Spanish flavour at Samarpana

SINGAPORE - Samarpana, the Asian festival of classical dance, is celebrating the present and future of classical dance. Showcasing a rare collaboration on Sept 28, The Cruel Gardens will be directed by Singapore-based flamenco artiste Antonio Vargas.

Based on the tradition of the bullfight, the brilliant allegorical work shows the superstition, fear and flirtation with death of the bullfighter and bull.

Interlaced within the choreography are excerpts from Garcia Lorca's powerful elegy of the goring of a bullfighter.

With dramatic performances by top Spanish flamenco dancer Miguel Angel Espino and Singapore-based German contemporary dancer Soren Niewelt, the production has all the fireworks and blaze of a

Vargas direction. Powerful live percussion, haunting music, vivid costumes and sensational choreography come together to present a collaboration across genres and borders.

Samarparna will be held from Sept 27 to 29 at the Drama Centre of the National Library Building. Tickets range from $20 to $70 and can be bought from SISTIC.

Win tickets

You stand to win a pair of category A tickets to The Cruel Gardens by answering the question below.

E-mail your answer to with the subject: Samarpana Week 3.

Include your name, IC number and contact number.

Closing date: Sept 8, 6pm

Which of the following countries is known for its bullfighting tradition?

(a) Singapore

(b) Spain

(c) Nigeria

Winners will be chosen by lucky draw from the correct answers. Only the winning entry will be informed. Winners can pick up their tickets on the performance day at the venue, bringing a copy of their e-mail confirmation.

The winner of last week's contest is Reshma Jethanand.

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