Category: Arts

Homebound: Raffles Street Dance Showcase 2019

By Benjamin Lim (19S03I), Ruchira Ramaswamy (20S03A) and V Shivani (20S06R)
Photographs courtesy of Geng Heqin (20S06S), Jia Junran (20S06H) and Syu Rui Ying (20S06M) of Raffles Photographic Society

Electrifying pop hits were blasting through the speakers as friends and family of Raffles Street Dance (RSD) members streamed excitedly into the PAC. It was as if the auditorium was alivechatter filling the air, and people grooving along to the beats, tingling with anticipation for the showcase to commence. Twinkling yellow fairy lights and helium balloons that spelled out HOMEBOUND adorned the stage, adding to the ethereal and dazzling atmosphere. As the lights dimmed, signalling the start of the show, the audience’s excitement rose into screams and rapidly settled into a hush as the screen flickered to life.

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RIPE Concert 2019: Reverie

By Sophia He (20S03H) and Huang Beihua (20A03A)
Photographs courtesy of Julia Chee (20S03D), Geng Heqin (20S06S), Jia Junran (20S06H), and Louise Tan (20S06D) of the Raffles Photographic Society

On the 26th of April, Raffles Institution Piano Ensemble (RIPE) invited their members and audiences alike to step away from the dull monotony of academia and routine, and into a rediscovered realm of fantastical imaginings, whimsical landscapes, and childlike wonder. In the gently dimmed light of LT2, audiences were treated to a kaleidoscope of pieces from romantic classics like Rachmaninoff’s “Romance and Valse”, to nostalgic film tracks like “Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard Of Oz.

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Modern Dance SYF 2019: 2613754410

By Mabel Yet (19S03Q)
Photos courtesy of Modern Dance

In the final moments before they headed backstage, the dancers huddled in a circle with their arms around each other, in a bid to soothe one another’s jitters. As they soaked in the warmth of familiar company, one by one, the dancers poured their hearts out to their team, with some finding it a struggle to sum up the past few months of blood, sweat, and tears they’d invested into their countless practices. Nonetheless, their energy remained high as they chanted “MODMODMOD MOD DANCE!” for the last time, before breaking apart and disappearing backstage. And what a show it would be.

On 12 April, Modern Dance gave a spectacular performance, entitled 2613754410, at University Cultural Centre (NUS) for the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF), with the overarching theme of something we encounter all the time—numbers.

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Jazz Playhouse: The Swing District

By Gabrielle Ng (20A01E), Jermaine Wong (20S03R), and Ng Jing Ting (20A13A)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society

It was a sluggish Thursday afternoon on the 7th of March, but a restless queue had already formed outside the TSD ten minutes before the start of Raffles Jazz’s annual showcase, Jazz Playhouse: The Swing District. As the clock ticked past 4pm and the doors opened for admission, audience members were greeted by cosy decorations and an overwhelmingly chic atmosphere. While stragglers streamed in to fill up the increasingly packed theatre, the performers walked onstage and into the spotlight to resounding applause, before picking up their instruments for a last-minute tuning.

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Dramafeste 2019: (non)Sense

By Megan Soh Minyi (20A01B), Mah Xiao Yu (20A01B), and Leong Jia En Rachel (20A01E)
Photographs courtesy of Rachel Tan (19S03T) and Tian Ruiying (19S05B) of Raffles Photographic Society

Dramafeste is back with this year’s theme of (non)Sense! In this production, each house was allocated one of the five senses: touch, hearing, taste, smell and sight. Before the start of the event, ebullient and lively chatter could be heard all throughout the PAC, a testament to the high levels of anticipation among the audience members to see how each house’s assigned theme would come to play in theatre.

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