Singapore Dance Theatre opens up its 30th anniversary celebration with Giselle 2018 Esplanade Theatre (12 – 15 April)

Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) is celebrating its 30 years of traditional and modern choreography with the opening of a great romantic ballet, Giselle from 12 -15 April.

For the first time, Giselle will be performed at the Esplanade Theatre.

Drawing audiences into a work that embodies elements of the Romantic period, Giselle is a ballet filled with thrilling, mysterious and captivating beauty. As breath taking as it is heart-breaking, Giselle tackles the gamut of human emotions, delving into the darker shades of humanity, including elements of madness and revenge, thus making many critics refer to Giselle as ‘the Hamlet of ballets’.


“Giselle has established itself to be one of the greatest romantic ballets in history. First created for The Paris Opera Ballet in 1841, it was first seen in performance by Singapore Dance Theatre in 1999, with a staging by Jean Pierre Comelin. Giselle has been presented in several seasons following but, most recently, as part of our Ballet Under the Stars season in 2013. The staging has been revamped over its performance history to keep current with the strength of the company. In many ways, Giselle, with its dark gothic scenes and supernatural plot of ghosts and unrequited love, is an unlikely ballet to have become so beloved and have had such an enduring legacy.”

“The music for the work is by Adolphe Adam and the original choreography was by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli. As with most ballets of that time, it was considerably updated by Marius Petipa when it was presented in Russia for the Imperial Theatre. Any present staging links itself back to the classical heritage established in the most significant era of ballet’s history. Most ballet companies hold their productions of Giselle to be one of the greatest treasures they possess. It is a ballet that has to be acted, danced and unfold flawlessly in technique, style and authority to complete the spell of the narrative. There is a great fragility to how the ballet progresses from innocence to tragedy. It is a masterpiece of spectacle and an experience for an audience to be a part of.” says Artistic Director Janek Schergen.

SDT was founded in 1988 by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then. Since then, SDT has developed into Singapore’s premiere professional dance company comprising. In the course of each year, the Company performs six main seasons, including the widely popular Ballet Under the Stars at the Fort Canning Park, two full length classics, Masterpiece in Motion which brings together three works of the finest international choreography and Passages Contemporary Season.

As an ambassador for dance and for Singapore, the company aims to be an internationally well-regarded professional dance company that is known for its unique ability to shine in classical, neo-classical and contemporary repertoire with works that are timeless and inspiring.

The Company’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary ballet, from renowned choreographers like ChooSan Goh, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, Natalie Weir, Val Caniparoli, Edmund Stripe, Kinsun Chan, Edwaard Liang, Nils Christe, Toru Shimazaki, Christina Chan, Ma Cong, and most recently Timothy Harbour, resident choreographer of Australian Ballet.

Title : Giselle
Date : 12 – 15 April 2018 (Thursday – Sunday)
Venue : Esplanade Theatre
Time : 12 – 13 Apr: 8pm | 14 Apr: 1pm & 8pm | 15 Apr Dec: 1pm & 7pm
Ticket prices : $35, $55, $75 (SISTIC fee applies)
20% concessions for: Children aged 12 and below/Students/NSF/Senior Citizens

Ticket Sales Date: General Sales: 1 December – 15 April 2018
Tickets are available at all authorised SISTIC outlets and SDT Office. Sistic online site here
Email [email protected] or call 6338 0611 for ticket enquires.