Dance, Film, Festival

Next Generation – The Third Space

Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore)
  • Date:
    8 - 31 Oct 2021
  • Time:
    Premieres 8 Oct, Fri, 4:00pm (Available online until 31 Oct, 11:59pm)
  • Duration:
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Celebrate the talents and diversity of Singapore's dance landscape in this dance film by pre-professional dance students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

Drawing from Homi Bhabha's theory on hybrid identities, the 'third space' is used metaphorically to describe Singapore's increasingly complex cultural landscape. With his Thai heritage alongside Western performing arts training, choreographer Supatchai Lappakornkul straddles Asian and Western cultures. He modulates between pluralistic modes of dance and music acumen, and translates physical experiences into virtual spaces. His creative work is positioned at the 'inter', defined by Bhabha as the cutting edge of translation and negotiation.

da:ns festival supports the next generation of dance artists through Next Generation, a long-standing platform that collaborates annually with dance education institutions. As dance on screen comes into focus with the rise of technology and the circumstances of the pandemic, the works in this edition reflect this development with new creations for dance on film.

Next Generation – The Third Space