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Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts visit London Studio Centre

At the end of last term, London Studio Centre welcomed Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts from Singapore for a special workshop with Senior Lecturer Dr Francis Yeoh.

The Sri Warisan company was founded in 1997 by Som Said and was Singapore’s first fully professional Malay dance company. In December 2014, Som Said was featured in Channel News Asia’s documentary Beyond Limits: Eight Singapore Women, for which Francis was interviewed as one of her mentors.

The three-day workshop aimed to continue Francis’s previous choreographic work with the company, exploring Taridra (dance drama) and finding avenues for greater dance expression in the Malay dance art form. The event was organised for 11 choreographers from the company and focused on exploring movement ideas, so as enrich the vocabulary for expressing choreographic ideas.

Francis Yeoh commented: “As part of the workshop we explored choreographic expressions of scenes surrounding our adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Taridra. I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm, dedication and choreographic talents of the 11 participating choreographers from Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts Company.” Marina Yusoff, the company’s creative director and participant at the workshop, wrote: “Thank you very much Dr Francis Yeoh. This will be part of my lifetime experience and we are totally honoured to have you as part of this memorable and inspirational journey at London Studio Centre.”

Many thanks to the members of Sri Warisan for visiting the college, and to Francis for leading this successful and inspiring workshop.

For more information about Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts, visit their website here.