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Bernie Ng

Progress at work: “Forward Shift” at da:ns festival

By Bernice Lee (1,507 words, 7-minute read) Forward Shift, a new platform for works-in-progress within Esplanade’s da:ns festival, begins with much fanfare. Members of the public were treated to three performance experiments featuring artists whose artistic and audience development have been supported steadily at #mydurian.  In What She Said, choreographer Raka Maitra and music composer …

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Julien Benhamou

The Paris Opera Ballet performs Crystal Pite’s “The Seasons’ Canon”: Esplanade’s da:ns series 2019

The prestigious Paris Opera Ballet arrives on local shores this June as part of Esplanade’s da:ns series, bringing with them a trio of wide ranging works. These include the stories of romantic love told through balletic duets in Jerome Robbins’ In The Night (1970), the speed and precision of William Forsythe’s Blake Works I (2016), …

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SHIFT (Your Perspective) at Esplanade’s da:ns festival 2018: A Sneak Peek in GIFs

Esplanade’s da:ns festival returns this year from 9 – 21 October. The 13-day celebration of movement features powerful performances from around the world, internationally acclaimed acts and exciting new works. Apart from ticketed performances, the festival offers free programmes, including mass dance sessions, workshops, and da:ns lab, the festival’s annual platform for critical discourse on …

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Podcast 30: da:ns festival 2017

Duration: 21 min Dr Stephanie Burridge and dancer Chloe Chotrani recap the da:ns festival 2017 by Esplanade Theatres on the bay, sharing their personal reflections on the shows they’ve seen. Chloe discusses the relevance of Eisa Jocson’s practice to Filipin@ sociopolitics, and how this comes through in Jocson’s double-bill of Macho Dancer and Corponomy, while Stephanie …

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Eisa Jocson at da:ns festival 2017: The Body as Archive of Filipino Labour

By Chloe Chotrani (927 words, 7-minute read) To witness the work of Eisa Jocson is an absolute privilege at this point in history. The double-bill pairing up Jocson’s internationally acclaimed Macho Dancer and the new Esplanade commission Corponomy, investigate the economic body as archive of labor and service in the Philippines. It is said that …

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Choy Ka Fai’s “Dance Clinic”: The Dance Doctor Is In

By Bernice Lee (800 words, 5-minute read) Dance Clinic by Choy Ka Fai is thick with information and ideas. The choreographer performs a trickster role in an artistic approach similar to his previous offerings of SoftMachine (2015). Dance Clinic projects into the future, and digs into the past. It is in conversation with a curated canon of dance, with neuroscience, with …

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Podcast 6: da:ns lab – What You See Is Not What I Meant

Duration: 27 minutes Choreographer and performance makers Susan Sentler and Chan Sze Wei recently participated in the Esplanade’s da:ns lab 2016 workshop, facilitated by daniel kok. Unlike previous workshops, in which processes of making were central, this year’s lab enshrined the viewer’s gaze. We talk with  Susan and Sze Wei about their experiences during the three-day …

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