Dance Ensemble Singapore (DES) was founded in July 1993 with the aim to present multi-faceted dance styles and genres, which is constantly explored by the professional core company, DES Arts, and Performing Arts Academy. In effort to convey the cultural message of our Chinese arts and culture, DES strives to expand its field of dance and thus has engaged in numerous major performances, such as, Singapore Arts Festival, ASEAN Dance Festival, National Day Parade, Chingay Parade and many more. Furthermore, DES has also represented Singapore on diverse international cultural exchanges and festivals in various capacities.
The academy sets its educational foundation on Confucianism and moral education, where teachings such as, “Guidelines to being a Good Person” is incorporated in the dance syllabus to enrich the children’s learning path.
In Year 2004, DES established a professional main company, DES Arts, with the goal towards professionalizing its craft. At the helm of DES Arts’ Artistic Advisor, Mdm Yan Choong Lian, and Dance Advisor, Sharon Low, and run by DES Arts’ Artistic Director, Cai Shiji, and Dance Director, Goh Yan Dan; with the firm belief in “building the academy to support the main company, forming the company to glorify the academy” (translated), DES Arts actively diversify their artistic scope, so as to generate new platform for creative mastery. In turn, this expedites the development of DES Arts to be a sought-after company for international stage.
For the past decade, DES Arts has participated in countless international festivals and performances such as, Turkey, France, Spain, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Japan, Canada, Vancouver, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, America, Macau, Hong Kong and more.
In recent years, DES Arts has been actively promoting the ‘Nanyang’ Style of Chinese Dance and was highly commended by Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, during the 2014 National Day Rally for its innovative interpretation and style, as well as unceasing effort in pushing boundaries in the local cultural scene. Another DES Arts’ exemplary full-length work, “Motifs” (2015), received an exclusive media coverage by Channel NewsAsia Singapore, and was specially invited to South Korea International Dance Festival to perform this piece.
DES and DES Arts, having one heart and mind striving towards a clear common goal in unison, pushing boundaries in arts education and performing arts with diligence and perseverance through the spirit of nurturing, innovation and legacy building; so as to rise up a company of quality artists with spirit of excellence, wisdom and depth.
Life of magnificence that embraces the harmonious culture stemmed from the unceasing cultivation; shining so clear and bright as if a vibrantly beautiful rainbow spanning across the boundless sky. Beauty, life, strength and extraordinary magnanimity are the key essence of this 4 dance pieces.
《偶。人》 Human or Puppetry
The fate of a human and puppet intertwines itself. The puppet controlled by the human mirrors the human controlled by fate. Never-ending………never resolved.
Innocence is bliss, Innocence is treasured. Brimming with youth and energetic quality, youths dance to a better tomorrow.
《劲 。力》 Vitality
Strength, Vigour, Intellect and Foresight, Success is bred through mental and physical manifestation of steely clam and focus.
《瑰。璀。》 Plenteous Love
飞舞翱翔, 吉祥如意，妙舞新姿, 瑰丽璀璨。
A celebration of occasion rejoicing in juAAbilant wonders. Dancing to the rhythm of this joyous celebration.