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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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The Esplanade Co Ltd
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Book by James GoldmanMusic and lyrics by Stephen SondheimDirected by Dominic CookeStarring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton.2018 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival★★★★★ “Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in Sondheim’s showbiz stunner” – Guardian★★★★★ “A perfect production” – Metro★★★★★ “Not just triumphant, but transcendent” – The StageStephen Sondheim’s legendary 1987 musical enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2017. Now, catch this glorious revival in all its colours and emotions as it screens at Esplanade this September.New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production, directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.Rating: PG13Consumer advice: Some Sexual ReferencesPlease note that this is a screening of the theatre production, and not a live performance.
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da:ns festival 2018 Sixteen da:ns Masterclass by Apple Yang and Kun Kun (Sinostage) (China)
Push your boundaries and turn your dance routines up a notch, by joining in these masterclasses with the choreographers of Sixteen da:ns Challenge!Even though Apple has only been dancing for a short time, she has proven that she is a force in the dance world. At the age of 24, she is already one of the veterans and leaders of the Sinotage Team.  After having won China Arena Best Newcomer Award in 2017, Apple has gone on to teach in several countries. She did a collaboration class with Sorah Yang at Summer Jam Dance Camp and she has just returned from teaching and performing at The Ridge in Toronto, Canada. Apple also appeared on the Chinese dance show called Hot Blood Dance Crew, in which she made it to the semi-finals. Kun Kun is a sought-after choreographer in China, and recently started to teach abroad. At age 23, he has already won the China Arena Award for Best Choreography twice (2017 and 2018).  He is also one of the veterans and leaders of the Sinotage Team.InstagramYouTubeFor ages 13 and above only. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced dancers.Meeting Point: Theatre Studio Entrance, Level 4, 15 mins before start time.Dress comfortably and appropriately for this dance workshop.
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da:ns festival 2018 Rasas Workshop - Introduction to Traditional Javanese Dance by Soerya Soemirat Mangkunegaran Royal Palace (Indonesia)
From intricate gestures to subtle head turns and graceful poses, the hypnotic quality of traditional Javanese dance has enthralled the world. Join the dancers from the Soerya Soemirat Mangkunegaran Royal Palace in Surakarta, Central Java, as they share the beauty of Javanese choreography, the stories behind these complex dances, and teach you some of the basic movements. This workshop is suitable for people with no dance experience.Meeting Point: Theatre Studio Entrance, Level 4, 15 mins before start time.Dress comfortably for this dance workshop. Participants may be asked to remove their footwear during the workshop. 
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da:ns festival 2018 Invisible Habitudes 看不见的归属 by T.H.E Dance Company (Singapore)
In a world of rapid political and social change, we experience loud volumes of opinions and beliefs, many extreme and absolute. Finding one’s personal belief and identity becomes increasingly complicated. In da:ns festival commission Invisible Habitudes, choreographer Kuik Swee Boon explores these issues through the language of dance—where solidity and fluidity intersect—in a dialogue between the body and its environment.The performance was created using T.H.E. Dance Company’s “hollow body” methodology, an improvisation-based approach that focuses on the relationship between the mind, body and heart, where the body is a hollow container that carries an individual’s world. Invisible Habitudes expresses the authentic experiences of each dancer, telling the story of a fluid identity woven from memory, childhood, culture and ethnicity. Each unique body upholds inclusivity and compassion as antidotes to the relentless pursuit of one’s convictions at the expense of others. Invisible Habitudes is the first full-length ticketed dance performance at Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre. In tandem with the production’s themes, the open-air venue allows for interactions with the environment, connecting to the sounds and sights of the wider world. The international collaboration also unites award-winning Taiwanese musician Yujun Wang, who performs live on stage, Singaporean lighting designer Adrian Tan and T.H.E’s talented cast of dancers. This production is part of T.H.E’s 10th anniversary celebrations.Commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for da:ns festival 2018About T.H.E Dance Company: Described as a dance company “at the top of its game”, The Human Expression Dance Company (T.H.E), is synonymous with Singapore contemporary dance of the highest quality and artistry. Founded in 2008 by artistic director Kuik Swee Boon with six members, T.H.E has performed at major local arts festivals such as Singapore Arts Festival, Esplanade’s da:ns festival and Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, and international festivals including Les Hivernales Festival in Avignon, France and Niigata International Dance Festival in Japan.With its unique brand of highly physical and kinetic works, T.H.E digs deep into the universal human experience. Their work is connected to the heritage and collective history of Singapore, juxtaposed with incisive, insightful observations on modern society. Kuik also developed the “hollow body” methodology, a practice that trains dancers to be all-rounded performers with the ability to convey the essence of their identity and lived experiences through the full spectrum of physical, emotional, philosophical and meaningful expression. 
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da:ns festival 2018 Until the Lions by Akram Khan Company (U.K.)
“lean, trilling and beautiful” – The Guardian“A sinister, magical dance epic” – Timeout“This is a little firecracker of a show, one that really stays with you and grows in the memory.” – The Telegraph “As in many myths, the female characters are often the unsung heroes, the figures of strength and imagination and endurance. It is their unsung stories in particular that still haunt me today.” – Akram KhanFirmly established as one of the world’s most important choreographers, Akram Khan returns to the Esplanade with a production inspired by the female from the adaptation of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, an original reworking of the 2,500-year-old Indian epic. The work centres on the warrior Bheeshma who abducts the princess Amba on her wedding day. Amba vows vengeance, kills herself, and is reborn as Shikhandi, a woman later given male form by a forest spirit, and who finally defeats Bheeshma on the battlefield—the culmination of two lifetimes of devotion through wrath.With this show, Khan comes full circle with the Mahabharata since he performed in the late British theatre doyen Peter Brooks’ iconic adaptation of the story when he was a teenager. This time, his interest is in exploring strength and vengeance. The production features Khan’s trademark style of intelligently crafted storytelling, which marries contemporary dance, kathak, and live music.Three exceptional dancers, Rianto (Indonesia), Ching-Ying Chien (Taiwan) and Joy Alpuerto Ritter (Philippines), perform on a set designed by award-winning artist Tim Yip from Hong Kong, who won an Oscar for Best Art Direction for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). The characters dance on the cross-section of a giant tree trunk while surrounded by live musicians and powerful vocalists, and embody Khan’s signature choreography, which combines flexibility, precision, speed, slowness, fluidity and absolute presence.About Akram Khan:Akram Khan is firmly established as one of the world’s most important choreographers. In nearly two decades, he has created a body of work that has garnered numerous accolades, including the Laurence Olivier Award and the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award). A highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet for world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and visual artist Anish Kapoor.His company Akram Kham Company is now one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world. Khan has been described by the Financial Times as an artist “who speaks tremendously of tremendous things”.
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Moonfest 艺满中秋 2018 Parent-Child Workshop: Triumphant Beats 亲子同欢:鼓乐齐鸣 A Bigger Bang Percussion (Singapore) 敲棒集团(新加坡)
Traditional Chinese drumming is often associated with jubilation, and is a symbol of prosperity and unity. Legendary patriot Yue Fei’s Yue Army was famous for showing their loyalty and courage through heart-thumping drum beats! Join us at this energetic workshop as we recreate a triumphant atmosphere where you and your child use rhythmic beats to tell a story of endurance and honour with a variety of traditional Chinese percussion instruments.About A Bigger Bang Percussion  A Bigger Bang Percussion is a Singapore percussion group formed by international award-winning local youth percussionists who are adept in percussive music of different genres and cultures. A Bigger Bang Percussion is always trying new ways to make percussive music interesting and fun for all and promote percussion of diverse cultures. Advisory: Recommended for children ages 6 to 10 with an accompanying parent/guardian. Accompanying adults must be above 16. Admission only for children aged 5 and up. Please dress comfortably in loose clothing for this workshop.Conducted in English & Mandarin. 
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Limelight 2018 by Nan Chiau High School Choir
The Nan Chiau High School (NCHS) Choir was formed in 2001 with a vision of developing students with the passion for choral singing while, at the same time, providing a platform to discover and nurture students’ musical talents. Today, the NCHS Choir stands firm in her belief in raising the standards of choral singing and has since embarked on a rich and eventful journey.The choir has been actively participating in school and public performances such as the Annual Speech Day, Biannual Arts Festival, as well as the school musical Equilibrium. The choir has also participated in overseas competitions and clinched Gold Awards in the 21st Century International Choral Festival cum Competition 2007 and Winter Choral Festival 2010. Locally, the choir has been awarded Gold and Certificate of Distinction for the Singapore Youth Festival since 2007.Choral music is the core of the choir's humanity, it is their sense of community and souls. With choral music, they will uncover the many facets of the human spirit and reconnect with the soul—from deep spirituality of sacred music, to the raw energy of Hungarian folksong, to the enchanting glow of Scandinavian music, to the glorious majesty of 21st-century film music, to the fun and frivolity of children game songs of Taiwan and Japan.Tonight, the NCHS Choir wishes to take you on an odyssey over time and space through choral music from 4 continents—Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In this epic journey through different genres of music, they will explore sacred music from the European masters such as Gabriel Faure and Benjamin Britten; they will uncover the charm of various European and Asian folk music; and they will also give you a glimpse of jazz and a touch of pop. The NCHS Choir aim to transport you from the sunny shores of Singapore to the bitter cold of Lapland in Finland, from the present to the Romantic Era and back to the 21st century.In tonight’s concert, you can look forward to the soothing sounds of the classics such as Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, and familiar favourites such as Home by Dick Lee. You will also be thrilled by the rhythms of South America in Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar. Come join the NCHS Choir tonight and reunite with your soul through music as they celebrate our humanity through song!Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities.
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Limelight 2018 by Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) Choir
Fairfield Choir is a choir with a rich choral tradition, starting out in 1960 as a group under the Music Society. In 1975, the choir took part in National Day Celebrations for the first time and the choristers sang on board a float decorated by our very own schoolteachers. In 1977, the choir clinched the first position in the choral section of the Arts Festival as well as Youth festival. The choir was also invited to sing at the first festival of arts in the same year. Although it began as an all girls’ group, Fairfield Choir became a mixed choir in 1987. With a fine record of several distinctions, awards in the SYF competition, it was one of the pioneer choirs in the choral excellence programme in 1988. Since then, the choir has won many accolades for its stellar performances locally and internationally.In 1991, the choir won the coveted “Choir of the Year” award in the 2nd Singapore Youth Festival competition. It also clinched the “Best Secondary School Choir” award in 1995 with a Certificate of Distinction. In the subsequent SYF choral competitions, Fairfield Choir was awarded three Silver awards, four Gold awards, one Gold with Hours award, and three Certifications of Distinction. Fairfield Choir was also one of the selected choirs to perform at the Esplanade on 25th July 2005 for the SYF opening ceremony.Fairfield Choir had its first overseas trip to Perth, Australia in 1994.  The choir performed at various places to share and spread the good reputation of Fairfield as a singing school.  Using their musical talents as singing ambassadors for the Lord, Fairfield Choir was awarded Silver awards at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with Petr Eben’s Prize held at Czech Republic, Prague, 2002, at the VIII Concorso Corale In international, Riva del Garda, Italy, 2004 and at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2010. The choir also achieved the International Gold Zlata award at the 34th International Festival of Songs, Olomouc, Prague, 2006.Fairfield Choir is honoured to have had so many opportunities to showcase their talents both locally and abroad. Aware of the rich choral legacy they have to uphold, the choristers put in many hours each week to hone their abilities. They currently train under the guidance of Mr Yong Chee Foon and Mrs Wynne On. Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities. 
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Octoburst! 2018 Blisko by Children's Art Centre Poznan (Poland)
See, touch, feel. Look inside and find mysteries waiting to be uncovered. Peel away the many layers in this dazzling performance as two dancers, together with the audience, playfully investigate how nature reveals secrets about our world and our relationships within it.Blisko invites you to ‘come closer’ and enter a place where the magical bond of friendship, family and closeness is celebrated.Recommended for children age 6 months to 3 years old.
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Raga Dance India Showcase 2018 : Sannidhi – A divine communion through dance by Lavanya Ananth
An entranced poet visualises his radiant goddess. A lover longs for a union with her hero. A consort questions her beloved. A group of women is charmed by the handsome divine cowherd. A devotee surrenders at the feet of his Lord. This dance presentation, performed in the vazhoovur style of bharathanatyam, is about the myriad ways the soul yearns for and seeks out the sacred.About Lavanya AnanthA talented and critically acclaimed danseuse of India’s new generation, Lavanya Ananth embodies the grace and beauty of the vazhuvoor style of bharathanatyam. She has had the privilege of being under the tutelage of doyens like SK Rajarathnam Pillai, KJ Sarasa, Kalanidhi Narayanan and Bragha Bessel. Lavanya creates a unique aura of divinity and spirituality when she performs, which stems from her deep-rooted belief in the spiritualism and formalism of Indian classical dance. A firm believer in tradition, Lavanya Ananth presents her art form as an offering of her inner self, executed through sculpted lines, symmetry and expression.Over years of dedication and perseverance, she has been critically acclaimed by senior gurus and critics and recognised as a leading young exponent of bharathanatyam. She tours her choreographic works and conducts workshops internationally throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States. Lavanya was cast as Sita in Anjaneyam – Hanuman’s Ramayana, a dance theatre production co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Apsaras Arts, Singapore, for Kalaa Utsavam 2017.
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Moonfest 艺满中秋 2018 Ji Gong, the Living Buddha: The Legend of the Snow Fox 济公活佛之雪狐情 Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group (Taiwan) 明华园戏剧总团(台湾)
Taiwan’s most-established Hokkien Opera troupe Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group presents their award-winning signature work Ji Gong, the Living Buddha: The Legend of the Snow Fox.Taking on human forms, the spirits Snow Fox and Peach Tree descend to Earth. They come upon a martial arts contest, and Snow Fox ends up the victor, winning the hand of the beautiful Lady Ge, whom he immediately falls for. Fearful of the harm Snow Fox might bring to humankind, the immortal Lu Dongbin tasks his disciple Ge Lingkun, the elder brother of Lady Ge, to demand three betrothal gifts from Snow Fox, in hope that Snow Fox would refuse or meet his end acquiring the gifts. Snow Fox, however, is undeterred, sacrificing his immortality and gaining the help of Ji Gong the Living Buddha along the way, resulting in a fierce battle between immortals.Founded in 1929, Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group has transformed Taiwanese traditional opera with its breathtaking stage designs that feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound effects, as well as elaborate costumes and thrilling aerial stunts. After a decade’s absence, the troupe returns to Esplanade Theatre with one of its signature production that has been staged over a thousand times. Starring the three main pillars of the group—the celebrated male-lead actress Sun Cui Feng, Taiwan’s best comedic jester Chen Sheng Zai and prominent female lead Zheng Ya Sheng—who reinterpret the emotional entanglement among the characters in a cutting-edge opera performance that has taken Europe, Asia and China by storm.Artistic Director / Producer: Chen Sheng FuPlaywright / Director: Chen Sheng GuoPerformed in Hokkien, with English and Chinese surtitles. 
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Moonfest 艺满中秋 2018 The True Monkey King 真假美猴王 Paper Monkey Theatre(Singapore) 猴纸剧坊(新加坡)
Just who is the true Monkey King? Paper Monkey Theatre presents this fascinating tale in a fun and interactive puppetry experience for the young and young-at-heart, adapted from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.While on their journey to the west, Master Tang San Zang and The Monkey King Sun Wu Kong were ambushed by a band of robbers! Sun Wu Kong defended his master and successfully defeated the robbers. But Master Tang was displeased at Sun Wu Kong’s reckless actions and decided to send Sun Wu Kong away. At Sun Wu Kong’s departure, an impostor with the same appearance and abilities as Sun Wu Kong appeared! Sun Wu Kong returned and a fierce battle ensued, with no clear victor in sight. Who is the one true Monkey King who will protect Master Tang in his journey to the west?Presented through traditional and modern hand puppetry featuring martial arts elements and live music by SA the Collective, The True Monkey King is an entertaining experience that also teaches young audience members the importance of learning from mistakes.An Esplanade Commission.Advisory: Recommended for children aged 5 and up. Admission only for children aged 4 and up.Performed in Mandarin, with English surtitles
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Mosaic Music Series Pink Martini
"This is rich, hugely approachable music, utterly cosmopolitan yet utterly unpretentious. And it seems to speak to just about everybody…from grade-schoolers to grandmothers to the young and hip and beautiful."- The Washington Post"One of the world's most elegant live bands."– The TimesSelling out shows at Esplanade in 2010 and 2015, Pink Martini returns to Mosaic for another sensational evening!Founded in 1994, the international musical phenomenon known as Portland’s “little orchestra” performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. Armed with its infectious signature style crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and has since performed at prestigious venues all over the world.In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
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Moonfest 艺满中秋 2018 Parent-Child Workshop: Get Crafty with Creative Lantern Making 亲子同欢:灯笼制作工作坊 Eunice Lim (Singapore) 林慧敏(新加坡)
Put your imagination to work and get crafty with your child and create your very own lantern! Using craft materials like paper, wood, glue and colour pencils, be introduced to basic collage methods and learn stories about Lady Chang’e and the Jade Rabbit at this engaging workshop. About Eunice Lim  Eunice Lim is a visual artist based in Singapore, who is intrigued by human relationships and narratives in culture. She has vast experiences in creating workshops and artworks in the heartlands. Her works are showcased both locally and internationally, including The Arts House, ION Art Gallery, Affordable Art Fair and the Angel Orensanz Foundation of Contemporary Art, New York. Advisory: Recommended for children ages 6 to 10 with an accompanying parent/guardian. Accompanying adults must be above 16. Admission only for children aged 5 and up. Conducted in English & Mandarin.
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Octoburst! 2018 Upside Down by La Baracca (Italy)
In a production that quite literally breathe life into drawings on paper, Upside Down tells the story of two characters brought together by a missing cat.What happens when two people who have previously lived in separate spaces and have seen the world from different points of view are forced together in a common purpose? Perspectives and outlooks are turned upside down as these two strangers figure out how to share a space.Upside Down is a non-verbal show that is visually ever-changing, where objects and spaces change according to the eyes of the watcher.Winner of the Grand Prix and 25 Golden Stars awarded by the Children’s Jury at the Summer Puppet Pier Festival in Maribor, Slovenia (2017).Winner of the Jury Prize at the International Children’s Festival 100, 1,000, 1,000,000 stories of Bucharest, Romania (2017).Recommended for children age 1-4 years old
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September sees the return of Country Music icon, Matthew & The Mandarins!This upsized production will see the Singapore Cowboy performing classic Country Hits by legends such as Merle Haggard, John Denver, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash and much more!
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Limelight 2018 by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) Choir
The passionate Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) Choir, also known as One Voice, has been contributing actively to the vibrant cultural life of the school and external organisations. The all-girls youth choir has been actively participating in choral workshops, festivals, competitions and performances during festivities like Christmas and Chinese New Year.As a mark of its excellent choral programme, the choir consistently receives recognition at the Singapore Youth Festival by achieving Gold Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2011. In 2013, the choir was selected by the President's and Prime Minister's Office to perform at the National Day Observance Ceremony in the Istana.under the choral direction and leadership of their conductor, Ms Choy Siew Woon, the choir received a Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2013, 2015 and 2017.This year, One Voice debuts at Limelight in 2018 with Songs of Innocence and Joy, a whimsical programme of choral works from all around the world. The concert culminates in a collaboration between the choir and the PLMGS Harp Ensemble, in Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, ushering in the Advent season! Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities. 
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“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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da:ns festival 2018 Rasas Workshop - Introduction to Cambodian Classical Dance by Sophiline Art Ensemble (Cambodia)
Cambodian classical dance is a highly stylised form that began in the temples of ancient Angkor as a form of ritual prayer. Delve into the world of intricate, complex movements that characterise it. Led by artists from Sophiline Art Ensemble, this workshop is suitable for people with no dance experience.Meeting Point: Theatre Studio Entrance, Level 4, 15 mins before start time.Dress comfortably for this dance workshop. Participants may be asked to remove their footwear during the workshop
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Moonfest 艺满中秋 2018 Parent-Child Workshop: Wing Chun 101 亲子同欢:乐学咏春 Daryl Yeo (Singapore) 杨丰荣(新加坡)
With an emphasis on practical usage in self-defense, Wing Chun can also help to improve one’s reflexes and balance. Get active with your child and learn the basics of this popular martial arts form at this hands-on workshop! No prior experience is required.About Daryl Yeo Daryl Yeo is the head instructor of Wing Chun Kuen Training Centre. He started martial arts training in 2004 and found his passion for Wing Chun when he was 18, under the tutelage of renowned Master Chua Kah Joo. Advisory: Recommended for children ages 6 to 10 with an accompanying parent/guardian. Accompanying adults must be above 16. Admission only for children aged 5 and up. Please dress comfortably in loose clothing for this workshop.Conducted in English & Mandarin
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da:ns festival 2018 Sixteen da:ns Masterclass by Lip J (Korea)
Push your boundaries and turn your dance routines up a notch, by joining in these masterclasses with the choreographers of Sixteen da:ns Challenge!Lip J is a veteran in the waacking community. She has been in countless battles as a contestant and a judge. Lip J represents the teams: team Mo Lip (free style performance), Elizabitch girl styles), and Team W.O.W. She is well known for her sassy and creative style of waacking, which has captured the imagination of the dance world. Dance Awards: 2017 LINE UP waacking side winner (Korea)2017 Waack to the future 2nd winner (US)2017 Holiday in waacking winner (Korea)2016 Get movin 2:2 Winner (Korea)2016 South side session vol.9 winner (Taiwan)2016 Freestyler's Night vol.1 winner (Korea)2016 Old school Night vol.18 2nd winner (Japan)2015 Waacker's Night vol.5 winner (Korea)2014 C'est La Waack vol.2 2nd Place (Taiwan)2013 Elizabitch Dance Inside Performance competition vol.4 winner (Korea)2013 Who is the Best 2on2 winner (Korea)2013Waacker's Night vol.3 winner (Korea)InstagramFacebookFor ages 13 and above only. This workshop is suitable for intermediate to advanced dancers.Meeting Point: Theatre Studio Entrance, Level 4, 15 mins before start time.Dress comfortably and appropriately for this dance workshop.
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Octoburst! 2018 Dance Appreciation Series: Introduction to Sleeping Beauty By Singapore Dance Theatre
As a lead-up to Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2018 performance of Sleeping Beauty, we have condensed this classic ballet into an hour-long special for young audiences!Learn more about the enchanting world of dance and ballet as you meet Princess Aurora, who falls asleep for a hundred years from an enchantment spell, and her charming prince in this favourite childhood fairy tale.There will also be a meet-and greet-session with the cast after the performance. Don’t forget to come dressed in your favourite costumes!Recommended for children age 2 years and above. 
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Octoburst! 2018 PARTY by Alfredo Zinola & Maxwell McCarthy (Germany)
We’re having a PARTY and you’re invited!Do you find yourself tapping your feet to your favourite song? Do you dance till you can’t stop when the beat drops? Would you like to dive into the world of your favourite music video? Us too! We’ll bring the DJ, the lights, the music, and a few surprises…and you bring the partyPARTY is an interactive performance filled with pure dance fun. No sitting around, no chilling, just groove! Together with the performers, build a space where you can move freely to express yourself!Note: PARTY is a parent-child performance; the accompanying adult must be 16 years and older.Recommended for children age 6-10 years old.
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Footwork: Parents & Kids
Discover the joy of movement and fall in love with dance at da:ns festival’s Footwork workshops. A great way for parents and kids aged 7–10 years old to bond and have lots of fun and laughter in these choreographed dance moves!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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da:ns festival 2018 Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (The Netherlands)
“One of world dance’s truly great companies” – Daily Telegraph“If the world’s dance companies occupied the shelves of a bar, Nederlands Dans Theater would sit comfortably on the top like a fine liquor—smooth, complex, potent.” – The New York Times“What atmospheric richness, what dramatic intensity—in the best moments—and what an outpouring of meaningful expressive discoveries about the human body this company offered” – Washington PostThe world renowned Nederlands Dans Theater 1 (NDT 1) is synonymous with technical virtuosity and gorgeously slick productions that never fail to transform audiences into dance lovers. The company returns with a power-packed production comprising four pieces: two works by house choreographers Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Shoot the Moon and Stop-Motion; The Statement and Woke up Blind by associate choreographers Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke (also a resident choreographer with the Stuttgart Ballet), respectively.Shoot the Moon by Sol León & Paul LightfootA set of revolving walls magically transforms to reveal three separate rooms of three different couples. Inspired by film-noir, this provocative psycho-drama explores the gamut of hidden emotions from tenderness to violence, set to a Philip Glass score.Stop-Motion by Sol León & Paul LightfootSet to haunting music by Max Richter and performed by seven dancers, this production paints a moving picture of loss and grief, reinforced by video projections on large screens. The dancers’ movements, amid clouds of chalk dust, evoke ephemerality and transformation.The Statement by Crystal PiteThis striking piece by Pite, who is one of the most innovative choreographers working today, takes dance into the boardroom. Part play, part dance, the work features dancers dressed in office suits enacting a Machiavellian battle of wills around a conference table. The piece is set to a spoken word soundtrack based on a script written by Jonathan Young.Woke up Blind by Marco GoeckeYoung love, reckless and passionate, takes centrestage in this piece driven by two songs by American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. Buckley’s vocal power and frenetic guitar-playing are matched by complex and fluid choreography. The piece’s creator, Goecke, is a sought-after artist who has worked with leading companies including Hamburg Ballet and Zurich Ballet.About Nederlands Dans Theater 1:Founded in 1959, Nederlands Dans Theatre (NDT) is widely considered one of Europe’s premier dance companies which successfully forged a middle path between classical ballet and contemporary dance. NDT has been a seedbed for many dance artists who have gone on to establish their own companies around the world, including Ohad Naharin and Nacho Duato. Comprised of two internationally renowned dance troupes, NDT1 is their premier group, with 28 world-class dancers. Each one excels in their solo qualities, and are renowned for their versatility, astonishing technique and virtuosic expression.Built on a rich legacy of former artistic directors Jiří Kylián and Hans van Manen, the company is currently led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot in choreographic partnership with his long-time collaborator Sol León. NDT has over 600 works in their repertoire. Masterpieces like Bella Figura, Symphony in D and Déjà Vu are among the classics of the company. A part of the collection is even included in the archive of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, a unique phenomenon in the Dutch ballet world.
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