The Human Expression
Dance Company


The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand offers a New Zealand choreographer to undertake a residency in Singapore with M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, presented and run by The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company.

About the residency

The successful candidate will live and work in Singapore for 5 - 6 weeks with the opportunity to develop and present a new 20 to 25-minute contemporary dance work in collaboration with a small group of local independent dance artists, including those from T.H.E Dance Company’s semi-professional wing, T.H.E Second Company. This work will premiere at M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival 2020’s Co.Lab.Asians platform.

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.

Artist credit for the header image: Choreographer - Natalie Maria; Photographer - Bernie Ng; Dancer in the centre - Goh Jia Yin. 

About T.H.E Dance Company

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.

Who can apply

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
  • have a record of achievement - students or practitioners within two years of finishing under-graduate study are not eligible to apply
  • be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  • be currently residing in New Zealand, and intending to live in New Zealand for at least one year after they complete the residency.

What's covered?

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide a grant of NZ$6,000 to cover artist fees, 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.

Selection process

A panel will short-list the candidates from which the residency host will make a final 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
  • an understanding of the aims of the Asia New Zealand Foundation
  • ability to adapt to living and working in a new environment.

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 (including a 600-word article with photos for the Asia New Zealand Foundation website), and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Please read the terms and conditions) carefully and only apply for this opportunity if you are confident that you can comply with them.

How to apply

* Due to COVID-19, the way the Foundation delivers some programmes will change to reflect restrictions around gathering and travel.