Esplanade Presents


Ballet 101: Decoding the Art Form for New Audience

Etienne Ferrère, Rosa Park, Chihiro Uchida & Kenya Nakamura (Hong Kong, Singapore)

22 Mar 2024, Fri, 7pm & 8.15pm

23 Mar 2024, Sat, 7pm & 8.15pm


(Intermission: None)

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What makes ballet as magical as it is? If someone had never been exposed to ballet before, what would they need to know to understand the art form better? Across 30 minutes, let Etienne Ferrère and Rosa Park break down the foundations of the art form and bring forward the magic of ballet lines by sharing a glimpse of a professional dancer’s daily rehearsals. These rehearsals are crucial for dancers to maintain and improve proper technique. The repertoire of steps and actions that the dancers practice every day are the building blocks of choreographies seen in ballet performances. This programme will also include some excerpt performances from classical and neo-classical ballet works. 


This programme is part of da:ns focus – Ballet by the Bay, a ballet lovers’ weekend of classics and neo-classical works. Be inspired by world-class productions and be introduced to new perspectives on this celebrated art form.

Language: English
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

Etienne Ferrère

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Concept, Creation, Choreography & Producing


Etienne started dancing at a young age in Oyonnax, France, before joining the Paris Opera Ballet School in 2003. During his time at the school, he performed ballets by a wide range of choreographers and worked with Paris Opera Ballet for a year upon graduation. 


Etienne moved to Singapore to join Singapore Ballet (formerly Singapore Dance Theatre) in 2010. He was promoted to First Artist in 2014 and Principal in 2018. During his time with the company, Etienne danced multiple soloist and principal roles and was a part of many new classical and contemporary creations.


Etienne is now based in Hong Kong and works as a freelance artist, specialising in choreography and show creation. He created three pieces for Singapore Ballet: Singular (2021), Faux Contact (2022) and Don’t Panic (2023). 

Rosa Park


Rehearsal Director


Rosa has a versatile career as an artist and an educator with a profound passion for dance. She serves as a Ballet Mistress with Singapore Ballet (formerly known as Singapore Dance Theatre) working closely with professional dancers and renowned international choreographers. While she was the Principal Artist at Singapore Ballet, she was featured on the cover of Dance Europe Magazine and received overwhelmingly positive reviews throughout her career. She serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at NAFA, sharing her knowledge and passion with aspiring artists. This role has allowed her to bridge the gap between her experiences as a dancer and her academic pursuits, creating a harmonious blend of mentorship and education. 

Date & Time

22 Mar 2024, Fri


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

23 Mar 2024, Sat


Esplanade Concourse


Esplanade Concourse

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