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Flamenco dancer Maria Pages to premiere new work at Esplanade's da:ns festival

Published on Jul 10, 2014 1:46 PM

Internationally acclaimed flamenco dancer Maria Pages is returning to Singapore for the international premiere of new work, I, Carmen, at the Esplanade's annual da:ns festival this October. Tickets to the festival go on sale on July 16.

The award-winning Spanish dancer and choreographer last took to the Singapore stage in 2009 for Dunas, which was a world premiere. This collaboration with Flemish-Moroccan dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was met with ecstatic reviews. In I, Carmen, Pages will explore the psyche of the eponymous free-spirited gypsy woman, set to music inspired by Georges Bizet's opera of the same name. She will perform at the Esplanade Theatre on Oct 17 and 18.

Pages' work is one of three blockbuster main stage shows at the ninth edition of da:ns, which runs from October 9 to 19. British choreographer Matthew Bourne's lauded interpretation of the ballet classic Swan Lake, previously announced in April, will open the festival.

They will be joined by British choreographer Wayne McGregor, whose fascination with science and technology led him to create FAR, which will be staged on Oct 14 and 15. The resident choreographer at the United Kingdom's Royal Ballet was inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, a movement in the late 17th century which looked to science, reason and rationality in human thought. This piece will also feature an incandescent backdrop of 3,200 LED lights.

Flamenco dancer and choreographer Maria Pages. -- PHOTO: DAVID RUANO
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