Season 1

Feb. 5, 2023

Artunio Talks 1: Is Social Media Suitable for Artists? | Timothej Vrab

Is social media suitable for artists? What are some of the challenges posed by Facebook or Instagram for those in artists and creators looking to build sustainable careers? While it might have been a great avenue to promote a...

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Jan. 15, 2023

Special: Dance & Failures | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Jan. 1, 2023

Special: Dance & Business | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Dec. 18, 2022

Special: Dance & The Future | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Dec. 4, 2022

Special: Dance & Interdisciplinarity | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Nov. 20, 2022

Special: Dance & Community | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Nov. 6, 2022

Special: Dance & Education | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Oct. 16, 2022

Special: Dance & Philosophy | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Oct. 2, 2022

Special: Dance & Technology | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Sept. 18, 2022

Special: Dance & Leadership | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Sept. 4, 2022

Special: Dance & Protest | Why Dance? by J-Cast

Welcome to a whole new wave of specials, featuring a roundtable version of the show alongside two new co-hosts in Jacob Caldwell and Joshua Sailo . Throughout this 10 episode series, we present extracts from our Clubhouse ses...

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Aug. 14, 2022

Special: Dancers' Adversities | J-Cast

What was the worst dance injury you've ever experienced? How did you eventually overcome it? As a dancer, injuries are almost a given. Some are little niggles, others are massive and potentially career-ending. Since everyone ...

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July 31, 2022

Special: The Thesis

How does intercultural exchange influence dance? And are people as interdisciplinary as art is? Upon receiving a plea to help out a friend's graduate thesis, a study which investigates how the reality of intercultural exchang...

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June 5, 2022

Special: Cultural Wars of the Invasion | Oleksandra Korotchuk

Oleksandra and Jason met while in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and have since collaborated on a number of occasions.

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March 1, 2022

Finale: Becoming the Background | Season Round-up

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. 10 categories, …

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March 1, 2022

Finale: Ask Jason | Ask Me Anything Special

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 …

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Jan. 23, 2022

Politics: Charting Migration and Identity | Henry Daniel

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

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Jan. 9, 2022

Politics: Navigating Power Dynamics | Sarah Rubidge

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'.

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Dec. 19, 2021

Education: Learning to Learn Better | Zebas Mendez Marin

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

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Dec. 5, 2021

Education: Reframing Research in Academia | Mohd Anis

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.

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Nov. 21, 2021

Choreography: Identifying Style as a Creator | Adam Tan

Jason and Adam were dance colleagues back in the Malaysian days with Viva Vertical.

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Nov. 7, 2021

Choreography: Building an Online Marketplace | Rick Tjia

Rick's name surfaced when speaking to another former guest on the show, Susanne Puerschel regarding choreography marketplaces.

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Oct. 24, 2021

Interdisciplinarity: Dance and the Theatre Maker | Ho Ying Fung

Jason met Ho Ying Fung whilst studying at the HKAPA, during Modern Western Theatre electives.

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Oct. 10, 2021

Interdisciplinarity: Philosophizing Dance Aesthetics | Henry Lai

Jason met Henry whilst taking an elective at the HKAPA and immediately struck up a great connection. Henry was also one of the advisors on the STAGE project board.

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Oct. 3, 2021

A Timely Update | Jason Yap

A much postponed episode and one a long time coming. This week, I write a little poem for you as a means of a sharing some very new and exciting updates about the podcast and my life! After successfully acquiring …

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Sept. 19, 2021

Fashion: The Untold Secret of a Dance Model | Ema Steindl

Ema was a standout on Jason's curatorial search on social media influencers in the fashion space. To top it off, she is also a great person!

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Sept. 5, 2021

Fashion: Photography Beyond the Image | Szabina Biro

Szabina connected with Jason through social media as an active member of the UK dance scene in the spaces of dance and lifestyle photography,

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Aug. 22, 2021

Bonus: Sol Fest 2021 Special | Jacob, Elsea & Megan

Jason connected with the three guests as part of his participation at the Solfest Virtual Arts Festival 2021.

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Aug. 8, 2021

Bonus: Curious Case of Careers | Jonathan Collaton

Jason and Jonathan connected over the podcast matchmaking app, Audry and subsequently swapped guest spots on each others platforms.

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July 25, 2021

Technology: In Tech, I Trust | Apps for Dancers

How often have you engaged with technology and shirked? Is it something that annoys or even intrudes you? Love it or hate it, technology is the FUTURE. Maybe consider how it could enhance your livelihood instead, and suddenly...

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July 18, 2021

Technology: Augmented Reality | Gilles Jobin

Wish to dance differently? Within an augmented reality, the limits are endless both with technology and dance! Gilles Jobin is the founder and Artistic Director of Cie Gilles Jobin , a Geneva based dance company specializing ...

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July 11, 2021

Technology: Raising the Floor | Guy Dagger

Ever noticed what you've been dancing on all this while? Research has proven the effectiveness of quality dance floors in preventing serious injuries as well as extending the life span of professional dancers. Guy Dagger is t...

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July 4, 2021

Business: Branding Ballet | Heidi Lee

How do you brand a ballet? Every Artistic Director needs a business brain as support in marketing a company forward. Heidi Lee is the incumbent Executive Director of the Hong Kong Ballet, one of the three flagship dance compa...

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June 27, 2021

Business: Pointe To Rise | Susanne Puerschel

What do ballerinas and entrepreneurs have in common? Yes, there is always failure before success, a fall before the RISE. Susanne Puerschel was a former member of the Berlin State Opera and founder of Pointe To Rise , an empo...

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June 20, 2021

Business: The Dancepreneur | Erin Pride

Do dance and business ever go hand in hand? How could dance artists maximize financial opportunity by gaining financial literacy? Erin Pride is an educator, performer and founder of The DancePreneur Academy , an online busine...

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May 31, 2021

Science: Somatic Sojourns | Vincent Yong

What was our first ever universal language? No, it did not require speech as there was only movement at the very beginning. Vincent Yong is Singapore's sole Certified Movement Analyst, Somatic Movement Therapist and founder o...

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May 24, 2021

Science: Who's Your Avatar? | Serving Your Purpose

Who do you ultimately serve? No, I don't mean as an employee or such, but as a human being who's driven to bring value to others. When you wake up every morning, ask yourself these questions: Who do you dance …

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May 17, 2021

Science: To Dance, From Science | Edel Quin

Where can dancers turn to for an interest or career in science? The overarching aim of dance science is to optimize dancer performance and minimize injury risk for the prolongation of one's professional life. Edel Quin is the...

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May 9, 2021

Science: Doctor Dancer | Filomar Cortezano Tariao

What do doctors and dancers have in common? They both apply the human body as main instruments! Yes, medical expertise can benefit dancer wellbeing in a multitude of ways, but you obviously need an actual doctor present for t...

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April 25, 2021

Media: Pick and Pod | Podcasting for Dance

Is podcasting a necessary medium for the arts? There are already a multitude of dance podcasts available that offer such wide-ranging information, so it shouldn't be a question. My answer is obviously YES, but let me share wi...

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April 18, 2021

Media: The Movement Journalist Part 2 | Megan Castro

Is social media a viable option to build a dance archive? How can one stand out in the sea of information while still expressing a voice? U.S based artist Megan Castro set out on her own fascinating journey and has …

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April 10, 2021

Media: The Movement Journalist Part 1 | Megan Castro

Jason coincidentally found Megan on Instagram and was immediately fascinated with her journey as a person and artist.

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April 3, 2021

Media: My Paper, My Stage | Melinda Gaskin

Melinda and Jason met at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as colleagues.

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March 27, 2021

Management: Rope a D.O.P.E. | Personality Types for Dance Jobs

Ever taken a psychological test before? Why not start with one of the simplest ones in the Bird test?

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March 20, 2021

Management: Producing Progress | Bilqis Hijjas

Bilqis is one of the foremost figures in Malaysian dance, starting out as a choreographer and later on as a producer and art critic.

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March 13, 2021

Management: To ASK or not to ASK Part 2 | Joseph Gonzales

The second of a two-part series exploring the tools and motivations behind starting a dance company. Prof. Joseph Victor Gonzales features as the first ever guest on the show and is an immensely experienced performer, choreog...

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March 6, 2021

Management: To ASK or not to ASK Part 1 | Joseph Gonzales

The first of a two-part series exploring the tools and motivations behind starting a dance company. Prof. Joseph Victor Gonzales features as the first ever guest on the show and is an immensely experienced performer, choreogr...

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Feb. 27, 2021

Think Transition

Transitions can be daunting, but dancers need to consider one at some point in their journey. So why not start now? In this episode, we ruminate about the reality and necessity of career transition. Also, some highlights thro...

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Feb. 20, 2021

D.A.N.C.E. for Who?

In this episode, I have a little wordplay derived from the acronym of DANCE. The idea of building community is always a priority, thus who am I hoping to connect with? D - Dedicated Doers A - Aspirational Agents N …

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Feb. 8, 2021

Ep.1 Basking in the Background

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The Background Dancer ! Here, I share my vision and passion for all things offstage regarding the world of dance and performing arts. To begin with, what does it feel like to bask in …

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