Winners of Inaugural Dance Choreography Competition SPROUTS


Winners of Inaugural Dance Choreography Competition SPROUTS


The final showcase of the inaugural edition of SPROUTS: New Works Platform for Dance Choreographers saw nine young talents take centrestage in a bid to win the top prizes of the competition.


After an electrifying showcase of creativity and dance, the National Arts Council (NAC) and co-organiser Frontier Danceland are pleased to announce the following winners:

Most Promising Work: Duality by Gianti Giadi

Best Dancer: Wu Yixin


Most Popular Work (by audience votes): The Combination by Kelvin Koh The winners received received trophies and cash prizes of $500 to $2,000 from the chairman of the judging panel Janek Schergen, Artistic Director of the Singapore Dance Theatre. Winner of the Most Promising Work prize Gianti Giadi will have a chance to present the full length work at next year’s edition of SPROUTS. Finalists also received a production fee of $500 each.


Says Ms Elaine Ng, Director of Performing Arts Development, NAC, “It is heartening to see young dance makers display such creativity and energy in their works. We believe that it is important for emerging talent to continue to receive the support and encouragement they need to develop their abilities. We would like to congratulate this year’s SPROUTS participants on a job well done, and hope to see even more aspiring choreographers and inspiring works in next year’s edition.”


For those eagerly anticipating SPROUTS 2010, the competition will be open for new submissions from 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.


Interviews can be arranged with the winners upon request. Profiles of the winners can be found in the annex below.


About the National Arts Council

The National Arts Council (NAC) was established in September 1991 to spearhead the development of the arts in Singapore. To realise its vision of developing Singapore into a distinctive global city for the arts, NAC provides total support to nurture artistic talent, promotes the practice and appreciation of the arts among Singaporeans, builds up capabilities and resources, facilitates internationalisation and advocates the value of the arts. Through its holistic range of programmes and initiatives to develop the entire arts value chain, the Council champions the growth of a vibrant arts sector where the arts is accessible to all, and the community of artists, arts groups and arts businesses can innovate, excel and achieve sustainability in the long term.


About Frontier Danceland

The present Artistic Director, Low Mei Yoke, together with Tan Chong Poh, founded Frontier Danceland, a non-profit dance company, in July 1991. The artistic goal of the company is to crystallize both Eastern and Western cultures, to depict a multiplicity of emotions and varied human activities that characterise contemporary life in Singapore


The company puts up major productions at least twice a year and has toured several international and regional festivals, including Tari 2000 Dance Festival (Malaysia), Asian Youth Festival (South Korea), ASEAN Dance Festival, Dance Festival 1999 in Philadelphia, USA.`


Over the years, Frontier Danceland has made many efforts to drive new local contemporary dance content. Their ongoing 02 Square series, a presentation platform for new works held in Frontier Danceland’s black box studio, have presented 11 new works by 8 choreographers since 2007.