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LOW MEI YOKE is the co-founder of Frontier Danceland and is presently the artistic director and choreographer of the Company. Low is one of the pioneer choreographers who has the vision of creating a unique brand of contemporary dance with a distinctive Singaporean style. With the unique style that fuses Eastern dance aesthetics with Western dance movements, Low’s choreography focuses on honest portrayals of human emotions, zeal and relentless drive. Her works are contemplative, evoking reflection and introspection, and are celebrated for being bold, imaginative and thought-provoking. She also enjoys creating works that represent Singapore’s vibrant and diverse society. In recognition of her contributions to the arts in Singapore, the National Arts Council presented her with the Cultural Medallion Award in 2018.
Low’s choreographic works have been performed to great success and favourable reviews. Her work Cloud was showcased at 2000 Feet – A Celebration of World Dance, a dance festival held in Philadelphia, USA to much acclaim. Dance critic, Brenda Dixion Gottschild, praised it as a first-rate performance in America’s foremost dance publication, Dance Magazine. In 2015, her work “Fade” portrayed an obscure historical feature of Singaporean culture, the “Majies”. Other notable works from Low include “Abortion”, “Asking Dance”, “Crying Earth”, “Grandmother’s Tale”, “Refuges”, “The First Emperor” “In the Moment” and “White”. Excerpts of her works were toured in Portugal, Belgium, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and many more, bringing a uniquely Singaporean narrative not just to other Asian countries, but also towards the Western frontier.
An advocate of contemporary dance education in Singapore, Low is currently the resident choreographer and instructor of the modern dance groups at Nanyang Girls’ High School, Raffles Girls’ School and Raffles Institution. Under her tutelage, the schools have consistently performed outstandingly at the Singapore Youth Festival dance competition, often achieving Gold with Honours, the highest possible ranking. Aside from teaching at schools, she has set up the “PULSE” Scholarship and “Dancers’ Locker” programme to enable young up-and-coming dancers to refine and showcase their work, where many of them continue to play an active role in the arts today.
Low’s expertise in contemporary dance has also resulted in constant invitations for her to be part of the distinguished panel of judges in Malaysia's National Chinese Cultural Dance Open Competitions and Hong Kong Bauhinia Cup Dance Championship.