Tuesday, September 10, 2013

1127. Flowers are a dancer's best friend

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Date:   12 September, 2013  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, turtles & rabbits
Flowers are a dancer's best friend    
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
Date:   12 September, 2013  
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1121. Contemporary Dance - SMU INDANCITY - Beyond 2013

It appeared to me to be full house at this SMU Indancity - Beyond 2013 on Friday Sep 6, 2013 especially on the first floor of the Kallang Theatre. Full of the young Singaporean couples and men and women seldom seen by me as I don't attend such performances.  

99% of young adults probably around 20 years old. Incessant chatter of the young and laughter made the atmosphere alive. 80% came on time. Some had to be admitted in between shows.

I sat at the recommended seat level, around 15 rows from the front, said to give the best views of the dancers as it was "premium seating".

I could barely see their faces as it was distant. There was a dancer who invited me to the SMU Indancity Beyond 2013. I have not been to watch contemporary dances as it was not an area I was interested.

"Buy a bouquet of flowers for this dancer," I told a dancer's boyfriend. His mum had to pick up the large bouquet and carried for him to the Theatre as he was busy working. I challenged him to be brave saying: "Present the bouquet to her at the end of performance. Run up to the stage before the curtains fall."

This was very romantic but not for the Singaporean young men in general. This act would be too risky for this young man to do. All eyes would be on him. The dancer would be pleased with the gesture, I was sure. Big applause from the young ones in the audience, I was sure as they were idealistic and romantic.

But this young man would not do it. It was a daunting task. More than 1600 pair of eyes from a full house would be on him. Who knows what the reaction from the audience would be? Would there be boos if he stumbled? Or a standing ovation and clapping?

What if he stumbled? There was no way except to leap onto the stage. No side-kick to help him. Any volunteers from his male friends from junior colleges? No, it was just too risky and he put the bouquet onto a seat for the time being.

So I took some images of this dancer from afar using my zooms lens and risking being expelled as video-photography was prohibited and nobody in the audience did it.

Was she the right one? She would be delighted with the this heavy and gigantic bunch of flowers if this young man would be so adventurous as to risk jumping onto the stage and presented to her. I believe that flowers are a dancer's best friend. The more flowers, the more appreciation of the hard work put into practices. Diamonds are a girl's best friend but flowers mean more for a dancer steeped in the Western dance cultures.

If this young man stumbled on leaping up the stage, everyone would laugh and the dancer could be embarrassed! Too much of a risk and so the dancer got her flowers after the curtains fell and she had her briefing and came out.

The contemporary dance in the images below was choreographed by Mr Dan Kwoh and titled "Her Rite." The info from the brochure said that the dance "showed the struggles of women for freedom in third world countries, as they fight to change the seeming inalterability of their fates. They first have to overcome the shackles and binds of their own fears of discrimination and oppression."
tpvets_logo.jpg (2726 bytes)6369-6370. Contemporary dancing of "Her Rite" raise awareness of social issues affecting women
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