The Weather Stations: A Site-Specific Dance Performance

October 22, 2009 by  
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The ARTS FISSION Company presents

The Weather Stations

A SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE PERFORMANCE

27 & 28 Nov 2009 8pm

The National Geographic Store, Vivo City Singapore

Ticketing: Standard $35 | Friends of ARTS FISSION $30

How we have forgotten to watch the weather and heed the signs as apocalypse.

Into the Freezing Chamber we go.

Let the Arctic ice cool

Our burning head and

Etch our awe to nature in frozen memory

the weather stationsThe Weather Stations reflects modern people’s detachment to nature and their environment even in the face of extreme climate changes. The site-specific dance performance at the museum-like National Geographic Store allows the roving audience for an intimate, gallery viewing experience with intriguing distance between performers and audience.

Dancers in dramatic costumes with Pianist Shane Thio playing a wired harpsichord, and nanyin musicians performing ancient instruments add to the theatre intensity and urgency of our planet in peril.

The Weather Stations is the first of the four modules under the larger dance project titled LOCUST WRATH, an original creation initiated by Choreographer Angela Liong in collaborations with Composer Joyce Beetuan Koh and other artists and scientists on the theme of climate change and the impact on arts, culture and humanity.

Media Enquiries:

Dawn Pereira-Humphries

Arts Manager / Project Manager

Email: dawnpereira@artsfission.org

Website: www.artsfission.org

Performance concept:

The Weather Stations explores the natural elements with reference to Asian cultures as well as the flux and changes caused by climate change.

In the dance performance, the natural elements slide and regroup themselves through rotating solo dances that roll into duets and trios, etc. The interplay of the elements’ physical property adds coloration to the familiar weather phenomenon. Recurring motifs to evoke effects of climate change on the environment and people will be featured in different dramatic scenarios.

The highlights of the performance include collaborations with theatre director Lim Jen Erh, original score by Composer Joyce Koh, Pianist Shane Thio playing on an electronically-wired harpsichord and two nanyin musicians performing 1500 years old ancient music from southern China.

Viewing Format:

The roving audience moves in different groups between four preset weather stations located in various parts of the National Geographic Store. These locations include the Freezing Chamber and the Gallery with metal poles that provide interesting spatial challenge as well as unique viewing perspective.

Each weather station is a micro-environment connected to natural elements like ice, wind, rain, swirling eddies, or thunderstorms that reflect the dynamics of different meteorological phenomenon. The performance of the four stations happens simultaneously and in repetition to allow audience to linger from station to station.

The viewing expeditions will cumulate into a destination depot where all audience and performers will congregate at one place and witness the finale conclusion of a planet in peril.

Performance Duration: 45-minutes with no intermission

Number of Performers: 9 performers (6 Dancers and 3 Musicians)

Performance date/time: 27 & 28 Nov 2009, 8pm

Audience capacity per performance (standing room only): 300

Ticketing Enquiries:

The National Geographic Store: check in-store

The ARTS FISSION Company: tafcl@singnet.com.sg and 6238 6469

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