PROGRAMME DETAILS

Transcendent

SWF Beyond

Performance

DATE / TIME

9 Nov, Thu 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
60mins

VENUE

The Arts House, Play Den
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT

S$25

LANGUAGE

This session is in multiple languages

DESCRIPTION

Transcendent is a performance that meditates on art and ideals, consciousness and beauty. Threading the first encounter between Tagore and Einstein in 1930 with the Bhagavad Gita scriptures, it takes the audience into a realm filled with dance, music and puppetry.

The ‘Entanglement’ segment is part of Sambhavna 2.0, commissioned by NUS Centre for the Arts and developed with the support of the Centre for Quantum Technologies. It was first presented at the NUS Arts Festival 2016.

FEATURING

Santha Bhaskar is artistic director of Bhaskar’s Arts Academy. She is known for her unique choreography, which marries tradition with an innovative spirit of cross-cultural explorations. Her works include Butterfly Lovers (1958), Manohra (1996), People Get Connected (2006), CHAKRA (2012) and Advaith (2015). She received the Cultural Medallion in 1990, and the Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Star) in 2016. 

Sri Warisan

Singapore

Sri Warisan is a performing arts company founded by Cultural Medallion recipient Som Said. Formed in 1997, it is one of the pivotal forces in Singapore’s Malay dance scene, blending rich traditional forms with contemporary techniques. Its performers are trained to excel in multi-disciplinary art forms such as dance, music, theatre, and multimedia. Led by Adel Ahmad, the company comprises 30 performing artists and over 200 student members.

Bhakshar’s Dancers

Under the guidance of Santha Bhaskar and Meenakshy Bhaskar, Bhaskar’s Dancers perform works that push the boundaries and blur the lines between the different performing arts elements. Each dancer has more than 10 years of training under her belt, and is capable of commanding the stage in a solo performance. The dancers effortlessly rise to the challenges of new choreography, thrilling audiences with their disciplined executions and flawless delivery.

 

Bhaskar’s Kathakali Troupe

Formed in 2002 by the late KP Bhaskar with principal dancers Kalamandalam Biju and Kalarangam Santhosh, Bhaskar’s Kathakali Troupe is now the only group of its kind outside of India. With a vision to create innovative, cross-cultural productions to appeal to new audiences in a cosmopolitan age, the troupe performs traditional pieces alongside explorative works such Cherita Singapura (2003), Lady Spiders (2006) and King Lear (2009). The troupe includes vocalist TV Sajith and percussionists TK Arun and S Harikrishnan.

 

Bhaskar’s Orchestra

Founded in the 1990s, Bhaskar’s Orchestra is led by music director Ghanavenothan Retnam. It is comprised of individual musicians of high calibre who perform together with a cohesive finesse. The instinctive understanding within the group is demonstrated by the impromptu performances it sometimes stages. The orchestra’s performance at the Festival will feature vocalist Ampili Pillai, flautist Ghanavenothan Retnam, violinist TV Sajith, and percussionist S Harikrishnan. 

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