Foreword By Festival Director
Welcome to our latest artistic development: The 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO), which is one of the most established dance festivals in Asia, since its establishment in 2001.
XPO has consistently defined its role and mission over the last 18 years, staying relevant in the contemporary dance world, continuing to excite global artists and companies in presenting myriad cultural offerings for a widely-diverse audience base. As the founding Festival Director, I am pleased that we are always open to ‘change’, conscientiously improving our content and reach, from a mere festival by just presenting works in the early 2001, to an international festival with extensive profile in engaging audience at various performance venues (indoor or outdoor) varying in both scale and capacity, as well as touring with the ‘Global Dance In Unison Series’ – Singapore ‘s first festival on tour which had brought our artistes and companies to various cities in Germany, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. This year, the festival has its bold moves, built upon its exceptional works over the last 18 years in cultural diplomacy, by ”building our nation’s rapport with many countries and artists around the world through Xposition ‘O’ ” as commented by Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the National Arts Council. With XPO’s overhaul in programming, we are committed to developing a more in-depth engagement with tour Singaporean audience. We hope to embrace new opportunities for meaningful and strong initiatives that would last in the long run. We are now already preparing for the celebration of XPO’s 10th edition, in conjunction with Odyssey Dance Theatre’s 20th Anniversary in 2019.
In the 9th XPO, six major platforms under two major tracks will clearly define the programming direction in Performance and Education. With the Global Dance Series, the Global Dance Links Series and the Global Collaboration Series under the Performance Track, one will be enticed by the extraordinary and profound works by established companies, to the refreshing works by independent artistes and new companies to share the new dimension of contemporary dance expression in the east and west. The Education Track, with the Global Dance Symposium, the Global Master Class Series and the Global Choreographic Workshop Series, shall engage the audience and dance enthusiasts with intellectual discourse, articulating practical lessons through mind-engaging insights.
I thank my board and the many sponsors, partners,artists and companies for supporting my artistic vision for a Singapore Dance Festival, and for your heartfelt contributions to a vibrant and dynamic dance landscape in Singapore and abroad.
Finally, please join our 50 international artistes in 9 companies from 20 countries for the celebration of friendship through arts and culture.
Dr Danny Tan
Founder & CEO, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd
I am deeply impressed by Danny’s latest artistic direction with theoverhaul of Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta. This has been a notable dance festival with a rich tradition and which has emphasised inclusive arts for all since 2001.
With the festival programme building in breath and depth, the line up comprising of numerous artists and companies from 20 countries is certainly not a small feat. I applaud Danny and his festival team for having strongly imbued its belief in engaging Singaporeans from all demographics, as well as extending to global audiences through its cultural diplomacy ties.
In 2017, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT) has proudly presented and toured its Singaporean works to 6 Italian cities, in partnership with 10 companies there. ODT had also recently extended its cultural diplomacy to Switzerland and presented its collaborative work in Theatre L’Octogon (Lausanne), as well as developed artistic ties with more than 10 Swiss companies. I applaud ODT’s continued effort and commitment to sharing the beauty of dance through cultural diplomacy, which inspires lives, enrich lives and create positive lives.
On behalf of ODT, I would like to thank all government agencies, embassies, sponsors, supporters and community partners for supporting Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta, nurturing it and developing it to what it is today.
I would also like to congratulate all dance companies and artists who have contributed to the success of this festival and I look forward to more artistic collaborations in the years to come.
Ms. Koh Sauk Keow
Chairman, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd
Embassy of Finland
Congratulations to Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) for hosting the successful the 9th biennial Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO) this November, continuing its cultural diplomacy with the world since 2001. It is heartening to see ODT Ltd, a pioneer in contemporary dance development in Singapore has gained ground firmly with a sizeable audience in Singapore and this region for the last 18 years.
This year, Finland is widely telling its story, thanks to the opportunity given by the 100 years of independence celebration. Finland has been more in the spotlight in Singapore during this Anniversary year, and thanks to the collaboration between Suomi Finland 100 Singapore association, Finnish Business Council and Embassy of Finland, we have been able to build new and stronger bridges between our two small countries. We are showing how this Nordic country built itself to be among the best in the world measured in different comparative studies, often being cited alongside with Singapore.
I am happy to see contemporary dance in the arts also join in the celebration of Finland’s Centennial celebration. XPO welcomed our Finnish modern dance group Älyton in 2005 and this year, I am glad that ODT Ltd has reconnected with our Finland dance community. It is an honour and privilege for Finland and the Finnish contemporary dance to be present at this Fiesta. I wish more artistic collaboration between Singapore and Finland will flourish further.
Finally, my best wishes to Dr Danny and his dance company – Odyssey Dance Theatre, for the world premiere of “Are We?” as the opening of 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta.
Ambassador, Embassy of Finland in Singapore
Embassy of The Republic Of Korea
I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT) for the successful presentation of its 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary DanceFiesta (XPO) that started since 2001.
I am deeply impressed by the ODT’s long term and continuous efforts in promoting cultural diplomacy through dance between Korea and Singapore. It has orchestrated numerous high-key projects in both countries and I am pleased that several Korean artists are invited to join the XPO this year as well.
In addition, I would like to congratulate Dr Danny Tan for receiving the 2017 K-Fellowship in Korea from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. I believe the K-Fellowship is a great platform for foreign cultural leaders to expand their networks in the international cultural society and to enhance their knowledge in Korean culture.
I wish the 9th XPO a great success and hope that continuous exchanges in art and dance as such will provide us with more opportunities to deepen cultural ties between our two countries. Thank you.
Ambassador, Embassy of The Republic Of Korea in Singapore
Embassy of Maxico
The Embassy of Mexico is pleased that, for the first time, Mexico will be participating in Singapore’s Biennial Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO) this November. Now in its 9th edition, the event will feature the works of Mexican artist and choreographer Mr Francisco Cordova.
Mexico and Singapore enjoy more than 40 years of cordial friendship in the areas of politics, economic advancement and cultural exchange. The Biennial XPO, organised by the Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd, adds a new chapter to the cultural diplomacy between our two countries by using contemporary dance as a platform to foster closer relations between us.
A further example of the flourishing of Mexico and Singapore’s cultural diplomacy is Biennial XPO’s Director, Dr Danny Tan’s trip to Mexico in December 2016, where he was invited by Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes) to participate in the Meeting of the Performing Arts (ENARTES, Encuentro de las Artes Escénicas). I am happy to know that Dr Tan has been invited to participate in the event once again this December.
In this regard, I am confident that this two-way artistic exchange will cultivate stronger ties between the arts communities in Mexico and Singapore and that more Mexican dance companies and artists will be introduced in Asia via Singapore. The Embassy looks forward to more exciting collaborations in the near future.
My best wishes to the success of 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta!
Ambassador, Embassy of Mexico in Singapore
Embassy of Italy
My congratulations to Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) for presenting its renown dance festival – 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO), which has its long tradition in cultural diplomacy since 2001.
The Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Singapore are proud to be part of ODT Ltd’s enriching and sustainable journey, witnessing the strong bond and commitment of ODT Ltd in partnering with our Italian Dance Companies and artists since 2006.
This year, I am very pleased that Odyssey Dance Theatre (ODT)’s work “Wow Merlion!” was very well received in January and June 2017, when it had partnered with 10 Italian dance companies. With in-depth exchanges and performance opportunities being held across six Italian cities, ODT had deepened its cultural diplomacy through the arts, continuing its long-term partnership with MOTUS. With its ten years of friendship, 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. For this year’s XPO, ODT Ltd continues to organize excellent programmes that bridge Asia and Europe much closer with Equilibrio Dinamico (Bari) joining us.
Lastly, my heartfelt congratulations to Dr Danny Tan for the successful premiere of his new work – “Are We?” and the 9th Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta, and also to all artists and companies as the cultural force in engaging audiences of all nationalities and backgrounds!
Ambassador, Embassy of Italy in Singapore
Embassy of Switzerland
My sincere congratulations to Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) for hosting the 9th biennial Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO) this November, which has a long tradition in cultural diplomacy with the international dance companies since 2001. It is great to see that ODT Ltd has initiated such an interesting cultural exchange with Cie Nuna (Switzerland), presenting a collaborative work – “Dokkaebi” to be performed in Switzerland and Singapore for the first time.
The Embassy of Switzerland is pleased to support such new collaborative effort between dance companies in both countries in the area of culture. This is a wonderful way to continue the cultural diplomacy between the two countries through contemporary dance expression, especially in 2017 which marks Switzerland’s 50 years of diplomatic relations with the Republic of Singapore. “Dokkaebi” was well received and presented in L’ Octogon Theatre De Pully in Lausanne last month, and is now having its Asian Premiere as part of Singapore’s Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta.
I look forward to more collaboration between Singapore and Switzerland’s artists and companies and my very best wishes to both dance companies – Odyssey Dance Theatre and Cie Nuna, for the successful premiere of “Dokkaebi”.
Ambassador of Switzerland in Singapore