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.

  • Tentative Residency Dates: 3 May (Arrival in Singapore) - 13 June (Departure from Singapore) 2020 at Goodman Arts Centre.
  • Tentative Production Bump-in Dates: 9 and 10 June 2020 at Esplanade Theatre Studio.
  • Tentative Show Dates: 11 and 12 June 2020 at Esplanade Theatre Studio.

5pm, Monday 16 December 2019

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.

Applications close 16 December

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

Please fill in our online application form. Before you begin we suggest that you go through the form to get an idea of what's required. You will need the following documents ready to upload:

  • At least one but no more than three examples of media reviews of your work
  • At least one but no more than two Letters of Support from senior sector practitioners endorsing both the opportunity and your suitability to undertake it
  • A list of the last two years of arts projects undertaken including exhibition history
  • For visual artists: up to six images of your work or a link to your website.

Once you've submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation including a copy of your form. If you do not receive this email, please contact us: [email protected]

Applications must be received by 5pm, Monday 16 December 2019