I started out in the arts business department of a Singapore government board. Then I went into a very different world, to Spain to study flamenco, which grew my love for this art and shaped my path as a Dance Producer.
I now run my own companies, SaltShaker Production (International) and Spanish Dance Singapore. With SaltShaker, I work with and tour elite-level Spanish artists, opening new markets for them in the Asia-Pacific. I also work with independent contemporary dance artists.
I was Producer for the M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, working with Singapore’s T.H.E Dance Company for 6 years. The festival grew from its fledgling years to an established one. We programmed international and Asian artists, hosted artist residencies, commissioned new works leading to premieres at Singapore’s national theatre, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as well as regional festival-partnership tours.
Producers are a relatively new term in the Singapore arts chain. I was fortunate to be a pioneer recipient of the National Arts Council’s inaugural programme, the Creative Producers’ Development Programme (2016). This provided me the opportunity to be mentored in UK by Farooq Chaudhry, Producer of the Akram Khan Company.
My experience ranges from working in the government-sector (working with the Arts Council on projects such as Tanzmesse in Germany), to private-sector commercial productions (MAMMA MIA! and The Lion King) as well as not-for-profit companies.