Civil twilight is the brightest of three twilight phases and it ends when the sun reaches 6 degrees below the horizon. As dusk settles and daylight fades, this fleeting moment marks both an end and a beginning. We are wholly immersed in this sweeping transition that smothers in its gentle embrace, but we barely notice where the light touches.

Giving pause to this unassuming moment of transience, Artistic Director and Choreographer Hong Guofeng reflects on duality in Civil Twilight, his 6th live contemporary dance work created for Sigma. Examine opposing states of day and night; control and care; beginnings and ends through movement, and come to an understanding of the complexities of human emotions—in any way you choose.

“If we pay attention to transitions within—how thoughts move through our minds to our bodies in non-linear ways, allow our bodies to listen to external influences, and reconcile those influences with our instincts, we create movement.”

Civil Twilight is Sigma’s first staged performance outside of its usual black box or outdoor site-specific settings performed by 12 Singapore dancers, with original music composed by Redwan Hamzah (Singapore) and Ana Lentini (Argentina). It is the company’s biannual dance showcase leading up to 12.ance, Sigma’s collection of dance workshops that takes place from 1–19 Dec. This performance also celebrates Sigma’s 10th year.

Sigma Contemporary Dance

Civil Twilight

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 | 8pm
Sun, 21 Nov 2021 | 3pm & 8pm