Lim How Ngean has been regularly dramaturging for Phonm Penh-based Amrita Performing Arts Group with Belgium-based choreographer Emmanuele Phuon on Brodal Serei‘s project. His expertise has enabled our artists to convey Brodal Serei’s personal story of a Khmer boxer by various means rather than only using body language, weaving dance, drama and storytelling.
Lim How Ngean is an independent dramaturg, producer and performance-maker. He was conferred his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 2014. His thesis, Choreographic Modernities: Movement, Mobility and Contemporary Dance from Southeast Asia, focused on case studies of choreographers from Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. He was awarded the British Council Chevening Scholarship in 2007 to study his MA in Royal Holloway London where his dissertation focused on Malaysian contemporary choreographer Marion D’Cruz. With over 20 years in performance experience, he has performed in productions by Singapore’s Ong Keng Sen and the late Malaysian Krishen Jit. His initiation into contemporary dance began in 2006 as a research fellow in Tokyo under the Asian Public Intellectual programme by Nippon Foundation. In 2009, he was invited by the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) as dramaturge/documentarian for the dance exchange Pointe to Point. How Ngean has dramaturged for choreographers Daniel Kok, Joavien Ng, Kuik Swee Boon and Ming Poon from Singapore, and Pichet Klunchun in Thailand. In 2015, he initiated the Asian Dramaturgs Network (ADN) with Singapore-based Centre 42, where the inaugural meeting/symposium will be held in April 2016.