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Singapore Dance Theatre's ballet apprentice Valerie Yeo: Visual Questionnaire #8

Singapore Dance Theatre's ballet apprentice Valerie Yeo: Visual Questionnaire #8

Sleeping beauty

Text: Tracy Phillips


Image: Dimitry Roulland,
Marissa Caine

Coming from an artistic family, Valerie Yeo has been dancing and drawing since she was a little girl. She first learnt ballet as a child under the tutorship of her mother, Jenny Chien, a former dancer with the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT). Two decades on, Yeo has followed in her footsteps by becoming an apprentice at SDT. It's in between daily rehearsals for annual SDT performances like this weekend's Sleeping Beauty that Yeo finds time to indulge in her other passion, illustration. With a grandfather who paints and cousins who are artists and animators, Yeo is self-taught, instead, tapping into her natural ability and the creative environment around her. It's her works that you'll find on Singapore Dance Theatre's merchandise and annual Christmas and Chinese New Year cards for the company's donors, all illustrations based upon SDT's repertoire and dancers.

Performing for the first time in the upcoming production of the classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty, Yeo takes time out of rehearsals to share some of her inspirations and dreams, done in her own drawings.

A film that makes you cry

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

The last meal you would have

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

An artist/designer who inspires you

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

The most memorable artwork/performance/exhibition you've seen 

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT's Valerie Yeo

Something/someone that makes you smile

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

Somewhere you wish you could perform/exhibit/sell your craft

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

An unrealised project you wish to complete sometime

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT's Valerie Yeo

Your proudest achievement in your career so far

illustration for Buro Singapore. by SDT Valerie Yeo

Sleeping Beauty by Singapore Dance Theatre will be performed with live music by the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra from 6 to 9 December at Esplanade Theatre. 

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