Gala Performance Singapore Arts Festival 2004


The Festival Garden Unfolds….


Singapore Arts Festival 2004, the nation’s premier arts event, is finally here! Step into the Festival garden to enjoy the diverse range of contemporary and cutting-edge productions that promise to delight your senses with the best that the world of arts has to offer.  The new season will feature more than 300 performances by 1,500 artists from over 32 cities.


The Festival kicks off on 28 May with the world premiere of its greatly anticipated new bloom, ma by Akram Khan Company, at the Victoria Theatre. ma comes into flower following the first ever 2-week residency offered by the Festival. Showcasing Akram Khan’s unique blend of Indian and Western dance and music aesthetics, this contemporary dance features seven dynamic dancers moving to live music performed by three musicians.  This is Akram Khan’s biggest creation to date and marks the first time that an international company is opening the Festival.


The evening’s festivities are not confined to Victoria Theatre but spills over to The Arts House –  the Festival Club, and the promenade in front of it.  In keeping with the evening’s “floral chic” theme, performers togged up in flowery costumes will mingle and entertain guests with roving acts of juggling, stilt-walking and body painting.  Those who have yet to check out the Arts House will be able to explore Singapore’s newest arts facility and view video snippets of Festival highlights, while enjoying a classical Indian instrumental music performance by young talents.   


VIPs attending the Festival Gala Performance include President S R Nathan and Mrs Nathan, Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mrs Goh, Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan and Mrs Tan, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Dr Lee Boon Yang, Permanent Secretaries, Ambassadors of foreign embassies, Members of Parliament, Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of statutory boards, and sponsors.


To facilitate this multi-sensory gala experience, the Empress Place and Old Parliament Lane will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday, 27 May 2004 and from 10am to 10pm on Friday, 28 May 2004.  Signs will be put up in the vicinity to inform motorists of the road closures while CISCO police will on hand to direct motorists during these periods.   


Annex - Gala programme and reply slip