Ms Kathy Lai, CEO of the National Arts Council Singapore will be leading the delegates for a cross-cultural exchange at Australia’s prestigious contemporary dance festival


Singapore, 13 March 2015 – From 16 to 20 March 2015, a Singapore delegation of dancers, artistic directors and venue presenters will be part of the international delegates for the first time at the renowned Dance Massive 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Presented and produced by the Dance Massive consortium: Malthouse Theatre, Arts House, Dancehouse, in association with Ausdance Victoria and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria, Dance Massive provides opportunities for our delegates to meet Australian and international performing artists and arts organisations to enhance cultural dialogue and understanding. In addition, venue presenters can work to cultivate closer ties with overseas venue houses which may lead to future collaboration.


 2          The Singapore delegation is led by Ms Kathy Lai, Chief Executive Officer of the National Arts Council Singapore, and includes notable influencers across multiple dance genres in the industry such as Janek Schergen (Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre), Kuik Swee Boon (Artistic Director of T.H.E Dance Company), Santha Bhaskar (Artistic Director of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy), Mohamad Sufri Bin Juwahir (independent dance artist), Joavien Ng (independent choreographer), Emily J Hoe (General Manager of The Substation), and Sean Tobin (Artistic Director of M1 Singapore Fringe Festival). Over 30 other international delegates
from France, Italy, New Zealand, USA, China, and Hong Kong will also be present to share their expertise.


3          The delegates will attend a 5 day-programme as part of the International Visitors Programme for Dance Massive. It includes visits to Australian dance companies and presenting venues such as the prestigious Australian Ballet and Arts Centre Melbourne, and networking sessions with the Australian and international artists, presenters and producers such as
Jong-ho Lee (Artistic Director of SIDance Festival), Stephen Armstrong (Creative Producer of Arts Centre Melbourne), and Samme Raeymaekers (Artistic Director of December Dance). The delegates will also get a chance to watch performances by prominent Australian contemporary dance companies such as Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move and Phillip Adams BalletLab.


4          “The visit will be a superb opportunity to experience a group of performance artists I would not have the chance to see otherwise. The overall structure, with so many different creative artists and their unique way of producing and presenting dance, will be a refreshing way to achieve an insight in contrast to the particular method in which I might normally approach things”, adds Janek Schergen (Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre) who is looking forward to the learning exchange.


5          Venue presenters will also benefit from this exposure. Says Emily J Hoe (General Manager of The Substation), “It’s a valuable opportunity for The Substation and other Singapore organisations and independent artists to meet with a diversity of artists and organisations from around the globe. Being able to attend multiple performances and open sessions by Australian companies is a huge benefit, cemented by the ability to embark on conversations that will possibly lead to international collaborations.”


6          Currently in its fourth season, the highly-anticipated contemporary dance festival in Australia will feature over 40 productions, open studios, conversations with artists and master classes from 10 to 22 March 2015.


Appendix A: List of Singapore delegates at Dance Massive