WHAT IS ONE @ THE BALLET

Held once a month on a Saturday, One @ the Ballet was initiated in 2009 as an in-studio dance presentation which aims to break the barrier created by the stage, bringing audience one step closer to the dancers. These part-narrative sessions conducted by Artistic Director Janek Schergen will explore a wide spectrum of dance topics which will enable individuals gain a greater insight into the world of dance. From something as detailed as the little rituals dancers perform before they go onstage, to the creative process a choreographer undergoes to create a new work, the audience can expect to enhance their knowledge of dance and also watch our dancers up close and personal as they perform excerpts from our main performance seasons.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Date: Refer to monthly schedule below
Time:
1pm -215pm

Venue: Singapore Dance Theatre Founder’s Studio
Fee: $12 Per Person

*Payment is by cash only*

         

REGISTRATION

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Please note that children aged 3 and below will not be admitted.

2020 One @ the Ballet Schedule

18th January 2020
The Three Pillars of Ballet

To begin this year of One @ the Ballet, we will look at the essential nature of a professional ballet company. All dance companies are supported with a balance of their repertoire for their audiences. In most cases, this is defined by a conscience 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, we have 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 and how the ballets have shaped SDT into the company it is today.

 

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22nd February 2020
Romeo and Juliet

With this special One @ the Ballet we will highlight how story telling is accomplished through the art of choreography. Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous adaptations of literature into a ballet. The music for Romeo and Juliet was composed by Sergei Prokofiev and was thought to be less than ideal. History has proved that wrong and it has become one of the most beautiful and well known orchestral scores in memory. The choreography for SDT’s production is by Choo San Goh and the sets and costumes by Peter Cazalet. We will show several segments of the ballet to illustrate how each of the characters propels the narrative of the ballet to its dramatic conclusion.

 

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21st March 2020
Tutus Tunics and Tiaras

The act of dressing up in transformative. Experience how ballet slippers, pointe shoes, rehearsal clothes, plus simple and elaborate costumes, are part of the magic of the ballet world. The history of a ballerina’s tutu, headpieces and decoration will be demonstrated. We will do a “runway show” of dancers wearing different costumes from our repertoire. Dancers will be shown in rehearsal of ballets presently being prepared for performance to go on tour representing Singapore away from home.

 

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18th April 2020
Workouts and Warm ups

Every professional 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 daily rehearsal schedule following can consist of a full five hour day of 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 function as a cohesive unit is a fascinating study for us to delve into this time. Individual dancers all have rituals that help them prepare and perform at their peak. We will invite our audience to observe class and see a piece of choreography being taught to the dancers.

 

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30th May 2020
Ballet Revolution

Ballet has a long and distinguished history and is ranked as one of the fine arts. Since its foundations and through its years of development, much has changed and as much has remained unaltered. What remains and is valued as traditional ballet heritage and what has been influenced by modern day society and trends has begun to shape dancers, choreographers and performances. SDT is very much a part of all of this and we’ll show you why.

 

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20th June 2020
Innovation in Movement

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.

 

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25th July 2020
A Dancer’s Perspective

Every professional 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 daily rehearsal schedule following can consist of a full five hour day of 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 function as a cohesive unit is a fascinating study for us to delve into this time. Individual dancers all have rituals that help them prepare and perform at their peak. All the many nuances of how a ballet gets to stage will be discussed and segments of upcoming repertoire will be presented.

 

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29th August 2020
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 for a greater appreciation.

 

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19th September 2020
Ballet Under the Stars Celebration

In 1994, Ballet Under the Stars was presented for the first time at Fort Canning Park. At that point, it was a small, quite undefined presentation with the thought to bring dance to a wider audience than presentations in the theatre might have been available to. After so many years, Ballet Under the Stars has become an annual tradition and it opens itself up to an audience that is both new and welcoming to us, as well as to those who come year after year. SDT now does two back-to-back weekends with classical and neoclassical repertory and some of these wonderful ballet will be presented for you in segments here.

 

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24th October 2020
World Premiere Choreography

The creation of a new ballet is often a complex mixture of elements-choreography, music, costuming, sets, lighting-all, which contributes and play key elements in the development of making a successful work for the stage. Dancers thrive on works made especially for them that display their individual and unique talents. Often successful ballets created go on to be re-staged for other ballet companies and bring a measure of acknowledgement for the original company to premiere the work. We will show moments from the latest new work created for SDT with several of the choreographers creating for Passages Contemporary season.

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21st November 2020
The Nutcracker

In the last session of the year for One @ the Ballet, we will focus on our unique production of The Nutcracker. The 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 for the production.

 

 

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