Thursday, April 05, 2012

SDT "disappointed" performance not approved by M'sia

SINGAPORE: The artistic director of Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) said the company is extremely disappointed that its performance has not been approved by Malaysian authorities.

Mr Janek Schergen said the SDT is looking at the matter not as a cancellation but as a postponement until it receives the required approval.

The SDT was slated to perform a series of contemporary and classical works on Friday and Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.

It was told on Tuesday its performance had not been approved.

Mr Schergen said he was confident that Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KL PAC) knew the proper procedure in applying for approval.

He said this in response to reports which suggested that the Theatre did not put in a proper application.

"KL PAC, which is the presenting theatre, they're responsible for getting the performance permit. And twice before, we've gone there and performed, so it's always gone through without difficulties," said Mr Schergen.

"Since this isn't the first time we've done this, I'm sure that it was applied for in a way that was correct. I can't see how that could have been the problem."

Mr Schergen also dismissed speculation that they could not get visas for the performers, as well as suggestions in media reports of 'indecent costumes'.

"All the dancers have work visas in Singapore, they're all legally employed in Singapore... so it can't be visa issues. I'm sure it's not the costume... we had one programme in which all ballets had skirts that reached down to (the dancers') ankles," he added.

- CNA/cc

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Source From Channel News Asia

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