Esplanade Presents



Jeffrey Tan, National Contemporary Ballet (Singapore)

22 Mar 2024, Fri, 8pm & 9.15pm

23 Mar 2024, Sat, 8pm & 9.15pm

24 Mar 2024, Sun, 7.30pm & 8.45pm


(Intermission: None)

DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

Photo Credit: Michael Heng

National Contemporary Ballet makes its Esplanade debut with Impermanence, a new work by Singapore dance veteran Jeffrey Tan.


Choreographed in an unmistakable style that adorns the bedrock of classical ballet technique with the flair of neo-classical expression, Impermanence is a creative reflection on the ever evolving landscape of Singapore. Looking to both the past and future, the piece aims to capture a sense of vibrance and versatility, inspired by the city and its growth.


Impermanence is commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.


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.


Artistic Director & Choreographer: Jeffrey Tan
Stage Manager: Shining Goh
Lighting Designer: Adrian Tan
Spoken Word Poet: Marc Nair
Costume Design: Saritkan Phitpumphumet
Dancers: Beryl Tay, Edina Handali, Eurie Lascano, Kelly Ng, Valerie Tan, Wong Ting Wei, Sathonthorn Proramattamasakol, Supatchai Lappakornkul

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

National Contemporary Ballet

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National Contemporary Ballet provides a stage for the visceral fusion of tradition and modernity. Dancers are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in both classical ballet and contemporary dance training; they are pushed to explore their full artistic potential and embrace versatility. At the heart of National Contemporary Ballet is a spirit of innovation and excellence. 

Jeffrey Tan (Artistic Director & Choreographer)


Homegrown talent Jeffrey Tan has a vast history of professional experience and is one of Singapore’s most prolific and established dancers, choreographers, and educators. Formerly a principal dancer and assistant ballet master with Singapore Dance Theatre, now known as Singapore Ballet, he also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology and has held the position of the Head of Dance at Singapore Chinese Girls’ School. In 2013, he was appointed the Principal of the Singapore Ballet Academy. He is currently the principal and founder of One Dance Asia.


A recipient of the Singapore Young Artist Award (Excellence in Dance) 2000 as well as the Educational Grant for Postgraduate Study (Masters) 2003, Jeffrey has performed the works of George Balanchine, Goh Choo San, Leigh Warren, Graham Lustig, Jean-Paul Comelin, Val Caniparoli, Stanton Welch, Richard Wherlock, Thierry Malandain, Nacho Duato, Joachim Schlomer, Jiri Kylian, Boi Sakti, and Marie-Claude Pietragalia, to name a few. He has danced principal roles in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Petrushka, Rite of Spring, La Traviata, and many more.


Despite a late start in dance at the age of 21, his illustrious career has brought him to perform at numerous international festivals such as Le Temps d’Aimer la Danse a Biarritz in France, Festival International Cervantino in Mexico, Chang Mu Arts Festival in Korea, Festival of Dance in the Philippines, Dance Salad in Texas, Singapore Arts Festival and Esplanade’s da:ns Festival. Jeffrey has also toured extensively to the United States, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and London and has critical acclaim and success with his performances and choreography.


Jeffrey is currently the Regional Director of Singapore Dance Alliance. 

Date & Time

22 Mar 2024, Fri


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

23 Mar 2024, Sat


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

24 Mar 2024, Sun


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade


DBS Foundation Outdoor Theatre at Esplanade

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