12 – 30 Oct 2022
See Esplanade in a new light as the centre comes alive through dance and multimedia with its first-ever projection mapping show to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Technological wizardry is guided by evocative dance choreography as the Esplanade Courtyard space is enlivened with lights—and also dancers—dancing across its facade!
A programme of In New Light – A Season of Commissions, in celebration of Esplanade’s 20th anniversary.
Conceptualised & Directed by Sally Lee
Movement Collaboration and Performance by Sufri Juwahir, Kevin Tristan, Li Ruimin, and Claudine Liang
Choreographed By Samantha Kan
Music By Christine Sham
Technical Manager - Melvin Lee
Set Designer - Deric Shen
Line Producer - Marcus Goh
Assistant Director - Maximilian Liang
Director of Photography - Senthil.M
Gaffer - William Eng
Production Manager - Lim Siew Rong
Safety Officer - Zul Awab
VFX Production & Post-Production by CraveFX
Projection Technology by Hexogon Solution
Sally Lee (b. 1978) is one of the leading creatives in the scape of live shows, events and installations in Singapore. Her strength includes utilizing multiple disciplines of content creation methods paired with latest technologies for her works, creating experiences that leaves deep impressions in the hearts of audiences. Since her debut on the national stage in 2012 as Multimedia Designer for NATIONAL DAY PARADE, she has continued to charter innovative multimedia endeavours for previous NDPs (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021). Her experience with this national event has allowed her to progress into more directing role as she continues to work with new emerging artists and content creators within Singapore. In 2019, under the direction of Beatrice Chia-Richmond and Michael Chiang, Sally, alongside with other prolific directors went on to craft the SINGAPORE BICENTENNIAL EXPERIENCE, a successful project well received by critics and seen by Singaporeans from all walks of life. Her collaboration with other directors, content creators and technical partners continues to bring creative concepts and ideas to life, establishing a legacy of multimedia best practices for celebrated national events, show performances and installations.
Sufri Juwahir is a dancer, choreographer and recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award 2018. His journey in dance started with hip hop street dance group B.A.D in the early 2000s. Wanting to broaden his dance vocabulary, Sufri joined Maya Dance Theatre in 2008 as a full-time dancer. He was involved in all of Maya’s major productions and created new works for the company. He was also involved in local and international festivals such as M1 Contact Diversity festival, Asia3 Festival in Jogjakarta, Walking Distance Festival in San Francisco and Accidental Festival in London, UK. Sufri received the NAC Scholarship in 2012 and graduated with a BA (HONS) Degree in Performing Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2013.
With his wide range of movement vocabulary ranging from modern contemporary to bharathanatyam, Sufri co-founded Soul Signature with his dance partner, Sheriden Newman in 2015. They produced two full-length works Reverberate (2016) and Gading (2017) and organised classes and work-in-progress studio showings between 2017 and 2018. His duet work Decipher bagged 2nd Prize Award, Audience Prize Award and Delattre Dance Company Award at the 31st International Choreography Competition in Hannover, Germany in 2017. The work was restaged with a larger cast of dancers for Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany and LASALLE College of the Arts in 2018. He has also choreographed for 2019’s National Day Parade.
Kevin Tristan graduated from School of the Arts in 2019 where he honed his craft as a dancer. Classically trained in ballet and contemporary dance, he values versatility and the ability to connect with others through his dance. Known as “that TikTok Boi”, Tristan has amassed more than half a million fans on the platform with his killer dance moves, style and savoir-faire. His social media presence also landed him partnerships with companies such as Shopback and Gentle Monster.
Tristan joined the Music & Drama Company in 2021 as an artist and has participated in numerous dance performances and events since 2018. He also performed a credited solo at National Day Parade 2021 which was directed by Boo Junfeng. The minute-long act was broadcasted to millions of audiences at home and cemented itself as one of the key defining moments of that year’s show. What defines Tristan is how he openly embraces his right to self-expression through his content and performance. His unending pursuit of identity through movement and presentation distinguishes him from his peers. Tristan is a rising star and a force to be reckoned with.
Li Ruimin graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors) Degree in Dance, majoring in Chinese Dance before furthering her studies at the Beijing Dance Academy College of Continuing Education. She is also a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Arts Scholarship (Overseas). Li has performed with CIE. Ismael Ivo (DE/BR) Biblioteca Do Corpo in Vienna and Brazil and is also part of the Asia Dance Company. She was main dancer with the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre and played the female lead in many dance dramas. She was also main choreographer and dancer in the original dance drama Resolute. Li choreographed and danced in Gui Lai, a full-length Chinese duet dance drama which she co-produced as well.
With her cultural and contemporary background, Li represented Singapore in several ASEAN exchange projects. She also choreographed and performed many original works on local and international stages including Mauritius and the Macau International Youth Dance Festival. She won Gold Award at the Singapore International Dance Festival and Outstanding Performance Award at the Hong Kong Bauhinia Cup Competition. Aside from performing, Li teaches and choreographs part-time at Singapore Raffles Music College (Dance Faculty) and is currently engaged in dance choreography, performance and education.
Claudine Liang is a Singapore-based multidisciplinary artist whose talent and creativity scored her a dance scholarship to Los Angeles in 2017 and a dance scholarship stint with Frontier Danceland upon her return.
An established choreographer and performer, she has worked with many Singaporean artists like Shigga Shay, Vanessa Fernandez and The Sam Willows, in addition to national events like the Singapore Night Festival 2018 and National Observance Ceremony Show 2022. Internationally, she has assisted and worked with famed choreographers like Derrell Bullock (Madonna), Anthony ‘BamBam’ Thomas and Teresa Espinosa (Janet Jackson). Liang is trained in theatre and other dance genres such as Chinese dance, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, hip hop and musical theatre, which developed not just her versatility but also an intuitive depth as an artist. As an ever-evolving artist, Liang’s passion for pushing boundaries led to her recent venture into filmmaking, where her first short film Birdsong won the Special Jury Award for Best Direction, Best Experimental Short Film, Best Concept, Best Sound Design, Best Producer, and Best Actress in the Indo Singapore International Film Festival 2021.
Samantha Kan’s journey in entertainment began as a passionate, tutu-trotting, little dancer to an established stage performer, and has now gone on to immersing herself in creative production. Through her vast show experiences as a performer, she strongly believes in the power of performances to engage and evoke.
Narrative, intention, relatability, and genuineness form the cornerstones of all her choreographic and stage productions. The opportunities to work with creative teams on national scale productions—six National Day Parades and Singapore Formula 1’s have honed her sensitivity in combining live performances with multimedia and special effects. Kan seeks to continually broaden her knowledge and skills to create more dynamic and emotive live productions.
Composer, keyboardist, producer, and educator Christine Sham graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with cum laude, majoring in professional music. She toured with some of the biggest names in Chinese pop including A*Mei, Stefanie Sun, Eric Moo, Angela Zhang, F.I.R and David Tao. Prior to winning COMPASS’ Top Local Contemporary Instrumental award in 2016, Sham scored for Singapore film director Eric Khoo’s Be With Me (2005).
Her works include Khoo’s animation Tatsumi (2011), Erotica In The Room (2016), Ramen Teh (2018) and the upcoming 5-part series Hungry Souls, in addition to a string of television commercials she’s worked on over the years. She was also a music producer for Asia’s Got Talent from 2016 – 2019. In 2020, Sham joined Universal Production Music (HK) as a composer under the Essential Asia label. She has also been teaching pop music at LASALLE College of the Arts and SOMA (School of Music and the Arts) since 2008.
CraveFX is a full-fledged multimedia studio in Singapore that has been in the business of storytelling since 2013. Home to creative talent across a diverse visual spectrum, the studio produces a wide-ranging body of work that comprises everything from large-scale event projection mapping to original animated short films and interactive digital experiences. Armed with a masterful array of software, technology and techniques, CraveFX continues to craft world-class content for clients from both the public and private sectors.
12 – 30 Oct 2022
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