The Edge of Solace

Presented by Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES Arts)
In Collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

9 Sep 2023, Sat, 8pm

1hr 45mins

(Intermission: 1 x 15mins)

Esplanade Theatre

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Laba Zhaxi(left) and Roh Hyun Sik(right)

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Dance Ensemble Singapore Arts Company (DES Arts) presents The Edge of Solace, a double-bill performance in collaboration with internationally renowned choreographers, Laba Zhaxi (China) and Roh Hyun Sik (South Korea).


Simultaneously a conceptual and narrative presentation, the double-bill is inspired by humanity and worldly affairs. Each piece explore progress in growth and navigation in times of turmoil and struggle. Despite originating from distinctively different backgrounds, these original works find a common dance language, fusing traditional Chinese and South Korean dance styles with a contemporary perspective to create a unique and universal language of dance.


At the same time, the title of the work represents the journey that DES Arts has undertaken to reach this milestone anniversary: as artists work fiercely to scale the infinite heights of artistic excellence, their path is often lonely and always at the edge of solace. And yet, balance is needed—pulling away from this edge when it comes time to stage the work, drawing audiences into the artist’s world.


With a stellar cast of dancers from Singapore, China and South Korea, this spectacular performance is one not to be missed.

Performance will include some use of strobe lighting.
Admission Age:
3 and above.
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Artist Information

Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES Arts)

Founded in 1993, Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES) aims to present multi-faceted dance styles and to constantly explore new genres through the core company of professional performers, DES Arts, alongside the Performing Arts Academy. The company strongly believes in sharing the cultural messages imbued within Chinese arts and cultures, and thus strives to expand their reach through exploring various fields of dance. DES Arts actively strives for opportunities to diversify its artistic scope for creative mastery in the development of DES Arts and its journey towards the international stage. To date, they have represented Singapore in various capacities for international cultural exchanges.


In recent years, DES Arts has been actively sharing and promoting the Nanyang style of Chinese dance. The core company was highly commended by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during the 2014 National Day Rally for their innovative interpretations and styles, as well as their unceasing efforts in pushing boundaries in the local arts and cultural scene.

Laba Zhaxi

Laba Zhaxi is a dancer, choreographer, stage producer and graduated from the Minzu University of China under the Department of Dance. He is the founder of the Beijing MultiElement Dance Theatre and is a member of the China Dancers Association and the Tibetan Dancers Association. He is also a commissioned artist signed by the National Centre for the Performing Arts in China as well as an assistant choreographer for the Opera and Dance Drama Theater of Sichuan. He has also been a guest artist for the Hainan Provincial Song and Dance Theater and is the founder of the Tibet Mingjue Art Culture.


Laba Zhaxi won several awards including The 7th Chinese Dance “Lotus Award” Modern Dance Performance Bronze Award, The 9th Seoul International Dance Competition Gold Award, Best Actor Award and Dance Drama Gold Award at the 4th Ethnic Minority Showcase, The 16th Ministry of Culture and Tourism (China) Cultural Award, the commissioned artist of the 2018 National Centre for the Performing Arts, Gold Award for dance drama at the 11th “Lotus Award” dance drama competition, and The 11th “Lotus Award” National Folk Dance Repertoire Gold Award.

Roh Hyun Sik

Hyunsik Roh is currently a professor at Changwon National University in South Korea. He has worked as the Executive Director at Gyeonggi Provincial Dance Company, Changwon Dance Company and Gumi Municipal Dance Companies for the last 10 years. Roh, who has also obtained a Doctorate of Science, won countless awards and has been directing creative and experimental performances classified as Korean Creative Dancing.


Established in 1995, Roh Hyun Sik Dance Company has pursued the realistic creation of dances involving historical and social events.

Date & Time

9 Sep 2023, Sat


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