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da:ns festival 2019
FULL OUT!
Synopsis

Street dance is storming onto the Centrestage of da:ns festival! Watch out for this epic showcase of mind-blowing street dance from some of the best crews from Japan, Taiwan and more, coming to you from slaying the stages of World of Dance and Hip Hop International. With immense creativity, various street dance styles and unique choreography, they prove that age, gender, location and language are no barriers to the power of dance.

Featured crews include s**t kingz (Japan), Fabulous Sisters (Japan), IP LOCKERS (Taiwan) as well as our very own Singapore crews from this year’s Sixteen da:ns Challenge, an annual street dance mentorship and showcase programme for local street dancers. Stay tuned as other exciting artists will be announced!

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11 Jul 2019, 9am

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11 Jul 2019, 10am

Language

English

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, with no intermission

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About the Artists

s**t kingz (Japan), a four-man pioneering performance team well-loved for their strong footwork and comedic story-telling. They took the dance world by storm as the first Asian crew to win the Body Rock (USA) dance contest in 2010, and again in 2011. They now produce their own original full-length dance dramas, the largest of which attracted over 25,000 audiences in 2018 Japan tour.

Fabulous Sisters (Japan) is an all-girl team championing their own brand of urban-jazz, infused with foundations in waacking, hip hop, tutting and other contemporary styles; complete with incredible staging and a distinct Japanese flair. They may be young (aged 12-26) but they are fierce! Led by choreographer Ruu, they have made waves at the finals of World of Dance USA 2016 (winners of Youth Division) and 2017, Britain’s Got Talent 2019, and millions of views on YouTube. FULL OUT! will be their debut in Singapore.

IP LOCKERS (Taiwan) specialise in old school locking, with the motto “Insist on Perfection”. Their smooth moves, original choreography and trademark black-and-white costumes set them apart. They won Second Place at World of Dance Taiwan 2019 and were finalists at Hip Hop International 2017. Founders of a popular street dance school and organisers of hip hop parties in Taipei, they often teach internationally.

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★★★★★“The theatre event of the decade” – Sunday Times★★★★★“Genius isn’t too strong a word to describe this astonishing production.” – Daily Telegraph “Theatrical magic.” – New York Times“A landmark theatre event. Thrilling!” – Time Magazine Critically acclaimed and international smash-hit play War Horse has delighted millions of people around the world. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage. Please note that this is a screening of the theatre production, and not a live performance.Food & drinks purchased at the foyer bars are permitted in the venue. Rating to be advised. Re-entry permitted.  
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Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and CREDIA jointly present Seong-Jin Cho in Recital
“Lucid and shimmering sound”– Financial Times“He has earned praise, not only for his bulletproof technique, but also for his artistic voice: his sense of drama, his natural nobility and his youthfully searching interpretations.”–Washington PostAfter a sold-out concert at Victoria Concert Hall during the 25th Singapore International Piano Festival in 2018, award-winning pianist Seong-Jin Cho returns to Singapore to present a captivating one-night-only solo recital at the Esplanade Concert Hall.Seong-Jin Cho was brought to the world’s attention in 2015 when he won the First Prize at the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw, and is already considered to be one of the most distinctive artists of his generation having performed with esteemed conductors and orchestras all around the world. His thoughtful and poetic, assertive and tender, virtuosic and colourful playing combines panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.ProgrammeMozart      Fantasia in D minor, K.397Mozart      Piano Sonata No.3 in B-flat, K.281Schubert    Fantasie in C major, Op.15 (D.760), “Wanderer Fantasy”IntermissionBerg             Piano Sonata, Op.1Liszt             Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 
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National Theatre Live Screening Antony & Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
★★★★★“Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo dazzle.”- Financial Times★★★★★“Spectacular. Go and see it. You won’t be sorry.”- The Times★★★★★“Slick, stylish and action-packed.” - Time OutRalph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.Rating to be advised.” 
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Octoburst! 2019 Tailor Made by The Train Theater (Israel)
On a morning just like any other, a little tailor gets a note. It reads: “Your mission is to sew a coat by midnight. The size does not matter, but it must fit perfectly…”At precisely midnight the tailor completes his mission, but then…Where is the sewing machine running off to? Why are the scissors wearing a skirt? What has the thimble turned into?Come join in the magical adventure of the tailor.A play with minimal dialogue, puppetry, unexpected objects, colourful textiles and music.Awards* Interdisciplinary Play of the Year and Puppet & Prop Design Award in the AssitejIsrael prize competition for children’s theater 2014* Best performance for children, The IVth World Puppet Carnival, Almaty, Kazakhstan 2015Creative TeamCreated by Ornan BraierAdaptation, design, music and manipulation: Ornan BraierArtistic supervision: Marit Ben-IsraelCostume and fabric design: Vali MintziPuppet design: Sharon Silver-MerrettLighting design: Shahar MaromMechanical constructions: Shaul Mograbi-Berger, Ornan BraierCover Illustration: Batia KoltonSupported by the Embassy of Israel in Singapore.
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in::music – StellaVee: Say Whaaat? 好in::乐 - StellaVee《朋友说。。。什么?》
Friendship never ends!Come along on this journey with music from Singapore’s eclectic pop-duo – StellaVee!Made up of local singer-songwriters Stella and Vee from homegrown record label Ocean Butterflies Music, the talented pair will be presenting their own compositions and yet-to-be-released originals at their debut ticketed showcase – Say Whaaat?. Through their shared love for music and performing, the girls have formed a firm friendship that brings out a musical camaraderie that is seen in their songs and performance. Featuring songs such as Tears From the Sky from web drama Wonder Kiss, A Friend Says as well as popular covers, join the two best friends for an evening of catchy pop ballads as we celebrate friendship!  
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Dance Appreciation Series 2019 Introduction to Swan Lake Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
An exciting and educational ballet series created just for children!As a lead up to Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2019 year-end production of Swan Lake, we have condensed this classic ballet into an hour-long special for young audiences!Don’t miss this enchanting and romantic ballet that is a sensational, timeless classic. Swan Lake beckons you into a realm of secrecy and seduction. Captivating you from the moment the curtains are lifted, this is a bewitching story of undying love, a cruel twist of fate, and the promise of devotion.Told through narration and dance excerpts, Introduction to Swan Lake is a ballet for the young ones. Join us and learn more about the enthralling world of dance and ballet. There will also be a meet-and greet-session with the cast after the performance, so come dressed in your favourite costumes! 
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Mosaic Music Series CHON (USA)
CHON brings their eclectic brand of math rock to Singapore for the first time. Known for their innovative take on the genre, the band has since toured with Coheed and Cambria, Animals as Leaders and more, while garnering over 40 million Spotify streams. With their third album CHON slated for release in June 2019, be one of the first few to listen to it live.WebsiteSpotifyFacebookInstagramTwitterSpecial Guest: hausteA four-piece instrumental band, hauste gives perspective to the genre of instrumental rock with complex melodies, odd time signatures, ambient soundscapes and a carefree twang of familiar emotions.
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in::music - Celeste Syn & Lara Liang: Farewell Perfection 好in::乐 - 冼佩瑾与梁心颐《再别,完美主义!》
Is there such a thing as perfection? Can we ever attain perfection? And if the realisation is that the pursuit of this elusive state of mind will not bring about happiness, are we able to let it go?  Brought together by their love for music and bonded through their abilities to write songs that speak forth of their worries and aspirations, local singer-songwriter Celeste Syn joins hands with Taiwanese pop chanteuse Lara Liang to present a cross-border showcase inspired by their pursuit of perfection.Performing their individual hits such as Celeste’s Control Freak and Throw You In The River as well as Lara’s latest album singles Thousand-Faced Beast and Precious Pain, the talented duo will showcase songs they have written together and share more on their journey as singer-songwriters. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear great music and join us for an evening of self-reflection as we bid farewell to perfection!  
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Mosaic Music Series Andrew Lim Trio featuring Ben Paterson & Aaron James Lee
Guitarist Andrew Lim first met pianist Ben Paterson in a particularly disappointing jazz jam in New York City six years ago. Looking at each other in the subway, the two strangers shook their heads in lamentation. Both shared a love for jazz that was rooted in the soulful poignancy of the blues and old school swing, which was getting rare even in New York City.That became the start of a musical friendship that developed during the years Andrew spent in New York, and continues in this one-night-only concert in Singapore. This is part of a three-stop regional tour, and joining them on the drums is Aaron James Lee.
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National Theatre Live Screening King Lear by William Shakespeare
★★★★★“Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.” - Daily Telegraph★★★★★“Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.” - Evening Standard★★★★★“This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.” - The Stage Witness Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear on the big screen at the Esplanade Theatre.Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.Rating to be advised.
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Mosaic Music Series The Manhattan Transfer (USA)
“When it comes to vocal power, The Manhattan Transfer set the bar.”– Dallas Morning News“...the harmonies are stunning, and the basic sound sets a standard by which other jazz groups must be compared.”– The Chicago Tribune“...they are masters of vocalese”– London Jazz NewsEight years ago at Esplanade, The Manhattan Transfer effortlessly swept Mosaic audiences off their feet. This September, they return to make us swoon all over again.With sold-out tours and worldwide record sales in the millions, The Manhattan Transfer bring their unique and extraordinary vocal magic to fans old and new.The Manhattan Transfer remains a cornerstone for great pop and jazz hits, a legacy that the group has cemented since their first recording in 1972. The legendary quartet has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards and has been inducted in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their debut album included the single Operator, which gave the group their first national hit, and their vocal remake of the classic Birdland became recognised as their anthem and earned them their first two Grammy Awards.Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne have been joined by Trist Curless as an official member of the group—all of them maintaining the integrity and artistry left by late founding member Tim Hauser.Listen to: The Very Best of The Manhattan Transfer, 1994
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Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea We've Only Just Begun: Remembering The Carpenters With Wendy Chin
Expect to hear The Carpenter’s hits you’ve come to love with none other than Singapore’s Karen Carpenter; Wendy Chin.
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da:ns festival 2019 Footwork 2019: Twinkle Toes
Discover the joy of movement and fall in love with dance at da:ns festival's Footwork workshops. Twinkle Toes is a series of dance-play workshops for little tots between the ages of 3 and 6 to have fun with their parents as they whirl and twirl in this movement based workshop!There’s no better way to fall in love with dance than to try dancing yourself. Footwork gives you the opportunity to learn popular dances from the experts and pick up some moves in the months leading up to the da:ns festival.Click here for the schedules of the respective shows.Click here for more synopsis of the respective shows.
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Octoburst! 2019 Cerita Anak (Child's Story) by Polyglot Theatre (AUS) & Papermoon Puppet Theatre (ID)
Cerita Anak (Child's Story) takes children and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten. Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories in the wind and in the currents of the water, and face great danger before coming to safe harbour.Cerita Anak (Child's Story) draws its inspiration from the seafaring history in Java and the true tale of arrival in Australia told by a small boy. Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound, the show bustles with all the life of the ocean. Audience members, both young and old, will be transported by this exquisite adventure, created by Australia’s Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre.TWO DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FOR THE AUDIENCECerita Anak (Child's Story) is designed for children and their adults.This unique work offers an audience experience from two perspectives:The inner audience (Passenger) is made up of child and adult pairs who enter the boat as passengers and fully participate in the work. The outer audience (Villager) is made up of other family members and older children. They are seated in a typical theatre seating arrangement and watch the work as a piece of theatre.These two perspectives offer very different understandings of the work.The Passenger is immersed in the story and goes through a sensory and physical experience of the journey. The Villager has an experience that is more meditative, with the ability to see the bigger picture and to see the story unfold from the outside. CreditsEsplanade presents Cerita Anak (Child's Story) by Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre. This tour is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Polyglot Theatre is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne.
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da:ns festival 2019 Footwork 2019: Adults & Youth
Discover the joy of movement and fall in love with dance at da:ns festival's Footwork workshops. Conducted by professional instructors, these basic workshops are designed for adults and youths with little or no experience in dance.There’s no better way to fall in love with dance than to try dancing yourself. Footwork gives you the opportunity to learn popular dances from the experts and pick up some moves in the months leading up to the da:ns festival.Click here for the schedules of the respective shows.Click here for more synopsis of the respective shows. 
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Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea Our Campus Folk Songs with Esther Ong & Wendy Tiow 那些年我们听过的校园民歌
Made popular in the 70s and 80s, Taiwanese campus folk songs make a nostalgic return to the Esplanade with its signature simple melodies and optimistic lyrics. Featuring Esther Ong and Wendy Tiow, the duo will present a showcase of evergreen favourites including The Olive Tree, Grandma’s Penghu Bay and more! 
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Mosaic Music Series Death Cab for Cutie (USA)
“Death Cab for Cutie get reborn with Thank You For Today”– Rolling Stone“Comforting alt-rock melancholia”– The Guardian“For a band in its third decade…Death Cab hasn't lost its gift for pairing Gibbard's soft ruminations with propulsive arrangements that know just when to sparkle and sway.– NPR MusicHold on to your hearts.After more than a decade, Grammy-nominated indie rock darlings Death Cab for Cutie return to Esplanade for a one-night-only concert, performing familiar favourites and hits from their latest album Thank You For Today.Thank You for Today is the sound of Death Cab for Cutie both expanding and refining; a band 20 years into its evolution, still uncovering new curves in its signatures, new sonic corners to explore. Beautiful and dynamic, and darkly anthemic and bittersweet, Death Cab frontman Ben Gibbard weaves a thread throughout about how interconnected geography is with memory, and how hard it can be to hold onto places, and to people too.Rising from a side project and becoming one of the most exciting groups to emerge from the indie rock scene in the 2000s, the band has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including for Best Rock Album for their 2015 album Kintsugi.Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6agCM9GJcebduMddgFmgsOGold Rush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTPZWG5eLf8I Will Follow You Into the Dark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoR0mGq_z2I
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Tue, 15 - Wed, 16 Oct 2019

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