Big names in Esplanade’s da:ns festival

From silent movie-inspired ballet to powerful revenge epic, the 13th edition of the Esplanade's annual da:ns festival brings in big names and blurs boundaries. To run at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay from Oct 9 to 21, the festival has more ticketed events lined up than last year, with 10 ticketed performances, as well as more than 70 workshops and over 70 free events. The Straits Times speaks to the dancers and choreographers behind three of the works

Fight Club meets contemporary dance in Joy, as dancers punch, kick and beat one another with sticks as they explore the ecstasy of watching violence unfold.

"It's quite a surprise to see a woman in an elegant dress just slam a man in the face," says SwissAmerican choreographer Joshua Monten. No dancers are harmed in the making of this production, the 43-year-old is quick to clarify.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'Punch, kick, dance'. Subscribe