Bolero by Ong Yong Lock, guest artist from Fukuokoa Dance Fringe Festival

Bolder than ever: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival

By Ian Ng

Bigger, better, definitely more exciting.

Looking at the array of performances that this year’s M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival has to offer, one gets an unmistakable sense of a growing collaborative culture between local and foreign dancers accompanied by an increasing interest in the art form in Singapore. Surely, this bodes well for the contemporary dance community here.

The festival is in its 6th edition this year and will take place across four venues from 21 Nov to 13 Dec 2015.

Lending the festival some star power is the International Artists’ Showcase. Acclaimed choreographer Anouk van Dijk, from Australian dance company Chunky Moves, presents gentle is the power, a duet created for James Vu Anh Pham and Niharika Senapati.

gentle if the power. Photo by Fiona Cullen Gregory Lorenzutti

Photo by Fiona Cullen Gregory Lorenzutti

Kim Dong-Kyu of R.se (pronounced “rise”) Dance Company will combine street and contemporary dance to explore the fickleness and inconstancy of human behaviour in Perfect Idea.

Perfect Idea. Photo by Shin Sang Ho

Perfect Idea. Photo by Shin Sang Ho

Asian Festivals Exchange, meanwhile, is a meeting point for the very different and dynamic dance cultures of Asia. Seoul Dance Collection (Korea), Yokohama Dance Collection (Japan), DPAC Dance Company (Malaysia) and T.H.E Second Company (Singapore) come together to present thrilling works born out of collaboration between the different companies. Watch out for the works of emerging, award-winning artists such as Mikiko Kawamura and Amy Len.

Photo by Bernie Ng

Photo by Bernie Ng

For a dose of regional works, look no further than the Southeast Asian Choreographers’ Showcase. A total of three or four acts, specially selected from 45 proposals, will be showcased at the National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre. Watch out for Europe-based Singaporean dancer Daniel K. He presents Cheerleader of Europe, a refreshing and daring solo that addresses the idea of unity and community in Europe.

Photo by Christian Glaus

Photo by Christian Glaus

Also to be performed at the Gallery Theatre is the M1 Open Stage 2015. Conceptualised as the dance equivalent of an open-mic session, the Open Stage provides a casual and comfortable environment for an eclectic and diverse mix of artists to showcase their creative pieces.

Bolero by Ong Yong Lock, guest artist from Fukuokoa Dance Fringe Festival

Bolero by Ong Yong Lock, guest artist from Fukuokoa Dance Fringe Festival

A festival must-watch, surely, is Triple Bill by T.HE Dance Company. Director Kuik Swee Boon reprises the simple, quiet and tender Pellucid, a piece originally created for the Singapore Dance Theatre in 2008. The triple bill also features two new creations by Indonesian choreographer Jecko Siompo and former principal dancer of Nederlands Dans Theatre & Spain’s Compañia Nacional de Danza, Iratxe Ansa. Siompo is known for his raw and high-energy works and his unique dance vocabulary draws inspiration from Indonesia’s ethnic genres and American street dance. It promises to complement T.H.E’s strong and physical aesthetic wonderfully.

Pellucid 2015. Photo by Tan Ngiap Heng

Pellucid 2015. Photo by Tan Ngiap Heng

Continuum Dance Exchange, held at LASALLE, brings together young dancers from home and abroad, such as the New Zealand School of Dance and Korean National University of the Arts, in a showcase of fresh and exciting works created for aspiring students of contemporary dance. Divercity 2015 further shines the spotlight on works by local artists and dance companies, with two evenings of works specially created for and by local artistes.

(As It Fades 2014)

E V E N T   D E T A I L S

Continuum Dance Exchange
21 Nov, Sat
3pm
LASALLE – Singapore Airlines Theatre
$25, $15 for students, NSF and senior citizens

Divercity 2015 
26 & 27 Nov, Thu & Fri
8pm
LASALLE – Singapore Airlines Theatre
$32, $20 for students, NSF and senior citizens

Triple Bill by T.H.E Dance Company
3 – 5 Dec, Thu – Sat
8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$36, $20 for students, NSF and senior citizens

Asian Festivals Exchange
8 & 9 Dec, Tues & Wed
8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$32, $20 for students, NSF and senior citizens

Southeast Asian Choreographers’ Showcase
11 Dec, Fri
8pm
National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre
$32, $20 for students, NSF and senior citizens

International Artists Showcase
12 Dec, Sat
3pm & 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
$36, $20 for students, NSF and senior citizens

M1 Open Stage 2015
13 Dec, Sun
5pm & 7.30pm
National Museum of Singapore Gallery Theatre
$25, $15 for students, NSF and senior citizens

Images provided by T.H.E Dance Company 

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