Artistes with disabilities show their True Colours

Ill-Abilities and Epic Arts, featuring artistes with disabilities who will be performing at the True Colours Festival in Singapore,  gave an exciting preview of their abilities with high-energy  performances at the Arts in Your Neighbourhood programme organised by the National Arts Council on March 17 and 18 at Bedok Town Square and Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza.

The five B-Boys from ILL-Abilities, who hail from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Chile and the Netherlands, demonstrated how they overcame extraordinary challenges to become some of the best dancers in the world.

Founded in 2007 with the idea of being a “Super Crew” of disabled dancers, the mission of ILL-Abilities is to redefine society’s view of disability, promote empowerment and encourage limitless possibilities through motivational entertainment.

The dancers gave pumped-up performances of various breakdancing moves – pin, slide, hop and windmill – to the delight of the crowd.

Based in Cambodia, Epic Arts uses the arts as a powerful tool for transformation and as a form of expression and empowerment to bring people with and without disabilities together. As the first inclusive contemporary performance company in Cambodia, the group works collaboratively with guest choreographers to create dance and theatre productions based on issues facing the people.

The audience at both Bedok Town Square and Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza was wowed by the deft and skillful moves of the dancers.

The three-day True Colours Concert, which concludes on March 25 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, brings together some of Asia Pacific’s most accomplished performing artistes with disabilities in a multi-faceted celebration of talent.

It features a line-up of star performers such as Australian jazz crooner Tony Dee, violinist Adrian Anantawan from Canada, Malaysian rock group Caliph Buskers, Singaporean pianist Dr Azariah Tan, celebrated ballet dancers Ma Li  and Zhai Xiaowei from China, France’s Got Talent 2016 second runner-up Aliénette Coldfire from the Philippines and the unique Digital Orchestra from the UK.

The True Colours Concert is presented by The Nippon Foundation and UNESCO, produced by Very Special Arts Singapore and promises to delight your senses and make your heart soar.

Also visit the True Colours Festival Village, held in OCBC Square, just a short walk away from the concert venue. It is full of interactive experiences, film screenings and theatre performances.

Admission to the Festival Village is free of charge for everyone, whether you attend the ticketed concert or not.

Ticket: $30
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