16 February, Costumes for Dance
There is so much imagination and creativity to the design and detail of costumes for dance, it is considered its own unique art form. Costumes can be elaborate or sleek, contemporary or period, but always, in some way, related to the aspects of dance determined by the choreography of each individual ballet. We’ll explain about how ballet slippers, pointe shoes, rehearsal clothes and costumes are part of the magic of the ballet world. The history of a ballerina’s tutu, headpieces and decoration will be shown and explained. Costumes from ballets in our repertoire will be on display. SDT dancers will be shown in rehearsal of ballets presently being prepared for performance.
9 March, CoppÉlia
Coppélia is one of the most charming of all classical ballets. It is the story of a young man, Franz, who is in love with a beautiful village girl, Swanhilda, but momentarily distracted by a mysterious girl named Coppélia. Unknown to him, she is a mechanical doll created by Dr. Coppelius. Originally choreographed by Arthur St. Leon in Paris in 1870, it was inspired by a tale from E.T.A. Hoffman to music of Leo Delibes. Coppélia was first produced for SDT in 1995 and has become a beloved part of our history and repertoire. The magic of the story beginning with a French village fete in Act I, progressing on to the wedding celebration for Swanhilda and Franz in the Act III, will be presented.
13 April, Dance the Noble Art Form
As Mr. Balanchine once said “I do not want people who want to dance, I want people who have to dance”. Dancers are a unique and beautiful breed of artists. A person who has trained and danced professionally will forevermore describe themselves first and foremost “I am a dancer”. How they prepare and progress to professional status, why they choose to pursue careers in dance, as well as their life of rehearsal, performances and touring is all part of the rewards of a life of a dancer. This One @ the Ballet will focus on the special quality that dancers share with each other as friends and artists. The trust and bonds that dancers share is demonstrated in the segments of ballets presented for this session.
11 May, SDT 25th Anniversary
Singapore Dance Theatre has arrived at their Silver Anniversary. The company was co-founded in 1988 by Anthony Then and Goh Soo Khim with just seven professional dancers. In 25 years SDT has grown to the point where it is now with 36 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 segments from the up-coming Gala presented as a special treat.
22 June, Classical, Neoclassical and Contemporary Dance
The progression of classical ballet, neoclassical and on to contemporary dance is often misunderstood. This session of One @ the Ballet shows the hallmarks of the traditions that once defined ballet as an art form and how they progressed into the next developments of professional dance. The dancers of SDT will present defining examples of each form of ballet, as we explore the progression of choreographers and choreography from classical to contemporary.
13 July, Giselle
Giselle has a history in the tradition of dance drama that has few equals. It is the story of a nobleman, Count Albrecht, who disguises himself as a simple peasant, Loys, to win the love of the beautiful Giselle. Albrecht’s deception works so well that he truly falls in love with her. When his noble heritage is revealed, and that is he already betrothed to another, the heartbroken Giselle dies of grief. She becomes a wilis, the spirit of a girl who dies before her wedding day. She and Albrecht are reunited and she saves his life as a final testament to their love. The music by Adolph Adam and the original choreography by Jean Corelli and Jules Perrot are the touchstone of the heritage of classical ballet. We’ll show the beauty of this special ballet to you with the dancers of SDT in some of the most memorable moments of its choreography.
17 August, Masterpiece in Motion
Masterpiece is Motion is SDT’s annual triple bill of ballet gems consisting of the finest examples of international choreography. This year’s offerings begin with the contemporary work, Organ Concerto, created especially for SDT by Nils Christe. Val Caniparoli’s African inspired Lambarena, first created for the San Francisco Ballet, was added to SDT’s repertoire in 1998 and has become one of the most treasured additions to our repertoire. George Balanchine’s masterpiece of classical ballet choreography, Theme and Variations, set to the music of Tchaikovsky, is this year’s newest addition to our permanent repertoire. Why each one of these ballets was chosen to be a part of our repertoire will be explained and segments of the ballets will be danced.
21 September, Music for Dance
Dance has a long and completely intertwined history with music and composers for hundreds of years. Famous musicians like Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Delibes, and Minkus have all made works especially designed for dance. Ballet’s history has compositions that were created originally for famous ballets and went on to become well known for their memorable beauty. The relationship between dance and music, how dancers “count” and remember phrases of choreography, will be part of our focus for this special session.
19 October, The Art of the Pas de Deux
The pas de deux forms the central moment of many pieces of choreography. At the heart of pas de deux work is emotion, even in what seems to be the most abstract of ballets. Often dancers develop partnerships that are based on several factors including personality, temperament, timing and physical type. Dancers create important bonds of security and trust in working with each other on a daily basis. How dancers achieve complex overhead lifts, partnered promenades, pirouettes and balances will be shown and explained. Several famous pas de deux are to be performed in this session.
23 November, Nutcracker
In the last session of the year for One @ the Ballet, we will focus on the production of SDT’s Nutcracker. Nutcracker has become a holiday tradition throughout the world and is often performed annually by many companies. The ballet has some very well-known scenes including the beautiful snow scene and the voyage through the Land of the Sweets featuring the famous Sugar Plum Fairy in a pas de deux with her cavalier, the Prince. We will show some of the sections of choreography as well as the elaborate costumes made especially for the production.