Earlier today, my toddler and I attended Introduction to Ballet Classics by Singapore Dance Theatre, a celebratory performance in honor of Children’s Day, as part of Octoburst: A Children’s Festival. This annual festival stages free and ticketed performances and offers workshops for children of all ages and their caregivers. Introduction to Ballet Classics, an hour-long performance, featured excerpts of well-known classical ballets, including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake and Minkus’ Don Quixote and La Bayadère.* My child was dazzled by the grace and athleticism on display. The excerpts were the perfect length for even the youngest audience members. And at SG$10 per ticket, ’twas very affordable. Introduction to Ballet Classics is probably one of the best children’s theatre/performance events I’ve been to all year!
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Octoburst: A Children’s Festival continues until Monday, October 6. Go see Kamini Ramachandran, a talented storyteller, if you can. She is awesome. Her parent-child workshop is sold out, but she is performing (for FREE!) at Library@Esplanade on Saturday and Monday at 1pm and 3pm. There is also a free bookmaking workshop for children and their parents, on Sunday and Monday from 2pm to 4pm at Jendela, conducted by Boedi Widjaja, an Indonesian artist whose work I admire very much.
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* One day, my child and I will talk about Orientalism; today was not that day.