SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS BALLET ILLUMINATIONS MALAYSIA TOUR On 5 – 7 May 2017, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. After seven consecutive years of successful performances at The...



After seven consecutive years of successful performances at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) and three years at Performance Arts Centre of Penang (penangpac), Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) will return with Ballet Illuminations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 5 to 7 May 2017, Pentas 1 at klpac.

SDT will also be offering its annual Master Class with Artistic Director Janek Schergen on Saturday, 6 May, 10am – 11.30am, at klpac.

Ballet Illuminations (klpac) is a joint collaboration between Singapore Dance Theatre and klpac.

The annual Ballet Illuminations is a perfect display of versatility and talent that is synonymous with SDT’s unique identity as a company that is equally adept at these challenging and varied genres of dance.

Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre, Janek Schergen comments, “Singapore Dance Theatre began its annual visits to Malaysia for performances in 2010, with our first invitation from klpac.

The audiences there welcomed SDT with warmth and generosity that has led to our annual visits and now we find ourselves looking forward, each year, to our annual seasons in Kuala Lumpur and, now, Penang as well.

In selecting and planning our performances, we showcase some of the important repertoire we present in Singapore.

This year, in Kuala Lumpur, we will offer a programme with something for everyone. We begin with Incomparable Beauty, which was created especially for us last year by Ma Cong.

This is followed by Val Caniparoli’s brilliant piece Swipe that has the pulse of today moving through it. We will close the evening with one of the first ballets SDT ever presented, Raymonda Divertissements, a pure classical ballet in its truest form.

Ballet Illuminations will present a balance of our repertoire’s highlights so that you can experience us at our best. It is our pleasure to have been welcomed so generously in Malaysia for so many years now.”

SDT will perform on 5 May at 8.30pm, 6 May at 3pm and 8.30pm and 7 May at 2pm. This performance is made

possible with the support of YTL Corporation Berhad, National Arts Council, and klpac. SDT will also be performing at

the penangpac from 12 – 14 May 2017.


Swipe by Val Caniparoli - Photo by Bernie Ng (3)


Raymonda Pas De Dix after Marius Petipa - Photo by Tan Ngiap Heng (1)

Incomparable Beauty by Ma Cong - Photo by Bernie Ng (4)















Created for SDT, Incomparable Beauty was inspired by the beautiful and emotive scores of Italian Composer, Ezio

Bosso. Delving into the depth of our humanity, this dance explores the four pinnacles of the human state – purity,

pangs, passion and power; each incomparable to the other, and yet seamlessly melded into the beauty of our

existence. Through the contrasting style of contemporary movements combined with classical ballet technique, Incomparable Beauty is an earthy and organic work that traverses through the diverse and transcendent dynamics of our being.

Swipe by Val Caniporali

Originally created and premiered in 2011for Richmond Ballet, Swipe is performed to the music of London based composer and producer of Electro, Hip- Hop and Dance music, Gabriel Prokofiev, who is the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev.

What gives his contemporary classical writing its unique edge is his background in dance music combined with his classical roots.

Here in Swipe, movements from his String Quartet No. 2, as played by the Elysian String Quartet, are coupled with Remixes of the original quartet. Featuring a cast of four men and threewomen, Swipe is packed with originality, utilising every possible extremity, with solos, couples, trios, quartets and the full cast.

The piece, in its abstract form, brings out the depth of personalities of the dancers. Swipe was successfully brought into the repertoire with the support of the of the Ambassador’s Circle 2014.

Raymonda Divertissements after Marius Petipa

One of the lasting ballet pieces choreographed by Marius Petipa, Raymonda was performed by SDT in its inaugural performance in 1988.

SDT will showcase a classical divertissement from Act III of Raymonda that is a pas de deux (dance by ten performers).

A celebrative medley of pas de deux (dance by two performers) and several solo variations, combined with segments where a total of ten dancers appear on stage together, this excerpt from Raymonda is a veritable feast for the senses that shows off the grace, vigour, and vitality of the dancers.



Wan Ling

Publicist, klpac

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Amanda Teo Larissa D’cruz

Acting Marketing Manager, SDT Marketing & PR Executive, SDT

Office: (65) 6338 0611 Fax: (65) 6338 9748



Title : Ballet Illuminations

Date : 5 – 7 May 2016

Venue : The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac), Pentas 1

Time : 5 May: 8.30pm [Opening Night]

6 May: 3pm & 8.30pm

7 May: 2pm

Ticket prices : RM 25 – RM 48

*Special prices and discounts are available

(All tickets are inclusive of RM3 handling fees & 6% GST. All promotions are not stackable.)


Call or Walk-in: klpac @ Sentul Park (+603-40479000)

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Ticket Prices

Regular Price: RM75 per person

Purchase 1 Ballet Illuminations Ticket: RM68 per person

Purchase 2 Ballet Illuminations Tickets: RM 64 per person

Purchase 4 Ballet Illuminations Tickets: RM60 per person

Register with Sharifah at by 10th April 2017 (Monday), 6pm Malaysia time.



Artistic Director Janek Schergen

Ballet Master Mohamed Noor Sarman

Principal Artists Chihiro Uchida Li Jie Kenya Nakamura

First Artist Chua Bi Ru Elaine Heng May Yen Cheah

Etienne Ferrère Jason Carter Kensuke Yorozu Nazer Salgado

Artists Akira Nakahama Beatrice Castañeda

Kana Minegishi

Kwok Min Yi

Ma Ni Mai Suzuki Marina Yatsushiro Nanase Tanaka

Ruth Austin Sun Hong Lei Xu Lei Ting Yeo Chan Yee

Huo Liang Justin Zee Peter Allen Reece Hudson

Shan Del Vecchio Shi Yue Tony Takeaki Miura Timothy Ng

Wan Jiajing Jerry

Apprentices Leane Lim Niki Wong Tamana Watanabe Valerie Yeo

Jeremie Gan Satoru Agetsuma



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 Choo-San Goh, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Stanton Welch, Natalie Weir, Val Caniparoli, Graham Lustig, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, Edmund Stripe, Kinsun Chan, Edwaard Liang, Nils Christe, Toru Shimazaki, Christina Chan, Ma Cong, and most recently Timothy Harbour, resident choreographer of Australian Ballet.

In 2008, Janek Schergen was appointed as the Artistic Director of SDT, after his extensive involvement with SDT since its

inception years in 1988. Under his leadership, the Company has made new achievements in the international and Singapore dance arena.

In the last eight years, the Company has added 25 world premieres and 16 company premieres to the repertoire, in addition to numerous revivals of the existing Company’s repertoire.

Janek is also the Artistic Director of the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation which oversees the licensing and production of Choo San Goh's ballets and the annual Choo San Goh Awards for Choreography.

SDT actively reaches out to the public to create greater awareness of dance through outreach to schools with its Arts Education Programme, Dance Appreciation Series (jointly presented with Esplanade Co.), Adults Dance Classes, Scholars Programme for students considering dancing as a career, SDT choreographic workshop focusing on local emerging talents and One @ the Ballet, an initiative to help the public gain a better understanding of the different aspects of dance.

In 2013, SDT moved to a new premise with four state of the art studios. Additionally the Company will be enhancing efforts in Education and Outreach, bringing greater awareness and appreciation for dance to a wider audience.