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Running the gamut of hybrid documentary, speculative portraiture, interpretive romance and improvisational works, Hybrid Motion is a series of creative encounters and collaborations between dance artists and filmmakers from Singapore and Hong Kong. In this interdisciplinary discourse, the films explore dialogues between construction and spontaneity, calculation and instinct, camera and body, as well as art and life.
Start Sales Date
E&Me Priority Booking
19 Aug 2021, 9am
20 Aug 2021, 9am
Esplanade Box Office:
20 Aug, 12 noon - 6pm
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, with no intermission
English, Mandarin, Korean, Bahasa Indonesia, and Cantonese, with English subtitles
Admission Rules of Esplanade:
- All patrons are required to do SafeEntry check-in at the venue via the TraceTogether app or token only. Other modes of SafeEntry check-in will not be accepted from 24 Apr 2021. To ensure a smooth entry, please download the TraceTogether app ahead of the performance if you have not already done so. We regret that patrons who do not have the app or the token will be denied entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or patrons below the age of 21 shall not be admitted.
- Patrons 21 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.
- Contains mature themes
- Rating: Advisory: R21 (Some Homosexual Content)
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography, unauthorised professional photography, video and audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
Help Us Keep Everyone Safe
- Maintain safe distancing between groups.
- Keep your mask on and practice good personal hygiene.
- Temperature screening is implemented at all entrances.
- Use the hand sanitiser provided around the centre and in the performance venues.
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Unless otherwise stated, audiences are not required to go through pre-event Antigen Rapid Test.
- Esplanade reserves the right not to admit patrons who do not comply with prevailing safe management measures.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.
Till Then, Awakening in a Dream (2019)
Director: Liao Jiekai
Dance Artist: Mui Cheuk-yin
Singapore, Hong Kong
Mui Cheuk Yin’s dance solo Awakening in a Dream is a career-defining, ever-evolving piece that has been performed numerous times over three decades. In this short, multiple incarnations of the work are performed, filmed, spoken and taught as they are examined by visual poet/filmmaker Liao Jiekai.
Director: Russell Morton
Dance Artist: Max Kin-wai Lee
Singapore, Hong Kong
Max Lee and Russell Morton explore the idea of mortality through looping and repetition. The experimental short features 10 scenarios, using fish as a symbolic connection.
Someday I Will Become a Rock (2019)
Director: Cheuk Cheung
Dance Artist: Elysa Wendi
Hong Kong, Singapore
We see a rock
It transcends languages and cultures
It traverses time and space
Perhaps it has its own nature and memories
Through the lens of dance, Cheuk Cheung and Elysa Wendi investigate the evolving character of one’s roots, nature and memories following migration.
Ward 11 (2019)
Director: Tsang Tsui Shan
Dance Artist: Aaron Khek Ah-hock, Ix Wong Thien-pau
Hong Kong, Singapore
Aloneness is not the same as loneliness. Beneath the white sheets of Ward 11, a tale of forbidden, unconditional love unfurls. A pair of lovers are caught between dreams and reality, where they are together always, yet forever apart. Through their shadows, we encounter their dance while trekking the terrains of their adventures. The lovers listen, whisper, even at the dullest moments, as the words of love and conversations continue to flow, and as laughter fills the ward.
Cineda:ns on 13 - 15 Oct
Curated by Cinemovement
Creative encounters, artistic identities and intimate gestures intertwine in Cineda:ns with three evenings of dance films curated by Cinemovement. This year, da:ns festival 2021 presents international films which range from choreographer documentaries to meditations on the creative possibilities generated by dance made for screen.
Our first evening’s self-reflexive dance documentary on French enfant terrible Jérôme Bel by Sima Khatami and Aldo Lee embraces contradiction, giving us an intimate view of the artistic process and discourse of collaboration between the filmmakers and a choreographer notorious for resisting direction.
The second evening sees Hybrid Motion, a dance-themed anthology of four short films, presenting a lush illustration of intimate dialogues between Hong Kong and Singaporean film- and dancemakers attempting to redefine the boundaries of their respective practices. Including Singapore’s very own Aaron Khek Ah-hock, Ix Wong Thien-pau, and Liao Jiekai.
Finally, lovers of architecture will be transported in Henrique Pina’s Body-Buildings, a site specific collaboration with six choreographers that recontextualises six iconic Portuguese buildings within the lexicon of movement more familiar to dance.
These innovative works of different forms and methods of construction allow us to look at familiar genres with fresh eyes, exploring new possibilities for how dance and film may intersect in da:ns festival 2021.
Co-founded by multidisciplinary artist Elysa Wendi and film producer Jeremy Chua, Cinemovement was initiated as an artist-run platform for filmmakers and choreographers to explore the notion of contemporary dance and film in various settings and modes.
Recommended for 21 years and above. This film contains mature themes that may be unsuitable for the young. Advisory: R21 (Some Homosexual Content).