THE ARTS FISSION COMPANY LTD
As the longest incorporated contemporary dance company in Singapore since 1994, ARTS FISSION has gathered a diverse and groundbreaking dance-making track record. Under the artistic direction of Cultural Medallion Recipient Angela Liong, ARTS FISSION has evolved into a dynamic hybrid that creates dance works relevant to people and everyday life.
ARTS FISSION taps the pulses of new Asia through its creation of original dance works and outreach projects that are informed by Asian aesthetics, cultures and heritage.
The company often finds its creative impetus on topical themes like rapid urban changes that affect irretrievable cultural and environmental losses in our times. Many of ARTS FISSION’s dance works are collaborative in nature that included working with composers and musicians, visual and new media artists, designers and film makers.
ARTS FISSION pioneered site-specific dance performance in Singapore, and is still the leading force in extending dance performance beyond the confine of conventional stage. The company has created and staged many site-sensitive performances at public places and buildings in response to the fast changing urbanscape.
To name a few notable site-specific works: at the rooftop gondola tracks of the 35th-story Singapore Centennial Tower (Urban Sanctuary, 2000); the Yorck Passage at Copenhagen (Borrowed Scenery, 2003); up and down the 3-storey pre-war shop-house at Selegie Road (Daydreams & Night Musings, 2008); the National Geographic Retail Store inside Vivocity Mall (Weather Stations, 2009); at a cul de sac in the heart of the city (Folly of a Garden, 2012); annex of an entire gallery chamber and glass showcases at the National Museum Singapore (Follie for the Birds, 2014); on the grand staircases of the newly redesigned historic buildings of the former Supreme Court and City Hall turned into the National Gallery (In the Name of Red, 2015).
SEEDING THE ASIAN DANCE ROOTS
The Barefoot Dancers Initiative (since 2007) is an annual cultural expedition where ARTS FISSION leads its company dancers to rural areas of Asia through critical engagement in the study of human relationship to land and nature.
The annual travel has proven to be an important cultural awakening with creative implications in ARTS FISSION’s dance work. This active engagement with people, places, land and nature through social and cultural interactions sharpens artistry and build performance depth for the ARTS FISSION dancers. At the same time, the experience also serves company dance works to connect audiences to a larger living environment and deepens awareness of their own existence.
The dance hybrid not only delves into inquisitive dance work with creative fervor, but applies equal innovation to turn community outreach project into richly human experience. Since 2013, the company has been collaborating with The Philharmonic Orchestra in the creations of large scale intergenerational performances like The Rite of Spring: A People’s Stravinsky 2013, and The Mazu Chronicle 2015 that featured cast of elderly and youth with professional performers presented at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
ARTS FISSION empowers its dance craft by collaborating with healthcare professionals and organisations on developing arts intervention projects to support dementia research. It initiates the wellbeing movement program – Everyday Waltzes for Active Ageing that brings quality of life to frail elderly participants from nursing homes and senior rehab centers.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ANGELA LIONG
2009 Cultural Medallion (Dance) Recipient