When Mr Jay Che first heard about “social circus” 13 years ago, his interest was piqued.
The movement uses circus arts as a form of social work. He said: “I heard about Cirque du Monde, which is a social circus programme affiliated with Cirque du Soleil, and I was inspired to try it out in Singapore.”
Mr Che, 35, is the founder and mentor of Circus in Motion, a company that conducts circus workshops for youths at risk.
The organisation conducts weekly training sessions with students from Metta School, Gracehaven home, Katong School, and Bukit Timah Primary School. For this year’s Singapore Street Festival, selected students from Mr Che’s programme will be performing in the showcase, “Circus Stations”.
The students will get to show off their juggling skills, as well as their prowess at doing tricks with the diabolo, a Chinese yo-yo.
The Singapore Street Festival began last Friday and will run for six weeks, until July 14. In addition to the “Circus Stations” showcase there will be other events, competitions and classes, all held as part of the festival.
The Asia Global Bellydance Singapore League Competition, for both amateur and professional dancers, will be held on July 5 at Bugis+.
There will also be a street dance competition, “Street Fervor”, held at the Far East Plaza Atrium on June 14 and 15. That same weekend, professional magicians Alexander Yuen, 35, and Jonathan Low, 35, will be performing a show called Magic: Street Theatre at 313 @ Somerset.
Mr Yuen praised the Singapore Street Festival for allowing people to showcase unconventional talent.
“A lot of non-mainstream performances are not featured very much in Singapore,” he said. “This festival gives people the opportunity to do so, and for youths to focus on their passions.”
For more information regarding the festival, go to: www.singaporestreetfestival.com
The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on June 12, 2013.