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Gani Abdul Karim
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Jeremiah Choy
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Tan Tarn How
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Babes Conde
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GANI ABDUL KARIM





Gani is a triple-threat multi-discipline Singaporean performer, as well as a highly sort-after choreographer, instructor, director and arts educator who has a long string of stage experiences locally and abroad. He has covered almost every genre of performances from operas, musicals, dance and physical theatre, multi-media, cross-cultural, and even avante garde to name a few.


He has appeared in many productions directed by Ong Keng Sen (Theatreworks), namely, the Japan premiere of “Lear” (Theatreworks-Japan Foundation). This inter-cultural , post-modern production also toured Hong Kong (Hong Kong Arts Festival 99), Singapore, Jakarta and Perth (Perth Arts Festival) as part of its Asian Tour. Playing the role of the dynamic ‘Retainer’, “Lear” also participated in the Berlin International Arts Festival (Teater de Welt 99) and Coppenhagen International Arts Festival (International Sommerscene 99) as part of its European Tour. Other cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary works that he has collaborated in and was lead performer include “The Savior” and “The Savior II”, a cross cultural multi-media opera, produced by J-Art Foundation and stage in Seoul (2000-01); “PRISM” (Toy Factory Theatre S’pore and Kageboushi Theatre Co Japan) which debuted in Japan and went on to perform in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Phillipines and Indonesia; and “URMI” where he played Caliban in this Bali-nised adaptation of Shakespeare’s Tempest, produced by Teater Masakini (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and stage at The Istana Budaya.


His most recent works since beginning 2010 includes his semi-autobiographical solo Theatre-Movement piece entitled “Salusuah” (The Fringe Club - Hong Kong City Festival 2010); Wild Rice’s Physical Theatre production of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (Shouson Theatre, The Hong Kong Arts Centre - The Hong Kong Arts Festival 2010; Drama Centre, Singapore; “Ten Days On This Island”: Tasmania Arts Festival 2011– Festival Open-er) playing the roles of “Old Major” and “Boxer” among other farm animals; adapted and written for the stage by Ian Wooldridge and directed by Ivan Heng. He was a featured singer/performer in mark Chan’s Musical Sing-and-tell, “The Rain Came Down Like Pearls… The Night I Died” staged at the University Cultural Centre Dance Studio (NUS Arts Festival 2010). He played the role of “Adipati” in a mini-musical showcase of The Legend of Princess of Mount Ledang as part of “Live Singapore – Global Arts Exchange” at Resort World Sentosa, Singapore (Enfiniti Productions, Malaysia). Following that, he was choreographer as well as one of four lead performers for “Path Of Time”, a mini-musical showcase which was one of the main highlights of the year’s Night Festival held by The National Museum (Orangedot Productions and Theatreworks). Following that, he was choreographer and trainer for Pathlight Autistic School in their inaugural musical staging entitled “Yes We Can”, directed by Jeremiah Choy and Music Director Babes Conde. Then he choreographed and co-directed “DragonTales”, an original musical where he was also lead performer and premiered in Manila, PETA Theatre space, directed and co-written by Jeremiah Choy (Singapore), music and book by Vincent de Jesus (Phillipines), and produced by Asia On Stage (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Phillipines). Immediately after, he took on Shakespeare’s Othello playing the lead role, staged at Auditorium Bandaraya, KL and directed by Tage Larsen (Odin Theatre, Denmark) and produced by Teater Masakini.


He was choreographer for Singapore Lyric Opera’s latest production of “Salome” where he choreographed the iconic “Dance of The 7 Veils”, Haig Girls’ School 50th Anniversary Musical and Show Director for Singapore Resort World Universal Studios Halloween event “Halloween Horror Nights”.


He was choreographer for Haig Girls’ School 60th Anniversary original musical entitled “Home Truly, written and directed by Oniatta Effendi.


Currently, he is Artistic Director-choreographer for Singapore Management University upcoming musical extravaganza in Febuary 2012, as well as a featured collaborator for a deviced physical theatre piece entitled “City Night Songs” as part of NUS Arts Festival in March 2012, directed by Huzir Sulaiman.