Chinese Opera & Music Extravaganza, opening event of 5th Summer DanceFit Festival (2017)



In collaboration with the Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble, Arts Focus will present a joyous night filled with a series of programmes, ranging from big Chinese drum percussion (), chamber music and excerpts from Teochew opera with 17 sophisticated performers.

Performance by: Arts Focus and Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble

Art Focus was established since 2005 as an organisation specialising in Chinese opera. Many of its founding members like Tan Ooh Chye, Lim Chor Khiang and Chua Swee Huang are well-known performers to local Teochew opera audience. Arts Focus had conducted public performance in 2006 entitled "Lady Tao San Choon", 2007 entitled "Chua Swee Huang's 30 Years of Stage Performance", 2009 entitled "Salvation of the Nation" and 2014 entitled "Appealing for a Military General". Arts Focus' President Tan Ooh Chye had specially written and composed the two excerpts performed during the 2007 performance. Arts Focus has been performing regularly among community clubs too.

The Kityang Huay Kwan Teochew Music Ensemble was established in 2012 after the Kityang Huay Kwan carried out renovation to its aged building. The management committee wanted to bring life and more activities to the Association. Teochew music was a natural choice as Kityang Huay Kwan was formed by Teochew clan members from the Kityang county back in China. The group was invited to perform at various celebrative occasions of many other Teochew clubs and associations.


“Summer DanceFit Festival (SDF) is an event under ODT Cares, with a mission to promote the understanding of the inter-connectedness of arts and health, with the social services community and the community-at-large.” said by ODT’s Chairman, Ms Koh Sauk Keow.

Integrating related areas of dance, health and fitness, ODT launched a three-week nationwide festival – Summer DanceFit Festival in June 2006, graced by the former Minister of State – Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The 2nd attempt in 2008 had presented the festival at various platforms and venues, benefitting more audiences through “dance in the natural greenery”. Its finale was held at The Shaw Symphony Stage at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, “bringing together a strong ensemble of 520 dynamic youths in the closing, presenting excellent synergetic dance items, this festival is a call to foster exchanges, encourage new grounds and provide a spectrum of dances/movements, health and fitness disciplines.” as witnessed by Ms Penny Low, Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

In 2013, the 3rd SDF coincided with the opening of Aliwal Arts Centre (AAC), witnessed by Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. As ODT’s first major event at ODT’s new home – Aliwal Arts Centre, this edition brought seven different platforms to engage the community from all walks of life. SDF coincided with AAC’s aims of bringing together the arts community, supporters of the arts, and the general public to explore a new frontier in performing arts.

Festival website: www.odysseydancetheatre.com/sdf

For enquiries: (e) odtcares@gmail.com (t) 6221 5516

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Tue Jun 20, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM SGT
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Aliwal Arts Centre, Multi-Purpose Hall
Donation encouraged FULL
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Aliwal Arts Centre, Multi-Purpose Hall Singapore
Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (Singapore)