Advisory on measures taken in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic

***Latest Update: 27 May 2020*** 

Things have once again evolved in this pandemic. Committed to protecting our audience, participants and Festival team, we have made the decision that the 11th Edition of M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival will take place over 2020 and 2021. All live performances will be rescheduled to next year. Nevertheless, this year, we are happy to announce that we will forge ahead with T.H.E Summer Intensive and a slew of other exciting classes and workshops online via Zoom. There will also be a virtual performance and work-in-progress sharing online. We welcome you to browse around our site to check these out. Thank you for your support and see you at CONTACT 2020!


**Latest Update: 9 April 2020**

Missed us? We’ve been silent for a while, working hard and trying to decide on the next course of action amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation. To update our international friends, Singapore has implemented a ‘circuit-breaker’, meaning that all non-essential work places are closed, and schools have been moved online from 7 April to 4 May 2020, amongst a slew of other measures. The duration of these measures might be extended if the situation does not improve.

Our Festival Team is committed to play our part to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. The health and safety of our audience, participants, artists, production team, volunteers and staff remain our highest priority.

Yet, we want to continue to pursue our mission of supporting our artists, production team and staff, many of whom are freelancers whose income has been affected in such a time. As such, we will be investing in the digital production of some of our classes and workshops, as well as the filming of various works-in-progress with accompanying documentaries. These will be available for your participation and viewing online. Subject to the government’s mandate in the month of June 2020, we are also planning for our T.H.E Summer Intensive and some classes and workshops by local artists to continue in our studio, with safe distancing precautions and the necessary measures in place.

At the same time, we know that even with the best technology, we can never fully replace the physical experience of witnessing hours of vigorous training encapsulated into distilled moments of expression – that face-to-face, up-close encounter of another human being’s life reflections, cognitive and emotional responses, thoughts and ideas – all embodied into movement. Hence, as much as we’d like to bring you some digital content amidst this pandemic situation, we are also working on rescheduling our live performances such that the Festival will be taking place over 2020 and 2021.

In the meantime, please stay tuned for further updates. We will be in contact with those who have purchased tickets to the Festival over the coming weeks.

We thank you for your patience once again. Keep dancing and stay healthy! We hope to see you soon!

 


*Update: 25 March 2020*

As of 24 March 2020, the multi-ministry COVID-19 task force has released new regulations stipulating that gatherings outside of work and school are limited to a maximum of 10 people. These measures will kick in from 26 March 2020 and last till 30 April 2020, about a month before the start of the Festival on 6 June 2020. We are aware that the duration of these measures might be extended if the situation does not improve and would like to assure you that the Festival is in the midst of serious discussion about our next steps to take. Your health, safety and well-being are important to us. Thank you for your patience and support.

 


Advisory: 16 March 2020

At M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, the health and safety of our audience, participants, artists, production team, volunteers and staff are of utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the development of COVID-19 very closely, and update you in the event that we decide to make changes to any of our plans.

Currently, the maximum capacity of all our ticketed programmes fall below 200. If the current advisories issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Health remain in June, please be assured that appropriate precautionary measures will be enforced to create a safe and enjoyable environment for you.

This includes increased frequency of cleaning and sanitisation at venues that our programmes will be held at. All audience members and participants of our classes, workshops and five-day summer intensive will be subjected to temperature checks. Health declaration forms have to be filled in and hands have to be sanitised before entry into our programme venues.

Individuals who have a fever, display respiratory symptoms such as a persistent cough, or have any reason to think that they have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, will be advised to seek immediate medical attention and will not be permitted entry into event premises.

We are also prepared to reduce the number of tickets available for sale across all our ticketed shows so that the distance between audience members can be increased.

For more details on measures put up by our collaborator, Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, please refer to https://www.esplanade.com/visitor-guide/general-advisory.

We believe in the power of the arts in connecting us as a community and in this difficult time of uncertainty, we hope to continue sharing these precious experiences while exercising social responsibility to the best of our abilities.

Image of Over-master by Alice Ma taken by Cheung Chi Wai.