ADDC
Asia Duo Dance Company
Independent Contemporary Dance Company 

FAIRUL ZAHID 
Co- Artistic Director/Founder/
Choreographer/Dancer

Fairul has been a Principal Dancer/Choreographer in Aswara Dance Company for several years and also a Dance teacher in several Local Universities in Malaysia including National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage. He has collaborated with several artist local and international including Riki Von Falken (German), Gideon Oberzanek (Australia) Un Yamada (Japan), Ena Herosie (Japan), Sean Curran (NYC), Netta Yerusalmy (Israel), Chunky Move (Australia), Patrick Suzeu (U.S), Jeff Tsei (Taiwan), Brigel Gjoka (German) Pamela S.Pietro (New York), Yachao Zhu (China), Herbert Alvarez (Philippines), Akram Khan (London), and many more. He has produced several full-length and a mix bills performance for tour in Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, Jakarta Indonesia, Philippines, and Chicago. He is one of the country’s leading young artist, a prolific and versatile choreographer/dancer working in disciplines of Contemporary, Ballet, Malay Dance, Chinese Classical Dance, Indian Classical dance. He performed in several festival local and international and also has been awarded in several choreography competitions in Malaysia and other countries. In 2015 he has been Awarded as Star Scholarship by Sime Darby Foundation to pursued his MFA study in NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has been invited to several residency in America including University of California (UCLA) as international guest artist,   and Djerasi Residency California, The Tel Aviv Choreography Competition 2015 has name his latest work “Pur(e)gatory” one of the top 5 in the competition and His work “Draw-err”  has been awarded crystal Award best international choreography in NYC. He has worked with several company in New York City including Christina Noel Dance Company, LaneCoArts, Sean Curran Dance Company, and The Nutcracker NYC. He also dance for Akram in their performance at Beijing. He produced a lot of works while in New York city. Recently his duet collaboration with Yachao Zhu has nominated top 3 by ALLANA Choreography Competition Joffery Ballet School Chicago. His latest work “Draw-err 2.0” has  tour local and international including Beijing, New York, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Recently in 2015 while he is in New York City, He and his partner has build a project title Building Bridges under His own company Asia Duo Dance Company supported by Yayasan Sime Darby to gather all the artist across the globe. “Draw-err” has been representative of NYU Tisch School of the Arts for National Ballet of China Performance at NYU Skirt ball Center. In May 2016, He and his partner produce an evening of contemporary dance which involve several international artist including Malaysia, China, New York and Philippines. He has been awarded by Sime Darby Foundation as outstanding Artiste in 2015/2016. His work “Trancendence" also has been nominated in 4 categories at Boh Cameroonian Arts Award 2015. He have been invited by NYU Tisch School of the Arts to be a guest choreographer for Tisch Gala 2016.

Yachao Zhu
Co-Artistic Director/Founder/
Choreographer/Dancer 

Yachao Zhu was trained in Chinese minority and classical dance forms at Minzu University of China in Beijing. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree in 2011, Yachao was invited to become a faculty member there in the dance department at the young age of twenty. He has won many awards, including the 1st Prize at the International Chinese Dance Competition in Singapore, 1st Place in the 11th Beijing Dance Competition, and the Most Talented Artist Award at the “Tao Li” National Dance Competition in China. He has had the opportunity to tech Chinese Classical dance repertoire to dancers in New York City while purusing his MFA in Dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. he has been collaborated with severals artists across the globe and currently preparing for his new work in Peridance Theatre. 

Pamela S. Pietro (New York)
Guest Choreographer/
Collaborator/Mentor 

Pamela Pietro has equally combined careers on stage and in academic fields of dance successfully. She has performed professionally with many companies through the United States. Pamela has been on the faculty at the American Dance Festival since 1997, Hollins University, New World School of the Arts and Florida International University. She has taught for Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China),  Dance Library Summer Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel and Henan Normal University in Henan, China, Newtown High School for the Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia, Momentum Danza in Panama, LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore, Singapore, Tsekh Festival in Moscow, Russia and Ekoda de Dance at Nippon University in Tokyo, Japan. She has presented and taught at and at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Santa Barbara, and Emory University on "Somatics and Contemporary Practice." Pamela received the first place award for academics and performance from the National Society of Arts and Letters, a gold medal winner at the Asiagraph Video/Choreography competition in Shanghai, China and her latest research was presented at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki. Pamela is currently based in New York City, where she is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts, Department of Dance., as well as the assistant to pioneering bodywork expert Irene Dowd. Pamela received a BFA/Dance from Florida State University and her MFA/Dance from University of Washington.

Dr. Joseph Gonzales (Malaysia)
Guest Choreographer/
Collaborator/Mentor 

Joseph Gonzales is the Head of Dance at the National Arts Academy, Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Malaysia and one of Malaysia’s leading dance educators and choreographers. Joseph began his career as a dancer with KESUMA, St. Moritz Gold Band Dancers and Kuala Lumpur Dance Theatre before leaving for Bush Davies School and London Studio Center in England. He played Simon of Legree in ‘The King And I’ to become the first Malaysian to perform in the West End. His choreography Akar dan Titik,TITIAN and AKAR has been presented at various festivals in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Japan, Belgium, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong and the Opening Ceremony of the 19th Independent Film Festival in Brussels. Joseph represented Malaysia at the Philadelphia Dance Festival 2000. In Malaysia, he choreographed, Laila Majnun and Tun Perak for the National Theatre, AWAS! andPutera for his company Cross Roads Dance Ensemble, The Opening Ceremony of the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and various commercial projects. He has performed in and choreographed In Retrospect, Jailed for a Joke for Amnesty International, East West Kaleidoscope, Breaking Boundaries, When They Dance and innumerable other performances. He enjoys exploring movement frequently emphasizes strong themes using traditional material and otherwise in his work. He campaigns zealously for a more professional environment for dance.

Sean Curran (New York)
Mentor/Advisor

Sean Curran began his dance training in traditional Irish step dancing as a young boy in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to make his mark on the dance world as a leading dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, with whom he received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for his performance in Secret Pastures. Curran was an original member of the New York City cast of the Off-Broadway percussion extravaganza STOMP, performing in the show for four years. He has performed his solo evening of dances at venues throughout the United States as well as at Sweden's Danstation Theatre and France's EXIT Festival. A graduate and faculty member of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Curran now serves as Chair of the Department of Dance. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in modern technique, improvisation, body percussion and composition as a visiting artist at the American Dance Festival, Harvard Summer Dance Center, Bates Dance Festival, Boston's Conservatory of Music, and over 100 U.S. university dance departments. Curran has created works for The Limon Dance Company, Trinity Irish Dance Company, ABT II, Denmark's Upper Cut Company, Sweden's Sknes Dance Theater, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury Dance Theater, and Dance Alloy. Irish American Magazine selected Curran as one of its "Top 100. He has been awarded several Choreographer's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Sean Curran Company is a proud grantee of the National Endowment for the Arts. Happiest when making new work, Sean Curran hopes to continue to be an ambassador for the art of dance by building and educating the dance audiences of tomorrow.
Azmie Zanal Abdden (Malaysia)
Collabrator 
Azmie Zanal Abdden 
 

Dancers

Jared McAboy

Hala Shah

Paul Morland

Courtney Escoyne

Lukas Dellios

Alex Tenreiro

Maggie Westerfield

Xenia Mansour

Danielle Abraham