The Da:ns festival runs from the 9th to the 18th of October, don’t jet off from Singapore to Thailand or Hong Kong on holiday during this half term. The Esplanade brings to Singapore the most exciting contemporary dance from around the world.
We have selected 5 extraordinary shows to watch in this da:ns festival
– showcasing the talent of choreographers from around the world, through magnificent dance companies known for challenging the limits of choreography in contemporary dance work.
1. Sylvie Guillem – Live in Progress
The most celebrate dancer of the last three decades brings to Singapore four exceptional works techné choreographed by the one and only Akram Khan and Here & after choreographed by the associate artist of Sadllers Well’s Russel Maliphant.
In this evening program, you will also be gifted with Mats EK’s Bye choreographed especially for Guillem as well as DUO2015 choreographed by William Forsythe. This evening performance gathers together the most creative and exciting choreographers of our time with a cast of extraordinary dance artists.
2. Nederlands Dance Theatre 2. An evening of five works.
Every time I have the pleasure of watching Nederlands Dance Theatre perform I witness something extraordinaire. An ensemble of the most versatile and creative dancers in the world of dance; when watching this company on stage you are offered the most cutting edge choreography, translated in bodies that are able to achieve the nearly impossible in contemporary dance. Nederlands Dance Theatre 2 consistently presents innovative and bold productions. This programme brings to Singapore works by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Edward Clug, Sharon Eyal and Gau Bahar and Alexander Ekman.
3. Torobaka – Akram Khan and Israel Galván
Akram Khan has consistently challenged the limits of choreography through a number of collaborations with a variety of dance artists in the last decade in the world of dance. In the U.K. he is an ambassador for the art form, voicing concerns and pushing forward the creative dance agenda for youths and professionals.
Drawing from influences of kathak and flamenco this new collaboration promises an evening where rhythm is challenged in its nature. A duet of Masters.
4. Impulse – a backstage site-specific work; Kim jae Duk & T.H.E. Dance Company (Korea/Singapore)
I am delighted with the investment in the local dance scene in Singapore with this year’s Da:ns Festival edition.
T.H.E. Dance company dancers will inhabit new spaces to develop dance. An opportunity to see dance up close with fewer stage tricks and more intimacy; this ensemble of very talented dance artists promises to bring a performance like no other at the festival – expanding the potential of choreography into unconventional places.
5. Soft Machine – Choy Ka Fai PART A: SURJIT NONGMEIKAPAM (INDIA) & RIANTO (INDONESIA) PART B: XIAO KE X ZI HAN (CHINA) & YUYA TSUKAHARA (JAPAN)
Soft Machine is the result of an intense and large research comprising 88 interviews to dance makers from Asia, an invitation into the working and personal lives of choreographers making contemporary dance choreography in Asia.
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