REPOST: M1 CONTACT #TenYearChallenge

By March 24, 2019 May 9th, 2019 No Comments
Photo by Tan Ngiap Heng
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The #TenYearChallenge: M1 CONTACT
Contemporary Dance Festival

Written by Akanksha Raja from Arts Equator

Over the past decade, contemporary dance in Singapore has blossomed. One of the most dynamic initiatives that arguably catalysed this growth is the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival. Starting out in 2010 as “CONTACT 2010: A Week of Dance”, running for a week in its first iteration, the festival has gone from strength to strength, running for multiple weeks, and widening its pool of relationships with collaborating artists, international festivals, presenting partners and sponsors.

This year it celebrates a significant milestone – its 10th anniversary. The festival runs from 15 June to 21 July 2019, featuring 20 shows across eight platforms as well as 31 classes and workshops, two intensives, and two talks.

The eight platforms that make up this year’s festival programming are Co.Lab.AsiansBinaryDiverCityDance at DuskOff StageM1 Open Stage, and the performances Mr. Sign (choreographed by T.H.E. Dance Company’s resident choreographer Kim Jae Duk and performed by T.H.E Dance Company) and Real Love (performed by Zawirowania Dance Theatre from Poland).

To commemorate the Festival’s 10th anniversary, we’re looking back on how it has changed from 2010 to 2019, by spinning off the #TenYearChallenge trend and comparing and contrasting various aspects of the festival from its genesis in 2010 through to its tenth edition in 2019.

Numbers at a Glance

Countries Represented
Local Artists Represented
International Artists Represented


Local Artists
International Artists


Local Artists
International Artists
Photo by Tan Ngiap Heng

CONTACT 2010 ‘A Week of Dance’


1118 Participants | 10 Performances | 2 Studio Presentations |
| 20 Workshops, Masterclasses, and Technique classes |



| 8948 Participants | 17 Shows | 6 Performance Platforms|
| 31 Classes and Workshops |

Original Photo by Tommer Halperin
M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival runs from 15 June to 21 July 2019 across Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and T.H.E. Dance Company Studio at Goodman Arts Centre. Find out more about the artists involved in this year’s edition of the festival here.

“Gathering people to celebrate dance together has always been something I have wanted to do for a very long time. CONTACT was started for this very reason: to bring together like-minded people who share a strong passion for dance, providing a venue for learning and exchange, and fostering a deeper understanding of dance.”

- Kuik Swee Boon, 2010.

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