I recently had the opportunity to meet Ezekiel Oliveira, Creative Director of FiveLines, a new Singapore-based contemporary dance initiative. Oliveira, who studied new circus and contemporary dance as a child in Portugal, is a graduate of London Contemporary Dance School and has performed extensively in the U.K. and Europe. He is best-known for his collaborative works, such as “Decreasing Infinity” with Balbir Singh Dance Company (YOU MUST WATCH THIS!) and “Innocence and Experience” with Fleur Darkin Company. Here in Singapore, he teaches contact improvisation, floor work technique, and choreography at LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, among other institutions.

We spoke of the the arts festivals on the calendar (literary and dance, mostly), and the state of arts criticism in Singapore, our favorite dancers/choreographers, and FiveLines forthcoming multidisciplinary collaborations.

FiveLines aspires to produce collaborative dance works, curate a new contemporary dance festival (excites!), and mentor local choreographers.

Ezekiel recently auditioned young dancers for his pre-professional company (those who have acquired solid dance foundation through private training and/or have studied dance at the GCSE/A/IB level) and is commencing classes for boys ages eight to twelve at The Substation in January. This dance performance course is for boys have shown interest in dance, movement, and/or acrobatics.

Like FiveLines on Facebook and follow on Twitter. I’m excited to see what Ezekiel has up his sleeve!