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T.H.E Dance Company performing arts residency, Singapore

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand offers a New Zealand choreographer to undertake a residency in Singapore with The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company, or its semi-professional wing, T.H.E Second Company.

Applications have now closed for the 2018 residency.

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The successful candidate will live and work in Singapore for seven weeks and will have the opportunity to develop a work for this prestigious Singapore dance company, which will be premiered at the annual M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival.

About the residency

Founded in 2008 by Kuik Swee Boon, T.H.E Dance Company and its semi-professional youth wing T.H.E Second Company, are names synonymous with ground breaking contemporary dance of the highest quality and artistry.

T.H.E has become a household name in Singapore and the region, having performed at all major local arts festivals and in prestigious international festivals such as the Les Hivernales festival 2012 in Avignon, France; SIDance Festival 2013 in South Korea; and the Auckland Arts Festival (commission creation) 2016 in New Zealand.

Driven by a desire to create an inclusive and nurturing platform for local and regional dance artists, T.H.E initiated the very first annual Singapore contemporary dance festival CONTACT in 2010.

What's provided

Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a grant of NZ$6,000 to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the residency.

The participant may need to contribute some of their own funds, or secure funding from other avenues to supplement their living or production costs.


  • Applicants must be professional, practicing dancers or choreographers. That is, they must make the bulk of their income from practising art or working within the field of dance
  • They must have a record of achievement - students or practitioners within two years of finishing under-graduate study are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must be currently residing in New Zealand, and intending to live in New Zealand for at least one year after they complete the residency.

Terms and Conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Foundation grantees are expected provide reports on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia.

Please read the Terms and Conditions (PDF - 417KB) carefully and only apply for this opportunity if you are confident that you can comply with them

The selection process

An independent panel appointed by Asia New Zealand Foundation will select a shortlist of candidates, from which the residency host will make a choice.

Selection criteria will include:

  • record of achievement
  • a specific artistic rationale for wishing to be resident in Singapore
  • the quality and significance of the proposed residency project
  • ability to develop networks and work collaboratively
  • quality of confirmed or potential outcomes
  • an understanding of the aims of the Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • ability to adapt to living and working in a new environment.

The choice of candidate is at Asia New Zealand Foundation’s discretion and discussion with unsuccessful candidates will not be entered into.

How to apply

Applications have now closed for the 2018 residency.

Please fill out an application form (PDF - 68KB) and email it with supporting material to mturner@asianz. For large files Dropbox is preferred

Support material by email or Dropbox is preferred but if you need to post it please send it to the address below

Support material will not be returned – do not include original material in an application.

Post to:

Monica Turner
Asia New Zealand Foundation
PO Box 10 144
Wellington 6143

Courier to:

Monica Turner
Asia New Zealand Foundation
Level 16, Fujitsu Tower
141 The Terrace

For further information please contact:
Monica Turner: 04-815 8439,