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M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2019
M1 Open Stage

An invitation to watch and be watched. A tennis player’s obsession with victory. A dancer wonders if the body holds a separate memory bank. Daring, exuberant and utterly contemporary, M1 Open Stage is the Festival’s annual excursion into the curious minds of choreographic talents from Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond.

Selected by an international panel from almost 200 entries, these 12 works are a fascinating glimpse into the creative processes and themes that drive the current generation of contemporary dance artists. At once profound and questioning, playful and reflective, come delve into the creativity and passion of these dance talents.

Start Sales Date

Early Bird Sales:
14 Mar 2019, 11.30am - 16 Apr 2019, 12am

Other Channels:
14 Mar 2019, 11.30am - 15 Apr 2019, 8pm

Public Sales:
16 Apr 2019, 12am

Other Channels:
16 Apr 2019, 10am




Approximately 75 - 120 minutes
(with intermission)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • No admission for infant in arms and children aged below 6 years old
  • Children 6 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission
  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance

Late Seating Advisory

  • You are strongly advised to be seated 15 minutes before the performance start time.
  • No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
  • Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.

Photography/Video Recording Rules

  • No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.

Through All SISTIC Channels
20% Discount for Early Bird Ticket Buyers
[Valid from 14 March 2019 till 15 April 2019]

S$18 per ticket for Senior Citizens (55 years old & above) / Students (Local & Foreign) / NSFs / Children (6 to 12 years old)
[Verification: Present valid ID / Student Pass / SAF 11B (Military IC)]
[Please note that random checks on concession tickets may be conducted at the point of entry]
[Patrons who are unable to present proof of eligibility may require to upgrade their concession tickets to full price tickets]
[Valid from 14 March 2019 onwards]

10% Discount for OCBC Credit Card Holders
[Valid from 22 April 2019 onwards]

10% Discount for Esplanade & Me White Card Holders
[Not applicable for SISTIC Mobile]
[Valid from 16 April 2019 onwards]

15% Discount for Esplanade & Me Black Card Holders
[Not applicable for SISTIC Mobile]
[Valid from 16 April 2019 onwards]

15% Discount for PAssion Card Members
[Verification: Present PAssion Card at the ticketing counter or quote the first 4 digits of your PAssion Card Number as the promotion code for purchases through website or hotline to enjoy the privilege.]
[Valid from 16 April 2019 onwards]

15% Discount for OCBC Arts Platinum Card Holders
[Valid from 22 April 2019 onwards]

20% Discount for T.H.E Friends
Verification: Quote valid T.H.E Friends' Code upon purchase of tickets]
[Limited each T.H.E Friends' code allows 4 tickets per show]
[Valid from 16 April 2019 onwards]

S$57 for M1 Open Stage Triplet Deal
[Valid to M1 Open Stage shows only]
[Purchase 1 standard ticket each from 2 shows (18 Jul 8pm & 20 Jul 8pm) to enjoy $19 per ticket] 
[Valid with same quantity of tickets for all shows]
[Valid from 14 March 2019 onwards]

10% Discount for Group Bookings of 10 tickets or more
For group bookings of more than 12 tickets, please contact M1 CONTACT Festival team at +65 63458454 or info@the-dancecompany.com]
[Valid from 16 April 2019 onwards]

School Group Booking
For every 20 student tickets purchased for a single show, an accompanying teacher or instructor gets a free ticket.
For school bookings, please contact M1 CONTACT Festival team at +65 63458454 or

Programme A (18 July, 8PM)

Tennis - Now or Never by Nimrod Freed/Tami Dance Company (Israel)
Leftovers by Josh Martin/Company 605 (Canada)
Honey Bee And The Dandelion by Hong Guofeng & Chua Chiok Woon (Singapore)
The Man by Jan Möllmer & Tsai-Wei Tien/Peculiar Man (Germany/Taiwan)

Programme B (20 July, 3PM)

Monkey in a Diaper by Reisa Shimojima (Japan)
Climacteric by Natalie Allen (Australia)
Ghosting: Indelible in the Hippocampus by Bernice Lee (Singapore)
Breathing Hole by Lee Kyunggu & Lee Yeonju/Goblin Party (South Korea)

Programme C (20 July, 8PM)

Non(leg)azioni by Daniele Ninarello (Italy)
Ignoramus by Kim Hoyeon & Lim Jungha/Dab Dance Project (South Korea) & Hwa Wei-An (Malaysia/Singapore)
Trikonanga by Hemabharathy Palani (India)
Division by Justyne Li & Wong Tan-Ki/Neo Dance HK (Hong Kong)

This programme is eligible under the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.

Please see the LOE, Letter of Eligibility by following the link 

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Event Date
Thu, 18 - Sat, 20 Jul 2019

Thu: 8pm
Sat: 3pm & 8pm

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$25
(Free Seating) 

Standing Mezzanine: S$10
(Free Standing)