Singapore Dance Theatre presents Passages Contemporary Season 2018

Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) will be presenting its annual full contemporary season of the year, Passages, from 28 - 30 October at the Esplanade Theatre Studio. The Straits Times hopes Timothy Harbour’s Another Energy “remains firmly in SDT’s repertoire” (2016), and Seeing Dance reviews Ma Cong’s Shadow’s Edge as “visually, an interesting dialectic” (2016). Timothy Rushton, the former Artistic Director and Choreographer of Danish Dance Theatre, will also create his very first work for SDT to sum up Passages 2018 as one the most enthralling contemporary season of the year.

“Passages Contemporary season has always had its unique personality and profile within the SDT performance calendar. It had most often been used to introduce choreographers that are new to our audiences and for the presentation of either world premieres or company premieres. It is a place that fills the spirit of the initial concept of SDT perfectly. Many of the ballets from Passages become significant parts of our permanent repertoire and we present them on tour or in future seasons.” says Artistic Director Janek Schergen.

“This year, we have two works that were previously made especially for SDT, with Timothy Harbour’s Another Energy and Ma Cong’s Shadow’s Edge and the introduction of a well-known European choreographer, Tim Ruston, with a world premiere work for this Passages season. This is Tim’s first time working with SDT, but previously he has been the Artistic Director and choreographer of Danish Dance Theatre. Tim’s choreography has been performed all throughout Europe with his own company, as well as in works for Royal Danish Ballet. It is very exciting to have him represented within our repertoire,” Schergen adds.

Shadow’s Edge

Choreography Ma Cong
Music Bryce Dessner

“This piece and its music were created and selected especially to highlight the diverse cultures and talents possessed by the dancers in Singapore Dance Theatre. The powerful music, the inspiration for this piece, is a collaboration between Bryce and Kronos Quartet, and seems to take the listener through phases of change and progression. And so the movements reflect the same: onward. The talented dancers effortlessly portray this concept and take the theme to a whole new level by adding their own energy and awareness to the music.” – Ma Cong

Shadow’s Edge was created especially for SDT for Esplanade’s da:ns festival 2014.

Another Energy

Choreography Timothy Harbour
Music Shaker Loops by John Adams

Accompanied by John Adams kinetic ‘Shaker Loops’, this dance is primarily about Energy, its containment within us and the emotion of its release.

Harbour recently created a world premiere, Linea Adora specially for SDT’s 30th Anniversary earlier this year. Another Energy was specially created for SDT and first performed in 2016.

World Premiere

Choreography Timothy Rushton

Timothy Rushton is a British choreographer and artistic leader of the Copenhagen-based Danish Dance Theatre, Denmark's largest modern dance company.Rushton was trained at The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, London, from 1979 to 1982. Later he danced with the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, now known as the Birmingham Royal Ballet. He was engaged at Deutsche Oper am Rhein between 1982 and 1986, Malmö Stadsteater 1986-1987 and the Royal Danish Ballet 1987-1992. While a dancer at the Royal Danish Ballet he became interested in pursuing a choreographic career and decided to quit dancing.

Rushton quickly made his mark as a choreographer, combining classical ballet technique with modern dance, and in 2001 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Danish Dance Theatre. His choreographies have received thirteen nominations for — and four times won: 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2009 — the Reumert Prize.

This world premiere is acquired through the Artistic Director’s Fund.

Members of the public who are interested to watch the show, can find the details below:

Title : Passages Contemporary Season
Date : 26 – 28 October 2018 (Friday - Sunday)
Venue : Esplanade Theatre Studio
Time : 26 October 2018 at 7.30 pm, 27 October 2018 at 3 pm and 7.30 pm, and 28 October 2018 at 3 pm and 7 pm
Ticket prices : $35 (SISTIC fees apply)
20% concessions for children aged 12 and below/Students/NSF/Senior Citizens
Ticket Sales Date: General Sales: 1 August – 28 October 2018

Tickets are available at all authorised SISTIC outlets and SDT Office. Email [email protected] or call 6338 0611 for ticket enquires.