Esplanade's da:ns festival is back with new Asian commissions, acclaimed international companies and masterclasses
Three new commissions
In support of emerging regional dancemakers, three newly-commisioned works by Kuik Swee Boon and Daniel Kok from Singapore, and rising Indonesian artist Rianto anchor the festival. Choreographed using Swee Boon's unique "hollow body methodology", T.H.E Dance company's improvisation-based Invisible Habituals is the first full-length ticketed dance performance commissioned for Esplanade's Outdoor Theatre. Daniel Kok partners with Miho Shimizu for xhe, a five-hour durational performance that is challenging artistically and physically. Rianto’s deeply personal work, Medium, draws upon a traditional cross-gender dance from Central Java training and melds folk ritual with contemporary dance.
Until the Lions by Akram Khan Company (UK)
Akram Khan is known for courageously combining classical Kathak and modern dance to invent novel dance movements. In Until the Lions, inspired by the female characters of poet Karthika Naïr’s book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, the company uses dance to retell the spellbinding 2,500-year-old Indian epic of the warrior Bheeshma who abducted the princess Amba on her wedding day, and Amba's subsequent revenge. Indonesian dancer Rianto will feature again on a set designed by Oscar award-winning artist Tim Yip.
Dance Masterclass with Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Lisbeth Gruwez
Intermediate dancers and students will get the chance to expand their repertoire in masterclasses led by award-winning choreographers of Nederlands Dans Theater 1 and Lisbeth Gruwez. This workshop is open to those aged 15 and above, and best of all, it's value for money at $25 for an hour and a half, or three-hour session respectively.