ROUTES: A Multi-Perspective Exploration of Traditional Dance in Singapore


Image courtesy of the National Arts Council



Dates: 1 July - 12 September 2021 (Open daily)

Time: 9am – 10pm (Last screening at 9.30pm)

Venue: Stamford Arts Centre, 155 Waterloo St, #01-05, Singapore 187962

Price: Free entry


Looking for something enriching to do after your Work From Home (WFH) schedule? Wish you knew more about ethnic traditions or want to help your children understand traditional dance in Singapore? The National Arts Council (NAC) is delighted to present ROUTES, an exhibition on the evolution of traditional dance through storytelling and immersive technology at the Stamford Arts Centre (SAC).


ROUTES follows the origins of local Chinese, Malay, and Indian traditional dance practices, and presents a multi-perspective reflection on the current traditional dance scene in Singapore. In this exhibition, visitors can learn about how these art forms were passed down through the confluence of immigrant cultures across generations, and have grown into the unique practices we know and experience today.


Anchored on stories from Singapore’s dance pioneers and practitioners including Santha Bhaskar, Som Said, Lim Moi Kim, Cai Shiji, Raka Maitra, and Noramin Farid, ROUTES taps on their first-person accounts, delves into the preservation of traditional dance and its continuity in the future. The exhibition also explores the notion of contemporary, as classically trained practitioners continue pushing boundaries in interpretation and expression.


Highlights of ROUTES include:


  • An immersive journey through the evolution of traditional dance in Singapore  – including a 20-minute self-guided video experience with informative narrations on the origins of traditional dance, how these practices came to Singapore, and how it grew to adopt a uniquely local flavour.


  • First-person accounts by Singapore’s dance pioneers and practitioners – personal anecdotes and stories on the growth of the traditional dance scene in Singapore. Themes explored include: roots and identity, unpacking of traditional dance, COVID-19, and the purpose of dance.


  • Life-sized holographic mesh projections – with an immersive 360-degree experience showcasing traditional dance forms in Singapore, the exhibition enfolds visitors into a quasi-3D holographic experience that brings traditional dance to life.


For more information, please visit Images and biographies of the anchor artists may be downloaded from the digital media kit.