Exact dates to be announced soon


Esplanade Theatre Studio


Standard $28
Concession $20
(excluding SISTIC booking fee)

Estimated Duration

Approximately 75 – 90 minutes

An annual Festival highlight, witness the future of contemporary dance in M1 Open Stage as we discover curious, risk-taking choreographic talents from Singapore, South-east Asia and beyond.


Using contemporary dance as a platform for experimentation, M1 Open Stage is a window into the multi-facetedness of the human imagination. Attracting more than 150 applicants from 48 countries, these artists showcase their own unique paths of self-expression. Dancers turn diverse inspirations – from the experience of exhausting mental states to biblical parables – into a fascinating line-up of 12 performances over three different programmes.

For the first time, M1 Open Stage will feature works by two Festival Directors: French-Laotian Olé Khamchanla, director of Fang Mae Khong International Dance Festival (Laos); and former Sankai Juku dancer Nobuyoshi Asai, director of New: Kogane Asian Dance Festival (Japan).

On the local front, don’t miss works by Singaporean husband-and-wife duo Wayne Ong and Leia Ang, co-founder of P7:1SMA Hasyimah Harith, performance maker Pat Toh, and former T.H.E Second Company artist Tan Sen Cai.

Playful and always surprising, M1 Open Stage will whet your appetite for more contemporary dance.


Programme A  
Lazarus Parable Movement by Wayne Ong & Leia Ang (Singapore)
Bunker + Vault by Rebecca Margolick (Canada/USA)
Solo for Real by Fabio Liberti, performed by Jernej Bizjak (Denmark/Italy/Slovenia)
ALIZA by Ravid Abarbanel, performed with Tomer Giat (Israel)


Programme B 
Topography of Breath by Pat Toh (Singapore)
Over-master by Alice Ma (Hong Kong)
Abstinent by Nobuyoshi Asai (Japan)
Landing Error by Ji Kyungmin & Lim Jinho (South Korea)


Programme C 
Nak Dara by Hasyimah Harith (Singapore)
Gaksi by Jung Bokyung, performed with Park Hyeri (South Korea)
10-6 into the SKIN by Tan Sen Cai, performed with Fiona Kwek (Singapore)
Cercle by Olé Khamchanla (France/Laos)

General Discounts

Only applicable to shows held at Esplanade and selected events held at T.H.E Dance Company’s studio.

20% off

T.H.E Friends (with valid code) &
Early Birds

15% off

PAssion Card Members, OCBC Arts Platinum Card Members, Esplanade&Me Black Cardholders

10% off

OCBC Credit Card Members, Esplanade&Me White Cardholders

For bulk ticket purchases of ≥10 tickets per show, please contact us at +65 6345 8454 or to enquire on special rates.

Concession Perks

NAC-AEP Tote Board Arts Grant

Secondary schools, JCs, CIs & ITEs that have opted in during the opt-in exercise for 2020 conducted by the National Arts Council (NAC) may use the NAC-AEP’s Tote Board Arts Grant to apply for a subsidy of up to 50% of concession ticket costs for all ticketed shows held at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

Group Bookings

For every 20 student tickets purchased for a single show, an accompanying teacher or instructor gets a free ticket.

Festival Scholarships

Dance students from NAFA, LASALLE or SOTA may find out more about our scholarship programme from their heads of department in school. Selected students will gain a hands-on experience of what goes on behind the scenes of the Festival, as well as access to some shows, classes and workshops.