You don’t need to know your tango from your flamenco to go gaga over the exciting programme of performances, workshops and talks planned for da:ns festival 2015 at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay from 9-18 October 2015. Celebrating the spirit of movement since 2006, this year’s line-up will see world-renowned dance icons such as Sylvie Guillem, Akram Khan and Israel Galván gracing our stages, alongside specially commissioned original works by Singapore artists Kuik Swee Boon and Choy Ka Fai, and a host of free programmes that are sure to have you dusting off your leotard!
One of the brilliant international productions that’ll be taking centre stage is Tango Legends (9 and 10 October, Esplanade Concert Hall). World champion Argentinian tango dancers and choreographers Mariela Maldonado and Pablo Sosa join their troupe of 14 dancers for a performance that’s sure to sweep the audience off their feet. (Did you know that tango was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009? Well, you’ll understand why after seeing this breathtaking display!).
Another international production that’s hot property is TOROBAKA (16 and 17 October, Esplanade Theatre). Collaborating together for the first time, award-winning dance masters Akram Khan (UK) and Israel Galván (Spain) combine Indian kathak and Spanish flamenco to stunning effect, while Spanish and Indian musicians provide live vocals and music.
Dance fans won’t want to miss the chance to bid au revoir to Sylvie Guillem, one of the world’s greatest dancers, as she presents her final dance programme, Sylvie Guillem – Life in Progress (13 and 14 October, Esplanade Theatre). After an unparalleled career that has spanned almost 35 years of both ballet and contemporary work and included the likes of Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Ballet and Tokyo Ballet, you’ll want to snap up your tickets for this one over at Sistic now to be sure of a seat!
Leading contemporary dance company Nederlands Dans Theater will also be returning to the festival with NDT 2 – An Evening of Five Works (9 and 10 October, Esplanade Theatre). The five compelling dance works by renowned choreographers include Schubert by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, Some Other Time by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot, mutual comfort by Edward Clug, Sara by Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar and Alexander Ekman’s international hit Cacti.
Head over to dans festival’s website or Sistic to check out details of other performances, such as Indonesian dancer-choreographer Eko Supriyanto hypnotic dance work Cry Jailolo, Singapore artist Choy Ka Fai’s SoftMachine, Impulse by Kim Jae Duk and T.H.E Dance Company, Asia Pacific Dance Bridge, The Next Generation and Above 40 四十不惑, a presentation showcasing four established choreographers from Singapore (Kuik Swee Boon, Silvia Yong, Jeffrey Tan and Albert Tiong) as they return to their first love – dancing on stage.
Throw in a talk from choreographer and dancer Rury Avianti introducing the Javanese court dances, as well as another from Sylvie Guillem sharing her experiences on and off stage, workshops for emerging choreographers and introductory Footwork dance classes for all ages, and we reckon Singapore’s going to be sashaying its way through October!
And, you don’t need to flash your credit card to get in on the da:ns festival 2015 action. Check out Rasas, a free showcase of traditional dances from Asia, join mass dance sessions at themed nights during What’s Your Move? parties on the Esplanade Waterfront, pick up some nifty dance moves from professionals at free 5-minute dance lessons at Shall We Dance? and strike a pose against a variety of backgrounds and bring home a free momento at Picture This!.
But now – drum roll – what you’ve all been waiting for: here’s the sneak preview of world-class productions that’ll be coming our way this da:ns festival 2015. See you in the stalls!