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da:ns lab 2016 – What You See Is Not What I Meant

A Workshop on the Spectatorship of Dance

daniel kok (Singapore)
7 – 9 Oct 2016Fri – Sun
11am – 6pm with breaks
Rehearsal Studio and Annexe Studio
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This workshop is by selection and free for participants.


To be considered as a participant of this programme, please email dansfestival@esplanade.com with a short write up on your dance training, what you hope to achieve during this workshop, the questions you would like to ask during this workshop, and your contact details.

A dance workshop that is not only for dancers and choreographers, dance artists, writers, managers, researchers, programmers and educators are also invited to apply to this three-day workshop as part of da:ns lab – a platform for dance practitioners to reflect upon key issues surrounding their creative practices and processes.

da:ns lab provides a space, away from the intensity of a production process, to exchange ideas and questions through facilitated discussions and exercises. In bringing different members of the dance community together on an equal basis, the workshop allows us to spend time together to re-imagine the potentials of dance as a critical and discursive practice.

This year da:ns lab focuses on the role and agency of the spectator/audience in contemporary performance. Instead of a dance workshop that looks at ‘how to dance’ or ‘how to make dance’, the workshop explores ‘how to look at dance’, reversing the order of the artistic process by examining also the ‘work’ of the audience.

What does it mean to be seen and watched in a performance? How does one view dance critically? What is the difference between being a spectator and an audience? What are the value systems behind meaning making when looking at art? In mapping out different ways of seeing, we also consider the value of highlighting the audience as an inter-subjective, pluralist community.

For dancemakers, the workshop aims to deepen choreographic practices through a re-evaluation of the socio-political implications of being watched (in public). By beginning with viewer(s) in mind, dancemakers are invited to reconsider their relationship with the spectator/audience/public, and in so doing, rearticulate their approach to creating and performing.

For other practitioners of dance, the workshop explores the dynamic power relationship between dancing and watching, and re-examines the processes of analysis, interpretation and evaluation in dance. Consequently participants come together to imagine a community engaged in critical discourse through dance.

Application / Requirements

  • This workshop is targeted at dance practitioners (artists, writers, managers, researcher, educators and programmers) above 18 years old.
  • The workshop is by selection and free for participants.
  • The group of selected participants will be limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Participants must commit to the entire duration of the programme.

To be considered as a participant of this programme, please email dansfestival@esplanade.com with a short write up on your dance training, what you hope to achieve during this workshop, the questions you would like to ask during this workshop, and your contact details.

For enquiries, please write to dansfestival@esplanade.com.

Applications close 14 Sep 2016.

About daniel kok

daniel kok read BA (Honours) Fine Art & Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College (London). In 2012, daniel received an MA (Distinction) in Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT, Berlin). In 2014, he completed the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS) in Brussels. Between 2005 to 2010, he was an Associate Artist of The Substation (Singapore). In 2008, he received the Young Artist Award from National Arts Council (Singapore).

His work deals with the politics of relationality in spectatorship and audienceship. His creations Q&A (2009), The Gay Romeo (2011), Cheerleader of Europe (2014), ALPHA (2014), PIIGS (2015) and Bunny (2016) have been presented in different cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, as well as the USA and West Africa. Presently, he is keen to investigate relational politics by looking at queerness and the notion of trans-individuality.

daniel also identifies as a pole dancer, rope bondage practitioner and a Thai masseur. As a pole dancer, he won the SG Pole Challenge (2012) and represented Singapore as a Finalist in the International Pole Championships (2013).

About da:ns festival

To all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement this October. With powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn different kinds of dance, this 11-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.

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