Remaking Bach
Compagnia Zappalà Danza (Italy)
Tue 9 Jun | 8pm
Wed 10 Jun | 8pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Adele Goh (Singapore) & Kwon Hyuk (South Korea)
Ruby Jayaseelan, Bani Haykal & Irfan Kasban (Singapore)
Syimah Sabtu (Singapore)
Thu 11 Jun | 8pm
Fri 12 Jun | 8pm
Esplanade Annexe Studio
M1 Open Stage
3 different programmes
12 short works
Artists from Singapore & various countries
Sat 13 Jun | 8pm
Sun 14 Jun | 2pm
Sun 14 Jun | 7pm
Esplanade Theatre Studio
Off Stage
Chua Pei Yun & Maybelle Lek (Singapore)
Chloe Chua (Singapore)
Xenres Kirishima Chi Hong (Singapore)
Puri Senja (Indonesia)
Nah Jieying (Singapore)
Mon 15 Jun | 8pm
Tue 16 Jun | 8pm
T.H.E Dance Company’s Studio
Dance at Dusk
The Farm (Australia)
T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore)
Fri 26 Jun | 6:30pm & 8pm
Sat 27 Jun | 6:30pm & 8pm
Sun 28 Jun | 6:30pm & 8pm
Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

About the Festival

Fondly known as “CONTACT” to the local dance community, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival began in 2010 to promote contemporary dance in Singapore. Since then, it has become a pillar event that brings growth to the local dance scene.

Helmed by T.H.E Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Kuik Swee Boon, this artist-led Festival pursues an attitude of openness where every individual’s point of view is valued. In recent years, it has gradually allowed different voices to enter and shape its programmes.

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Artists and Guests

M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2020

Roberto Zappalà

Choreographer | Artistic Director of Compagnia Zappalà Danza | Set, Lighting & Costume Designer

Roberto Zappalà founded Compagnia Zappalà Danza in 1990 as a home for his ideas of dance that are naturally humanistic and philosophical. He has since created more than 80 works that have been staged all over Europe, in Latin and South America, China, Korea, the Middle East as well as North and South Africa. Zappalà has also collaborated with many companies including Balletto di Toscana, La Scala Theatre Ballet School, Norrdans, ArtEZ, Goteborg Ballet and the Theater am Gaertnerplatz of Munich. He created his signature choreographic language, MoDem (his short form of ‘democratic movement’) and has devoted himself to sharing this language through seminars held in Europe and beyond. Zappalà has written essays on his methodology of work, recently published in Omnia Corpora, and is also responsible for the conception and restoration of Scenario Pubblico, a unique European choreographic centre launched in 2002. This allowed his company to extend and deepen their choreographic research through MoDem. In November 2013, Zappalà received the Italian Association of Theatre Critics Award.

Adele Goh

Independent Dance Artist |Co- choreographer & co-performer of Kwon Hyuk in Co.Lab.Asians

Adele Goh is a Singapore-based independent artist and creator. She trained at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating with a BA (First Class Honours). In 2012, she performed with Moving Visions Dance Company in the UK. In 2013, she moved to Israel for the Masa programme, where she studied and performed with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. From 2013-2018, she joined Frontier Danceland as a company artist. Some notable performances include Akalika 7 by Olé Khamchanla in the Singapour en France le festival in Paris, and An Old Woman Picking Up A Stone From The Ground And Carrying It Back To Her House by Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof and Flat by Shahar Biniamini, a double-bill hosted by Batsheva Dance Company.

During her time in the company, Goh also choreographed many original works. Notably, she was commissioned by M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival in 2019 to create a solo in collaboration with Germaine Cheng, titled Disappearing Act, which has since been selected to be performed at Odoru Akita International Dance Festival in Japan and Internationale Tanzmesse NRW in Germany in 2020. Disappearing Act has also led to Seoul International Dance Festival’s pairing of her with award-winning Korean dance artist, Kwon Hyuk, for a co-creation that will premiere at this year’s M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival.

M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2020

Kwon Hyuk

Independent Dance Artist from Company SIGA (South Korea) |Co- choreographer & co-performer of Adele Goh in Co.Lab.Asians

Kwon Hyuk trained at Hansung University in dance and choreography before establishing Company SIGA as one of its members. He distinguished himself as an exemplary dancer when he won gold in the contemporary dance category at the 44th Dong-A Dance Competition in 2014 and the first place at International Dance Competition Hellas in Greece in the same year. Armed with exceptional technique and great physicality, he started his career as a choreographer through MODAFE (International Modern Dance Festival) Spark Place.

His first creation, Empty, is a solo dance performance of which he has since created a trilogy. In 2017, he presented a new dance piece, Cittaslow, as part of First Art Support Program that was very favourably reviewed by critics. Cittaslow exposed Hyuk’s style, that focuses on being interesting within a slow tempo. Company SIGA’s Rush also won the Best Choreography Work Award 2017 at Incheon International Contemporary Dance Festival. He now participates in various kinds of shows both as a dancer and choreographer.

M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2020

Ruby Jayaseelan

Independent Movement Artist (Singapore) | Choreographer & co-performer of TERBALEK in Co.Lab.Asians

Ruby Jayaseelan is an inter-disciplinary movement artist from Singapore. Her formal training in Bharathanatyam was with Cultural Medallion recipient, the late Srimathi Neila Sathyalingam of Apsaras Arts (Singapore) and Kalakshetra Foundation (Chennai, India) and her Ashtanga Yoga practice is certified by Samyak Yoga (Mysore, India). These trainings, along with her roots in Eastern techniques and intense exposure to Western techniques of somatic and experimental movement, have informed her movement pedagogy and practices. She performs, teaches and collaborates on world stages and streets, focusing on the holistic understanding and practice of art, movement and its philosophy. She is currently an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra and has worked with local theatre and dance companies in prominent works like Ghost Writer, The Necessary Stage and Hungry Stones, Chowk, as well as her own creations, Flowers, Birds and Guns, Sakhi and Purushi for festivals such as PinkFest.

Bani Haykal

Sound artist & co-performer of TERBALEK in Co.Lab.Asians

Bani Haykal experiments with text and music. As an artist, composer and musician, he considers music (making / processes) as a metaphor for cybernetics and his projects revolve around modes of interfacing and interaction in feedback/feedforward mechanisms. Haykal is a member of b-quartet and soundpainting ensemble Erik Satay & The Kampong Arkestra. Manifestations of his research culminate into works of various forms encompassing installation, poetry and performance. In his capacity as a collaborator and a soloist, he has participated in festivals including MeCA Festival (Japan), Media/Art Kitchen (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Japan), Liquid Architecture and Singapore International Festival of Arts (Singapore) among others. His two major ongoing projects are an online public repository of canned laughter and applause based on research which looks into the histories of synthesisers relating to notions of artificiality and bouldering route setting as a framework for composition.

Irfan Kasban

Production designer of TERBALEK in Co.Lab.Asians

Irfan Kasban is an interdisciplinary artist, who has been involved in theatre-making since 2006. Through writing, directing, performing, and production design, he hopes to celebrate the collision of space and time - constructing intricate universes as a shared experience. He is interested in performance as ritual healing.
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