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Eat, Drink & Dance

Hosted by the Consul of the Singapore Street Food Group
Dining & Nightlife
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Took place 4 weeks ago
Sat 21 Oct 18:30 - 21:30

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In conjunction with Esplanade’s da:ns festival that will be held from 20 to 29 October Protected content , lets go for 2 free performances on Saturday 21 October Protected content . Although the 1st performance will start at Protected content , I had indicated our meeting time at Protected content , so that we can arrive earlier to secure our seats. (^_^).

Nearest MRT station would be Esplanade MRT on Circle Line, with 10 minutes walk to either City Hall MRT and Promenade MRT.

From Protected content to Protected content , we will catch "Rasas – Khon" presented by Pichet Klunchun Dance Company of Thailand @ Esplanade Outdoor Theatre. Khon is a Thai classical court masked dance that brings together many elements of the performing arts—dance, drama, pantomime and music—in a dance drama. It is best known for bringing to life the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, that permeates much of the traditional performing arts of Southeast Asia. Although many elements and characters of the familiar Ramayana story can be found in the Ramakien, the latter differs significantly as it is infused with elements of local Thai traditions and stories. Khon evolved from nang yai, a form of shadow puppetry. Many of its highly stylised movements can be traced back to the movements of the puppets against a lit screen. There are four different types of performers in a khon performance: the dancers, who do not speak owing to their elaborate headdresses and masks; a chorus, who recites the poetry of the Ramakien on behalf of the dancers; the singers; and the orchestra. Each of the dancers on stage play one of four characters throughout the play: a male, a female, a demon and a monkey. The characters are distinguished by the type and colour of the masks that they wear on stage.

After Khon, we will proceed to Esplanade Concourse, to watch "Rasas – Dances of Sabah and Sarawak" presented by Aswara Dance Company of Malaysia from Protected content to Protected content . The East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak flanking the northern and western portions of the island of Borneo are home to diverse dance traditions the reflect the multi-ethnic composition of the regions’ population. One of which is the Ngajat Iban, a 16th century dance first performed by Iban warriors on their return from battles, now a welcome dance to celebrate the most important harvest festival, Gawai Dayak. The movements of the male dancers are more aggressive, while the movements of the female dancers are soft and graceful, with very precise body turns. Other dances that will be performed include, alu-alu, one of the earliest traditional dance forms of the Melanau tribe in Sarawak. Influenced by folk games played during the Kaul, or the Sea Spirit Worship Feast, this dance displays the great physical skills of the male dancers.

After watching both dances, we can walk over to Makansutra Gluttons Bay for food or drinks.