SINGAPORE - Challenge your notion of dance next month as four quirky performances from around the globe converge at the Esplanade for the eighth annual da:ns festival.
The acts are part of the festival's Shift programme, which focuses on smaller, more offbeat works as opposed to the three big-budget main stage productions.
The festival's associate producer Faith Tan, 30, says: "In Shift, audiences can see emerging directions in contemporary dance. Here, we encourage artists who shift perceptions of dance or take risks."
This year's line-up includes a varied bag of works from Cambodia, Japan and Belgium. They will all be performed in the Theatre Studio which Ms Tan says "is a very intimate space, and you're a lot closer to the work that you're experiencing".
From Cambodia comes Amrita Performing Arts' Khmeropedies III: Source/ Primate, a study and mimicry of monkey behaviour based on extensive research.
"The performance is a juxtaposition of the classical Cambodian monkey role with actual primate movements, and audiences will get to see those things come together with contemporary dance," says Ms Tan.
Hiroaki Umeda, a photographer- turned-multi-disciplinary artist from Japan, will be presenting a double bill, Temporal Pattern and Holistic Strata.
Holistic Strata is a solo performance which Umeda, 35, premiered in Germany in January this year, while Temporal Pattern is a festival commission which features three dancers from Taiwan, India and Cambodia.