Daniel Abreu

Choreographer

Daniel Abreu is a dancer and choreographer, native to the island of Tenerife, where he began his inquisitive study of bodily movement and scenic expression.

During his artistic studies he also obtained a degree in psychology, something which transpires onto the deliberate poetic symbolism of his choreographies. His company emerged only in the year 2004, delayed given the sheer volume of creations and collaborations that have formed what we have come to know as the Daniel Abreu Company. As a consequence of all this creative work, Abreu has been invited to hold various workshops and courses, where he shares his creative vision and techniques of bodily expression. He continues to work closely on other projects with creators such as Fattoria Vittadini, the Zagreb Dance Company, the Nomadas Company, Titoyaya Company, and the Zawirowania Theatre, amongst others.

In 2011, he also became part of a prestigious group of artists in the European programme called Modul Dance. Amongst the many awards received throughout his extensive career, the most important are the National Dance Prize 2014 for Creation, awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the Prize for Best Director at the Indi-Festival of Santander 2010, the Jury’s Award for Best Choreography at the XVIII Choreographic Contest in Madrid 2015, the AISGE Foundation for Outstanding Dancer, certificate for attendance of the American Dance Festival 2005, received under the auspices of the XVIII Choreographic Contest of Madrid 2005, and mentioning as Best Dancer at the IV Choreographic Contest of Maspalomas, 1999. In 2015, he was awarded the title of “Favourite Son” by the Town Council of Matanza de Acentejo, Tenerife.

Ilona Gumowska

Performer

Ilona Gumowska is a choreographer, dancer, acrobat and contemporary dance teacher. She graduated in choreography and dance technique from the Academy of Music in Lodz, and obtained a masters in psychology as well.

Gumowska’s interest lies in physical theatre, contemporary dance, dance improvisation and acrobatic floorwork. She aims to combine psychological knowledge with experience on field of dance and improvisation.

She is currently a dance lecturer in the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz and leads dance workshops all over the Poland. She is interested in physical movement combined with stage presence. She is intrigued by risk taking – through the mind and the body. How a dancer is not only a movement in the space, but engages reciprocally with others. She is fascinated by rhythm and she loves to observe how change is dependent on time.

Additionally, Gumowska is also a freelance dancer and choreographer who collaborates with various theatres and directors in Poland.

Elwira Piorun

Performer

Elwira Piorun is a dancer, teacher, choreographer. She graduated from the Ballet School in Warsaw and in Ballet Pedagogy from the Academy of Music in Warsaw.

For many years, she was a soloist of the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw. She danced in choreographies of Georges Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Mats Ek, Teresa Kujawa, Witold Gruca and others. For 8 years she worked in Germany (Hagen and Dortmund) – and danced leading roles in performances including Prometheus, Chopin et les Femmes Fragiles and Verhaengte Spiegel. She also created stage movement for opera productions – La Rondine and Salome.

She is a perfect example of how a dancer with classical background may convert to contemporary dance. Piorun's extensive experience varies from opera theatre, through modern dance theatres, to her own group using contemporary and jazz dance. In 2005 she worked at the Polish Dance Theatre as a teacher and dancer. Together with Włodzimierz Kaczkowski, founded Zawirowania Dance Theatre in the same year.

Izabela Prokopek

Peformer

Iza Prokopek currently lives in Warsaw. She began her early dance training with contemporary and modern dance, and was also trained in hip-hop at age of 14.

She graduated from the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz with two specialisations - dancer-choreographer and dance pedagogy. She won the Milan International Choreographic Competition with her dance diploma choreography.

Prokopek has had the opportunity to perform works by Daniel Abreu, Minka Marie Haiß, Artur Grabarczyk, Żaneta Majcher and Elwira Piorun. She has also attended the Gaga Intensive Summer Course in Israel, International Summer School of Contemporary Dance in Poland and participated in multiple workshops in London.

Prokopek is currently a dance teacher working with children and adults. She is a member of Zawirowania Dance Theater and H.art Company.

Kuik Swee Boon

Artistic Director & Choreographer of T.H.E; Festival Director of M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival

Founder and Artistic Director of T.H.E Dance Company and the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore); Co-Artistic Director of Malaysia’s D’MOTION International Dance Festival 2013 – 2015. Kuik was the 1st Asian principal male dancer with Spain’s Compañia Nacional de Danza (CND) from 2002-2007. During his career with CND, he worked mainly with Nacho Duato and renowned choreographers like Jiří Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and Wim Vandekeybus. Prior to joining the CND, he began his dance career in 1990 with the Singapore People’s Association Dance Company and Singapore Dance Theatre.
Kuik’s exceptional artistry led him to receive a nomination in 2003 for the Benois De La Danse Award. In 2007, he was awarded the Young Artist Award from National Arts Council of Singapore (NAC). He founded T.H.E Dance Company in September 2008. Since its establishment, T.H.E has quickly ascended to become a well-known company in Singapore and Asia. His critically acclaimed works include Silence (2007), As It Fades (2011), collaboration works Re:OK...BUT!(2011), and Above 40 (2015), all of which were recognised as one of the best shows in their respective years. Kuik’s works have also toured to prestigious international festivals, such as Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France where they performed the festival’s closing event.

T.H.E. Second Company

Performers

T.H.E Second Company was established in 2008. Aimed at the semi-professional level, it takes in members who display a high level of potential in dance. The dancers undergo a stringent technique training programme, refined by T.H.E Associate Artistic Director, Silvia Yong, ensuring a sound level of physical aptitude needed to tackle the challenges of contemporary dance.

Various members of T.H.E Second Company have received exposure from avenues such as liTHE, an in-house annual showcase of our second company dancers, Asian Festival Exchange (AFX), an annual collaborative platform between Singapore, Japan and Korea, as well as local performances and overseas tours with T.H.E Dance Company. As the company matures, T.H.E Second Company has evolved from being a mere training company to undertaking more responsibilities in the education and outreach programmes of T.H.E. With more professional performing opportunities and collaborations with regional and international artists in the pipeline, the company indubitably poised to scale greater heights.

Syimah Sabtu

Choreographer, Performer

Syimah Sabtu graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Diploma in Dance in 2018, but also has a Diploma in Theatre and Arts Management from Republic Polytechnic.

During her time in NAFA, Sabtu was exposed to choreography and found her natural inclination towards it. She has choreographed a few works, with EMOH TON SI EMOH, which explores masculinity and femininity, being the most recent. In her years of dance, she has worked with choreographers such as Norhaizad Adam, Lee Mun Wai, Noramin Farid and Lim Fei Shen.

In August 2018, Sabtu participated in the Gaga Summer Intensive with Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. Now, she is currently an Apprentice Project Artist with P7:1SMA Ltd., a local Dance Company in Singapore.

She has been awarded the Arts & Cultural Award by Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan in 2016 & 2017, and the Merit Award by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in 2018.

Muhammad Sharul Mohammed

Performer

Sharul is a versatile dance artist with multifaceted experience comprising choreographic work, teaching and performance. From 2007 he has been a Malay dance practitioner with Artiste Seni Budaya, under the tutelage of Mr Rizman Kassim. He developed a well-honed craft in the various traditional and folk forms of Malay dance.

With experience performing on international stages (Poland, Korea, Sabah, Bulgaria, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur), and through a wide variety of platforms and collaborative works, Sharul has deepened his unique perspectives: his dance artistry and choreographic creativity are grounded in intricate expression and complexity of movement. He is dedicated to bringing traditional Malay dance closer to society by assisting people to relate to the art form in new ways, thus keeping tradition alive and relevant.

Sharul is passionate in creating contemporary works that explore movement language of Malay traditional form. Upon graduation from BA (Hons) Dance from LASALLE College of the Arts, he would like to nurture his practice and create more choreographies

Jonit On

Performer

Jonit On started her formal dance training at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) where she graduated from in 2017. During her time there, she discovered her interest in the contemporary dance form and improvisational techniques. In the summer of 2017, she took part in Batsheva Dance Company’s Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv. On wishes to continue learning, exploring and hopes to share her knowledge and passion for movement.

Zunnur Zhafirah

Choreographer

Zunnur Zhafirah is a dance artist who currently dances with the Hofesh Shechter Company. She is a graduate from London Contemporary Dance School and a Scholar of the National Arts Council Scholarship (Singapore) and Leverhulme Trust (UK).

Zhafirah started her dance training in Malay Dance at a young age with Sri Warisan Som Said Performing Arts Ltd, under the tutelage of Cultural Medallion Mdm Som Said. She was part of the pioneer batch at School of the Arts Singapore and danced with T.H.E (Second) Dance Company. In the UK, she was performing in several projects with Punchdrunk, RUBBERBAN Dance (Canada), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ignition Dance Festival, Just Us Dance Theatre, Richard Alston Dance Company, East Wall and Shechter Underground to name a few. She is also an Associate Artist with the Bhumi Collective, a company that is still actively producing works internationally and locally.

Lyn Hanis

Performer

Lyn Hanis is no stranger to the performing arts; specialising in choreography and traditional and modern Asian contemporary dance.
Hanis started her involvement in dance at the age of 13. Traditional Malay dance was her Co-Curricular Activity at Teck Whye Secondary School, where she trained under dance instructor Fathurahman Said.
Hanis decided to pursue a professional education towards the performing arts, she enrolled in Jakarta Institute of the Arts for a bachelor’s degree in performing arts in July 2011. She has sharpened her skills, explored different genres through numerous experiences, masterclasses and productions in her 6 years of study, and graduated in December 2017.
Hanis is currently exploring choreography in both genres of Asian traditional and also modern contemporary pieces. She strives to fuse different elements of both old and new to achieve an originality and style that portrays Singapore’s evolving community. She hopes that more millennial youths will be eager in indulging themselves in the artistic form.

Chloe Calderon Chotrani

Performer

Chloe Calderon Chotrani is a movement artist from Manila and based in Singapore. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London). She has performed and trained internationally with Romançon Dance Company (Manila), B Supreme (London), Ecole Des Sables (Senegal), Omi International Dance Collective (Hudson), Evidence/Ronald Brown Dance Community (New York), Movement Research (New York), and Gati Dance Forum (New Delhi).

Currently, she performs for local dance companies P7:1SMA and Chowk that work in between the space of both traditional and contemporary; she is also an associate artist with Dance Nucleus.

When she's not dancing or writing, she is immersed with nature. www.chloechotrani.com

Michelle V. Lim

Choreographer

Michelle Lim is a multidisciplinary creative, specialising in contemporary dance for stage and film. Michelle was the first Singaporean dancer in The Juilliard School in New York City, where she graduated in 2017.

She has trained with Springboard Danse Montréal, AXIS Connect, the Movement Invention Project, and BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Takehiro Ueyama, Matthew Neenan, Loni Landon, Zvi Gotheiner, Roy Assaf, Peter Chu, Andrea Pena, Young Soon Kim, Brandon Coleman and Christian Denice, across venues across the United States, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and multiple digital platforms.

Lim has also taken on roles beyond the stage, as Assistant Director and Dance Captain for the Off-Broadway production of COMFORT WOMEN: A New Musical. She is also Assistant Choreographer to Tony-Award winner and Original Chorus Line Star, Baayork Lee.

As a choreographer, Lim is passionate about exploring the complexities of human experiences: psychology, intimacy, and culture.

Lim is currently creating and presenting her work under MVL + Artists. She has presented her work in the DUMBO Dance Festival and SoloDuo Festival in New York City.

Maybelle Lek

Performer

Maybelle Lek is a dance artist, choreographer, teacher and collaborator. She holds a Master's Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance (Distinction) from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) as well as a First Class BA (Hons) Degree from Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance (UK).

She has performed professionally with Moving Visions Dance Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, VERVE, and T.H.E Second Company in venues across the UK, the EU, and Singapore. Alongside performance, Lek has choreographed pieces for both both on-stage and site-specific venues, such as: Siobhan Davies Dance, Lilian Baylis Studio Theatre, and Safehouse 1&2 in the UK; as well as Make It Share It and School of the Arts in Singapore.

Charlene Clyde

Performer

Charlene Clyde started her dance training at the age of 3 with Attitude Performing Arts Studio. She joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) Diploma in Dance Programme in 2015 and is a recipient of the NAFA scholarship for 2017. Clyde is a versatile dancer and has performed many works for Esplanade Da:ns Festival –The Third Space (2016) & The Next Generation (2017) and CROSSINGS (2016, 2018) with NAFA.

She has been active in the competitive dance scene since young and has won numerous awards in various dance competitions locally and abroad. Most recently, Clyde attended dance intensives at Batsheva Dance Company (Israel) in 2018, and East point West Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment in 2018.

Jordan Chiolis

Composer/Sound Designer

Jordan Chiolis is a percussionist, composer, and electronic music artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His interaction with the dance community continues to grow and most recently includes collaborating with Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, David Dorfman, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Andrea Miller & Gallim Dance. His most notable projects are alongside Gallim producing music for eight by eight, an interactive sound, movement, and video installation that premiered at Lincoln Center in 2014.

In 2015, his evening length work with Gallim, WHALE, received stellar reviews from the New York Times and is currently touring domestically and internationally. His work with Gallim culminated in a sight-specific residency & world premier at the MET in 2016. Chiolis has been an on-staff musician, composer and educator at the dance schools of Hofstra University, New School and New York University. He is extremely grateful to be actively performing around the U.S. as a percussionist, recording with various musical projects ranging in style while scoring experimental dance film as well as larger features.

Moh Hariyanto

Choreographer, Performer

Moh. Hariyanto or Hari Ghulur, is a dance artist from Madura island who domiciles in Surabaya, Indonesia. Hariyanto is a lecturer at the Wilwatikta College of Arts (STKW) Indonesia and a founder of Sawung Dance Studio.

In his repertoire of works, Hari created Ghulur, that performed at Bozar Studio, Brussels Belgium at the Europalia Festival, Salihara Hela Tari Festival, M1 CONTACT Singapore, Choreo Lab Jakarta Arts Council, Indonesian Dance Festival, China and Malaysia.
Other places that Hariyanto have performed and visited include Europalia Festival (Rosas School) in Belgium, Kaki Seni Art Exchange in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Choreo Lab Jakarta Arts Council and Indonesian Dance Festival.

In July 2018, Hariyanto attended the American Dance Festival's International Choreography Residency (ICR) in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The experience proceeds with artists such as Sukarji Sriman, Rianto, Suprapto Suryodarmo, Hanafi Muhammad, Kuku from Taiwan, Carlos Gracia Esteves from Spain, Park J Chun from South Korea, and Arco Renz from Belgium.

Kim Jae Duk

Choreographer

Kim Jae Duk graduated from the Korea National University of Arts with a BFA and MFA in Dance performance, and was a PhD candidate in dance studies at Sungkyunkwan University. In 2006, he participated in Taipei Young Festival as the representative of Korea, choreographing My Ground at the Taipei National University of Arts. He has also lectured on dance at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance. Darkness Poomba, his most acclaimed work to date, premiered that same year. Since then it has been awarded: First Prize at Seoul Dance Festival 2008; “Honor of The Year” at Jeon-ju Dae-sa-seup Festival, and went on to be selected for Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) Choice; “Best Dance of the Year” by Korea Dance Forum in 2016. Other key awards that Kim has received include: First Prize at Seoul Dance Festival 2007 for Simchung Guyz; Young Dancer Award at The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea in 2010; the first Korean winner of the choreography award at Helsinki International Ballet Competition in 2016; for the work Sok-do named one the “BEST 5” of the year 2016 by The Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researcher; Special Jury Award at Seoul International Choreography Festival and Excellence Award at CJ Young Festival in 2017; IDD (International Dance Development) Award at Dance Vision Awards 2017, hosted by The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea.

Kim has been Resident Choreographer of T.H.E Dance Company in Singapore since 2010. To date his international choreographic and performance projects have taken him across Asia (Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore), Europe, and Latin American (Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia). With his extensive international experience, Kim founded Modern Table Dance Company in 2013 and currently serves as its Artistic / Creative Director and Principal Choreographer. Key projects thereafter include Tension Espacial choreographed and directed by Kim on invitation from Argentina Nacional de Danza contemporánea in 2015, and Camping ete hosted by France's Centre National de la Danse, attending as Korea’s representative. For 2017, he was active in NPO Dance Box in Kobe, Japan, New Zealand Dance Company, and Bale Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil as a residency choreographer. Other works in his creation repertoire include: Kick, Awake, Joker's Blues, Clocker, Sinawi, Smile, and Earthquake.

At home and abroad, Kim is one of the most sought after choreographers, creating cross-genre, interdisciplinary work. His dynamic curves, rapid movements, and ability to re-interpret traditional Korean forms in modern ways, are unique signatures of Kim’s work. His talents also extend to music: in 2009, he participated as a vocalist for Don’t want to fall in love, the O.S.T for the movie Dream directed by Kim-Ki-duk, and he composes original music for almost all his choreographic work. His method of producing is more intuitive and ‘Dionysus’, than structural.

T.H.E Dance Company

Performers

Described as a dance company ‘at the top of its game’, The Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E), along with our semi-professional training arm, T.H.E Second Company, are names synonymous with ground breaking contemporary dance of the highest quality and artistry. Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon with 6 members, T.H.E has become a household name in Singapore and the region, having commissioned and performed at most major local arts festivals (Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade da:ns festival, Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, to name a few) and in prestigious international festivals such as Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France; Oriente Occidente Festival in Rovereto, Italy; SIDance Festival and Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea; Beijing and Guangdong Dance Festival in China; Yokohama Dance Collection at TPAM and Niigata International Dance Festival in Japan; Auckland Arts Festival (New Creation Commission) 2016 in New Zealand; amongst others.

Driven by a desire to create an inspired and nurturing platform for local and regional dance artists, we initiated the very first annual Singapore contemporary dance festival CONTACT in 2010. Testament to its quality offerings and indelible impact, long-time Company platinum sponsor M1 Limited came onboard as the festival’s Title Sponsor starting 2014.

With our unique brand of highly physical and kinetic works, T.H.E digs deep into the universal human experience. At the heart of our works lies a connection with heritage and collective history as Singaporeans, juxtaposed with incisive, insightful observations on modern society: elements that set apart our repertoire of original creations. A continual pursuit of authentic expression led Kuik to initiate the “hollow body” methodology. The practice aims to nurture our dancers as all-rounded performers able to convey the essence of their identity and lived experiences through the full spectrum of physical, emotional, philosophical and meaningful expression.

T.H.E Dance Company is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020.

Jackie Ong

Assstant to Associate Artistic Director T.H.E Second Company Rehearsal Master

Jackie Ong graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a Diploma in Dance and was awarded the NAFA scholarship in 2010. He joined T.H.E Second Company in 2009, and has participated in all M1 CONTACT festival performances since.

Ong performed in the original As It Fades, the Singapore Arts Festival 2011 commission for T.H.E Dance Company, in 2014 for the re-staging and 2017 in Niigata, Japan. He was one of the performers for Permission to speak, sir, the Singapore:Inside Out commission in 2015 that traveled to London, New York and Beijing. In 2016 he did a month residency in Seoul and collaborated with award-winning artists Choi Minsun and Kang Jinan for a work that premiered at the Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2016, followed by M1 CONTACT Festival 2016.

Most recently, Ong performed in Double, choreographed by Albert Tiong for M1 CONTACT Festival and subsequently in Macau and Shanghai.

Goh Shou Yi

Associate Artist, T.H.E Second Company

Goh Shou Yi first discovered his zeal for dance when he was enrolled into an all-male ballet class at the age of twelve. He completed his full-time dance education at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and went on to further develop his craft at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, with full scholarships awarded by the National Arts Council, Singapore. During his time in New York, Goh had the opportunity to meet and train closely with many established artists such as Janet Panetta (Tanztheater Wuppertal). This affinity with dance also brought him to many other cities of Europe, Asia and Australia, exposing himself to many other styles of dancing and practices. Since his homecoming, Goh was selected by Lianhe Zaobao as a ``rising star to watch`` (2015 ‘艺术新星-照耀未来星空’) in January 2015.

Goh joined T.H.E Second Company in 2009, and has choreographed for its liTHE showcase in 2014, 2015, and 2017, as well as T.H.E Dance Company’s New Vision platform. His works have also been performed by arts institutions in Singapore, and been featured in festivals in Singapore – Esplanade da:ns festival, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, and abroad – d’MOTION International Dance Festival in Malaysia, Seoul Performing Arts Festival (SPAF) and N.D.A Festival in South Korea, and Gothenburg Fringe Festival in Sweden.

Goh has also been involved as a choreographer in theatre projects such as Toy Factory’s PRISM (2017) directed by Rei Poh.

Marcus Foo

Associate Artist, T.H.E Second Company

Born and trained in Singapore, Marcus Foo started his formal dance training at LASALLE College of the Arts under the tutelage of Dr. Caren Carino, Ravenna Tucker and Jaime Redfern. 

Upon graduating from LASALLE, Foo became a member of the L.A. Dance Connection Performance Company (Singapore) directed by Lionel Araya and later a project dancer from 2007-09 with Moving Image Arts (Singapore) now known as John Mead Dance Company.

From the period of 2010 – 2015 he performed with The Human Expression (T.H.E) Second Company. His performances with T.H.E includes As It Fades (2014), The Singapore Writer’s Festival 2012, Bedfellows (2013) and M1 CONTACT Dance Festival 2010 – 2014. Marcus presented a solo work in Hong Kong for the 5th Contemporary Dance Asian Male (2015) showcase presented by E-Side Dance Company and was a dancer for British choreographer Joe Moran, in his 2016 residency at the Delfina Foundation, London.

In recent years, Foo began taking on the role of a choreographer. He has choreographed for T.H.E SECOND Company for their annual platform liTHE in 2013, 2014, 2017 & 2018. International collaborative efforts include works for BIENNALE des DANSES des SEYCHELLES with Parisian dancer Jimmy Vairon, Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2014 with Korean dancer Jin Byoung Cheol and DancePort 2018 (Tokyo) with Yokohama Dance Collection winner (2013) Daisuke Inoue and Seoul Dance Collection winner (2013) Lee Sang Hyun. In 2017 he choreographed for the 3rd edition of Dance in Situ (Singapore), a platform that explores contemporary dance within public spaces in Singapore.

As a dance educator, Foo has taught technique classes for Republic Polytechnic (2008-2010), Le Grande School of Dance (2007-2010), Nanyang Technological University (2012-2015), Ngee Ann Polytechnic (2010-2012), National Junior College (2014-2015) and most recently for LASALLE College of the Arts.

In 2017, Foo completed his postgraduate studies at LCDS and graduated with a Master of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK. He most recently completed his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Movement Academy (Singapore) validated by Yoga Alliance, the international standard for Yoga Teacher Training.

Foo is currently an associate artiste of T.H.E Second Company (Singapore).

Goh Jia Yin

Goh Jia Yin began artistic gymnastics at a young age and had her first Chinese Dance class at the age of 12. Now a Business graduate-turned-dancer, Jia Yin earned her BFA (Dance) from SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, under a scholarship from the Singapore National Arts Council after she completed her Diploma in Dance at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Goh has danced, performed, and worked with international artists including James Cousins (UK), Kerry Nicholls (UK), Zhang Xiao Xiong / Wu Chien-Wei (Taiwan), Pichet Klunchun (Thailand), Jeffrey Tan (Singapore), Albert Tiong (Singapore), Naoko Ito (Japan), MADBOOTS DANCE (US), Francesca Harper (US), and Sarah Foster (NZ). She performed with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, based in New Jersey, for its 2015/16 season. Now based in Singapore, she is a certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor eager to share her knowledge and find creative solutions for her clients and students. She teaches dance and the Gyrotonic work at various studios and institutions including The Moving Body Group, NAFA, and Firstpointe. Goh also undertakes choreographic projects, as well as performs with The Human Expression (T.H.E) Second Company helmed by Silvia Yong.

Nimrod Freed

Choreographer

Nimrod Freed is a choreographer, artistic director, entrepreneur and lecturer. Over the past 30 years, Freed, in his unique movement language, has created interdisciplinary dance using a remarkable blend of dance, live music and theatre. His creation is personal, social, authentic, fearless, uncompromising and provides the audience with an exciting experience.

Freed and his Tami Dance Company has performed in 5 out of 7 continents in the world, and has been involved in Brisbane Festival, Australia, the International Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy, Central Park Summer Stage Festival, NYC, Shanghai Expo and the Guangdong Festival, China, AZA Biennale for Architecture, Johannesburg, Goa international film festival, India, Minsk Opera House, Belarus, The Israel Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center and many more.

Freed collaborates internationally with dance companies in various countries such as Tokyo, Johannesburg, Australia, Spain, Cyprus. He has also won many awards and grants, and has worked and performed for 10 years in NYC, with Kei Takei, Min Tenaka, Bessie Schonberg and others.

For 10 years, he was the founder and artistic director of the performance series ````On the Edge```` at the Tami House, cultural centre for the central Tel Aviv community – an intimate, revolutionary project of dance, live music and theatre that provided an experimental, different stage for most dance choreographers in Israel. He was also artistic director of the ````Red Line```` project at the Tel Aviv Museum for Modern Art, co-artistic director at the ````Curtain Up 2009```` Festival, and ````Home Port```` for the Choreographers' Association.

Freed teaches at the Kibbutzim College's School of Dance Arts, and at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He holds an MA from Columbia University in New York.

Noa Shavit

Performer

For the last 5 years, Noa Shavit has been dancing with Nimrod Freed/Tami Dance Company, with whom she has performed in Israel and around the world. Prior to that, she was working and performing with Emanuel Gat Dance Company for 4 years, with the choreographers: Rami Beer, Amit Goldberg, Anat Grerorio and more.

She is a graduate from the Kibbutz Gaaton Dance Program.

Josh Martin

Choreographer, Performer

Born in Alberta, Canada, Josh Martin is a diversely trained dance artist with a career that has led him across North America and Europe, studying and performing in many genres along the way.

Martin works primarily as Artistic Co-Director of Company 605, a Vancouver-based arts organisation creating and producing new contemporary dance works through a collaborative process, regularly touring their expanding repertoire throughout Canada, and internationally in the USA, Central America, Europe, Japan and Australia. As a collaborator he has performed for numerous companies such as Wen Wei Wang, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Dana Gingras, Serge Bennathan, Justine A Chambers, and Le Groupe Dance Lab. Martin was the recipient of Vancouver’s 2013 Mayor’s Arts Award - Emerging Dance Category. His independent work received the 1st Prize for Choreography at the International SoloTanz Festival in Stuttgart.

Hong Guofeng

Choreographer, Performer

Guofeng Hong is the artistic director and co-founder of Sigma Contemporary Dance, a semi-professional dance collective based in Singapore. Since 2012, he has directed and choreographed all of its major productions since 2012 and most recently, premiered a full-length work, Insatiable at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. His works have been showcased in local arts festivals such as M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival and SMU Arts Festival and international dance festivals such as Sibu International Dance Festival, Dance Circus and Blossom Arts Festival.

Hong creates works based on the ongoing development of his movement and choreographic practices. The Straits Times and Arts Equator have described his works as “compelling”, “slick”, “immersive”, “clever”. Stating that it “not only showcase`{`s`}`, but involve`{`s`}` the audience in the process”. Hong was also a judge for the inaugural Flux Dance Competition 2018, a contemporary dance competition dedicated to pre-professional youths aged 16 -25 and was appointed Artistic Director of SMU Indancity in 2018.

He actively shares contemporary dance with young adults and working adults through workshops and master classes both locally and abroad and has been invited to create works for contemporary dance clubs of local tertiary institutions.

Chua Chiok Woon

Choreographer, Performer

A founding member of Sigma Contemporary Dance, Chua Chiok Woon was trained in ballet and introduced to contemporary dance in NTU Contemp{minated} and never stopped exploring since.

She has danced in all of Sigma’s productions, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2013, Verve Arts Festival 2014, Dance Circus International Dance Festival 2016 (Malaysia), Dance In Situ 2017, and Blossom Arts Festival 2017 (Malaysia), performing works by Hong Guofeng, Jessica Christina, Benedict Soh and Marcus Foo. She recently took interest in choreography and created her first short work, Cookie’s Legs vs Chicken Wings for 24 Hours, a choreographic exploration initiative by Sigma in 2016. She was also invited as a guest choreographer for the contemporary dance clubs of various local Institutions, such as Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s D3, NTU Contemp{minated}, and SIM'S Dance Arts.

Chua is currently a freelance ballet and contemporary dance educator working with children, youths and adults.

Jan Möllmer

Choreographer, Performer

Jan Möllmer, born and raised in Wuppertal, Germany, began dancing after being part in the production of ``Kontakthof - with teenagers`` by Pina Bausch. He studied dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Since his graduation in June 2014 he was a member of the Folkwang Tanzstudio Company while being a guest dancer at the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In 2015, Möllmer received the Promotion Award of the German government of Northrhein Westphalia for Dance and Theatre.
Currently, Möllmer is a freelance performer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed for choreographers as Emanuel Gat, David Hernandez, CieLaroque/Helene Weinzierl, Reinhild Hoffmann, Moya Michael, Rainer Behr and many others. Together with Tsai-Wei Tien he founded the dance company Peculiar Man in January 2017 which produces and spreads their common choreographic work.

Tsai-Wei Tien

Choreographer, Performer

Tsai-Wei Tien was born in 1986 in Taiwan. After finishing her dance studies at the Taipei National University of the Arts, she moved to Germany to study at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. After her graduation in 2011 Tien joined the Folkwang Tanzstudio and worked simultaneously as a guest dancer for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

Since 2015, Tien has been a full time member in the Pina Bausch company. She has worked with choreographers such as Dimitris Papioannou, Emanuel Gat, Johannes Wieland, David Hernandez, Francois Chaignaud & Cecilia Bengolea, Moya Michael, Henrietta Horn, Malou Airaudo and others. In 2017 Tien co-founded the company Peculiar Man that produces and spreads choreographic work, and has since been awarded numerous prizes in Germany, China and Taiwan.

Reisa Shimojima

Choreographer, Performer

Reisa Shimojima was born in 1992. She was only 7 years old when she began to dance in her home town, Kagoshima, Japan.

She is active mainly in jazz dance and Japanese traditional Yosakoi dance. At Obirin College Shimojima, she studied contemporary dance under Kuniko Kisanuki and formed her own dance company, Kedagoro, in 2013.

Out of the theatre, Shimojima often performs at public facilities such as art museums, temples and stations. She has been awarded with “Wanna see your dancing!” - new face series 15’s New Artist Prize in 2016, Yokohama Dance Collection EX Competition II’s Outstanding New Artist Prize, and the Touchpoint Art Foundation Prize in Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2017 for Monkey in a Diaper.

Natalie Allen

Choreographer, Performer

Natalie Allen has worked with leading choreographers from Australia and around the world, such as Leigh Warren, Rafael Bonachela, Adam Linder, Emanuel Gat, Jacopo Godani, Larrisa McGowan, Alexander Ekman, Gary Stewart, Natalie Weir, Alexander Whitley, Gwyn Emberton and William Forysthe.
Natalie is a Green Room Award winner for “Best Female Dancer” in Sydney Dance Company's 2 One Another and a 2017 Australian Dance Award nominee for Outstanding Performance by a female dancer in Ohad Naharin's Decadance in 2016 MoveMe Festival, Perth.

Recent choreographic works include Sublime…. - Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival 2017, Climacteric - Strut Dance's In Situ 2017 & Micromove 2018, Panthea made on the graduating dance students of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and #thatwomanjulia for Strut's 'Next' program at MoveMe Festival.

Natalie will perform Maxine Doyle's new work Sunset for Perth Festival 2019 & is the successful recipient with Samuel Harnett-Welk for Strut Dance's International Seed Residency in South Jakarta.

Bernice Lee

Choreographer, Performer

Bernice Lee is a multi-hyphenate dance artist who enjoys her shapeshifting work. Bernice holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University.

As a mover and performance-maker she experiments with different forms and modalities, and cares about going beyond ``action`` into ``activation``. What does an action do beyond its effect on the doer? She sees dance as embodied culture, works with performative states and deals with time as her most important material.

Her works have shown internationally in Vientiane, Solo, Jogjakarta, Bangkok and New York. She often devises performances collaboratively and those works have been presented in Singapore at ArchiFest, ArtScience Museum, Arts House, The Substation, and TheatreWorks. A prolific performer, she has worked for Frontier Danceland (2012-2014) and Maya Dance Theatre (2014-2017).

Currently, Lee has been developing Ghosting, her approach to creating and improvising.

Kyunggu Lee

Choreographer, Performer

Kyunggu Lee graduated from Seoul Arts College and obtained a master’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts. She has been involved in numerous performances, such as Breathing Hole, A broom stuck in the corner, Do you copy, Huston?, and more.

In 2013, Lee met Yeonjoo Lee in university and they both joined Goblin Party, a contemporary dance collective based in South Korea.

Goblin Party was formed in 2007, as a “party” where goblins gathered. Goblins possess people with special talents and are perverse in both behaviour and sight. There is no representative in Goblin Party. All members are choreographers and make a story together, creating space, situation and characters which focus on interaction with their audience.

Their first piece Do you copy, Huston? was invited by Changmu Performing Arts Festival, Seoul International Choreography Festival and PAMS LINK in 2015. It won the Best Piece Award by International Duet Festival in 2017 and was invited by Sai Dance Festival and Korea-Japan Duet Festival which was hosted by Korea Cultural Center in Tokyo.

The second piece, Breathing Hole, premiered in Laboratory Dance Festival which was hosted by Korea National University of Arts in 2017. After its premiere, It was performed at SAC art hall.

Yeonju Lee

Choreographer, Performer

Yeonjoo Lee graduated from Seoul Arts College in South Korea. She has been involved in numerous performances, such as Breathing Hole, The probability, Do you copy, Huston?, and more.

In 2013, Lee met Kyunggu Lee in university and they both joined Goblin Party, a contemporary dance company based in South Korea.

Goblin Party was formed in 2007, as a “party” where goblins gathered. Goblins possess people with special talents and are perverse in both behaviour and sight. There is no representative in Goblin Party. All members are choreographers and make a story together, creating space, situation and characters which focus on interaction with their audience.

Their first piece Do you copy, Huston? was invited by Changmu Performing Arts Festival, Seoul International Choreography Festival and PAMS LINK in 2015. It won the Best Piece Award by International Duet Festival in 2017 and was invited by Sai Dance Festival and Korea-Japan Duet Festival which was hosted by Korea Cultural Center in Tokyo.

The second piece, Breathing Hole, premiered in Laboratory Dance Festival which was hosted by Korea National University of Arts in 2017. After its premiere, It was performed at SAC art hall.

Daniele Ninarello

Choreographer, Performer

After attending the Rotterdam Dance Academy, Daniele Ninarello immediately began working with several international choreographers, including Bruno Listopad, Virgilio Sieni. Since 2007, he has presented his creations in numerous national and international festivals.

Starting in 2010 his productions have been included in the network “Anticorpi XL” in Italy, and he has presented his work internationally as part of the networks “Les Repérages” and “Dance Roads” supported by Mosaico Danza (I). In 2010 he was invited to participate in the residency program “Transforme” as a choreographer, under the artistic direction of Myriam Gourfink at the Fondation Rouyamont (F).

In 2012 his work TROIS CORPS was selected to perform at DNA Romaeuropa Festival and in 2013 he was a finalist in the Premio Equilibrio Roma. In September 2012, he began working as a dancer with the company EASTMAN – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

ROCK ROSE WOW, the first production of his own dance company, debuted in 2013 thanks to support from Movin’Up 2nd session for the foreign residency project in 2012 at Tanztendenz Munchen (D). In the same year he received the production prize ‘Teatri del Tempo Presente’, supported by Fondazione Piemonte Dal Vivo and MIBAC Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali.

In May 2013 Ninarello presented his project VERTIGO at Confluenze, a project of Unione Musicale di Torino and Torinodanza / Fondazione Teatro Stabile di Torino.

In 2014 with L.A.N.D. WHERE IS MY LOVE? he was awarded the production prize COLLABORACTION#2 which supports young choreographers, sponsored by the network “Anticorpi XL” and coordinated by Mosaico Danza.

He has danced with internationally renowned musicians and composers including Kai Gleusteen, Ezio Bosso, etc. In recent years his work has been supported by festivals and national and international dance centers such as TorinoDanza / Fondazione del Teatro Stabile di Torino, Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo-Circuito Regionale dello Spettacolo, MosaicoDanza / Festival Interplay, CSC-Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Bassano del Grappa, TROIS-CL Centre Choreographique Luxemburgeoise, Grand Studio Bruxelles, CDC Le Pacifique Grenoble, Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa em Dança Rio de Janeiro, CDC Les Hivernales Avignon, CANGO Cantieri Goldonetta Florence, ecc.

The new production KUDOKU realized with the musician Dan Kinzelman had his debut in BIENNALE DANZA 2016 (Teatro La Fenice – Venice). In 2016 KUDOKU was selected by AEROWAVES TWENTY17, by NID Platform 2017 and for Rencontres Choreographiques – Seine Saint Denis – France.

STILL, his latest project, received the Prospettiva Danza Prize (I). STILL is part of the project STILL Body Experience with Digital Brain realized with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo “ORA! linguaggi contemporanei _ produzioni innovative”.

Kim Hoyeon

Choreographer, Performer

Kim Hoyeon is a co-director of Dab Dance Project, which started in 2016. Before he began this work, he danced for Pierre Rigal in Compagnie Dernière Minute (2012-2013) and the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company (2013-2017). He also had the opportunity to work with Aakash Odedra in 2016.

Lim Jung Ha

Choreographer, Performer

Lim Jung Ha is a co-director of the Dab Dance Project, which began in 2016. Prior to that, has danced for Michaele Di Stefano and Ben J and Hwang as a performer in the Korean National Contemporary Dance Company (2014-2016).

Hwa Wei-An

Choreographer, Performer

Hwa Wei-An started dancing because he thought it was cool, and thus he decided to study dance and enroll in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating, he went on to dance in Frontier Danceland, and has recently moved on to become an independent artist.

During his time as a dancer, Hwa has had the opportunity to work with choreographers like Pichet Klunchun, Wu Chien Wei, Noa Zuk, Ole Khamchanla, Shahar Binyamini, Gabrielle Nankivell and Luke Smiles, and Sita Ostheimer. In 2018 Hwa completed the ELEMENT Residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore, as well as a residency in Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia, during which the piece The Art of Falling was made.

Hwa was also selected by the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival (Singapore) to collaborate with Kim Hoyeon and Lim Jung Ha of the Dab Dance Project in Korea to create Ignoramus, which has been performed in both Singapore and Korea.

Today, Hwa continues to delve into the worlds of hip-hop dance, b-boying, and tricking; disciplines that feed into his contemporary dance practice. He also organises an annual event called Paradigm Shift, aimed at bringing contemporary dancers together with dancers of other backgrounds and influences.

Hemabharathy Palani

Choreographer, Performer

An award-winning choreographer and dancer, Hemabharathy Palani is one of the most promising Asian talents in contemporary dance today.

Known for her fluidity and musicality, Palani is a dynamic choreographer and performer. On stage, her focus is hypnotic, drawing her audience into the story she weaves with her gracefully articulated movements.

This remarkable grace is derived from her classical training in Kuchipudi under Guru Smt. Sunanda Devi and Guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, and Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt. Minal Prabhu.

Palani’s work is deeply personal and evocative. Her movements are richly textured with elements from her further training in ballet, contemporary dance, Kalaripayattu, yoga and capoeira at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.

Palani has travelled to some of the biggest contemporary dance venues including the Barbican Centre (London), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) and Critical Path (Sydney). She has also completed residencies under mentors like Jonathan Burrows, during her Sadler's Wells Summer University programme in 2011.

Currently, Palani is the Rehearsal Director at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bengaluru, where she also works as a choreographer, teacher, and performing artist with the Attakkalari Repertory Company.

Justyne Li

Choreographer, Performer

Justyne Li graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Dance, Ballet and Modern Dance Stream. She is a former member of the Hong Kong Ballet and Tanz Graz (Austria), and was a soloist with Ballett Bremerhaven (Germany).

Li has established Neo Dance HK with Wong Tan-Ki in 2010. Currently working as an independent dancer and choreographer, her recent choreographies and projects include: Soul Casting; Transfigured Night (Hong Kong Sinfonietta); Division (CDE Springboard 2017); Creative Meeting Point: HK x Finland (West Kowloon Cultural District); Dance Internship II (I-Dance Festival 2016); Dance Internship I (Hong Kong Ballet); Human Internship; Trouble-maker’s Concerto (Hong Kong Arts Festival); Galatea X; The 3.5th Dimension (City Contemporary Dance Company); Galatea & Pygmalion (Hong Kong Dance Festival 2010 & 2013).

Li received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2014 for Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer. She also received the Hong Kong Dance Award 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance. Li was also nominated for Outstanding Performance in the same year.

Wong Tan-Ki

Choreographer, Performer

Wong Tan-Ki is currently working as a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer and multimedia designer. He has worked in Ballett Bremerhaven (Germany) as a guest performer in 2009. He received the Hong Kong Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in independent dance in 2011, Outstanding Choreography in 2014, Award for Young Artist of The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards in 2015, and also got the 3rd place of male solo in IDO World Tap Dance world Championships 2012. Recent choreographies include Soul Casting; It's Not My Body; Trouble-maker’s concerto; Galatea X; The 3.5 Dimension; Journey of Sound; The Voice; Traveller ; Passenger ; The Metronome.

His multimedia design work can be seen in CCDC's Six Degrees; BAU's Farewell; Hong Kong Dance Federation's As Time Goes By and R&T's Office Mad Man.

Ji Kyungmin

Choreographer

Ji Kyungmin graduated from Chung-Ang University, majoring in Contemporary Dance and Dance Education in the Graduate School of Education. In 2007, Ji founded Goblin Party, a choreographer's collective in Korea, and has been actively performing pieces all around the world since then. In 2011, and 2012, he was selected as the Rising Star by the Korea Performing Arts Center. He won the best prize for the AK21 at Busan International Dance Festival with his piece Human's Empire. He also worked with choreographer Idit Herman from Israel's Clipa Theater, Danish choreographer Martin Forsberg in For Works, and many other renowned artists.

With his latest solo piece, SHYNESS, Ji won his first Jury Prize in the Solo Contest at MASDANZA in 2017. Once Upon A Time, another well-received work by Ji, received the Excellent Artwork for Dance Creation award by the Korea Arts Council in 2016, and was selected as one of the Best Five Artworks of the Year by the Korea Dance Critics Association the same year. After his appearance at Aerowaves with his cochoreographed piece Silver Knife, Goblin Party has been invited to more than 10 overseas festivals just for the years 2019 and 2020.

Isabella Giustina

Isabella Giustina started dancing in 1996. After studying at a local dance school in Monfalcone for about 10 years, Giustina moved to Florence to pursue a professional training qualification at the Dance Academy Opus Ballet in 2007. In the years leading to 2019, Giustina trained with numerous practitioners and attended several masterclasses in different countries.

In addition to her regular attendance from the years 2011 to 2017, Giustina has received vocational training in contemporary dance in Progetto Azione, consisting of monthly masterclasses with Tuscan choreographers, the yearly Carolyn Carlson’s one-week masterclass at the Atelier de Paris and the vocational training in Nikolais technique held by Simona Bucci and Paolo Mereu in Florence. Through these courses, Giustina continued to hone her skills and refine her art.

Most recently, Giustina has been involved in works such as La scomparsa delle lucciole by Gianfranco Pedullà, Nata Femmina by Paola Vezzosi-Compagnia ADARTE in 2017, Alla Montagna by Sabrina Mazzuoli, Re-Mark by Sang Jijia, and Sea Rant by Company Blu/Alessandro Certini and Charlotte Zerbey in 2018.
Venturing into choreography, she has also created several solo pieces. Mutamenti (2018) was selected for the Fabbrica Europa 2018 Festival in Florence, and was crowned the winner project of TenDance 2018 in Italy. Her work Destinata Guerriera (2017) was selected for Vetrina del Network Antcorpi XL platform, the Essenziale Festival in Germany and the Solo Dance Contest Gdanski Festiwal Tanca in Poland in 2018.

While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Drama, Art and Music at the University of Florence, Giustina is also creating a new piece together with Danish director Karin Grand and musicians Francesco Giorgi and Francesco Gherardi. This work focuses on the interaction of dance, music and video and will debut at the Festival Fabbrica Europa 2019.

Lee Ren Xin

Choreographer, Performer

Lee Ren Xin is an independent dance artist and performance-maker based in Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. She studied at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Purchase College, New York.

Lee first started choreographing in 2009 in T.H.E Dance Company's Emerging Choreographers, curated by her then-mentor Kuik Swee Boon. Her work, B.E.D., supported by the Krishen Jit Astro Fund 2014, was presented in five different chapters in Malaysia, Festival BO:M 2015 in Seoul, and Festival/Tokyo 2016, with a brief residency at the Morishita Studios. In 2016, Lee was also invited as a Fellowship Grantee to the Festival Teaterformen in Braunschweig, Germany.

In 2017, she collaborated with Singaporean dance artist Lee Mun Wai for their duet Where's the speficifisfety?, and presented a work-in-progress, Spare Rib? Spare Me!, at the Incheon Arts Platform during a short residency in South Korea. She also experimented with an initial version of her Private Dance Show project in KL. She collaborated to devise and perform Version 2020 led by Mark Teh of Five Arts Centre in Malaysia. The work has toured to Festival SpielArt in Munich and to Theater Commons Tokyo, before showing at home in Kuala Lumpur March 2018.

Lee Ren Xin has been working on a long-term research based on daily ritual/practice, investigating and inhabiting the local neighborhood and city. In April 2018, she was invited as an artist-in-residence by the Department of Cultural Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong for research and creation.

Miwa Okuno

Choreographer, Performer

Miwa Okuno started to dance at the age of 3. She was a member of Leni-Basso (a Japanese contemporary dance company founded by Akiko Kitamura) from 2007 to 2009.

Her work with them gave her the opportunity to perform outside Japan and to cooperate with Japanese filmmakers and photographers when she embarked on her own solo work. In 2013, her solo Highlight of Decline in Japan was awarded The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers and the MASDANZA Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX-2013. Highlight of Decline was also awarded the Jury Prize at the MASDANZA 2018 at the same year. To date, this piece has replayed 13 times in 5 countries such as Tokyo, Spain, Panama, Singapore and Malaysia.

Miwa’s study of Indonesian Martial Arts and Yoga forms the foundation of her choreography. This encompasses her video work (the extension of her inner self) and her sublime body movements, overtaking the performance space with an aim to reach/touch the innermost beings of her audience, to transport them to the rhythm of her moves, accompanied by the the background music, skin; flesh; blood; bones, and the projection of her postures and movements onto the screen.

In 2013, she created a piece in France (Coregraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, Centre choregraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussion, Vivarium Studio/Philippe Quesne). In 2014, she was invited to T.H.E Dance Company in Singapore as a choreographer and visual artist, where she collaborated with Malaysian dancer and choreographer, Lee Ren Xin, to create The Body Speaks. This piece was picked up as ``the most solid of the three (works)`` by the local media newspaper TODAY in Singapore.

In the same year, she founded her company, N///K, with composer Yohey Fujishiro. They have worked together since 2012 with the aim of creating a space filled with images and energy.

Since 2015, Miwa has also been studying inter-media art to pursue her work at graduate school, Tokyo University of the Arts.

T.H.E Second Company

Collaborators / Performers

T.H.E Second Company was established in 2008. Aimed at the semi-professional level, it takes in members who display a high level of potential in dance. The dancers undergo a stringent technique training programme, refined by T.H.E Associate Artistic Director, Silvia Yong, ensuring a sound level of physical aptitude needed to tackle the challenges of contemporary dance.

Various members of T.H.E Second Company have received exposure from avenues such as liTHE, an in-house annual showcase, Asian Festival Exchange (AFX), an annual collaborative platform between Singapore, Japan and Korea, as well as local performances and overseas tours with T.H.E Dance Company. As the company matures, T.H.E Second Company has evolved from being a mere training company to undertaking more responsibilities in the education and outreach programmes of T.H.E. With more professional performing opportunities and collaborations with regional and international artists in the pipeline, the company indubitably poised to scale greater heights.

Kitt Johnson

Choreographer, Performer

Rare is the choreographer who can say a great deal
with very little.”
- Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times Dancer and choreographer Kitt Johnson is one of a kind in the Danish dance and performance scene. For more than 25 years, she has been developing her own artistic universe; a universe that is at once minimalist, expressive and innovative. Her work is characterised by extreme body control and a unique feel for simple but effective stage effects, and she uses these effects to create intense, physical and visual transformations that explore the deepest layers of human existence.

Johnson has a background in elite athletics, modern and contemporary dance, contact improvisation, butoh, martial arts and German expressionist theatre. As a dancer and choreographer she has worked with Mark Tompkins, Nobert Stockheim, Sacha Waltz, Anita Saij and other leading figures in these fields.

Johnson’s trademark is solo performance, but her repertoire is broad and also includes many ensemble works, new circus, site-specific work and productions designed for children. She also organises and curates performance festivals, including the site-specific concept MELLEMRUM, contributing to her ambition to create a platform from which Danish and international performing arts can engage in dialogue and share experiences.

With universal themes and minimalist idioms, Johnson’s works are attractive abroad, and since early on in her career she has toured the length and width of Denmark and many other countries. In addition to her own works, she is continually involved as an artistic consultant in other projects, as well as a sought-after public speaker, teacher and workshop organiser in many different contexts.

Over the years her work has been widely acknowledged through a range of awards, nominations and grants in Denmark and abroad. In 1999, she received a Reumert nomination for Stigma, and received the Danish Arts Foundation’s award for the same piece; in 2003 she won a Reumert for Best Dance Production with The Mirror. In 2003 she made the New York Times’ Top Ten list of dance experiences of the year, and the NOW Toronto list in 2004 with The Lemonkeepers and Stigma. She was awarded the Danish Stage Directors Award of Honour in 2008, received the Haslund Award of Honour in 2009, and the award for most innovative work for DRIFT or drive at the INFANT festival in Serbia in 2013. Nominations also include a Dora for Dance Production of the Year for Rankefod in Toronto 2009, and the Danish Theatre Journalists’ Theater Cup, 2011.

Most recently, she was awarded the Danish Reumert as Dancer of the Year 2015 for her performance in POST NO BILLS, which also earned her one of the prestigious grants from the Danish Arts Foundation that same year.

Shintaro Oue

Choreographer, Performer

Originally from Kyoto, Shintaro Oue studied dance and graduated from the Hamburg Ballet School in 1992. To date, he has performed in numerous events, won several awards and enjoyed much success. In 2008, Oue, together with Masahiro Yanagimoto and Shintaro Hirahara, formed C/Ompany, with the name inspired by the idea of gathering under the name of none, and forming wherever possible. C/Ompany had its debut in Europe at Julidans NEXT09 and has since toured in Japan, Sweden and Holland.

In the past 11 years in C/Ompany, Oue has created and performed numerous works, such as bo.le.ro in Singapore and Malaysia in 2014 and Dan-su in Japan in 2016.

Prior to C/Ompany, Oue’s career includes dancing for Nederlands Dans Theater 2, as well as a 3-year stint at Sweden’s leading repertoire company for contemporary dance, Cullbergbaletten. A freelance artist since 1999, Oue has created several works and won prizes in various choreography competitions, including the first prize at Hannover International Choreography Competition in 2005.

Daisuke Omiya

Performer

Daisuke Omiya has been based in New York and working internationally since he was 18.

In 2013, Omiya became the first Japanese artist to win the Emerging Choreographer Award at the Italian International Dance Festival. He was also the winner of the Jadin Wong Award in 2014.

In 2016, he became a certified instructor of Sivananda Yoga and in 2017, he was a finalist at the Internationales Solo Tanz Festival in Germany. Omiya has performed in numerous films and videos, including Wheelchair Dance directed by Yasuhiro Tamura, 005 by HWLS’, directed by Branden Lee, and Piller Point’s Dreamin’ directed by Jacob Krupnick.

Omiya has been working with C/Ompany with IKI.SHI.TAI and blue dot.

Mirai Moriyama

Performer

Mirai Moriyama has been cast in a series of high profile roles following his numerous theatre experiences, being involved in Broadway performances Hedwig and the angry Itch in 2012, Rent in 2008 and Cabaret in 2007. Moriyama was also involved in television and music video work, being versatile both on stage and TV. He garnered accolades for his role of the movie Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, which earned him many awards in Japan.

In recent years, he has produced and starred in live dance productions, broadening his horizons beyond those of an actor. Currently, he is based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, deployed overseas by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs as Japan Cultural Envoy in its 2014 Cultural Exchange Program.

Adele Goh

Choreographer, Performer

Adele Goh began dancing at an early age. She joined the Singapore Ballet Academy and was involved in numerous ballet productions with Singapore Dance Theatre. Later, she furthered her training and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance

She danced for Moving Visions Dance Company in London before moving to Israel to study and perform with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company under the MASA programme.

Goh was a company artist with Frontier Danceland from 2013 to 2018. During her time in the company, she has worked and collaborated with local and international choreographers including Low Mei Yoke (Singapore), Lee Mun Wai (Singapore), Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof (Israel), Matej Kejzar (Slovenia), Liu Yen-Cheng (Taiwan), Stephanie Lake (Australia), Shahar Binyamini (Israel), Sita Ostheimer (Germany) and Thomas Lebrun (France).

She has also made works including Take me to your leader (2014), Silent Run (2015), Babel for SIDES 2017 and Ur (2018).

Germaine Cheng

Collaborator

A wordsmith and movement magpie, Germaine Cheng received her initial training in Classical Ballet from the Singapore Ballet Academy.

As a student, she performed with Singapore Dance Theatre and the Washington Ballet before furthering her studies at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. Since graduating in 2012, she has performed with RAW Moves and her choreography has been showcased at Dance Nucleus’ HATCH and M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival.

Cheng received the award for Best Dancer in the finals of the 5th edition of Sprouts. She has also created an interactive installation for Pop-up Noise: Soul Searching.

Amelia Chong

Choreographer, Performer

Having recently graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor in Dance Studies (First Class Honours), Amelia Chong is an emerging artist who has experience in performing, choreographing and teaching.

During her 5 years abroad, Chong was part of the teaching faculty at the University of Auckland Dance Studies programme, where she specialised in contemporary techniques and the creative process of dance. Her context in choreography and dance education moves between Singapore, New Zealand, and China. She has also been invited to be an international guest teacher at Beijing Dance Academy, China, and Dulwich International College Seoul, South Korea.

In 2016, Chong was part of the Short+Sweet New Zealand Festival (Dance), where she was awarded the Standout Female Performer Award, as well as The Wallace Arts Trust Highly Commended Award, for her self-choreographed solo, Duality.

Having returned to Singapore early last year, Chong hopes to continue developing her dance practice within the local dance scene.

Edwin Wee

Choreographer, Performer

Edwin Wee graduated with a Diploma in Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. Upon graduation, he immediately joined Arts Fission and has been actively choreographing and performing for the past 10 years. He was appointed Rehearsal Director in 2011 and was appointed Artistic Director for the company’s annual young people environmental dance-theatre productions since 2012.

Wee was involved in all Arts Fission productions and community projects. Some notable performances include,Temple Reimagined (2013): a dance film, Make It New: Future Feed (2014): a collaboration with Irene K Compagnie and presented in Belgium, In the Name of Red (2015): a site specific performance commissioned by National Gallery Singapore, Fire Monkey: a site specific performance under the arts festival of Mapping Melbourne (2016), and again at Northcote Townhall, Melbourne (2018), with many more in his repertoire.

Wee is currently a freelance artist who is actively choreographing, performing and teaching.

Rachel Lum

Choreographer, Performer

Rachel Lum graduated with a Diploma in Dance from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. Upon graduation, Rachel joined Frontier Danceland as an apprentice. She was one of the founding members at Re:Dance Theatre (RDT), where she actively performed in all of her core and external productions such as M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore Night Festival and NUS Arts Festival. Lum was also the training mistress for Re:Dance Theatre 2.

In 2017, she joined The Arts Fission Company as a movement artist. In addition, she has created numerous dance works, with No Corners earning an invitation from the Lift Off Dance Festival in Bracknell, United Kingdom. As a freelance artist, she has performed in M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, CDE Springboard Dance Festival Macau and DANCESTAGES Shanghai.

Lum is currently a freelance artist and yoga instructor.