Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Ballet Under the Stars by Singapore Dance Theatre, July 2013, Singapore

Immerse yourself in the perfect evening at Singapore Dance Theatre’s (SDT) 18th Edition of the annual Ballet Under the Stars. From 19 – 21 July, SDT will perform a dazzling showcase of contemporary dance works, featuring guest artists from Expressions Dance Company (Australia) as well as stunning pieces from the Company’s repertoire. From 26 – 28 July, SDT will revive the heart-wrenching romantic tale of Giselle, one of ballet’s most famous tragedies.

Absence of Story by Toru Shimazaki
19 – 21 July 2013, Fort Canning Green, 7.30pm
Gates open from 5pm for picnic, Pre-show performances start from 6.30pm onwards

Toru’s initial concept for this piece was to create a visual array of movements to accompany the music of Brahms. This particular piece of music is so powerful that he simply wanted to react honestly to it. Absence of Story is danced to the music of Brahms, and is a stirring piece without story or words in hope of not causing distraction to the beauty and the power of music. Toru Shimazaki is the chief professor of the dance department at Kobe College and has created works for many international companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Royal Flanders Ballet, Polish Dance Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Grand Theatre de Geneve and Introdans.

26 – 28 July, Fort Canning Green, 7.30pm
Gates open from 6pm for picnic

This breathtaking ballet tells of the love story between a village maiden, Giselle, and a nobleman, Albrecht. Mesmerized by her beauty and innocence, Albrecht disguises himself as a peasant and promises eternal love to Giselle despite being betrothed to a Duke's daughter, Bathilde. Soon after, she discovers his deceit, and driven by grief, she kills herself with Albrecht's sword.

With love unrequited, she dies of a broken heart, much to the dismay of Albrecht who has only come to realize his true love for Giselle when he mourns for her at the tomb. In Giselle's melancholic world of vengeance and despair, she transforms from an innocent lady to a wilis, who are spirits of betrothed maidens betrayed by their beloved loves on the night before their wedding. 

Free Admission for children below the age of 4 years old.
Tickets are available through all SISTIC outlets and SDT.

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