From Singapore’s leading dance company who brings you the annual Ballet Under the Stars comes a triple-bill of neo-classical ballet and contemporary works set against the stunning backdrop of the Marina Bay. Returning to da:ns festival after seven years, the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) will perform on the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre stage for the first time in a showcase of delicate duets and spirited ensemble pieces.
The evening opens with Piano Concerto No 2, Opus 102, created for SDT by renowned choreographer Edmund Stripe, an uplifting neo-classical piece that has captivated ballet lovers and critics alike since its premiere in 2007. This performance features 13 dancers in a fast paced yet graceful dance set to a rousing score by Dimitri Shostakovic.
Brimming with primal and ritualistic energy, Sticks and Stones, created for SDT by Kinsun Chan is a powerful dance number which shows off the strength of an all-male cast as they move to a percussive soundtrack by Steve Reich.
Capping off the night is The Third Reset, a new and original piece created for SDT dancers by Singapore’s own Christina Chan, a frequent collaborator of the company. Chan, a choreographer under the mentorship of SDT’s Artistic Director Janek Schergen since 2011, developed the piece during their Made in Singapore workshop earlier this year.
Experience the beauty and technical virtuosity that the Singapore Dance Theatre is known for in one stellar evening of dance by the Esplanade Waterfront.
About Singapore Dance Theatre
Founded in 1988 by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then, Singapore Dance Theatre is a homegrown premier dance company comprising of 35 professional dancers, apprentices and trainees. The company produces six seasons annually, highlights of which include the widely popular outdoor dance event Ballet Under the Stars at the Fort Canning Park, two full-length classics, Masterpiece in Motion, which brings together three works by international choreographers, as well as Passages, a contemporary dance showcase.
The company’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, with pieces created by renowned choreographers including Choo-San Goh, George Balanchine, Lucas Jervies, Kinsun Chan, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Edmund Stripe, Natalie Weir, Edwaard Liang, Nils Christe, Toru Shimazaki, Christina Chan, Timothy Harbour, François Klaus, Tim Rushton and Loughlan Prior.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Janek Schergen, the company has made new strides in the international and Singapore dance arena, adding 31 world premieres, 19 company premieres and new productions to their repertoire, in addition to their frequent revivals of existing works.
In 2013, SDT moved to a new premise in Bugis+ with four state-of-the-art studios. Additionally, the company has yearlong education and outreach programmes to nurture the appreciation of dance in Singapore.