Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, Got to Move (GTM), kicks off its sixth edition from January to March 2021. Presented digitally for the first time, the annual initiative by the National Arts Council (NAC) aims to raise awareness and grow appreciation for dance through a range of highly accessible and participatory programming. Members of the public can look forward to joining a series of interactive digital dance programmes and learn more about communicating perspectives through movement while getting to know some of Singapore’s prolific and upcoming dancers.
GTM has commissioned five original digital works which push the creative boundaries of the dance community as well as foster dialogue and appreciation for the practice. In the next three months, digital dance programmes from our local arts groups, Raw Moves, ScRach MarcS, TRDOco, The Arts Fission Company and The Kueh Tutus will utilise multiple online formats, ranging from Augmented Reality (AR) applications and filters, to an interactive dance film. Each digital dance programme will include unique touchpoints to provide a novel and engaging dance experience, while simultaneously kept accessible for all to enjoy. In the coming months, audiences can also catch a glimpse of the dance groups’ creative processes through the GTM social media pages.
Kicking off the season is XITY Augmented Reality Application by Raw Moves, where participants will experience dance through an AR application and discover the city-living environment through an audio geometry experience. This programme is an extension of the company’s interdisciplinary live performance of XITY which fuses movement, sound and visual animation. Building on the momentum of accessibility and interactivity, ScRach MarcS’ Lens Lens Revolution invites audiences to experience the integration of traditional fusion movement and music elements into modern street styles through a series of three Instagram AR filters, where participants get to exchange dance moves, enhanced with special animation graphics.
TRDOco, a contemporary dance company, draws on the strength of technology to amplify its message in To Or Not. Participants can look forward to a youth-centric narrative that follows the lives of two teenagers in this interactive dance concept video. The video tackles the salient social issue of mental health and social support, inviting audiences to inhabit the persona of a character and toggle between multiple scenarios to make their own decision on how the story should unfold.
Launching in time for the March holidays are two family-friendly programmes that invite younger audiences to join in the fun. The Kueh Tutus’ Plotterpus Adventure Tours lets parent-child pairs interact digitally with imaginary baby Plotterpi through a series of choreographed movements. For families seeking adventure in the comforts of their homes, they can assume the role of a wild beast avatar through two Instagram AR filters by The Arts Fission Company, and enter the fantasy realm of The Ballroom of Magnificent Beasts.
The digitalisation of dance works have provided our artists the opportunity to reach new audiences and employ new forms of creation to enhance their offerings. These digital dance programmes also complement the initiatives by NAC to encourage digitalisation, including digital dance projects supported by the Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts (DPG).
More info on www.nac.gov.sg
When: 18 Jan - 14 Mar 2021,