Esplanade Presents


ARISI : Rice

An Esplanade Co-production
Apsaras Arts Dance Company (Singapore, Indonesia, India)

25 Nov 2022, Fri, 8pm

26 Nov 2022, Sat, 8pm

1hr 30mins

(Intermission: None)

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A cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary performance inspired by the grains of life that link humanity across Asia. In a shift away from epic storytelling, award-winning artistic director Aravinth Kumarasamy has imagined the dance production as episodic vignettes that intersect stages of rice cultivation with gestural rites and rituals in life stages where rice is the principal ingredient in these ceremonies. Dramaturged by Lim How Ngean, a performance-maker, dramaturg and dance researcher, ARISI : Rice takes the audience though a kaleidoscope of dynamic images brought to life through bharatanatyam dance.


Apsaras Arts shares the stage with their traditional Balinese peers choreographed by Professor I Wayan Dibia collaborating with the company’s resident choreographer, Mohanapriyan Thavarajah. For the first time ever, Apsaras Arts collaborates with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra to melodically enhance the music score composed by Rajkumar Bharathi, produced, directed and arranged by Sai Shravanam.


Featuring an immersive soundscape created through live Indian and Chinese instruments played by leading award-winning musicians such as Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, D Sathyaprakash, Naveen Iyer, Pratik Srivatsava and other eminent Singapore Chinese Orchestra musicians, including Balinese gamelan and kecak choric singing to echo and accent certain scenes, and incorporates critically-acclaimed film director K. Rajagopal’s powerful filmic layer of stories from former farmer migrants who eke an existence in developing foreign lands.


Following the success of earlier co-productions with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay of dance-theatre works—ANGKOR – An Untold Story at Kalaa Utsavam 2012 and ANJANEYAM – Hanuman’s Ramayana at Kalaa Utsavam 2017—Apsaras Arts Dance Company is excited to present another epic dance-theatre production for this annual festival.



Concept and Artistic Direction: Aravinth Kumarasamy
Choreography: Mohanapriyan Thavarajah & Dr (Prof) I Wayan Dibia
Music Composition: Dr Rajkumar Bharathi
Music Direction and Produced by: Sai Shravanam
Costume Design: Mohanapriyan Thavarajah
Film Directed and Produced by: K Rajagopal
Lighting Design: Gyandev Singh
Dramaturgy: Lim How Ngean
Research Advisor: Dr Nandita Krishna
Music performed by leading Indian musicians from India and Singapore, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and leading Balinese musicians
Dance performed by Apsaras Arts Company Dancers, Singapore and Balinese classical dancers from GEOK Ensemble, Bali, Indonesia.


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Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Tamil, English
Surtitle Language: English
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Date & Time

25 Nov 2022, Fri


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26 Nov 2022, Sat


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