various orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has also attended masterclasses of Thierry Miroglio and Jose Gurria Cardenas respectively to gain deeper insights into percussion performance practises. Apart from his specialization in classical percussion and music, Jiaxing is a drumkit specialist as well.
Eddie Sim learnt the piano from a young age of 4, and later picked up the cello at 12. Studying under Singapore’s “First Lady of he Cello”, Mrs Herminia Ilano, he obtained his Diploma in Cello Performance (DipABRSM), he was featured on the High Scorers’ Concert as one of the most outstanding cellists to have aced the examination. After graduating from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory with Bachelor in Music (Honours), Eddie joined the highly-profiled Singapore Chinese Orchestra as a cellist. He is also actively teaching and performing in various chamber groups and symphony orchestras, such as the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra. Some of the great maestros he has worked with includes tenor José Carreras, conductor Eji Oue and Robert Spano!
Currently a Voice Major at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts under Soprano Dr. Jessica Chen, Angela is an active solo and ensemble performer of classical and jazz genres in the Singapore music scene. Her 2013-2014 calendar has included solo performances of Gounod, Rossini, and Verdi at the Arts House and the Esplanade, and as well as songs by Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, and Gershwin at the Lee Foundation Theatre. In August 2014, she made her European debut in Austria, where she attended the Payerbach Summer programme directed by acclaimed Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov. Her singing achievements include being a finalist at the Tan Ngiang Kaw/Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Recital last March 2013 and was an Excellence and Scholarship awardee at the New York Summer Music Festival last July 2011.
Mezzo – Sopranist
Shireen Sanbhnani started learning piano from 5 years of age and took up singing lessons at 13. She made her first solo public performance in 2009 with the Singapore Lyric Opera Youth choir. She has since sung for numerous choir concerts with them, such as Puccini Gala and Pedals and Pipes and participated in their opera productions - La boheme, Don Giovanni and Manon Lescaut as well as New Opera Singapore's inaugural production - L'elisir D'amore, having worked with well-acclaimed conductors and directors. Shireen was a semi-finalist for the Singapore Songs Competition 2012 and Bronze award winner at the Bangkok Singing Competition 2013. Recently, Shireen sang 3 chinese songs as part of the Leong Yoon Pin Chamber concert and presented a Schubertiade at the European Union’s Ambassador’s Residence. A Band Major in Secondary school and distinction-scorer for ABRSM Voice exams.
Daniel Ho has been singing in various choral projects and groups for the past 18 years. He is a prolific bass-baritone performer and has performed in Singapore and also regionally in the past few years. Other solo performances, he is also active in ensemble works as part of Asiaccatura, a 12-part chamber chorus made of budding singers and composers from around the region. Daniel has performed with Asian Youth Choir (Niigata, Japan) in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Ab Oriente (early music ensemble) and also with the Amadeus Choral Society.
Reginald officially started classical voice lessons in 2011. Originally a saxophonist, he first started his musical journey as part of the St Patrick’s School Military Band at age 13, Reginald has also sung in both pop-classical and musical works. Earlier this year, Reginald participated in, and received the 3rd prize in the 8th Tan Ngiang Kaw / Tan Ngiang Ann Memorial Vocal Competition 2014, held in NAFA.
Eng Seng is a graduate from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. Much of his work concentrates on the current period with research interest in anthropology, sociology and identity. Driven by research-based methodology, his art practice is presented through various art forms. Lau has had another feather in his hat when he clinched 2nd Prize in the Advertising Category, International Photography Awards 2013 in USA. Lau is an Associate Artist with ODT since 2012.
Kian Yong started as an intern with ODT in 2012, and is now ODT’s Associate artist for 2014. Graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts with a Diploma in Video Production, Kian Yong has accumulated extensive experiences in film and video production. His works were selected by various organisations, including “Anniversary” at the Singapore Film Festival 2011. He has also produced works for SMU’s Community Service Student Department, “Singa-planet” at the Japan Creative Centre Singapore, and NAFA Fine Arts opening exhibition “Collective Individuality” in conjunction with NAFA Arts Management & Educational Department. One of his more wellreceived short films ‘Suzanna’, featuring main lead Maxi Lim (star from “Ah Boys to Man” and “The Lion Man”) and Izyan Mellyna had over 40, 000 views on YouTube alone. Another short film ‘Peace’ won the National Education performance for BMTC School 4 and was awarded the Letter of Commendation by the SAF Basic Military Training Centre. Run! is Kian Yong’s first major work for ODT.
With more than 8 years of experience, Clement’s accomplishments include projects for University dance shows, rock concerts, TV shows, theatre dance, art installations, cultural performances, musical production and many more. Some bigger projects include Singapore Youth Festival 2010 Opening Ceremony at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and the involvement in Chingay Parade Singapore 2011 and 2012. As an Associate Artist at ODT, Clement has participated in various major ODT productions since 2010.