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Raga 2018
Nritya Tarang - Spirit of Kuchipudi Dance
by Amrita Lahiri
Synopsis

There is a certain dramatic quality, precision and spontaneous energy that makes kuchipudi so exhilarating to watch. With roots in yakshagana, a folk theatre form, it is one of the eight classical dance forms of India based on the ancient Sanskrit text, Natya Shastra. This dance drama was named after a village in Andhra Pradesh, where it was created by the Brahmin villagers and began as a male-only art form.

Like other Indian classical dance forms, kuchipudi employs the use of mudras (hand gestures), abhinaya (emphatic facial expressions), rhythmic footwork and music to tell the story. It is identified by its brisk, complex moves, lilting rhythms and sensual curves, and, in philosophy, expresses the eternal human desire to unite with the divine. Most of the performances in the early days included rituals and invocations to the Hindu gods and goddesses.

Dancers such as Amrita Lahiri, who is known for her physicality and sprightliness, add their own sense of aesthetics to the form. One of the foremost young performers and choreographers of kuchipudi today, Amrita has been described by critics as a dancer “gifted with a radiant stage presence”. She trained under renowned gurus Leela Samson, Jaikishore Mosalikanti, Anuradha Nehru, Swapnasundari and Seetha Nagajothy, and has also been praised for bringing a new dimension to the dance form.

Catch her as she performs a diverse repertoire of works by kuchipudi choreographers, including classic pieces such as Natesha Kautuam and Usha Parinayam, as a well as a tarangam, in which the dancer performs rhythmic patterns on the edge of a brass plate, a trademark of kuchipudi.

Musicians:
Vasudha Ravi, vocals
Lakshmi Krishnan, nattuvangam
V M Sai Akileshwar, mridangam
Srividya Sriram, violin
 

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English

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes,  no intermission

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Ten years after its premiere, Soul Journey returns in Soul Journey, Ten Years, a joint effort by artistic director Lin Shao Ling, multimedia artist Lim Chin Huat, and composer Ng Kang Kee. Presented in a minimalist style with strong influences of Zen philosophy, the music performance will feature movements that depict the cycle of life and self-realisation: Germinate, Awakening, Introspection, Purity, Happiness, Heart and Enlightenment. Chinese instruments, cello, Indian tabla, and vocals come together to create a unique sound that is traditional, yet fresh and new. Theatrical, dance, lighting and multimedia elements will also enhance this reinterpretation of nanyin.
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Footwork: Happy Feet
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The Village 宝岛一村 by Performance Workshop 表演工作坊
“The pinnacle of our era of theatre.”– The Beijing News, 2010“A side effect of watching The Village, besides giving teary applause and standing ovations, is that it induces the viewer an overwhelming desire to hug one’s family in a rib-cracking deadlock and then dragging them to the theatre to watch it again.” – The Straits Times Life!, 2012“Big-hearted”, “accessible”, “humourous” and “obscenely tear-jerking” were some of the phrases used to describe this heartwarming play by internationally celebrated Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai and famed TV producer Wang Wei Zhong.Experience the joys and trials of three families over three generations in a moving production that recaptures the spirit of the village communities, preserves this rapidly disappearing culture and heritage of Taiwan’s Dependents’ Villages, and tells a poignant immigrant story that is no less different from Singapore’s.In the late 1940s, Taiwan experienced an influx of new immigrants from China who were subsequently housed in what became known as Dependents’ Villages. What were supposed to be temporary homes became permanent ones, and a thriving subculture emerged that would vibrantly colour Taiwan’s cultural heritage forever.After an international tour of over 200 shows that saw widespread acclaim and sold-out performances in Taiwan, China, and the US, and standing ovations in Singapore in 2009 and 2012, The Village returns to Esplanade to mark its 10th anniversary.Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Performance WorkshopAbout Dependents’ VillagesThese villages thrived for nearly half a century and more than 800 villages existed, each with their own unique culture and community. Today, less than 200 remain. Inspired by and based on a variety of real-life immigrant experiences, The Village brings you into the lives of these displaced people during this significant period in the history of Taiwan.Upgrade your theatre experience with a pre-show backstage tourLimited Cat 1 tickets at $138. Only for Sat and Sun shows.(Sat: 5pm, Sun: 12pm, Meeting point: Esplanade Box Office) 
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Esplanade Presents Flipside 2018 Sound Maze
"Paul Dresher [is] a sort of musical Thomas Edison."– San Francisco ChronicleEnter an immersive and interactive sonic and visual world of sound, featuring over a dozen newly invented musical instruments and sound sculptures! Unleash your inner musician in this engaging experience suitable for all ages.Enjoy an ear-opening experience, and then explore, play and discover a whole new world of sound and music. Created by the wildly inventive mind of instrument inventor and composer Paul Dresher with builder-designer Daniel Schmidt.The Sound Maze experience begins with a 20-min orientation and demonstration of the instruments by Paul Dresher, after which you’re free to interact with the instruments for the rest of the programme.About Paul DresherEver since he began building musical instruments as a high school student in Los Angeles, Paul Dresher has been deeply engaged with instrument invention. Over his long career, in close collaboration with builder-designer Daniel Schmidt and their design team, Dresher has invented dozens of remarkable instruments, many for use in his acclaimed music-theatre works Sound Stage (2001) and Schick Machine (2009). Dresher created his latest instruments for Sound Maze in 2015. 
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Joanna Dong "So Here I Am" Concert 董姿彦《我是真的》演唱会 Presented by Red Roof Records In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
From singing contests to serious theatre, light-hearted musicals and travelogues, Joanna Dong has done them all. Following her stellar performances (and show-stopping vocal trumpeting) at 2017’s Sing! China contest, Singapore’s darling jazz chanteuse is back with her long-awaited homecoming concert and a new EP.Join Joanna as she dazzles you with her soulful charms and Chinese jazz numbers, while sharing her adventures that got her to where she is today, and the many artistic hats she wears as a multi-hyphenate performer.Backed by a live band, she presents songs new and old, across different musical styles and eras. Catch her like you’ve never seen her before—intimately honest, infectiously fun, 100% Joanna.
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Pesta Raya 2018 Transcendence - The Legend of Ryu Wuri by Addy Cradle
An assassin with a dark past. A vicious king and his obsession with power. An epic love saga about a prince and a warrior princess.Electric guitar virtuoso Addy Cradle takes you on a fantasy adventure like no other—through a glorious instrumental rock soundtrack set to stories brought to life by animation and visual art.Written, composed, arranged and produced by Addy under his own record label, Eden Inc Ltd, his latest album, Transcendence – Legend of Ryu Wuri, provides the musical backdrop to an anthology of dark tales written by Addy himself, inspired by Indonesian folklore. Mostly instrumental, each track opens a chapter of the stories. The album is the first of three volumes and features a fusion of rock and traditional music from China, Indonesia, Japan and India.Known for his exceptional proficiency with the instrument, the award-winning guitarist made his mark in Singapore’s Malay music scene in the ’90s as a member of rock bands Teacher’s Pet and Cradle, and most recently, Jive Talkin’. On his own, he has picked up awards and accolades over the years, including Best New Solo Artiste and Best Album at Anugerah Planet Muzik, and Top Local Malay Pop Song at the COMPASS Awards.For this concert, Addy has assembled a multidisciplinary team that includes visual artist Muhammad Izdi, who has drawn a series of comic strips brought to life by the motion graphics of video artist Wu Jun Han, as well as other talented musicians.
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Andrew Lim : Artless State
“Andrew has created his own voice on the guitar, something that only the highest-level players can do.”– Ernie Watts, Grammy Award-winning jazz musician.“Andrew’s music reveals a rare sensitivity, instrumental virtuosity, and great musical awareness.”– Antonio Hart, Grammy-nominated jazz musician.Progressing from his regular role as a musical collaborator, Singapore jazz guitarist Andrew Lim now takes on the role of band leader with Artless State, a concert in which he shares his honest and unique take on his relationship with music.He is joined by some of his favourite Singapore musicians, known for their keen sense of musical individualities and approach: Tan Weixiang (piano), Benjamin Poh (bass) and Aaron James Lee (drums).About Andrew LimAndrew Lim has been an integral part of the jazz scene in Singapore and abroad since 2001. Over the years, he has performed on local, regional and international platforms. Playing at these festivals and in clubs around the world has enabled Lim to perform with musicians across all generations. An active performer, Lim moved to New York in 2011 and has played at notable jazz venues including the famed Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, Dizzy’s, Zinc Bar, Smoke, and Mezzrow, among other local venues in the circuit.Lim is currently based in Singapore serving as a National Arts Council Scholar, and continues to contribute to the local cultural fabric as an educator and musician. His reverence to melodies and soulful style have endeared him to audiences throughout the world as well as the musicians he’s worked with.
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Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra Liu Bang, Xiang Yu & the Terra Cotta Warriors 香港中乐团《刘邦・项羽・兵马俑》
“The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra’s much-vaunted reputation is well-deserved.” – The Straits TimesA musical time portal that brings you back more than 2,000 years.Last performing to a full house at the Esplanade Concert Hall for Esplanade’s Moonfest in 2014, the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO), led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Life and Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Yan Huichang, returns for another resplendent evening.Liu Bang, Xiang Yu and the Terra Cotta Warrior debuted at the Hong Kong Arts Festival earlier this year with a sold-out concert. Now making its way to Singapore, HKCO presents a programme that transports you to the Han, Qin, and Tang dynasties with the Singapore premiere of Hong Kong composer Ng Cheuk-yin’s work Tang Resonating and a selection of iconic Chinese classical pieces, including Ambush On All Sides and King Chu Doffs His Armour.The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra wishes to thank Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for the financial support to make this tour possible.
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Footwork: Adults and 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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Footwork: 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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Fri, 8 - Sat, 9 Jun 2018

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Standard: S$25
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