NUS Dance Ensemble has 2 major annual productions, The Next Wave and Evocation that features the versatility of its dancers and the unique styles of the choreographers.
The Next Wave
The Next Wave is an annual production in which Dance Ensemble showcases the dynamics and versatility of its dancers in pieces choreographed by many renowned choreographers both locally and internationally.
The Next Wave 2019: Moments
Fleeting, transient slices of history;
Moments, many, together sculpting our identity.
With works from guest choreographers Sufri Juwahir (co-founder of Soul Signature, former principal dancer of Maya Dance Theatre and awardee of the Young Artist Award 2018) and Muhammad Sharul Bin Mohammed (Malay dance practitioner with Artiste Seni Budaya, an associate artist with P7:1SMA dance company and fresh graduate of LASALLE College of the Arts), alumni choreographers Arias Lim Jie and Shahbirul Zaki Ahmad, as well as Resident Choreographer and Artistic Director Zaini Mohammad Tahir, The Next Wave 2019: Moments seamlessly infuses Southeast Asian aesthetics into our urban landscape, as the various affairs that have become significant moments in our history – whether political, cultural or personal – are explored and questioned. Why have they become important? Who decided so? What created its influence which inevitably led us to where we need to be – right here, right now.
Evocation is a platform for younger artists to develop as independent choreographers, providing exposure to the rest of the company in exploring the various specific styles and body movements of different choreographers. Evocation has featured works by many new and budding choreographers, including current undergraduates and alumni.