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Contact 2011: A week of dance

By Zaki JufriEvents - 09 November 2011 4:30 PM | Updated 10:00 AM

Contact 2011: A week of dance

Taking dance to a whole new level this November is home-grown T.H.E. Dance Company whose artistic director Kuik Swee Boon who will be collaborating with up-and-coming Korean dancer and choreographer Kim Jae-Duk.

Their performance “Re: OK...But!” is the closing performance of Contact 2011, a week-long festival of dance organised by T.H.E. Dance Company for the second year. It runs from Nov 25 to Dec 4.

Returning to the festival for the second time, Kim brings his signature pulsating style of street dance and contemporary dance back and sets it on the versatile dancers of T.H.E, this time taking the tense non-verbal communication amongst dancers to spark off an explosive dance filled with dark humour.

Kim Jae-Duk’s “Darkness Poomba”

Having trained as a dancer for four years at the Korean National University of the Arts, and now undertaking a Ph.D. at Sungkyunkwan University, Kim has recently established his own company, Modern Table, based on interdisciplinary performance that attempts to transgress the borders between traditional genres of dance and music, often giving a contemporary form to Korean themes. His most acclaimed work to date, “Darkness Poomba” has received recognition in both Japan and Korea.

Other performances include “Right Here 3 x 3”, a triple bill of works by choreographers from three Singapore dance companies - T.H.E., Frontier Danceland and Singapore Dance Theatre as well as Asian Emerging Artists (AEA) Series which features 12 dancers from countries including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Other than the dance performances, dance enthusiasts can also take part in a new feature called Open Stage, which is like a dance version of an open-mic session as well as workshops and technique classes.

Contact 2011 is on November 25-December 4 at Goodman Arts Centre and Esplanade. Tickets available from Sistic.