Got to Move (GTM), Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, returns for its fifth edition this October, providing the public with more opportunities to come together to enjoy dance and appreciate the arts. For the first time, this annual initiative will feature almost four weeks of dance activities around the island, from 4th to 27th October 2019.
The festival in October marks the high point of year-round initiatives by the National Arts Council (NAC) to celebrate the diversity of dance in Singapore. This year, participants can look forward to an exciting line-up of over 300 dance activities at over 50 locations island-wide, from studios, performing venues and shopping malls, to sport centres for the first time. The programmes span various genres and cater to different demographics including youths, families and under-served communities.
Says Ms Elaine Ng, Senior Director, Sector Development (Performing Arts), NAC: “Through GTM’s extended run and expanded geographical reach this year, we hope to provide more opportunities for the public to participate in dance activities. The dance community continues to push their creative boundaries and create meaningful programmes to engage everyone, from the youth to the silver generation to under-served communities. We are proud of their efforts, and encourage all Singaporeans to experience and appreciate Got to Move’s diverse range of dance activities with friends and family.”
This year, the festival will bring its programmes to more venues island-wide such as Jurong Point, SAFRA Toa Payoh, East Coast Park and Gateway Theatre, making dance activities easily accessible for everyone. GTM programmes will also be hosted at NAC’s Arts and Culture Nodes such as Kallang Community Centre and Wisma Geylang Serai, reaching out to those among the surrounding community who may be keen to try out dance.
For the first time, the public can also look forward to a GTM Dance-Walk in the heartlands (Sengkang Sport Centre) where GTM and SportSG will be collaborating to offer dance programmes closer to home. Mr Lai Chin Kwang, Chief of ActiveSG at Sport Singapore, says: “We are happy to partner NAC to bring the GTM Dance-Walk to the Sengkang community. Through our ActiveGroove Club, we will continue to offer dance programmes at our ActiveSG sport centres island-wide for residents to create memories, build friendships and adopt active lifestyles. Most importantly, we want our residents to get active and have lots of fun dancing and walking together!”
The public can look forward to a wide variety of interesting projects, such as multi-disciplinary collaborations that empower dance practitioners and groups to go beyond their creative comfort zones to inspire each other and raise the bar of the home grown dance scene. Many of the programmes are specially tailored to engage three key demographics for GTM 2019: under-served communities, youths and inter-generational families.
For the underserved communities, programmes include Flamenco Sin Fronteras’ La Fiesta Flamenca, a four-week fitness programme for seniors; Diverse Abilities Dance Collective’s Dance with Me! workshops which aim to encourage inclusivity and build awareness of disability-led practice through movement; and Maya Dance Theatre’s Shadow dancing under the illumination of street lights,a series of workshops, performances and a dialogue session that endeavours to show how dance can be a powerful medium to effect change and address social issues.
Reaching out to youths, programmes include multi-disciplinary collaboration The Visual Collective, a series of workshops that spotlights other notable aspects of dance, such as beat production, sound-scaping and post editing of dance videos; the Building Styles Specialist workshop about hands, legs and robot-style popping; and Swing and All That Jazz, offering introductory workshops covering Lindy Hop, Charleston and Tap Dance and feature a demo-lecture on the development of jazz dance and music.
And for intergenerational bonding, Singapore Ballet Academy’s Parent & Child Ballet Partnering Workshop will return, while Shake & Waddle puts a spin of the traditional Snakes & Ladders board game in an interactive dance game that requires teammates to complete dance challenges to reach the top of the board. Finally, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre will present an immersive and interactive dance drama that will take the young and young-at-heart on a journey back in time to revisit a popular Singapore story in The Legend of Bukit Merah.
Got to Move takes place from 4th to 27th October 2019 around Singapore. The application for the open call ends 23rd June 2019, with results announced by 19th July 2019. For more information, visit NAC’s website here