Flower Moon over Singapore River 《花月夜》
– a Celebration for the Commoners
9 & 10 Sept 2022 | 7:30pm & 8:30pm | Cavenagh Bridge
A Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration for the Commoners
Flower Moon over Singapore River 《花月夜》, presented at the historic CAVENAGH BRIDGE, is the annual Moonstruck Series by ARTS FISSION. The 2022 performance is offered free and hope to bring simple joy to the public especially as a celebration of respite to ease social isolation under the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea to stage a performance at a bridge site is inspired by Asian classic paintings and prints that often featured bridges as the dramatic backdrop. For example, the famous long Chinese scroll – Upstream at the River during Qing Ming Festival 清明上河图 that depicted common folks engaged in their livelihoods and leisurely activities, or old Japanese ukiyo-e prints showing lives of common people in the floating world.
The music for the performance is also inspired by another familiar Chinese music piece titled Spring. River. Flower. Moon. Night. 春江花月夜.
Using contemporary compositional treatment, Composer Zechariah Goh Toh Chai deconstructs the familiar Chinese melody and presents his new version with flute, sheng, suona, marimba and drums. Performed by Chinese wind percussion ensemble Reverberance, the musicians play with rhythmic motifs and sound textures in an improvisatory and spontaneous manner.
As in past Moonstruck Series tradition, all dance works are created by the ARTS FISSION Dancers, Aisha, Andine, Cymone and Marveen. The performance is curated by artistic director Angela Liong.
To reflect the cultural colors of the Mid-Autumn Festival, two enchanting myth-inspired dances are created:
DRAGON MORPHING by Aisha and Andine references the story of the carp that leaped over the mountain top and transformed into a majestic dragon.
GOBBLING THE MOON by Marveen and Cymone depicts two frogs vying to swallow something more than the animals could handle.
A Shimmering Roving Performance
Flower Moon over Singapore River 《花月夜》 is designed as a roving performance under 30-minutes. Audiences can stand along both sides of the 79-meter long bridge but won’t miss a thing as the performance segments move back and forth and gradually unfolds from one end of the bridge onto the other end.
《花月夜》由艺术总监梁佩贤构思，以及著名作曲家及南洋艺术学院音乐系高级讲师吴多才作曲，也由化生艺术团的四名专 业舞者编舞，从古老神话启示 的 蟾蜍吞月 和 鲤鱼跃龙门，编创出新鲜有趣的舞蹈意象，再与来自回响吹打团的演奏者合 作，在吴老师带领指引下，以生动的现代即兴音乐演奏手法， 重新演译脍炙人口的名曲 -- 春江花月夜。
1. OPENING: rowing above the water 月下一漂舟
Performers: full company
2. Music Interlude I: Musicians of Reverberance 花月夜解构一
3. MYTH-INSPIRED DANCES I & II (two simultaneous duets) 神话今说
DRAGON MORPHING 鲤鱼跃龙门
Choreographers and Performers:
Aisha Polestico and Andine Elaina
GOBBLING THE MOON 蟾蜍吞月
Choreographers and Performers:
Marveen Lozano and Cymone Woo
4. Music Interlude II: Musicians of Reverberance 花月夜解构二
5. FINALE: procession of the rainbow-color clouds 飘摇彩云行
Performers: full company
THE ARTS FISSION COMPANY
As the longest incorporated contemporary dance company in Singapore since 1994, ARTS FISSION has gathered a diverse and groundbreaking dance track record. Under the artistic direction of Cultural Medallion Recipient Angela Liong, ARTS FISSION has evolved into a dynamic dance hybrid that empowers its dance craft with works that are relevant to people and everyday life.
The hallmark of ARTS FISSION’s performance making is complex in concept with multi-disciplinary arts that often references the Asian cultures. The dance hybrid approach not only delves into inquisitive dance work with creative fervor, but it also applies equal innovation to turn community outreach projects into richly human experience. ARTS FISSION provides a diverse range of dance creations to engage people of all ages.
The Arts Fission Company Ltd is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023.
化生艺术团是新加坡最早成立的当代舞蹈团。自 1994创团以来，化生艺术团创作了不少具有突破性的舞蹈作品。在文化奖得主艺术总监梁佩贤的领导下，化生艺术团跨越舞蹈传统表演范围， 与不同领域创意人合作，推扩舞蹈表演艺术， 为观众带来惊艳的剧场体验。至今，艺术总监梁佩贤仍然不断以创新的理念来带领艺术团隊迈进，孜孜不倦地创造以亚洲人文为基，与日常生活紧密衔接的艺术命题作品。化生艺术团也常被应邀到国际艺术节平台呈献作品演出。
这次的疫情带来生活操作巨变，也促使了化生艺术团转向全新创作管道，通过一系列科技及数码化的实验（如电影艺术及AR/VR 科技），以肢体语言为主，创造出新颖的舞蹈作品, 发展虚拟网上舞台。
化生艺术团的作品风格清新而不落俗套，更把不同文化与现代艺术思维融纳，以跨领域的理念态度， 来丰富舞蹈创作的过程。艺术团也是本地首个开拓特定场地 (site-specific) 概念创作的舞团。至今仍然活跃以特定场地形式呈献舞蹈演出，为非剧场观众的普通人仕，以艺术带来日常生活里的惊喜。
REVERBERANCE is a new Chinese wind-percussion ensemble comprising top award winning local musicians. Many of the members in the ensemble are graduates of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts who have received advanced music training or are holders of master degrees under the auspices of National Arts Scholarship schemes.
In 2020, Reverberance clinched first place in the ensemble category of the Singapore Chinese Music Competition (SCMC). In May 2019 the wind-percussion ensemble was also invited by the Guangxi Arts University in China to present a full-length concert as a part of the University’s 8th China-ASEAN Music Festival – a well-known festival in Guangxi province to celebrate ASEAN music.
Reverbrance aspires to excite and empower audiences with diverse sounds of wind and percussion music through the play of traditional Chinese instruments. The wind-percussion ensemble also hopes to extend their music making and connect to the community, in particular to enable senior citizens to enjoy the music of Reverbrance and enrich their lives.
回响 • 吹打团简介
回响 • 吹打团是由一群本地年轻音乐家组成的乐团 。
乐团曾在新加坡华乐比赛 2020 中脱颖而出, 荣获合奏组的
总冠军。在 2019 年 5 月期间, 回响应广西艺术学院邀请参与
第八届中国 - 东盟音乐节, 并在广西举办一场专
乐。回响展望美好的未来 , 意愿成为一支世界顶级、
优秀的吹打乐团, 呈献更卓越的音乐表演, 并将吹打乐形
Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai 吴多才
Zechariah Goh Toh Chai writes music ranging from choir, symphonic band, wind ensemble, chamber music to large scale orchestral works. He often fuses Southeast Asian-Chinese tradition and that of Western European musical practices with cultural sensitivity in his music creations.
He received the David and Gunda Hiebert Scholarship in 1999 to study for a Master in Piano and later Doctorate in Composition, both degrees at the University of Kansas. While studying in Kansas, United States, he was also awarded the prestigious Anthony Cius Prize for outstanding student composer for the academic year of 2001 and 2002. In his early music study days, Toh Chai received close tutelage from many well-known Singapore pioneer composers and musicians like Pianist Ong Lip Tat, Composers Leong Yoon Pin and Phoon Yew Tien.
Toh Chai receives frequent commissions to write music for symphonic bands and choirs. He is also an active speaker at international music conferences such as WASBE, ISME, APSME. He is now senior lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, specializing in Composition, Orchestration, Aural and Sight Singing, and Choir.
For his artistic excellence in the field of music, Zechariah was conferred the Young Artist Award (Music) in September 2003 by the National Arts Council, Singapore. The award was presented by the President of the Republic of Singapore at Istana.
Concept, Artistic Direction, and Performance Curation
Composition and Music Direction
Zechariah Goh Toh Chai
Choreography & Performance
ARTS FISSION DANCERS:
Musicians of Reverberance
Lighting Design & Technical Consultant
Ang Hui Bin
Visual Design (EDM)
Koh Beng Chye
Lee Jia Jing
Front of House
ARTS FISSION would like to express our thanks to the following individual and organisations for assistance and support to the production:
Movement Artist and Designer Lim Chin Huat
Asian Civilisations Museum
Land Transport Authority
National Heritage Board
National Parks Board