Thursday 6 April

Meet the artists!

Meet the artists! is a specially designed event where school students get to experience AXIS - Anatomy of Space, peeking behind the screen to meet some of the people who created this unique multidisciplinary artwork. With choreographer and filmmaker Daniel Belton (New Zealand), composer and sound designer PerMagnus Lindborg (Singapore/Sweden), and their colleagues.

DanDaniel Belton (New Zealand) originates from a visual arts and contemporary dance background.  He is a scholarship graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance.  Daniel performed extensively in New Zealand and Europe during the 1990’s including with Douglas Wright Dance Company, Kim Brandstrup and Arc Dance Company, Irek Mukhamedov, Lindsay Kemp Company, Compania Vicente Saez,  Aletta Collins Dance Company, Tanz Company Gervasi, Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne.  Daniel has established an international reputation for his choreography and film.  His visionary projects for dance, theatre, opera, cinema, galleries, building facades and digital spaces have made selection to many international arts festivals - receiving finalist nominations and awards.  Daniel has directed over 30 projects with Donnine Harrison since the foundation of their company, Good Company Arts.  As an independent artist he has been commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Black Grace Dance Company, New Zealand School of Dance, Body Festival, Filmaka USA, Channel4 UKTV, Dance Films Association New York, Genius Loci Weimar Video Mapping Festival, Zentrum Paul Klee, CINEDANS, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Attakkalari India Biennial, the Oceanic Performance Biennial, and Aarhus Festival Denmark among others.  Continuing to work as a choreographer, performer and pedagogue, Daniel began photographing and editing dance for film from 1997.  In 2003 he was awarded New Zealand Arts Council’s first Choreographic Research Residency at Otago University.  He was appointed Media Artist in Residence at Massey University in 2008 to continue this research, and in 2010 won the Creative New Zealand Choreographic Fellowship.  Invitations for Daniel to teach and present his work have seen him attend and participate in the Prague Quadrennial, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Bauhaus University, Ryerson University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Codarts, xm:lab and NOW DanceSaar Festival, Romaeuropa Festival, Millennium Performing Arts London and the World Stage Design Festival. In 2015 Daniel was awarded an Arts Foundation New Zealand Laureate.


Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh (Singapore) writes concert music, works in dance collaborations, and creates sound installations and multimedia production. Two piano works, la pierre magenta and Piano Peals are published by the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music (UK). Her music is featured at international festival notably at Biennale Musiques France, Birmingham Frontiers Festival and performed by Nieuw Ensemble, Song Company Reconsil Ensemble BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of her multimedia collaborations include Fire Monkey (site-specific dance, 2016, Arts Fission Company at Mapping Melbourne Festival), Away We Go (theatre of music, 2015, Étienne Turpin at NTU Centre of Contemporary Arts), On the String (multimedia, 2010, Lindborg, Khiew at Singapore Arts Festival), The Canopy (sound installation, 2013, Lindborg, Yong at 2013 World Stage Design, UK) and Hearing Lines (audiovisual, 2013 International Computer Music Conference, Australia). Joyce holds a Ph.D in Composition (York, UK) and Postgraduate Diploma in Music Computing (IRCAM, Paris). After 20 years in Europe, she joins as Vice Dean (Interdisciplinary Studies) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore.

PerMagnusDr PerMagnus Lindborg (Singapore/Sweden) is an award-winning composer, researching in sound and music computing, music cognition, and cross-modal perception. His sonic artwork is presented worldwide, notably at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Ultima Oslo Festival, Onassis Centre in Athens, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and National Gallery of Singapore. PerMagnus was keynote speaker at Volume 2 Symposium at Aalto University, and his empirical research is published in journals such as PLoS One, Leonardo, Applied Acoustics, and Applied Sciences. With twelve years of teaching experience in higher education in France and Singapore, he is currently assistant professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media, NTU. PerMagnus founded the biannual Soundislands Festival (2013–17), and serves as Music Coordinator on the Board of the International Computer Music Association.