Quirky surprises in Esplanade dance festival

Quirky surprises in Esplanade dance festival
Hiroaki Umeda's Holistic Strata will be staged as part of the da:ns festival 2013 Shift programme.

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.

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