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1st Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2001)

“Their (Expression Dance Companies) participation highlights both the growing appetite for contemporary dance in Singapore and the strong cultural ties that underpin the warm and substantial bilateral relations between Australia and Singapore.”

H.E. Mr Gary Quinlan
High Commissioner (2001 – 2005)
Australian High Commission, Singapore

2nd Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2003)

 “The Odyssey Dance Theatre is young, but its accomplishments are far from modest. With 6 professional dancers in its main company and 15 in its young company, it has been very prolific since its inception four years ago, staging to date 15 mainhouse seasons. ODT strives to create new expressions and retain local elements in its offerings.”

Mr Lee Suan Hiang
Chief Executive Officer (2003 – 2009)
National Arts Council (Singapore)

3rd Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2005)

“Korea and Singapore’s long-standing political and economic relations have led to an increasing number of cultural exchanges, and this in turn, have brought about greater understanding between our two countries. These ties will be further strengthened by the new cultural exchange programme which is implemented since April 2005 between Korea and Singapore.”

 H.E. Mr Ryu Kwang-sok
Ambassador (2004 – 2006)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore
 

“I am happy to welcome a Finnish modern dance group Älyton to the Third Biennial XPOSISTION ‘O’ Contemporary Fiesta. It is an honour and privilege for Finland and the Finnish modern dance to be present at this Fiesta. I thank the organizers for inviting the group and wish the modern dance lovers an enjoyable performance.”

H.E. Mr Risto Rekola
Ambassador (2004 – 2007)
Embassy of Finland in Singapore
 

Music and dance are a universal language creating an atmosphere of enjoyment and harmony for people of all nationalities. The excellent artistic performances are able to overcome the language barrier and directly appeal to the hearts and minds of people. I sincerely hope that Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta 2005 will be such a wonderful occasion and strengthen the friendship between Japan and Singapore.”

H.E. Mr Takaaki Kojima
Ambassador (2004 – 2007)
Embassy of Japan in Singapore

“ODT’s efforts in promoting an appreciation of dance and its passion in arts education and outreach are commendable. I look forward to the organisation’s continued efforts in striving for artistic excellence and playing an active role in enriching the dynamic and vibrant arts scene in Singapore. Together, we will achieve our vision for Singapore to become a global city for the arts.”

Mr Yatiman Yusof
Senior Parliamentary Secretary (1997 – 2006)
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts

4th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2007)

Odyssey Dance Theatre has played a pioneering role in promoting contemporary dance in an age when people tend to be more inclined towards popular culture. Thanks to the efforts of Odyssey Dance Theatre, contemporary dances have successfully gained ground and a sizeable audience in Singapore and this region enjoy them.

H.E. Mr Kim Joong-Keun
Ambassador (2007 – 2010)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore

Congratulations to ODT for bringing together distinguished artists and dance companies from over 10 countries since 2000. I am glad that the company’s bold vision to establish a vibrant contemporary dance hub in Asia has sustained over the years and successfully stood the test of time. Through the establishment of a strong international network, ODT can now reap the fruits of its eight years of hard work; reaching out to audiences in Singapore while forging close ties and diplomatic relations with international artists and their embassies. 

Ms Penny Low
Former Chairman
Government Parliamentary Committee
Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts
MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC (2001 – 2015)

 “I am delighted to send good wishes to the Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta 2007.The Singaporean Arts scene is increasingly vibrant. And it is good to see that Dance is an important part of that development. More and more international companies are visiting, leading to some excellent collaborations with Singaporean and regional performers. I am pleased that Cathy Seago and her team are maintaining the tradition of close UK/Singapore collaboration in Dance, as in so many other fields.” 

H.E. Paul Madden
High Commissioner (2000 – 2003)
British High Commission, Singapore

5th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2009)

“With an ambition to be the Global City of the Arts in Asia, Singapore launched its Renaissance City Plan by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts in 2000. Within 9 years, with extensive arts infrastructure upgrade and extensive programming, including the Biennale, expansion of audience development, Singapore has inched closer to developing itself as a world class city with vibrant arts events, while increasing our national pride. Over the same period, ODT has emerged as a source of great inspiration and excitement in the arts industry, contributing numerous works to both the local and international scene. I applaud ODT for creating distinctive milestones through its 3 divisions, ODT International, Young Artists Project Performers and Arts4yoUths over the decade by challenging the norms in arts and dance management. Through them, ODT has enriched the arts fabric of the nation.” 

Ms Penny Low
MP for Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC (2001 – 2015)
Founder & President, Social Innovation Park Ltd

6th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2011)

 “My warmest congratulations also goes to our home-grown contemporary dance company Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT), for partnering the Embassy of Korea to successfully stage “Global Souls” as the closing event for Korea Festival 2011 in Singapore. In am heartened to note that Odyssey Dance Theatre will also bring this performance to Korea later this month to showcase Singapore’s contemporary dance to Korean audiences. This will serve to foster greater understanding between the peoples of Singapore and Korea, as well as deepen the close bilateral cultural relations that both countries share.”

Ms Grace Fu
Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (2011 – 2012)

ODT will also be taking the Xposition ‘O’ Dance Fiesta on tour to audiences in Seoul for the first time. Xposition ‘O’ has long been recognised as an excellent platform for dance talents from the Asia-Pacific region who want to present their passion and creativity in dance. I commend ODT for expanding their festival vision to reach out to global audiences and wish them every success in their Seoul performances. 

H.E. Mr Oh Joon
Ambassador (2010 – 2013)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore

7th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2013) 

“Odyssey Dance Theatre (ODT)’s conscientious effort in promoting dance exchanges between Singapore and South Korean artistes in its 12 years. With the signing of the MOU between ODT and the Dance Association of Korea in 2012, many successful initiatives have borne fruits with wonderful exchanges amongst South Korean and Singaporean artistes in festivals such as ‘Forte In Resonance’ (Singapore) and ‘21st Korea National Dance Festival’ (South Korea), under the auspicious of many stakeholders including Art Council Korea, National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation and Korea Dance Association.”

Professor Kim Bock Hee
Chief Director (2012 – 2016)
Korea Dance Association
Repbublic of Korea

“The Embassy of the Republic of Korea is pleased to note of many high worthy projects created by ODT with the Korean dance community and The Embassy will continue to support this important cultural mission.”

H.E. Mr Suh Chung Ha
Ambassador (2013 – 2016)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore

“ODT has upheld its mission as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in Asia and the Pacific. It has made significant contributions to the vibrancy of Singapore’s contemporary dance scene for over a decade. ODT’s illustrious track record has demonstrated their passion and determination in bringing dance to a wider audience through its ODT International, Arts4youths, Young Artists Project performers and ODT Cares.”

H.E. Mr Peter Tan Hai Chuan
Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2011 – 2015)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
 

“Xposition ‘O’ has seen in the past impressive editions with participation of more than 17 international companies and 170 dancers. It creates a new model in festival strategic alliance and has become a valuable arena for interesting developments in the world of contemporary dance. Since its bold touring direction, artists and companies have been exposed to more promotional campaign to perform extensively in different countries. I look forward to more touring opportunities for our Italian dance companies in this extraordinary dance circuit.”

H.E. Mr Paolo Crudele
Ambassador (2013 – 2017)
Embassy of Italy in Singapore

8th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2015)

As we celebrate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, we are also celebrating our diplomatic and cultural ties with many countries. ODT’s efforts in building long-term ties with international artistes and companies are exceptional, and I look forward to more artistic collaborations in the years to come.”

Professor Chan Heng Chee
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Chairman, National Arts Council

“Since its inception in 2001, ODT has worked with many Korean artists, companies and partners to promote cross-cultural exchanges through contemporary dance. ODT was also invited to perform in Korea at numerous dance festivals in Seoul, Daejeon, Yeosu and Busan. ODT’s three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dance Association of Korea (DAK) from 2012 to 2014 helped pave the way for further developments in cultural ties between Singapore and Korea through many exemplary dance exchanges.”

H.E. Suh Chung-ha
Ambassador (2013 – 2016)
Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore
 

“The Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore are proud to be part of their enriching and sustainable journey, witnessing their strong bond and commitment for their fourth year in cultural exchanges which started in May 2012. I applaud Italian Choreographer Simona and Director Rosanna Cieri and well-celebrated Artistic Director Dr. Danny Tan, for sustaining this wonderful testimony of artistic collaboration and international relations, and organizing excellent programmes that bridge Asia and Europe much closer through their original and authentic dance voices.”

Dr Veronica Manson
Director
Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore

 

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