Radhanath Thialan

Radhanath Thialan
Radhanath Thialan is an all-rounded choreographer and facilitator in dance currently based in California. He holds an MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine where he was offered full scholarship for the two-year program. Thialan is currently Associate Artistic Director at Yaya Dance Academy. His students were awarded Overall first in various national competitions such as ShowStopper and Kids Artistic Revue (KAR). With his talent in choreography, his students also placed in the Top 12 at Youth American Grand Prix, an international ballet competition, in 2021 and 2023, and were invited to compete in the finals in Florida. With his expertise in the field, he was also invited to guest judge for Philippines International Arts Festival Music and Talent Video Competition in 2021.

Thialan performed at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2017 with Pacific Symphony, and has been choreographer for the Love Feast since 2018, a Lunar New Year event with Pacific Symphony. This concert is one of the best-selling with the symphony and tickets were sold out at then 2023 Lunar New Year concert where he choreographed some pieces. He also had the opportunity to be the rehearsal director for John William’s Birthday Concert, helping Yaya Zhang with her choreography when she is away. Thialan was invited to choreograph again with Pacific Symphony for Pierrot in April 2023.

Thialan is also the Founder/Artistic Director for Rad-icalDance Company, which not only holds stage performances but also dance films. His works were awarded and premiered in Arizona, Malaysia, and Canada while some stage performances were premiered in California, Malaysia, and even Shanghai. With his great eye and skill with dance films, he was contracted by Ee Theng Lim to help edit a dance film she directed – Rice Connections, and was recently awarded internationally in many film festivals including The Hague Global Cinema Festival, Onyko Films Awards, Jaipur International Film Festival and many more. Currently, he is also a camera director, rehearsal director and co-director for a dance film he is working on with Rongna Su (苏荣娜), an internationally acclaimed Mongolian Dance Expert. Thialan is also involved in a documentary film with director Guo Guo, documenting immigrant adult dancers and their passion for dance. The documentary is planned to air by the end of 2025 and hopefully be aired on Netflix in the years to come.

During his school years, Thialan graduated with honors and outstanding choreographer award at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and also earned the highest honors award at Scottsdale Community College with three associate degrees in two years where he danced and toured with Instinct Dance Corps. He was lucky to have worked with Lar Lubovitch, Amir Kolben, Noa Wertheim, SiZheng Wang, and Betsy Fisher just to name a few. While at UCI, he was also offered several scholarships and was chosen as the only student choreographer to premiere a work in 2017 in Shanghai. He was also fortunate to be selected to spend a month in Israel learning methodology and reps from artistic directors of Kolben Dance Company, Vertigo Dance Company and Gaga technique at Batsheva. His main choreographic style is contemporary concert dance, often inspired by relatable human matters and his Malaysian Identity. His thought-provoking works tends to encourage viewers to think beyond the works but reflect upon society.