An appreciation for dance
The sixth edition of Got to Move goes digital with a number of senior-friendly activities.
Singapore’s nationwide dance movement, Got to Move (GTM), kicked 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.
Here are some of the activities happening in March that seniors might consider participating:
• The Kueh Tutus’ Plotterpus Adventure Tours – Plotterpus Adventure Tours on March 12 is an interactive dance adventure where participants can look forward to a 45-minute Plotterpus-watching tour experienced over Zoom, and learn how to move like an imaginary Plotterpi. The session will be free. To register, participants can do so from The Kueh Tutus’ social media pages and website. Instructions for signing up will also be available on GTM’s social media pages as well.
• The Arts Fission Co’s The Ballroom of Magnificent Beasts – The Ballroom of Magnificent Beasts is a family-friendly interactive digital dance project consisting of two augmented reality (AR) filters which can be accessed on Instagram, where each family member assumes the role of a wild beast avatar and plays a game-like dance tour through dance movements. Both works will be released in March, during the school holidays and encourages the participation of all family members. Starting from the first week of March, there will be three tutorial videos that will be released on Arts Fission’s social media pages where facilitators will explain how to use the filters.
• Dance x Social videos – Local dance company Flamenco Sin Fronteras has been working with the seniors at non-profit organisation Social Health Growth, and this will be documented in GTM’s Dance x Social videos. This series of videos reflect GTM’s inclusive programming, and how dance is used to reach out to different communities of varied needs. The video series will be up in mid-February on GTM’s Facebook page.
There are some past digital dance projects that are non-GTM that seniors might be interested in:
• Decadence’s Decasilver on Digital, a video series of group participatory activities for seniors. Conducted in a mix of languages and dialects, the aim is to make dance convenient and accessible for seniors, through a blend of dance, music and tactile props.
• Maya Dance Theatre’s Behind Closed Doors includes a photo exhibition, dance film, and a series of interviews on loneliness and social isolation as experienced by seniors who are residing with their families.
(** PHOTO CREDITS: Plotterpus Adventure Tours by The Kueh Tutus; The Ballroom of Magnificent Beasts by Arts Fission Co)