Friday, March 9, 2012

Ballet Illuminations by Singapore Dance Theatre performing in KLPAC 6-7 April 2012

Ballet Illuminations by Singapore Dance Theatre

Singapore Dance Theatre & The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre present Ballet Illuminations.

SDT will perform on 6 and 7 April at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), and are supported by YTL Corporation Berhad and the National Arts Council, Singapore.

Featuring Maninyas by Stanton Welch,Nutcracker, Pas De Deux by Janek Schergen, The Winds of Zephyrus by Edwaard Liang and Serenade by George Balanchine, Ballet Illuminations is a perfect display of verve and vitality that is synonymous with SDT’s unique identity as a company that is equally adept at these challenging and varied genres of dance.

6 & 7 April: 8.30 pm (Evening) / 7 April: 3pm (Matinee)
Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)

Tickets: Evening performance: RM43, RM18 (students, disabled, senior citizens & TAS card members)
Matinee Performance: RM33, RM18 (students, disabled, senior citizens & TAS card members)
Tickets for 4 people: Standard tickets for 4 at RM150 (usual RM172), Not applicable for concession tickets
YTL Platinum members: 20% off standard price tickets, Not applicable for concession tickets
TAS members: Standard price tickets at RM18, Not applicable for concession tickets
School Booking: With every booking of 10 tickets, 1 complimentary ticket will be provided for the chaperone teacher. Please contact Joanna at 603- 40479000 or email .

Maninyas by Stanton Welch

Originally created for San Francisco Ballet in 1996, Maninyas was Mr. Welch’s first commission outside his home company, The Australian Ballet – his first American exposure, which led to commissions with other companies. The piece consists of a series of pas de deux and pas de trios which depicts the process of “unveiling” that takes place when individuals get to know each other better. As people become familiar with one another, they “take off their veils”. Maninyas is set to Australian composer Ross Edward’s Maninyas – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

Nutcracker Act 2, Grand Pas De Deux by Janek Schergen

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same; the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. In Act 2, The Prince escorts Clara to the Land of Sweets where they are greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells her about their daring battle with the army of mice and she rewards them with a celebration of dances. As a finale, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier dance a beautiful Pas De Deux / French for “step for two” (Dance for two performers).

The Winds of Zephyrus by Edwaard Liang

Created especially for Singapore Dance Theatre by Edwaard Liang – The Winds of Zephyrus brings contemporary dance to stratospheric heights with dancers portraying the wind in all its forms. Winner of the Prince Prize Grant for Choreography and the Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, Edwaard Liang’s pieces have been performed all around the world by companies such as New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Shanghai Ballet and most recently the Joffrey Ballet. This is his second work for SDT, following the piece titled As Above, So Below which was featured during Da:ns Festival 2010.

Serenade by George Balanchine

Serenade is a milestone to Balanchine, so as it is in the dance history. It was the first ballet George Balanchine choreographed in America. Serenade has come to be considered the signature piece of the New York City Ballet and is one of Balanchine’s most widely performed works. The intention of the work was to show the ballet students how dancing on stage differs from class work. Balanchine embraced the conditions and incidents in the class into the choreography. Balanchine was never content for ballets to stay in the past and kept revising Serenade to keep it modern throughout his whole choreographic career.

The Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) was founded in 1988 with seven dancers by Goh Soo Khim and the late Anthony Then. Since then, SDT has developed into Singapore’s premier professional dance company comprising 34 dancers. In the course of each year, the Company performs five to six seasons, including the widely popular Ballet Under The Stars at the Fort Canning Park.

The Company’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, from renowned choreographers like Goh Choo San, George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Stanton Welch, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Xing Liang, Mauricio Wainrot, Val Caniparoli, Graham Lustig, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, Edmund Stripe, Adrian Burnett, Edwaard Liang and Nils Christe. In 2009, Janek Schergen took over the post of Artistic Director of SDT. Under his leadership, the Company has made new achievements in the international and Singapore dance arena.

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