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SUARA / ORO RUA

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SUARA / ORO RUA

by Safuan Johari (SG) & Eddie Elliott (NZ)

DanceMusic
24 May 2024, Fri
8PM

25 May 2024, Sat
8PM

26 May 2024, Sun
3PM
Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
$78, $58*, $38*

A work inspired by the power of the voice, and what voices and our breath can bring into being, with 'suara' meaning 'voice/sound' in Malay, and 'oro rua' in Māori, meaning 'to resonate'.

SUARA / ORO RUA imagines a distant, post-anthropocentric future long after the world has gone silent...until the day our fossilised voices once again emerge, their aural energies breaking through the ground like geothermal force. What worlds would those voices call into being? What might those voices declare, lament, or confess?

The work brings the Māori concept of Te Kore, the ‘void’ that exists beyond the world of everyday experience, together with the sonic history of the Earth — which tells us how hundreds of millions of years of evolution and communication happened in silence before living creatures found their voices.

Featuring original music composed and directed by Safuan Johari and performed by Singaporean musicians and vocalists, with dance/movement choreographed by Eddie Elliott and performed by dancers from Aotearoa.


There will be a post-show talk with the artists after Saturday's performance.


SUARA / ORO RUA is commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts, and supported by Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Asia New Zealand Foundation.


Key visual artwork: "Riding With The Wind" by Andy Yang
Graphic design: Akbar Syadiq

*Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors.
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1hr

13 years and above
General
Non-Verbal
Cui Yin Mok | Producer
Performers
Design Team
Akbar Syadiq | Set Designer
Daniel John Williams | Costume Designer
Adrian Tan | Lighting Designer
rongzhao | Sound Designer
Production & Administrative Team
Evelyn Chia (The Backstage Affair) | Production Manager
Lance Loughlin (Waiwhakaata Performance) | Administrator (Aotearoa)
Keira Lee | Stage Manager
Additional Thanks To:
Unitec Auckland for their support during rehearsals in Aotearoa, in particular: Sylvie, Josie, Abby, Jasmine & Lily-Mae from Unitec Performing Arts class of 2024.
Cory-Toalei Pearl Roycroft for their contribution and involvement during the development of the work in Aotearoa New Zealand
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