EXPLORING FIGURES OF PERFORMANCE
Daniel Kok studied BA (Honours) Fine Art & Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College (London, 1997-2001), received an MA (Distinction) in Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA) at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT, Berlin, 2012) and completed the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS, Brussels, 2014). Between 2005 and 2010, he was an Associate Artist at The Substation (Singapore). In 2008, he was the laureate of the Young Artist Award from National Arts Council (Singapore).
Q&A was commissioned by Singapore Arts Festival (2009). Planet Romeo (2011) was selected as Priority Company for the Aerowaves European Network. Cheerleader of Europe (2014) was supported by Nadine (Brussels), workspacebrussels and PACT Zollverein (Essen). PIIGS is a European Cheerleading Team Project that was supported by Nationales Performance Netz (Germany), Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), and workspacebrussels through the Live Long Burning cultural initiative of the European Commission. Bunny (2016) is a collaboration with Luke George (Australia), commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney), co-produced by The Substation (Singapore), with support from Playking Foundation (Australia), Abrons Arts Center (New York City) and TanzFabrik (Berlin).
Daniel’s works have been performed in various cities in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, notably ImpulsTanz (Vienna) and Festival/Tokyo. In 2017, he was commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA) to direct Mark, a massive drawing and choreographic work for 9 dancers in different public spaces in Singapore.
An avid pole dancer, he won the SG Pole Challenge 2012 and represented Singapore at the International Pole Championships 2013 (Finalist). In 2014, he collaborated with Arco Renz (Belgium) and Eisa Jocson (Philippines) to create pole duet Alpha, co-produced by Esplanade (Singapore), KobaltWorks (Belgium) and the Goethe Institut.
Daniel is presently developing his artistic research on critical spectatorship and audienceship. He is now collaborating with visual artist, Miho Shimizu (Japan), exploring a notion of Trans-Individuality in Xhe – a durational dance and installation work that will premiere in 2018.