Esplanade Presents

Theatre

Aerial Open Stage

Various Artists (Singapore)

31 May 2024, Fri, 8.15pm

1 Jun 2024, Sat, 8.15pm

2 Jun 2024, Sun, 8.15pm

30mins

(Intermission: None)

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

Free
Photo Credit: Rogan Yeoh
Synopsis

Aerial Open Stage promises an evening of high-flying performances by Singapore aerialists featuring apparatus such as straps, trapeze, rope, hammock and silks. Ranging from full-time aerial practitioners and teachers to part-time hobbyists, let these aerialists enchant you with their gravity-defying skills and grace. 

 

Launched at Flipside 2019, the beloved annual event is dedicated to spotlighting some of Singapore's most exciting aerialists.

 

Group 1

31 May, Fri, 8.15 – 8.45pm 
2 Jun, Sun, 8.15 – 8.45pm 

 

Bibi Soh (Hammock) 
Celeste Wee (Straps) 
Joyce Lai (Silks) 
Randall and Julian (Straps)

 

Group 2 

1 Jun, Sat, 8.15 – 8.45pm 

 

Caitlin and Dominick (Straps) 
Samantha Francis (Trapeze) 
Sarah-Tabea Sammel (Silks) 
Shirley and Mei Zheng (Rope) 

 

Acts are listed in alphabetical order and may not reflect the final performance order.

Things to Note:
Accessibility Advisory: We provide a range of access services and relaxed performances for patrons with access needs. For wheelchair-accessible seats, please call Esplanade Customer Experience at 6828 8377 for assistance. Concessions for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and up to one accompanying companion are available. | View our accessibility guide
Artist Information

Bibi Soh

Bibi is a Malaysian aerialist from Johor who has been honing her craft for the past six years. As an aerialist, she defies gravity and dances with the wind. She loves becoming different personas through aerial choreography and enjoys using body language to convey her story to audiences. She competed in the Aerial Hammock professional category at the Bangkok Airstars aerial dance competition in 2019 and 2023. She is honoured to be performing in Aerial Open Stage (AOS) 2024.

Celeste Wee

Celeste is scared of water slides, cycling downhill, and climbing onto high surfaces, but somehow fell in love with aerial arts in 2018. Despite starting as an absolute beginner with no relevant background, she enjoyed gaining strength, progressing in skills, and learning new ways to move. It is easy to spot her in an aerial studio because she always wears blue, often seen training on her blue straps, blue rope, or blue silks. She also likes blue penguins.

Joyce Lai

Joyce is bored at life. Her futile unrequited love for ballet at a younger age left her pondering if frustration could mean anything at all. She attempted the aerial silks the first time in 2015 and felt that perhaps she could re-ignite her passion for life here—she has been entangled ever since. In the air, she particularly likes to play with the tensions of the fabric and trail motions with the flying tails. When not on the silks, she also dances with the flying pole, cyr wheel, silk fans, rope dart, and other props. In order to experience dynamics and the flow first hand from masters, she has travelled to Ireland, France, Mexico, Guatemala to further her studies. Joyce is a co-founder of a flow arts team and community circus space in Hong Kong. Besides teaching, performing, and cultivating the aerial arts and flow arts community, she also organises various circus events in Hong Kong.

Randall and Julian

Randall and Julian are partners and have been training together for the past year. While Randall is a seasoned performer and an aerial arts instructor, this is Julian’s first time performing in front of a public audience. After watching AOS in 2023, Julian joked about trying out this year thinking it would be a good milestone to mark his 50th birthday. Since then, Randall and Julian have been training together to make this dream a reality. Their partnership and participation in this showcase goes to show it’s not too late to get a start in aerial arts. They are thrilled to present one of Randall’s wacky ideas, a superhero-themed act that promises to be entertaining for both kids and adults. Keep a close eye and see if you can identify the villian in this act!

Caitlin and Dominick

Caitlin and Dominick first met at a training space in 2021. Caitlin immediately recognised Dominick’s talent and took him under her tutelage a year later and thus began Dominick’s straps journey. Together, they enjoy exploring ways to complement each other's strength and flexibility, moving beyond stereotypical partnering work.

 

Caitlin, in typical aerialist fashion, lives with two cats. Her hobbies include obsessing over the minutiae of aerial movement, looking at photos of penguins and spending time with her cats. When she is not in the air, she can probably be found on the studio floor watching other people in the air.

 

Dominick is a multidisciplinary circus artist, but his first love was rugby. He loves eating, aesthetics and working out: so much so that he decided to make a career out of going to the gym. When Dominick is not training or flexing, he is probably passed out somewhere, sleeping in a corner.

Samantha Francis

Journalist by day and yoga teacher by night, Samantha’s love for the aerial arts started when she was mesmerised by a silks performance at Esplanade’s inaugural AOS back in 2019. After dancing on various aerial apparatuses, she found herself especially drawn to the trapeze and the ways she could move on it. Five years later, having the opportunity to perform at AOS feels like a dream come full circle.

Sarah-Tabea Sammel

Sarah-Tabea is a filmmaker, artist, and social entrepreneur. She explores themes of belonging, agency, and ownership of one's life experiences across genre feature film, video artworks, photography, text, and aerial silk. She is the founder of the Singaporean social enterprise Biome Entertainment, a media and marketing company with a focus on social impact and empathy-driven strat comms innovation.

Shirley and Mei Zheng

This pair met in dance, reconnected over their love for aerial, and they have never looked back ever since. Even after many years, Shirley and Mei Zheng continue to be intrigued and inspired by the elegance and movement possibilities of aerial arts. Known affectionately by their students as the #ShirMei duo, Shirley and Mei Zheng are known for their skills across apparatuses such as aerial rope, aerial silks, aerial hoop, sling and dance trapeze. As instructors and performers, they enjoy exploring and sharing this beautiful art form with everyone. This year for AOS, they will be presenting a duo rope act, a first of its kind here in Singapore!

Bornfire Circus

Bornfire is a circus collective dedicated to bridging differences through the joy of circus in Singapore. Since its inception in 2006, Bornfire has partnered with arts groups locally and internationally to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchange between passionate practitioners of various art forms by hosting industry talks and panel discussions.

Date & Time

31 May 2024, Fri

8.15pm

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

1 Jun 2024, Sat

8.15pm

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

2 Jun 2024, Sun

8.15pm

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade
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