"Cultural Diplomacy Gala", closing of 10th Biennial Xposition 'O' Contemporary Dance Fiesta (2019)
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CULTURAL DIPLOMACY GALA
As a premiere Singaporean arts institution, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) together with its ODT International Division which runs two Singapore International Dance Festivals and global initiatives, and its tour-de-force Odyssey Dance Theatre, have been consistent in building our nation’s rapport with the world for 2 decades. With major programmes and performances, ODT Ltd champions uniquely Singaporean dance voice, connecting, sharing and bonding with international arts and non-arts communities, resulting in people to people relationship which supports Cultural Diplomacy with numerous countries.
The Cultural Diplomacy Gala celebrates the significant milestones achieved by ODT Ltd in working with numerous government agencies, embassies, arts and cultural institutions and corporates under its 3-P model. It also commemorates the efforts by many stakeholders in sustaining iconic festivals, memorandum of understanding with arts institutions, celebrating arts & cultural events such as 50 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Poland, Switzerland and Isreal, and the commemoration of Suomi Finland 100 Singapore, amongst many others. These highlights have built a strong foundation for further understanding between Singapore and the rest of the world.
With ODT Ltd’s extensive expedition to 60 cities in 40 countries, and a significant number of companies and artists to Singapore for the last 20 years, this cultural diplomacy gala exemplifies the importance of arts and culture in bringing people of diverse cultures and beliefs to promote greater understanding of human spirits and mankind, thus contributing to the government policies in political, social and economical development.
"START OR STOP?" SYNOPSIS
Be inspired by different experiences and the passion that drives people forward. “Start Or Stop?” hopes to explore the innate motivations and forces that drive people’s lives. Could it be their beliefs that make them brave enough to walk alone? Could it be their faith that assures them that the skies will be clear again? Could it be their immense passion that grab and tug their heartstrings through the days and nights? Or could it be their bewildered burst of energy that provides the impetus to overcome the terrains of life? One day, the sky will tell you that all is fine.
Immerse in a brand-new experience with “Start or Stop?”, a new original full-length choreography by Artistic Director Dr Danny Tan and performed by Odyssey Dance Theatre. This is the third and final part of the trilogy, following “Rain or Shine?” and “Lost or Found?” that premiered in November 2018 and March 2019 respectively.
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10.00pm: End of Event
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10TH BIENNIAL XPOSITION 'O' CONTEMPORARY DANCE FIESTA
Since 2001, the biennial Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta (XPO) has placed strong emphasis on professional dance-making and its impact on the local and regional dance scenes. With strong international presence, the public continues to see lots of synergy, participation, cultural exchanges and dance appreciation for the local and international contemporary dance in this iconic event in Asia and Europe.
With 9 editions spanning eighteen years, the festival has expanded its reach by presenting more than 40 international dance companies and 550 artists. The acclaimed works were presented at various diverse venues, from Black Box to major proscenium stages like the University Cultural Centre Hall, Victoria Theatre, and large scale outdoor events were made accessible to all. The broad range of global dances has helped to realign the understanding of Contemporary Dance in Singapore and Asia.
During the last 4 editions (2011, 2013, 2015 & 2017), XPO had gained new heights with ‘Global Dance in Unison' series being introduced. It had presented Singapore's very first Dance Festival on tour to Germany, Italy, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. Partnering with numerous government agencies and eminent dance and arts institutions, such as the Singapore Embassy in Seoul, the Republic of Korea Embassy in Singapore, the National Arts Council, the Korea Arts Council, the Singapore International Foundation, the Dance Association of Korea, and many others, XPO's new festival direction had provided creative impetus for concise platforms to present Singaporean and international works to wider global audiences, which had led to enhanced deeper international collaboration, promoted sustainable and more cohesive cultural exchanges between artistes and people of different countries.
In this 10th edition, XPO celebrates “Cultural Diplomacy with the World” and continues to evolve with streamlined programmes to further heighten its relationship building with global dance community and audience. Between 27 October – 2 November, we are pleased to bring XPO on Tour to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, continuing our cohesive cultural exchanges between artistes and people of Asia.
Between 21 October - 7 November 2019, its celebration for the 10th edition will be delivered in two major tracks - Performance & Education. The Performance track embodies Global Dance Series, Global Dance Links Series and Global Collaboration Series which aims to stretch the audience's mind in appreciating profound works by established choreographers and companies to the current waves in contemporary dance presentations around the world. The Education track shares in-depth knowledge in contemporary dance approaches through Global Arts Seminar, Global Masterclass and Global Choreographic workshops, with new programmes such as Global Artists, Global Festival Managers, Global Dance Ambassadors and Global Festival Alliance.
More information can be found at www.xposition-o.com and Facebook (@ODT International Sg)
ODT International aspires to lead in arts management, providing high standards to our associates and clients. ODT International has presented some of the region’s emerging and most prolific companies, choreographers and artistes. ODT international delivers an array of capabilities including the management & touring of artistes, dance companies; development and operation of dance festivals; consulting, advisory and event management work for artistes, arts institutions and corporations, and production of dance & arts projects.
DANNY TAN (SINGAPOREAN CHOREOGRAPHER)
A renowned and prolific Singaporean dance ambassador, Danny has forged strong alliances with many international organisations and artistes for 2 decades, positioning unique Singaporean identity on the world dance map. Championing for a uniquely Singaporean voice, Danny is a well-known arts practitioner and producer with remarkable milestones in artistic direction & consultancy and dance making & production. With strong acumen in lighting, staging, print & media, Danny is highly commended by local and international press and media, government officials and dignitaries for his penchant of Asian Contemporary Dance works. Danny’s commissioned works by embassies, corporates, ministries and institutions have graced theatres and festivals across Asia, Australia, Europe & Americas.
As the Founder and Artistic Director of Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) since 1999, Danny has directed and produced more than 100 mainhouse seasons. His signature works includes 20 full-length works and more than 100 repertoire that are performed to global audiences of more than 30 cities in 20 countries. Danny is also the Festival Director of 2 notable Singapore International Dance Festivals – Xposition ‘O’ Contemporary Dance Fiesta and DanzINC –International Dancers and Choreographers’ Residency Festival, which he founded in 2001 and 2004 respectively.
ODYSSEY DANCE THEATRE
Odyssey Dance Theatre is made up of highly skilled Singaporean & international dance artistes. The professionalism and proficiency of these dance artistes have elicited international acclaims from ministries and ambassadorial guests through mainhouse seasons, local & global invitations, international touring and cultural exchanges. The versatility and matured artistry of ODT artistes have seen them translated performing works to excellent creative output, coupled with strong artistic direction from Singapore and invited eminent choreographers. Odyssey Dance Theatre regularly receives commissions from Singapore ministries and government agencies, corporations, as well as local and international festivals, whilst serving as Singaporean cultural ambassador on various established international platforms in Asia Pacific, Europe and USA.
ODT MUSIC ENSEMBLE
A collective of passionate musicians, as part of ODT Associate Artists. They dare to break the boundaries of music, collaborating across various art forms to deliver cutting edge professional performances in Singapore and abroad. Since 2014, ODT Music Ensemble has been involved in more than 10 major productions, supporting numerous students and alumni of local arts institutions at School of the Arts (SOTA), LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. ODT Music Ensemble continues to expand its repertoires with its growing pool of talents to perform a diverse range of Singaporean new music, as well as East and West classical music.
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