The Contact Contemporary Dance Festival returns this month for its fourth edition. Among other things, watch the pale face of Danish dancer Kitt Johnson enmeshed in a hair net, the playful duet of partners Tamako Akiyama and Dimo Kirilov, and the premiere of a new work by South Korean choreographer Kim Jae Duk.
Since its inception in 2010, the festival organised by T.H.E Dance Company has grown from 10 performances and an attendance of 1,100 to 28 performances and a crowd figure of 1,600 last year.
Artistic director of the dance troupe Kuik Swee Boon, 40, says: "We bring in artists from places such as China, South Korea, Japan, Spain and Denmark, and their vocabulary, style and expression are so different. It's good to know more, so that we have a better understanding of what contemporary dance is, which will enrich the experience for both the artist and the audience."
One of the highlights of the festival is its Seasoned Artistry series, which invites renowned international choreographers to show their works over two evenings at the Goodman Arts Centre Black Box.
One of these artists is Danish dancer- choreographer Johnson, who is known for her dark solo works and haunting imagery. During this year's festival, which runs from Nov 29 to Dec 8, she will present her established 25-minute-long work Stigma, which premiered in Copenhagen in 1999.
The 54-year-old says in a telephone interview with Life!: "This piece is about the stigma, the mark that makes you different from everyone else. It might be psychological or it might be on the outside.
"For me, it's interesting because 'stigma' can also mean the respiratory organ of an insect, so it's possible for it to be used in a constructive sense in your life instead of having destructive power."