Butterfly Lovers Dance Performance
3 June - 5 June
Butterfly Lovers premiered in Singapore in 1958 when it was choreographed by BAA’s Artistic Director Mrs Santha Bhaskar. She was inspired to stage the work after watching the Chinese film version of the tale, truly exemplifying that language is no barrier. With the multi-ethnic students she had, she gave audiences then a Bharatanatyam lens of the Chinese folktale. It was her first full-length production here in Singapore.
BAA reimagined this work in December 2021, this time through the perspective of Mrs Bhaskar’s daughter, Meenakshy Bhaskar. A talented Bharatanatyam dancer, Meena brought her exposure to modern dance and classical Chinese dance to this 2021 edition of Butterfly Lovers. This iteration is now commissioned to be restaged in June 2022 for Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s annual cultural fiesta, Cultural Extravaganza.