11 February, Swan Lake
Swan Lake is the most well known of all ballets and probably the most misunderstood. We will explore some of the history and myth associated with this remarkable work. The SDT dancers will show segments of two different acts of the full four act work. SDT first performed the work in 2007 and since that time the ballet has become a significant part of the company’s repertoire. Repeated viewings of a work such as this only deepen the appreciation of such a masterpiece.
3 March, Creating a Repertory and Programming Dance Performances
What ballets will become part of the company’s performance repertoire and how they are combined with one another to make a balanced evening in performance form the subject this time. A dance company’s repertoire is composed of works that last for years balanced by more ephemeral pieces that fill a more specific moment in time in the repertoire. The choice of how to use specific pieces of choreography to build SDT’s dancer’s presence on stage and enrich the audience’s appreciation of dance as an art form will form the centerpiece of this session. Dancing multiple works by the same choreographer can define an overall style to the repertoire. We will explain the influence a skilled choreographer can have over a repertory. Elements such as music, sets and costuming also contribute a large part of the balance to an evening.
21 April, Pas d’action, Divertissements, Variations & Coda
In classical repertory divertissements form the heart of most works. Solos and variations are not just a part of pas de deux but are used as a vehicle to show off a dancer’s technical prowess and technique. Codas and finales are the fireworks of dance choreography whether danced by a couple or a full cast. There are countless examples that we will explore and demonstrate for our audience.
19 May, The Arc of a Dancer’s Career
We will examine the arc of a professional dancer's career from student through their performing career. How long does it take to train a dancer to professional status and what elements define a successful talent? What are the rewards in a dancing career? What do dancers do once they retire from performing? All these questions will be asked and answered. Exclusively for this session, SDT will perform a full ballet complete in costume.
7 July, A dancer's day
Every dancer starts their day with the ritual of taking company class, whether they are new to the company or a dancer of great experience. Their hours of rehearsals following can consist of a full day learning and working on either a single ballet or up to six or more different pieces. How dancers learn and retain choreography, structure their movements with music and perform as a cohesive unit is a fascinating study for us to delve into this time. All the many nuances of how a ballet gets to stage will be revealed. The three ballets being prepared for Masterpiece in Motion performance will be previewed.
18 August, The Three Pillars of Ballet
Dance companies are supported with a balance of their repertoire for their audiences. In most cases this is defined by a conscious thought of how the development of the organization progresses from season to season. For SDT we have an established group of 19th century classical works as well as a set of masterpieces created for other dance companies by well-known international choreographers and then brought into our repertoire to enrich it. Finally there are ballets created especially for our dancers and audiences that show our own distinctive strengths and qualities. Examples of each of these important foundations to the repertory will be presented.
22 September, The Development of Singapore Dance Theatre
Singapore Dance Theatre is on the cusp of their Silver Anniversary. The company was co-founded in 1988 by Anthony Then and Goh Soo Khim with just seven professional dancers. In 24 years SDT has grown to the point were it is now with 32 dancers, performances that span though the calendar year as well as international touring. Seasons have included some of the most well regarded international choreographer’s works in newly created and established repertoire as well as full-length classical ballets. The company is now one of the most significant arts organizations in Singapore. The path SDT has travelled towards building the company will be shown with several examples of the repertoire performed.
20 October, choo san goh, Master Choreographer
Singaporean Choo San Goh enjoyed a reputation that few choreographers achieve. He created ballets for companies in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He was the Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of The Washington Ballet and from there went on to create works for American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey Dance Co. The Joffrey Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and more than a dozen others. SDT ‘s first performance began with one of his ballets, Beginnings, and the company possesses 11 of his works in their repertoire. The scope of Choo San’s career and choreography will be explored and demonstrated.
1 December, Sleeping Beauty
SDT first performed its current version of Sleeping Beauty in 2010, which is based on the original version by Marius Petipa. He was widely considered to be the Father of classical ballet. His choreography includes Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Raymonda and numerous other beloved ballets. Tchaikovsky was his collaborator for Sleeping Beauty and it was originally created for the Imperial Ballet in Russia. The lineage of this ballet can be traced back to the very roots of full-length classical ballet works and SDT presents it with great authority. SDT dancers, in preparation for their final performances of the season, will show famous segments of each of the ballet’s significant moments.