In a world irrevocably changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we respond to our new lives on an individual level and as a society? How do we process these new experiences? These Brief Encounters is a contemporary dance performance created in response to The Plague by Albert Camus, exploring how a novel published in 1947 captures the spirit of the present day.
Camus’ The Plague operates on an allegorical and a literal level, finding meaning in ordinary people doing extraordinary things out of simple decency — a sentiment which still rings true today.
Start Sales Date
Esplanade&Me Priority Booking
11 Oct 2021, 12pm
12 Oct 2021 onwards, 9am
Esplanade Box Office:
12 Oct 2021, 12 noon - 6pm
Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, with no intermission
Admission Rules of Esplanade:
- All patrons are required to use the TraceTogether app or token via the SafeEntry Gateway. We regret that patrons who do not have the app or the token will be denied entry.
- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 13 shall not be admitted.
- Children 13 years and above must purchase ticket for admission.
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
Help Us Keep Everyone Safe
- Maintain safe distancing between groups.
- Keep your mask on and practice good personal hygiene.
- Use the hand sanitiser provided around the centre and in the performance venues.
- Strictly no food & beverage allowed in the performance venues.
- Esplanade reserves the right not to admit patrons who do not comply with prevailing safe management measures.
- Stay at home if you're unwell.
Founded in 2014 by Raka Maitra, Chowk Productions is a home for Singapore-made dance-theatre that delves deep into the heart of Indian movement traditions to develop a contemporary dance vocabulary.
Chowk has a centre that offers dance classes alongside a dance company that creates artistic productions and engages in research. The dance classes include regular lessons in odissi dance for a range of ages, from children to adults, as well as periodic workshops in other traditional Asian somatic practices.
Through training rooted in classical odissi and artistic productions with a process-oriented, research-based approach, Chowk’s mission is to develop, from our Singapore base, an Asian contemporary dance expression that dissolves the dichotomy between tradition and modernity.
Using odissi as a base for training dancers and students, Raka Maitra has developed a distinct aesthetic of her own. Blurring the lines between the classical and contemporary, Chowk’s productions investigate the different possibilities and vocabularies that are unique to the world of contemporary dance by drawing from the classical.
Chowk’s full-length contemporary works include The Hungry Stones (Esplanade’s Raga series - 2011), The Blind Age (Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam - 2014), From Another Land (Esplanade’s Raga series - 2015), The Second Sunrise (Esplanade’s da:ns - 2016), from: The Platform (Esplanade’s Kalaa Utsavam - 2017), The Experimental Man (2019) and dance film Pallavi through Abstractions (Espalnade’s Kalaa Utsavam - 2020).
Chowk’s classical productions include You Cannot Look Away (2014) and the Pallavi Series, which included Pallavi and Space (2016), Pallavi in Time (Esplanade’s Raga series - 2017), Pallavi with Stillness (Esplanade’s Raga series - 2018) and Pallavi through Abstraction (2021).
The company has also toured internationally at venues and festivals including the Kennedy Center (Washington DC, USA), Les Hivernales festival (Avignon, France), the Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Ten Days on the Island festival (Tasmania, Australia).
Siong Leng Musical Association (SLMA) was established in 1941 and owes much of its success to its late chairman, Mr Teng Mah Seng, a Cultural Medallion recipient who worked hard to reform and revive Nanyin. Under his guidance, SLMA has become a recognisable arts company known for its preservation and promotion of Nanyin. Since Mr Teng’s passing, SLMA has kept true to its mission and has cultivated a group of Nanyin professionals over the years. It aims to attain an international reputation and create more exposure of traditional and contemporary Nanyin through performances as well as education and outreach initiatives.
The company has also organised several events to promote Nanyin, such as the inaugural Southeast Asia Nanyin Conference in 1977, the International Nanyin Concert & Symposium in 2000, International Youth Nanyin Concert and Symposium in 2015, as well as the International Youth Nanyin Festival in 2018. The company also regularly participates in international Nanyin symposiums around Asia, and has also performed in major cities and countries in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. In 2017, SLMA was conferred the inaugural Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
- 15% savings for E&Me Black members
- 10% savings for E&Me White members
- $22 for Student, Senior Citizen (aged 60 years and above) and NSF
- Subject to availability