Incandescent - A City That Never Sleeps

NUS Dance Synergy featuring NUS Guitar Ensemble

Fri 18 March / 8pm / UCC Hall

General: $25 / Students: $15 / Friends of CFA: $25 for two
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Conceived by Yarra Ileto and directed by Jeremiah Choy, the Festival's opening piece investigates an everyday question that we might have forgotten to ask – why can't we see the stars with our naked eye anymore?


With music created by Dr Robert Casteels showcasing the NUS Guitar Ensemble (GENUS), and the inclusion of dance multimedia elements designed by Mervin Wong, this bold new work looks at how the body responds to artificial light and the insidious impact of light pollution in urban cities today. A contemporary work for our times that probes further into our modern lifestyle - does it embrace or disrupt the symbiotic relationship between the body and the environment?  

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Available for free digital streaming from 28 March to 10 April.

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Yarra Ileto (Artistic Director)

Born and raised in Australia, Yarra Ileto relocated to Singapore pursuing her BA First Class Honours Degree in Performing Arts (Dance) at LASALLE College of the Arts. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Pedagogy and Practice with Distinction from Goldsmiths University, London in 2020. Ileto has worked as a professional freelance dance artist, choreographer, instructor and artistic director, choreographing and performing works presented at M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, M1 Fringe Festival and the Joint Dance Congress in Adelaide, Australia. In 2017, she received the Young Artist Award, Singapore's highest honour for young people in the arts. 

Dr Robert Casteels (Music Director)

A renowned composer, conductor, educator, pianist, educator and researcher, Dr Robert Casteels believes that these roles are fundamentally interrelated in the kaleidoscope of activities that is music making. Born in Belgium, Robert has since become a Singapore citizen, contributing tirelessly to Singapore’s music scene. Robert has written a growing corpus of 140 musical works that defy classification because they cross cultures, genres and disciplines. Robert has conducted more than 50 professional orchestras in a repertoire of 600 works ranging from the early classics to contemporary music, from symphonic to vocal and dance repertoire.  

Jeremiah Choy (Director)

With close to 30 years of experience in Singapore’s arts scene and with international experience that ranges from Asia to South Africa and Europe, Jeremiah Choy is a Creative Director, Producer and Curator. He has directed and produced theatre shows, concerts, arts festivals, Singapore and International events such as Singapore Day (Sydney, Shanghai, San Francisco), Spotlight Singapore (Cape Town, Bratislava and Prague, and Mexico City), NS50 and Sing50.

His recent works include: Creative Director for Silver Arts Festival (NAC – curating 16 online and live performances), Singapore Discovery Centre Lower Gallery Experience, Sunburst 2021 and ChildAid 2021.