THE BACKGROUND DANCER

The platform sheds light on critical aspects underpinning the dance and performing arts industry through topics ranging from management, entrepreneurship, education, technology, fashion, choreography, politics, interdisciplinarity, media and wellness. Host Jason Yap details fascinating and useful information to help deepen your knowledge of all things offstage, while exploring and preparing together for a post-performance career. Listen in for a bi-weekly conversation with dance lovers from across Asia, Europe and the US, sharing experiences and practices that are both intimate and insightful.

Jason is a dance artist, multidisciplinary producer and psychology graduate himself. Despite not pursuing it vocationally, he has still adopted many of psychology's approaches throughout his professional life - the concept of multiplicity and the performing arts as a 'whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts' ecosystem.

Ready to talk all things dance? Join us as we begin to foreground Dance in the Background!

Recent Episodes

Finale: Ask Jason | Ask Me Anything Special

March 1, 2022

After a year long run, it's time to recollect our thoughts and engage in a little one on one with a very special AMA episode. Here, we listen to 13 unique questions about Jason as a dance artist, podcaster and person in gene…

Finale: Becoming the Background | Season Round-up

March 1, 2022

So, we have come full circle and successfully completed a full season of content and creation! While it has not been easy, it was through your truest support and consistency to the show that we have made it. What do you thin…

Politics

Politics: Charting Migration and Identity | Henry Daniel

Jan. 23, 2022

Jason met Henry at the 2017 IADMS conference and immediately struck an accord.

Guest: Henry Daniel
Politics

Politics: Navigating Power Dynamics | Sarah Rubidge

Jan. 9, 2022

Sarah worked with Jason during the 2017 ISPaR conference held in Hong Kong as a collaborator and co-author of the newly published journal article 'Parallel Lines: Across Time'.

Education

Education: Learning to Learn Better | Zebas Mendez Marin

Dec. 19, 2021

Jason met Zebas whilst working for Divadlo Studio tanca, where the physical theatre work 'Punk Pajama Party' was created in 2021.

Education

Education: Reframing Research in Academia | Mohd Anis

Dec. 5, 2021

Being one of the greats of the Malaysian dance scene, there was no hesitation in having his voice be represented on the platform as well.

Recent Blog Posts

The Branches of Dance Education - What is teaching Dance a…

The Branches of Dance Education - What is teaching Dance actually made of? Here we find different branches of how dance could be approached, taught, insp…

Choreography and hierarchical structural relationships

Choreography and hierarchical structural relationships

The Art of Management: What is an Art Manager?

What does it take to dive into the world and career of an art manager? While it doesn't differ to much from project management, art management does come …

About the Hosts

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Silver Yee

Educational Content & Outreach Manager

Silver Yee completed her Master Degree in Cultural Studies and Criticism (MA) from Graduate Institute of Dance, Taipei National University of the Arts.

During her MA study in Taiwan, she has performed dance works for local and international artists, including “Remember not to say goodbye” by Lucas
 Viallefond, “But You Didn’t” by Jack Kek, “Thought and Voice of the Body” by Kathyn Tan, Mary Wigman’s “Dance of Death II” reconstructed by Henrietta Horn, “Unspeakable” by Su Shu etc.

In 2017, she made her choreography and production debut, “Kill Your Darlings”, with Jason Yap in klpac. In 2020, she collaborated with Kyson Teo and Lim Thou Chun to create a full length site-specific performance piece “Where Souls Meet” in Kluang.

As a dancer and arts administrator, she has toured internationally including Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Scotland.

Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Dance at Taipei National University of the Arts.

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Cindy Ng

Creative Content Editor

Cindy was born and raised in Malaysia and began her classical Ballet training (Royal Academy of Dance) at the age of 9, under the tutelage of Datin Jane at Dance Space Academy.

Since moving to Hong Kong, Cindy has worked with choreographers from Hong Kong, China, Europe and London and performed in CCDC Dancer’s Homework, Perplexed Harmony, Beyond Restraint, Cat Derive, Random Position and Three Fingers at Arm’s Length. She has received the Academy Funds Development Scholarship and have an opportunity to participate b12 Dance Festival 2017 in Berlin and Contact Meets Contemporary Dance Festival 2017 in Gottingen.

Despite her body figure, Cindy has a huge appetite for many things besides food. After graduating from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2019, she immediately joined the postgraduate company BODHI PROJECT Dance Company in the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Austria. She collaborated with choreographers from all over the globe such as Christine Gouzelis (Greece), Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore), JS Wong (Malaysia), Adrienn Hód (Hungary) and Leila McMillan (UK). As a choreographer, she made Amidst the F.O.G., Parasite and Pages whilst studying in Hong Kong and gained recognition for her skills.