Season 1

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 g…

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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…

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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…

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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. Her…

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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…

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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 …

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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 ad…

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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 n…

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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 gr…

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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 …

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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 platform…

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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, tec…

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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 th…

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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 prevent…

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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…

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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…

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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?…

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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. Vince…

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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.…

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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 perfor…

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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 benefi…

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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-ran…

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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 …

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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 crit…

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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…

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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 …

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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 episo…

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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,…

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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…

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Feb. 8, 2021

Why in the Background?

As part of a double-episode launch, I now take you through the four major principles of why all this is so important to me, and h…

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