Big, bold Ballet Under The Stars

Absence Of Story will be staged by the Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) as part of SDT's annual Ballet Under The Stars performance.

SINGAPORE - Singapore Dance Theatre's (SDT) annual Ballet Under The Stars performance begins this weekend, and for the first time, audiences can catch two different programmes instead of the usual one.

The 18th edition of the outdoor performance, which will be held at Fort Canning Green, will feature a contemporary dance showcase from Friday to Sunday and iconic classical ballet Giselle next weekend.

Janek Schergen, artistic director of the company, says: "What the company has done before is to try to mix things - something classical and something contemporary, something old and something new - so there will be something for everyone.

"So this is actually a bit of a test, in the sense that we will first be doing a contemporary showcase and then Giselle."

The first weekend will feature a collaboration with Australia's Expressions Dance Company, which is headed by artistic director Natalie Weir.

Twenty dancers - six from the Brisbane-based company and 14 from Singapore's flagship dance company - will premiere Weir's 4Seasons, which is set to Vivaldi's concertos of the same name.

The 25-minute piece is the first that the 46-year-old has choreographed for the SDT, although the company performed her works in 2003 and last year.

She says of her piece: "The music is very inspiring and it was written to depict the differences between the seasons.

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