Singapore Dance Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Gala

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Date(s) - 27/07/2018 - 28/07/2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Esplanade Theatre


In celebration of Singapore Dance Theatre’s 30 years of history, this season presents some of the most compelling and exquisite works of the year. An evening of ballet gems, the company’s 30th anniversary gala performance will see four works – Timothy Harbour’s world premiere of Linea Adora which is created especially for SDT’s 30th anniversary, the company premiere of Nils Christe’s SYNC, as well as Choo-San Goh’s Double Contrasts and the pas de deux from Configurations.

Double Contrasts is both elegant and classical in dance form. The two sets of dancers reflect the two solo pianists; one set being full and youthful enthusiasm and the other more sophisticated in nature. The work has energy, wit and style. The dancers exude chic and elegance in their formal costumes. Double Contrasts presents many technical challenges for the dancers. It is fast, as are all Choo-San’s ballets at their heart and its leaves the audience exhilarated. One of Choo San’s first ballets that stood the test of time and that is performed on a consistent basis from its premiere till now.

Configurations pas de deux stood as a very impressive piece of choreography. It was a tribute to the durable values of Choo- San’s craft and art. There is a definite dramatic subtext, not quite a story, but a portrait of personalities and relationships. Two people who are attracted to one another, cross each other’s paths, and get involved, but at the same time, remain self-absorbed in worlds that utterly diverge.

Originally created for the Washington Ballet, SYNC has been successfully performed by 14 companies in Europe, USA and Australia. Standing for “syncronisation”, “syncopation” and “to be in sync”, SYNC was created to Salgari by Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi. The music is partly very quick, percussive and propulsive, but also lyrical and poetic. The large truss gives a “high-tech” feeling to the piece. It is not only there as decoration, therefore adding an interesting element to the choreography.

$35, $55, $75 (SISTIC fees apply)
20% concessions for students & NSF