A chance encounter. Dancing in the city. Occupying public space as the sun sets at the end of a hectic day. A turning point before darkness engulfs us. Twilight magic as dancers draw both in space and literally.
With MARK, the Singapore-born, Berlin-based choreographer Daniel Kok brings independent dance artists of Singapore together at diverse sites for dance. Kok’s work often examines complex themes, delving into the relational politics of spectatorship. The Singapore Young Artist Award winner for dance in 2008, has presented his performances across Asia, Europe, Australia, West Africa and the United States.
In MARK, nine dancers attempt a collective drawing in different urban spaces. The traces of their gestures, acts and relations reveal what happens when a dance encounters the public. The audience is invited to join the dancers physically in a drawing, which evokes social and imaginary landscapes where people can meet one another in an unfamiliar space. They come together in such a space to discover new layers to their daily lives and to find beauty in giving attention to one another.
MARK is an invitation to a radical moment of togetherness. The act of dancing is a desire to leave behind an indelible mark on the social body.
Commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA).
Daniel Kok is an alumnus of BA (Honours) Fine Art & Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College (London), MA (Distinction) Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT, Berlin), and the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS) in Brussels. He was an Associate Artist of The Substation (Singapore, 2005-2010). In 2008, He received the Young Artist Award from National Arts Council (Singapore).
His choreographic practice deals with the relational politics in spectatorship and audienceship. Q&A (2009), Planet Romeo (2011), Cheerleader of Europe (2014), ALPHA (2014), PIIGS (2015) and Bunny (2016) have been presented in different cities in Asia, Europe, Australia, USA and West Africa.