ARTS FISSION’s Studio Series was initiated in 2003. Originally called The Garden Affairs Series, it provides a laboratory space for ARTS FISSION to interact with artists of different disciplines. It aims to germinate new ideas through experimentation and share the process of creative findings in an informal studio setting. The series also serves to cultivate audience appreciation and understanding towards contemporary arts through intimate exchange and dialogue with the working artists.
The Garden Affairs Series was stopped when ARTS FISSION’s Garden Studios had to be closed for renovation. The series continued in 2015 with The Sandbox, an intimate dance performance to open the newly renovated studio.
The Sandbox is devised as a creative space for ideas and possibilities – it is the alternative platform for the ARTS FISSION dancers to articulate their own personal dance ideas and share their creative process of performance making with a small audience.
Akin to the childhood experience of playing with sands and building sandcastles, the temporal nature of sand allows flexibility, changes and free play.
The Sandbox enables the ARTS FISSION dancers to become thinking dancers who are engaged with the world and the everyday, and who connect and extract material from the environment, architecture, people, and culture into their own dance expressions.
23 & 24 April 2015 | ARTS FISSION's Garden Studio
This intimate performance-sketch is the result of ARTS FISSION dancers’ latest cultural research in Chiang Rai, Thailand led by company artistic director Angela Liong.
The research is part of ARTS FISSION’s ongoing exploration for vernacular dance vocabulary under the initiative New Asian Dance Immersion Project.
The 24 solar terms serve as seasonal markers of the year in traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars for the agrarian societies.
Using the seasonal markers to establish a movement grid, the dancers were able to create their own personal impression of what subtle seasonal changes mean to urban living in the 21 century.
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MADLY DANCING BETWEEN 24 SEASONS
13 & 14 December 2012
INDEX OF PAST PERFORMANCES
23 & 24 April 2015
ARTS FISSION's Garden Studio
Madly Dancing Between 24 Seasons
13 & 14 December 2015
舞 田:5 Dance Constructions (4-2-1-2-4)
24, 25 & 26 May 2011
Collaboration with Taiko Drummer Namiko Sakai
Scarlet is mumbling...
28 - 30 April 2010
Collaboration with Choreographer Aaron Khek
25 & 26 June 2009
Collaboration with Playwright, Ng Yi-Sheng
9 Temple Graffiti
12 & 13 November 2008
Collaboration with Music Composer Philip Tan and Musicians from re:mix
Ghost Exchange II
1 & 2 November 2007
Collaboration with Javanese Dancer Muslimin Bagus Pranowo
15 Columns, 6 Sections and 3 Parts of Arab Street
13 & 14 September 2006
10 & 11 May 2006
Collaboration with Resident Ming Poon
Scarlet's Room 2: Moss
7 & 8 January 2005
Collaboration with Canadian Choreographer Yvonne Ng
Scarlet's Room 1
26 & 27 November 2004
25 & 26 October 2003
Collaboration with Sculptor Michael Loke
13 & 14 September 2003
Collaboration with Visual Artist Zai Kuning and Playwright Kaylene Tan
Bras Brus - An Urban Fable
21 & 22 June 2003
Collaboration with Indonesian Dancers of Solo Java Ari Kuntarto and Hery Suwanto
Flashes from an Old Song Book
3 & 4 May 2003
Collaboration with Photographer Tan Ngiap Heng
12 & 13 April 2003
Collaboration with Visual Artist Urich Lau, Musician KYTV & Earl Jay Norman
Scarlet's Room Series 1 - Apples
13 & 14 November 2002
Collaboration with Pipa Musician Samuel Wong and Visual Artist Urich Lau