Su-Feh Lee

Lee Su-Feh is Artistic Director of battery opera. How this happened involved: Childrens’ Theatre with Janet Pillai, traditional Malay and contemporary dance with Marion D’Cruz in Malaysia, contemporary dance with Lari Leong in Paris, contact improvisation with Peter BIngham in Vancouver; and many years of Chinese martial arts with infuriatingly exacting teachers. Before coming to Vancouver in 1988, she lived in Paris, London, Indonesia and Malaysia. She speaks 6 languages badly. In 1998, she won the Prix de Jeune Auteur of the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-St. Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. In theatre, Su-Feh has worked as a choreographer with directors such as Marc Diamond, Donna Spencer and most recently DD Kugler and Steven Hill. She has been nominated twice for a Jessie Award. In 1995, she co-founded battery opera with David McIntosh with whom she has been collaborating ever since she saw him lying, bleeding, in Kota Baru in 1985.

David McIntosh

David McIntosh is a writer, a performer, and Artistic Producer of battery opera.

Born in Kentucky, trained through transience, the construction industry and taxi guiding, he more or less lives in Vancouver, BC. His theatre, art bands, lounge acts, video and audio work have been performed and shown nationally and internationally. His stories have been published in bourgeois fashion magazines, a play in the National Theatre Review. He has co-created Dance works that have toured nationally and internationally.
In 1995, he co-founded battery opera with Lee Su-Feh with whom he has been collaborating ever since he was run over while on his bicycle somewhere between Kuantan and Kota Baru.

Since 1989 he has studied martial arts. He is currently a student of Bagua Master, Yang Guo Tai.

Hari Krishnan

Toronto based Hari Krishnan is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and dance scholar, he is Artistic Director of inDANCE (Toronto) and World Dance Artist in Residence at the department of dance in Wesleyan University (Connecticut USA). A world leader/specialist in Devadasi dance, he also works in a contemporary vein abstracting and drawing elements from a variety of sources and sensibilities. Hari Krishnan's creative output is holistic, combining the allied arts of Bharatanatyam dance, music, theatre and theory with contemporary, urban, post-modern culture.

Dr. Anis Md Nor

Mohd Anis Md Nor is Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the University of Malaya. He earned his B.A. Honors from the University of Malaya, M.A. (Dance Ethnology) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and PhD. (Southeast Asia Studies and Musicology) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Professor Anis has pioneered the study of Zapin dance and music in Southeast Asia and has published widely on the said topic. Although his foremost research area deals with Malay dance and music in Southeast Asia, his current studies are on the interfacing of dance traditions among the Malayo-Polynesian societies in Southeast Asia and Polynesia and the making of new traditions through contemporary performances.

Zab Maboungou

Zab Maboungou, choreographer and performer, founded Le cercle d'expression artistique Nyata Nyata in 1986 for the creation, presentation and promotion of her work in a local, national and international context. This prolific artist is active on many fronts: as choreographer, performer, musician, author, and teacher of philosophy and dance, she has been working for the development and promotion of African dance in Quebec, across Canada and abroad. Zab Maboungou has been teaching the technique "Rhythms and movement" in Montreal for 20 years. She has developed a unique style and teaching method called "the rhythmic of breathing" that she describes in her book HEYA: an historic, poetic and didactic treatise of African dance. She has also taught Western philosophy at Laval's Collège Montmorency since 1982. Her reputation as artist, thinker and activist is well established, and she is often invited to hold workshops in universities and cultural centres.

Jennifer Mascall

Jennifer Mascall is the Artistic Director of Mascall Dance. As choreographer, teacher, educator and BMC practitioner, her research is the function and expression of the body's systems in the action of leading the body into images that could be considered universal.

Sameena Darr

Sameena Darr was adopted into the battery opera in May 2008. For the past 3 months she had been Rapunzeled in the Dominion Building, intently hanging on to every theory, chortle and sigh from the infamous weekend of the so you think you don’t folk dance? symposium. After giving birth to these transcripts she intends to go into hiding for a short time; a personal exile, really, in an effort to re-teach, re-evaluate and regenerate herself. She now has an unspeakable urge to dance.

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