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da:ns festival 2017
Footwork: Happy Feet
Synopsis

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 aged 55 years old and above 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, held from 20 - 29  Oct 2017. Save the dates and come celebrate dance with us!
 

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Start Sales Date

Internet : 8 May 2017, 9am
Other Channels : 8 May 2017, 10am

Language

English

Duration

Approximately 1 hour with breaks

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  • Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
  • Below 55 years old shall not be admitted.
  • 55 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission.

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  • No admission will be allowed into the venue once the performance has commenced.
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  • Please wear covered shoes and comfortable unrestrictive clothing.

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In Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bayby Shanghai Xinyi Chinese Chamber Music GroupShanghai Xinyi Chinese Chamber Music Group was established by the time-honoured Shanghai No.1 National Musical Instrument Factory in 2005. It aims to showcase the vitality of traditional Chinese instruments in a modern musical context, through presenting traditional music in its original flavour to integrating innovative elements to create revitalising sounds. As part of the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2017, the ensemble will present a series of contemporary pieces that include composer Jiang Ying’s Dunhuang, Huangmei Minor, and Shanghai Reminiscences.About Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival:Commemorating Ding Yi’s 10th anniversary, this year’s edition of the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival will be a celebratory showcase of the finest and most innovative Chinese chamber music works by renowned overseas ensembles from Taipei, Shanghai and Chengdu, and also feature a special concert presented by Ding Yi’s graduating musicians.Find out more about the other shows:Ding Yi’s 10th Anniversary Concert by Ding Yi Music Company’s Graduating MusiciansBetween the Weaving Tunes by Taipei Liuqin EnsembleModern Impressions by Chengdu Modern Chamber Orchestra
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Raga Shivdasi Chauladevi by Minal Merai
An Unconditional Tale of Love and Devotion10th century A.D.: In the temple of Somnath Jyothirlinga, dancer Chaula performs for Lord Shiva every day out of love and devotion. King Bhimdev seeing her dance one day, falls in love and takes her for his bride. Chaula becomes a queen and mother, but her yearning to be close to Shiva remains. Eventually, she is granted permission to return to the temple, on condition that she gives up dancing. However, she breaks her promise and starts dancing for her lord, covering her face with a veil. Legend has it that at the climax of her dance, her soul left her physical body to be with Shiva.Choreographed and performed by Minal Merai, with music by Rajkumar Bharathi, the story of Chaula is told through the eyes of Samudra (played by Sivakumar Palakrishnan), the spirit of the ocean and eternal witness to the temple Somnath and its stories.Hailing from Baroda, Gujarat, Minal Merai has choreographed numerous dance productions for the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society; as an independent choreographer, she recently helmed Shivoham, which was staged at the National University Cultural Centre. Minal is the founder and director of Art Lahree Rangashala, established in 2014.Dancers: Minal Merai, Akshaya Rajangam, Madhumita Venkatesh, Janaki Nair, Kalyani Nair, Muskan RaoScript by: Gauri Gupta
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PLAYtime! 2017 Koko the Great
Before Koko’s mother leaves for the market, she reminds him never to go beyond the river. The moment he’s alone, Koko wears a pot as a helmet, wields a spatula as a sword and proudly proclaims that he is Koko the Great. Off he goes on his adventure, creating quite a ruckus in the kampong. Join Koko in this terrific adventure story and discover if he goes beyond the river! Walk into the wonderful world of Koko the Great, a kampong alive with colours, friendly animal puppets, sing-a-longs, dance-a-longs, surprises and more! Koko’s tale of adventure was inspired by Singaporean artist Liu Kang’s oil painting, Life by the River. Adapted from the children’s book Koko the Great, written by Natalie Hennedige, illustrated by Twisstii and inspired by Singaporean artist Liu Kang’s oil painting, Life by the River. Directed by Natalie HennedigeScript by Natalie HennedigeMusic by Philip Tan Sensory friendly version of this production will be available on 23 & 26 Aug, Wed & Sat. A sensory friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly. To purchase tickets to a sensory friendly Koko the Great performance, visit http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cgreat0817
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Pesta Raya - Malay Festivals of Arts Setan Jawa
Performed by Gamelan Garasi Seni Benawa (Indonesia) & Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (Singapore)What would you sacrifice to save your lover?A young man is kept distant from his lover by a strict and unforgiving society. He'd go through hell to be with her, but when a deal with the devil goes sour, hell comes to him instead.This collaboration across cultures brings together a 20-piece Indonesian ensemble and members of a western orchestra to conjure the bewitiching live score for the new film, Setan Jawa. A lavish black-and-white work of suspenseful cinema directed by revered Indonesian filmmaker, Garin Nugroho, Setan Jawa's soundtrack has been jointly written by award-winning Australian composer/conductor Iain Grandage and renowned Indonesian composer Rahayu Supanggah.Inspired by the classic horror film Nosferatu and the rich imagery of Javanese mythology, Setan Jawa is a silent film of lavish and arresting imagery. The stunning score has been created during an extensive and insightful period of exchange between Australian and Indonesian musicians, with theatrical heavy-hitter Grandage joining forces with Supanggah, best known in Melbourne for scoring Robert Wilson's majestic I La Galigo.The result is a work rich with mysticism and theatrical sensuality, and an event worth selling your soul to catch.Directed by Garin Nugroho(Indonesia)Composed by Rahayu Supanggah(Indonesia) and Iain Grandage (Australia)Setan Jawa was commissioned by Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay.
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Limelight 2017 Chung Cheng High School Choir
Chung Cheng High School (Main) Choir has gained much recognition for its choral excellence, having clinched distinction and gold awards in local and international competitions throughout the choir’s illustrious history. Under the dedicated guidance of the choir’s resident conductors, Mr Nelson Kwei and Mr Foong Hak Luen, the choir has continued to maintain its tradition of choral excellence.During the recent ‘Voices of Chung Cheng’ concert, the choir staged "A Cantare II: Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and “The Lion King Medley” respectively, putting on a delightful show for the audience comprising not only of singing, but dancing and acting to extracts from well known pieces as well, supported by Ms Junie Hoe, Choir Teacher 1st-in-charge with her piano playing.Also included in the concerts were the highly anticipated busking items, in which the various batches performed original acappella arrangements of pop songs. The choristers’ passion for singing are evident in their frequent engagement in busking activities, performing different renditions of popular tunes at various events.Concert Repertoire1st HalfBunga Sayang       arr. Dr Zechariah GohA Montage      by Nelson Kwei花非花 Flower Which Wasn’t     by Samuel Ting拜访春天 Visiting Spring    arr. Nelson KweiA Balloon Flower       by Zion Jihoon ParkAka Tonnbo          by Kousaku YamdaMae-e      by Kentaro SatoSinten Nunggang Sepur       arr. Cy. Heni Primastono2nd HalfMy Lord What A MorningIl Est Bel Et Bon     by Pierre PassereauSure On This Shining Night      by Morten LauridsenBeauty and The Beast (Medley)      arr.  Roger Emerson
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Raga Rudram by Neewin Hershall
Rudram is a dance worship (aradhana) performed for the purpose of connecting and bonding with the divine, Shiva—who is recognised as the absolute truth (satya), love (sneha) and bliss (ananda)—and whom choreographer Neewin Hershall dedicates this complete bharatanatyam routine (maargam) to. With pure devotion (bhakti), he immerses himself in the consciousness of Shiva, while revelling in the bliss of the sages, religious devotees and wise men who have attained that absolute connection.Neewin Hershall is a choreographer, performer and dance instructor at Bhaskar’s Arts Academy.He performs extensively in Singapore and the region, and has toured Rudram in Kalakshetra, India, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He has collaborated with dance luminaries including Leela Samson, VP Dhananjayans, Anita Ratnam and Meenakshi Bhaskar, and was a guest artist at Kalakshetra in 1998. Neewin is also a graded artist for Doordharshan, one of the largest broadcasting organisations in India.Vocals: Geetha Parameswaran Pillai AmpiliNattuvangam: Sasidharan Nair HarikrishnanNattuvangam support: Priyatharisini d/o Sukumaran NairMridangam: V M Sai AkileshwarViolin: Thekke Vengalath Kandy SajithLighting Design: Yo Shao Ann
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Esplanade&Me
In finding new ways to bring the arts closer to you, we also want to get to know you better. Esplanade&Me (E&Me) is an opportunity for us to grow our community and strengthen our relationship with you through the arts.E&Me is more than a card for arts lovers; it’s your special pass to experience the arts, a chance to go behind the scenes, a way to support the arts – an opportunity for everyone to be engaged, be involved and be entertained.Visit www.esplanade.com for details  
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M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival 2017 Presented by ArtsWok Collaborative In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Triple Bill
Rating to be advised Nonsense Devised & Performed by Down Syndrome Association (Singapore)Conceptualised, Written & Directed by Jean NgAssistant Director, Julius FooNonsense is a story about refugees.It is also a story about us.War is nonsense.Millions losing their families and homes is nonsense.And then,What we take as sense may sometimes be nonsense.What we take as nonsense may sometimes be beauty and hope.Nonsense is an original play devised and performed by young people with Down syndrome and other intellectual differences.The BoxDevised & Performed by St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary SchoolWritten & Directed by Dwayne LauIn a world saturated by social media and its influences on lifestyles, latest trends and body image, the temptation is to curate a pseudo perfect way of life. The Box explores the struggles that teenagers face negotiating this superficial world, filtering away flaws and blemishes so that all that remains is a hazy tint of reality.The Untitled Play (working title)Staged by UNSAIDDirected by Serena HoA new play that will draw from crowd-sourced stories on mental illness and our attitudes towards this in contemporary society. Can we make space for multiple realities? This work is staged by a collective of young doers committed to transforming the untold narratives of Singapore into meaningful and engaging works of art.M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival is a unique platform that mentors youths in the craft of theatre-making, providing opportunities for them to collaborate with their peers to stage productions with important social themes.For more information on the festival, please visit www.peerpleasure.orgFor general enquiries, please e-mail: connect@artswok.org
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M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival 2017 Presented by ArtsWok Collaborative In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay Without Reason
Rating to be advised Written by Sim Yan YingDirected by Adib KosnanA classic boy-meets-girl story in modern day Singapore. Or is it? Without Reason explores the challenges of an inter-racial relationship where a Chinese girl and a Malay boy struggle to overcome cultural differences, reconcile religious beliefs, and manage the expectations of friends and family. This coming-of-age story will take you on an unforgettable quest for love and the search for identity.M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Theatre Festival is a unique platform that mentors youths in the craft of theatre-making, providing opportunities for them to collaborate with their peers to stage productions with important social themes.For more information on the festival, please visit www.peerpleasure.orgFor general enquiries, please e-mail: connect@artswok.org
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Limelight 2017 East Spring Secondary School Choir
The East Spring Chorale (ESC) is a youth choir from East Spring Secondary School. Since 1999, the ESC has grown to become one of the most well-regarded school choirs in Singapore. It comprises more than 70 members across the soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. The choir fosters teamwork and nurtures good character through the meaningful and engaging weekly practices. ESC has won numerous awards locally and internationally such as the Gold Award and Certificates of Distinction at the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Singapore Youth Festivals (SYF), Gold Award and Category Winner at the 2nd Voices of Asia International Choir Competition and Gold at the 2015 Winter Choral Festival in Hong Kong. ESC also performed at the Esplanade Concert Hall for the SYF 50 celebrations in 2016.Highlights of the concert – Celebrating Youth Ave Verum Corpus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Wade in the Water Arranged by Moses Hogan Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo The music’s always there with you by John Rutter
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Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2017 Ding Yi's 10th Anniversary Concert 鼎艺华乐室内乐节 2017《寒窗十年,名曲十部·鼎艺十周年音乐会》
In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the BayIn conjunction with the Ding Yi Music Company’s 10th anniversary, Ding Yi’s graduating musicians will premiere 10 new works at the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival 2017 opening gala concert, led by Ding Yi’s conductors Quek Ling Kiong and Dedric Wong. These 10 pieces are written specially for this concert by 10 different composers, which include Eric Watson, Emily Koh, Wang Chenwei and Ding Yi’s very own Composer-in-Residence Phang Kok Jun.About Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival:Commemorating Ding Yi’s 10th anniversary, this year’s edition of the Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival will be a celebratory showcase of the finest and most innovative Chinese chamber music works by renowned overseas ensembles from Taipei, Shanghai and Chengdu, and also feature a special concert presented by Ding Yi’s graduating musicians.Find out more about the other shows:Between the Weaving Tunes by Taipei Liuqin EnsembleGlimpse of Shanghai by Shanghai Xinyi Chinese Chamber Music GroupModern Impressions by Chengdu Modern Chamber Orchestra
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Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea Best of the "B”s The Beatles, Bee Gees & The Beach Boys
Join Dimension5 as they bring you more unforgettable songs by three of the most iconic artists—The Beatles, Bee Gees and The Beach Boys—which have helped shape the sound of the ’60s.Vouchers for coffee/tea will be provided at each performance. Limited to one voucher per ticket.
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Hansel and Gretel In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay As part of POPS
The forest is dark and cold as nightBut what do we see there in the clearing's light?A house made of sweets, oh what a delight!How could a hungry child resist such a sightBut not all that’s sweet is cause for joy,For who lives within has planned this ploy.  Beloved by children and adults alike the world over, the story of Hansel and Gretel has inspired many adaptations for the stage. One of the most popular of these is Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera which remains as popular today as it was when it was first performed. Filled with lush, romantic melodies and German folk songs, Hansel and Gretel is one of the great operas to be experienced live.In this adventure for the whole family, Orchestra of the Music Makers is joined by an international and local cast of singers for this semi-staged concert performance, the Volare Treble Voices by Darius Lim, directed by Edith Podesta and conducted by Chan Tze Law.Come, venture into the forest for an unforgettable, fun-filled performance.Chan Tze Law, conductorEdith Podesta, directorDarius Lim, Chorus MasterCaitlin Hulcup, HanselFelicitas Fuchs, GretelFiona Campbell, Gertrud & Gingerbread WitchWarwick Fyfe, PeterEvangeline Ng, Sleep FairyRachel Lim, Dew FairyOrchestra of the Music MakersVolare Treble VoicesDue to unforeseen health issues, Stefanie Iranyi will not be playing the role of Hansel in Hansel & Gretel. Caitlin Hulcup will play Hansel in both performances. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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Dance India Asia-Pacific Showcase 2017 Natyasastram Visva Margam by Nrithyodaya
Drawing from over five decades of research on the Natyashastra, the sage Bharatha’s classic dramaturgical text on the performing arts, and later recreated in dance by renowned dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, Nrithodaya presents an evening of works from its repertoire. The evening will include a presentation of the 108 Karanas or movement phrases describing specific leg, hip, body, and arm movements accompanied by mudras (hand gestures) derived from the movements depicted in sculpture in five South Indian temples. The programme also features some of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam’s most iconic creations, including Gajendra Moksham, set to music of Japanese Composer Miagi Michio and Jatayu Moksham, choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, the first bharatanatyam work choreographed to western classical music. 
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