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M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2018
Binary - International Artists Showcase

This double bill from selected international artists is a tour-de-force of works that evoke the gravity of the body.

Shamel Pitts is a performance artist, dancer and spoken word artist from Brooklyn, who spent seven years in Tel Aviv's Batsheva Dance Company. His multidisciplinary work, Black Velvet, created together with co-performer Mirelle Martins and lighting and projection designer, Lucca del Carlo, is "a heart-piercing exploration of gender, race, identity, love and friendship" (Time Out Israel).

Vestige, on the other hand, is an intense "pure movement performance that fascinates from the beginning" (Theaterkrant, Netherlands). Created by Astrid Boons (Belgium/Netherlands), a rising choreographer who has worked with renowned dance-makers such as Ohad Naharin and Jirí Kylián, this duet is an intriguing physical journey that attempts to empty the body of its humanness. Vestige was shortlisted in the top five performances of 2017 in an Amsterdam-based daily newspaper, Het Parool.

(Please note that this performance contains partial frontal female nudity. Rating: Advisory 16 - Content more suited for persons 16 years old and above.)

Start Sales Date

16 March 2018, 9am

Other Channels:
16 March 2018, 10am




Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
(15 minutes intermission)

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Rating / Age Limit

  • Rating: Advisory 16 - Content more suited for persons 16 years old and above
  • No admission for infant in arms and children aged below 6 years old
  • 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.

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[Valid from 16 March 2018 till 1 May 2018]

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10% Discount for Corporate Tier
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[Valid from 11 Apr 2018 onwards]

S$100 for Show Pass for 4 Shows
[Puchase the following shows:
Earth - A doluble bill by T.H.E Dance Company created by Jae Duk Kim and Humanhood, Binary - International Artists Showcase, M1 Open Stage + DiverCity and Asian Festivals Exchange (AFX)]
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Event Date
Fri, 3 - Sat, 4 Aug 2018


Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$36
(Free Seating)