Finale of DanzINC Hi Heaven! – Synopsis

DanzINC – INTERNATIONAL DANCERS & CHOREOGRAPHERS’ RESIDENCY FESTIVAL is a unique biennial festival that gathers creative international artists to reside in Singapore, and to promote international cross-cultural exchanges via contemporary dance. It creates intimate opportunities for artistes to engage in international residencies, master classes, meet-the-practitioners dialogues, exhibitions, choreographic workshops and improvisation performances, leading to the premiere of a new full-length work by Artistic Director Dr. Danny Tan. In 2012, DanzINC has evolved to a new 6-month programme, developing creative strategies with other international festivals, for dance making that reflects the nuances of cultural differences and similarities; fostering new and deepening choreographic ways to experiment, collaborate and interpret artistic expressions. It synergizes new efforts in the promotion of professional contemporary dance and dance education between the artistes and the community that serves as an important platform for invaluable information and experiences to be shared with the Singapore community, as well as global audiences. Since 2004, DanzINC has seen participation from more than 100 international artistes from Singapore, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan & USA.

Concluding the 5th season of DanzINC, Hi Heaven! examines issues centering the humane essence and receptivity towards ‘death’, reflecting and experiencing one’s significant anchors in life. Questioning the dichotomy between calm and loud sounds and emotional turmoil in one’s reaction towards ‘death’, Danny hopes to imbue positivity and serenity to the unavoidable passing of one’s life by reflecting our life’s values, culture and belief. Hi Heaven! also symbolizes the continuous quest and dynamism by exploring his forte in contemporary expression with ancient ‘Dun Huang’, and pushing artistic boundaries by creating new nuances with ODT’s signature penchant of Asian contemporary dance.

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