Explore traditional Asian dance at Esplanade
Peranakan culture comes to Esplanade Concourse on 13 and 14 Oct as part of Rasas 2021 – da:ns festival’s celebration of Asian dance. (Photo: Edmond Wong)

Explore traditional Asian dance at Esplanade

Building on the 8 to 10 Oct performances of Dances across SOM56 – a fine opening featuring Sri Warisan’s retrospective of the choreography of Madam Som Said – Rasas 2021 continues with Indian classical dance, a heady mix of Peranakan culture and movement, and a colourful tour of Asian dance traditions.

Rasas 2021: Kathak showcases this Indian classical dance from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. It’s a dance style that continues to develop and evolve, incorporating intricate footwork with stylised hand and body movements to create a spellbinding visual and auditory experience. The performances, on 11 and 12 Oct, featured three kathak classics – Thunga Thunga, Taal Dhamaar and Tarana – performed by the Temple of Fine Arts.

The third offering in this series of free shows at Esplanade Concourse is Traditions Revisited – Colours of Nanyang. Dance Ensemble Singapore taps into Straits Chinese Peranakan culture with a show full of highlights on 13 and 14 Oct. Peranakan porcelain, shoe beading and traditional bridal wear all feature in this elegant blend of contemporary Chinese dance and martial arts.

Rasas 2021 closes on 15 to 17 Oct with Bridging Cultures, which sees Bhaskar’s Arts Academy drawing inspiration from traditional Chinese, Malay, Thai and Cambodian dance to demonstrate their quintessential styles and forms, as well as their subtle similarities and differences.

Read more about Rasas 2021 here.

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