Performances to catch at M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival

Performances to catch at M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival

If you miss watching live performances, be sure to catch the annual M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival. It is presented by homegrown dance company, The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company from 5 Jun to 4 Jul. The programme includes live performances by Singapore and international artists, as well as a solo dance rendition and a showcase of works-in-progress.

Here are four live performances to catch at the festival:

InterBeing – A Double Bill

Desidium contemporary dance

Immerse yourself in this experimental dance performance, which invites audiences to embrace being in the present moment. Held at Esplanade Theatre Studio on 25 and 26 Jun, it is presented as a double bill. It features British choreographer Jos Baker’s work Contactless, which examines mundane, intimate rituals in everyday life, and Bulgaria-born Dimo Kirilov Milev’s choreographed act Desidium, which explores the meaning of interdependence. This is the first time T.H.E Dance Company is presenting a work that was created and rehearsed over Zoom, without the choreographers physically present. Learn more about InterBeing – A Double Bill here.

M1 Open Stage

Lazarus Parable Movement (2016) by Wayne Ong and Leia Ang  Photo by Bernie Ng contemporary dance

Get to know emerging Singapore dancers through deeply personal works performed at the Esplanade Annex Studio from 28 to 30 Jun. This show includes a solo rendition by dancer Hasyimah Harith that is part of her ongoing series Nak Dara, which examines the notion of ownership over one’s body. It also features dancer Tan Sen Cai’s 10-6 into the SKIN, which looks at Man’s desire to explore the unknown. Get tickets to M1 Open Stage here.

Off Stage

Photo by TET Photography contemporary dance

Don’t miss this intimate presentation of work-in-progress pieces by Singapore performers Chua Pei Yun, Maybelle Lek, Xenres Kirishima and Chloe Chua. Held at T.H.E’s home studio at Goodman Arts Centre on 1 and 2 Jul, the showcase offers audiences a rare chance to preview the works before they are officially staged. Get tickets to Off Stage here.

Co.Lab.Asians

TERBALEK by Ruby Jayaseelan, Bani Haykal & Irfan Kasban contemporary dance

Watch as independent dance artists come together to combine insights and approaches to conjure captivating new works. Produced in partnership with sound artist Bani Haykal and production designer Irfan Kasban, Co.Lab. Asians includes the premiere of a new collaboration between South Korea artist Kwon Hyuk and Singapore dancer Adele Goh. It also features dancer Ruby Jayaseelan in TERBALEK, a solo performance that explores mental impairment. The show is held at the Esplanade Annex Studio on 3 and 4 Jul. Get tickets to Co.Lab.Asians here.

Learn more about M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival here.

(Photos: M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival)

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