Singapore Arts Festival 2003 Presents Singapore Dance Theatre & H. Art Chaos (Singapore/Japan)


Singapore Dance Theatre & H. Art Chaos (Singapore/Japan)




(World Premiere)


 Date:  20 & 21 June 
 Time:  8 pm 
 Venue:  Esplanade Theatre 
 Tickets:  $82, $62, $52, $42, $32, $22
 Duration:  80 minutes (no intermission) 


Sponsored by Lee Foundation


Supported by Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore


Dance enthusiasts who were awed and impressed by the dynamic choreography style of Sakiko Oshima of H. Art Chaos at its debut performance in Singapore at the Singapore Arts Festival 2001 would not want to give the world premiere of Le Festin d’Immortalité at this year’s Festival a miss. 


The artistic director and choreographer of the leading contemporary dance troupe of Japan returns to Singapore with her leading dancer Shirakawa Naoko and teams up with Singapore’s premier dance group, Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT), to present an equally audacious and intense dance work.


An extension of Oshima’s earlier work, Une machine a faire des dieux (A Machine that creates Gods), Le Festin d’Immortalité, or the Feast of Immortality, will transport audiences into a spiritual realm, and as they journey into the heart of human darkness. Through dance, Le Festin d’Immortalité explores the aggression of technology into nature and consequent issues, such as that of the illusion of the body and the soul.


Once clear-cut, the definitions of “body” and “soul” and of life and death have been augmented by the invasion of technology into our daily lives, for a body, “dead” by natural causes, can now be kept alive through technology. Technology it would seem, have mastered nature and redefined that which we once accepted without doubt: the notion that this is my body, this is “I”, this is life, and this is death. The challenge and the aim of Le Festin d’Immortalité lie in transcending the body even though the art form itself uses the body.


H. Art Chaos was co-founded by Oshima and Shirakawa in 1989. Reluctant to be confined in any existing paradigm, this premier Japanese dance troupe has carved out its unique artistic identity in their enigmatic interpretation of ideas and various media.


The movement vocabulary and emotional limits of SDT’s dancers continue to scale new heights in this potent collaboration. Under Oshima’s lead, the dancers have been put through a physically demanding regimen of fast and violent movement, which includes a series of falls, leaps, slaps and twitches, as well as suspension on wires.


The Annexes listed below are available upon request.

  • Annex 1 – Profile of Sakiko Oshima
  • Annex 2 – Profile of Singapore Dance Theatre and Goh Soo Khim
  • Annex 3 – Profile of Naoko Shirakawa 
  • Annex 4 – Profile of dancers of SDT