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Left: Zhuo Zihao. Right: "Borderline" by T.H.E Dance Company & Muscle Mouth. Photos by Bernie Ng.

Podcast 19: M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival 2017

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Duration: 25 min

The M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by T.H.E Dance Company, is in its 9 year. In this month’s dance podcast, Dr Stephanie Burridge chats with Zhuo Zihao, a founding member of the company. They discuss one of the highlights of this year’s festival, Borderline, a collaboration between the company and Muscle Mouth (New Zealand), and the evolution of the festival through the years.

Also read Chloe Chotrani’s review for ArtsEquator on Binary – International Artists Showcase at the M1 Contact Festival 2017.

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Borderline by T.H.E Dance Company & Muscle Mouth 

Photo by Bernie Ng.
Photo by Bernie Ng.
Photo by Bernie Ng.
Photo by Bernie Ng.
Photo by Bernie Ng.
Photo by Bernie Ng.

Dance at Dusk by T.H.E. Dance Company and Ici’bas (Switzerland)

"Helix in Progress" by Kuik Swee Boon, T.H.E Dance Company. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
“Helix in Progress” by Kuik Swee Boon, T.H.E Dance Company. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
"L'envers" by Compagnie Ici'bas. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
“L’envers” by Compagnie Ici’bas. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
"L'envers" by Compagnie Ici'bas. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
“L’envers” by Compagnie Ici’bas. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)

Off Stage at T.H.E. Dance Studio

"You/Me" by Lim Pei Ern and Thomas Pang. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)
“You/Me?” by Lim Pei Ern and Thomas Pang. Photo by Shaun Ho (www.shaunho.com)

 


Podcast Guest Zhuo Zihao received his contemporary dance training at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, both under scholarship. He has worked with various choreographers including Alberto Del-Saz, Robert Tannion, Charlotte-Boyd Christensen, and Cheng Tsung-Lung. He was also a resident artist with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Singapore. As a founding member of T.H.E Dance Company, he has performed in all of the company’s works since its establishment as well as featured his solo work at the CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival in 2010. In 2012, Zhuo was conferred the Young Artist Award (Dance) by Singapore’s National Arts Council. In 2016, Zhuo stepped down as a company dancer to become an independent artist and Associate Artist with T.H.E. He was co-commissioned to create a new work with Yarra Ileto for T.H.E Dance Company’s annual showcase in 2016, Helix, and is a founding member of the ongoing project Dance in Situ, an initiative that aims to bring dance out of the theatre and into the community, where works are created in relation to the landscape of the chosen sites.

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