3. Flagship Projects
We believe in collaborating with our community partners to provide more sustainable arts programmes for their beneficiaries. Therefore, we offer longer-term arts programmes to VWOs who are keen to incorporate a performing arts activity into their regular curriculum.
When words fail, dance speaks: This project aims to provide those facing life challenges with an opportunity for a deeper engagement with dance as an art form. We hope it becomes a possible means of expressing the issues that they are facing.
"The project was an excellent programme for our students, many of whom would not have the opportunity to learn dance on their own, let alone from professional dance instructors engaged by the Esplanade. The kids gained much, not only in learning dance, but also in working as a team... to co-ordinate their steps as they were not dancing alone, to give and take as there were inevitably different dynamics in a group setting. Though the kids started off with stage fright, they decided to perform during the Teachers' Day Concert! Through this project, they formed a new group identity, with new friendships forged, and another group of friends (with similar interests) they can 'grow' with, turn to, and lean on for support when they need – this is my wish for them, that they will have fond memories of dancing (and achieving) together, and will be able to have another resource for support."
– Linda Lee, School Counsellor, Shuqun Secondary School
Show A-Capella: Singing can be a great "detox" for body, mind and soul. This project aims to provide an outlet for participants to hone their passion for singing. It offers opportunities for participants to learn new vocal techniques, expand creative energy and boost their confidence through stage performance. We hope that the performing elements of this uplifting programme will also enhance character development by encouraging self-discipline, diligence, self-expression and teamwork.
"I’m very thankful and grateful that you’ve made this workshop graciously available to us seniors. I am also touched by your (instructor’s) dedication and patience with us. You’ve made it so easy and simple for us to learn singing and at the same time also made it very enjoyable and interesting so that we want more sessions with you. Thank you.”
– Paul, elderly participant, PEACE-Connect Seniors Activity Centre