SDT 2017 | Season of Bliss
Message from Janek Schergen
Singapore Dance Theatre is fast approaching the achievement of three decades of dance performances as a professional company! When Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then started the bold adventure in 1988, they had with them a group of supportive and encouraging Board of Directors, financial sponsors and an audience willing to see a fledgling group grow and mature over time. It was an investment in time and eventual progress. Now, as a respected professional institution, we come to our 29th year!
2017 is our “season of bliss”. It begins with Coppélia, first performed by Singapore Dance Theatre in 1996 as one of the first full-length story ballet we presented. Coppélia is a unique narrative ballet in that it is light-hearted and charming. It is one of the most respected of the classical ballets performed today due to its history and heritage. We continue on through the year, in June, with our children’s ballet, Peter and Blue. In July, we present our international repertory season – Masterpiece in Motion at the Esplanade Theatre, comprising three ballets that showcase what is truly unique in our neoclassical vocabulary of ballets. Ballet Under the Stars, this year, moves to September and will give us a special treat with a whole evening devoted to ballets that conclude with a fun wedding celebration-Aurora’s wedding, Kitri’s wedding and the marriage of Kitri and Basilio in Don Quixote.
Our 2017 season will conclude at the Esplanade Theatre with The Nutcracker. It is the pinnacle of traditional ballets and one that links us back to the first time SDT presented a full-length classical ballet in 1992. Once SDT embarked on presenting full-length narrative works, the path we were entering offered us a new and wonderful range of possibilities.
One of the strongest parts of the mission of SDT has always been the development of new choreography and, to that end, in the last nine years we have premiered 27 world premiere and 16 company premieres. Now it is time to reflect on those achievements and bring back to our audiences all that is special in our extensive repertoire.
SDT feels a great responsibility in presenting the best to you as an audience in everything we do. As the company grows and matures, we look at our dancers, the repertory and performances to further the original foundation of the company in 1988. In the end, this is actually all dedicated towards our audiences and we thank you for being here to share it with us. We exist for your pleasure in our performances, so please be there with us to experience all we have to offer in the magic of dance.