Get ready for bigger, bolder, grander NDP
Thu, Jul 08, 2010
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ROBO-WARRIORS garbed in red armour and black visors are set to delight with a stylised martial-arts display at this year's National Day Parade (NDP) show.

Part of a 3,200-strong cast, the robo-cohort from the Singapore Armed Forces, numbering 370, signifies a young nation determined to move forward.

Named Red, White and Wow!, the musical-like NDP show will be presented in four main acts and is spearheaded by Dick Lee, 53, the creative director of NDP 2010.

The high-energy robo-warrior performance in Act 3 will be complemented by 'human pixels in motion' - a moving human screen made up of a 1,000- strong choir comprising students from eight secondary schools in Singapore.

Touted as an NDP first, the One Voice Show choir will feature students wearing red, white and black costumes that represent pixels. Their movements will form synchronised images and animations, which will complement the performances on the Padang.

Revolving around the theme Live Our Dreams, Fly Our Flag, this year's NDP aspires to be 'bigger, bolder, grander' said Lee. He drew inspiration from the components of the Singapore flag, using the flag itself, the colours red and white, the five stars and the crescent moon to name the four main acts.

Act 2 portrays the stars - 660 female dancers from the Singapore Soka Association, who capture the spirit of idealism with their light footwork and white flowing costumes.

Act 3, which features the robo-warriors, is themed around the crescent moon and the power of imagination.

Between Acts 2 and 3, there will be a video in which Singaporeans sing Stand Up For Singapore, which transitions to a singalong, via a live link, involving the Padang spectators and crowds in Eunos, Sengkang, Bishan, Choa Chu Kang and Woodlands.

Other highlights include a performance by last year's Singapore Idol winner and runner- up, Sezairi Sezali and Sylvia Ratonel, performing United States-based Singaporean singer Corrinne May's NDP 2010 theme song, Song For Singapore.

Corrinne May sings it early in the show, while Kit Chan will perform all-time favourite NDP theme song Home in the last act. Fireworks blooming simultaneously at nine different locations will end the fiesta on a dazzling note.

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