Esplanade Presents

Music | Dance

The Keys of Waacking

Fellix Utama, Verena Wirasaputra (Singapore)

25 Jun 2023, Sun, 6.15pm & 7.15pm


(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concourse

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Classical piano meets waacking, a dance form that emerged from 1970s African American and Latino queer culture in USA, in this one-of-a-kind performance. Be dazzled by sharp and upbeat dance moves from Fellix Utama accompanied by Verena Wirasaputra’s melodic piano playing.


Waacking, also known as whacking, is a dance that is characterised for its high-energy and angular movements. It is an eclectic mix of dance styles and elements, with influences ranging from disco, funk, soul, jazz as well as stylish and fluid movements inspired by old Hollywood icons.


No tickets will be issued. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Things to Note:
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Artist Information

Fellix Utama

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Fellix Utama is a visual thinker, mover, wanderer and do-er with personal passions in the realm of visual arts, performing arts, dance forms influenced by ballroom culture and Japanese animation. 


A Chinese-Indonesian artist from Medan, Fellix is based in Singapore and has been pursuing waacking since 2014. In 2016, he won the Most All-Out-Rookie for Waack It Out in Singapore and was accorded the stage name, Lil Prince. 


Over the years, Fellix learned from waacking stalwarts in Singapore such as Ryezal Rahim, Bryan Lee, Rachel Racheezels, and Amin Sir Waackalot. As a member of the Nusantara Waackers (Indonesia Waacking Community), he also represented Indonesia for the All Asia Waacking Festival 2019 in Bali, Indonesia where he was evaluated under a panel of eight judges from around the world, including pioneer of waacking, Tyrone ‘The Bone’ Proctor. He was also a semi-finalist in Bangkok Paradisco 2018 Waacking Battle in Thailand and a quarter-finalist in Waack to Life Vol 2. in Jakarta, Indonesia. His most recent achievement includes emerging as a champion for Fierce Style Vol 6. 2023 in Singapore for the waacking category, judged by Axelle Ebony Munezero.

Verena Wirasaputra

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Verena is a Chinese Indonesian classical pianist from Jakarta, Indonesia. She started playing piano at the age of five. She completed her DipLCM in Piano Performance in 2014 and has won several piano competitions internationally. Recently, she won the Silver Award in the Professional category at the Singapore International Chinese Piano Competition in 2019.


She graduated with a Music Diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2019 under the tutelage of Rena Cheung Phua. She is currently in her final year at LASALLE College of The Arts, pursuing a BA(Hons) Music in Classical Piano Performance under the tutelage of Mr Benjamin Loh.


Verena has been involved in many performances including Piano Voyage VIII: Night at the Opera (2021) and NAFA Piano Platform (2019). She was also in the NAFA Choir and performed Die Fledermaus Operetta at NAFA's 80th Anniversary (2018), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (2017), Rossini's Stabat Mater (2017) and the 250th Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Marathon Music Concert (2009).

Date & Time

25 Jun 2023, Sun


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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