Category: Performances

Raffles Jazz Concert ‘19: Manha de Carnaval

By Sophia He (20S03H), Huang Beihua (20A03A), and Kwee Qiao Ying (19S03K)
Photos by Syu Rui Ying (20S06M) and Jensen Huang (20S06T) of the Raffles Photographic Society

It was 5.30pm on the 4th of May, 2019. Outside the Performing Arts Centre (PAC), all was calm. The Gryphon Square lazed under the afternoon sun. Students, one or two, broke their concentration on vector equations to laugh at their friends’ Star Wars puns of questionable quality, and Teddy was being petted (we know it was a Saturday, but let’s face it, when isn’t someone petting Teddy?)

Inside, though, was a wholly different sight: cymbals clanged and the saxophone sang, smartly dressed jazz members shuttled between stagefront and back, and decor team members worked their magic on balloons and duct tape, about to meet the concert that would be the culmination of many months of hard work by Raffles Jazz—Manha de Carnaval.

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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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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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