Ballet Under the Stars: Contemporary Performance

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Date: 19 – 21 July 2013

Time: Gates open at 5.30pm, Preshow performances starts at 6.30pm
          Main performance begins at 7.30pm

Venue: Fort Canning Green

Tickets: $25, $20* (*Students/senior citizens/nsf)
Double weekend offer (with Giselle) $40



Conceived in 1995, Ballet Under the Stars is one of Singapore’s favourite outdoor events. In 2013, Ballet Under the Stars will feature two weekends of remarkable contemporary and classical works, instead of the usual three evenings over one weekend.

From 19 – 21 July, SDT will perform a medley of contemporary works:


Absence of Story by Toru Shimazaki


Toru’s initial concept for this piece was to create a visual array of movements to accompany the music of Brahms. This particular piece of music is so powerful that he simply wanted to react honestly to it. Absence of Story is danced to the music of Brahms, and is a stirring piece without story or words in hope of not causing distraction to the beauty and the power of music. Toru Shimazaki is the chief professor of the dance department at Kobe College and has created works for many international companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Royal Flanders Ballet, Polish Dance Theatre, Colorado Ballet, Grand Theatre de Geneve and Introdans.  

A world premiere by Natalie Weir (Joint performance by sdt and edc)

Carmen sweet by Natalie Weir
Guest performance by Expressions dance company

Photo by Fiona Cullen


Natalie Weir’s Carmen Sweet is a smoldering interpretation of the legendary Carmen story, performed to Shchedrin’s gripping music. This piece retells the iconic tale of passion when Don Jose, a soldier, falls under the alluring spell of the fiery gypsy, Carmen, abandoning his childhood sweetheart and deserting the army.

Expressions Dance Company (EDC) is an Australian dance company widely acclaimed for its compelling brand of contemporary dance. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Natalie Weir, and drawing on the talents of an ensemble of six extraordinary dancers, the company is well on its way to being recognised as one of the premier dance companies in Australia.



Fives by Goh Choo San


Energetic and vibrant, the piece shows off many of Goh Choo San’s trademarks: a brilliant management of ensemble patterns and space; line and unexpected gestures. Fives is a ballet that meshes the classical with contemporary. Goh described this ballet as ‘music ballet’, that is one in which the movement comes from the music itself and the audience in fact ‘sees’ as well as ‘hears’ the music. Goh Choo San is a distinguished pioneer in local arts and dance scene whose career took him to Europe and America, where he later became the Associate Director and resident choreographer of The Washington Ballet.






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  • Gate 1 is the only gate for entry this year
  • No pets allowed
  • No chairs allowed
  • Ticket holders are encouraged to picnic from 5pm onwards
  • Free admission for infants in arms and children aged below 4 years old
  • Children 4 years old and above must purchase tickets for admission






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