Classics, new works for dance season

Classics, new works for dance season
Goh Choo San’s Romeo And Juliet will be staged as part of the Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2014 Season.

Watch the classic tale of star-crossed lovers unfold in dance next year as the Singapore Dance Theatre opens their 2014 season with Goh Choo San's Romeo And Juliet. The ballet, set to Prokofiev's powerful score, will bookend the season along with Don Quixote in December, the company's first full-length ballet since 2007.

When the curtain rises on Shakespeare's tragedy in March, it will be only the third time that the company is staging Romeo And Juliet by the late Singapore-born choreographer since its company premiere in 2000.

Artistic director Janek Schergen calls it "the most timeless love story in the world". He adds: "Romeo And Juliet is one of those things that I have to wait long enough to do, because I'd do it almost every other year if I could.

"It's such a magnificent ballet, it's got something for everyone and it is truly wonderful."

Tickets for the production went on sale last week.

The other major production next year is Don Quixote, which will close the season in December. The classical ballet, which is based on the story by Miguel de Cervantes, will be the company's first new full-length work in seven years, since Swan Lake in 2007. The ballet, which tells of the heroic adventures of an aged knight, will be staged by American Cynthia Harvey and set to soaring music by Ludwig Minkus.

Schergen, 61, says: "Don Q was the most obvious ballet that we're missing in our repertoire. It has great music, the right characterisations and the right everything, so the company really needs to do it."

In between the two full-length productions, the company will offer its usual staples: children's programme Peter And Blue, Ballet Under The Stars, Masterpiece In Motion and Passages. It will also be taking part in the Esplanade's annual da:ns festival for the third time with Intermezzo, a triple bill of new works by Asian choreographers.

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