Student’s Resolve: First Surge to Success

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The story revolves around Rae, a student without a direction in life that gets a chance to experience her possible futures - both good and bad | Ashley Matthew Teo

It received an overwhelming reception right from the get-go. Within 23 minutes of the ticket release, both shows of Surge: Resolve on Nov 26, 2016, by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) hip-hop club New Revolving Age (NRA) were sold out.

Surge: Resolve at NP’s Music Box was held as part of NP’s Art Fiesta, an annual arts festival for the school’s performing arts CCA. Last year’s edition, following the theme of Unorthodox, saw 23 clubs take part from Oct 21 to Dec 3, 2016.

This year’s performance marked the club’s first completely student-run production, in which all committee members, choreographers and stage managers were current students of NP. Previously, NRA held yearly editions of Danzation, a now-biennial large-scale production performed outside the school, which featured mostly alumni and the club’s teaching crew in the organising committee.

Agnes Lau, 19, felt that having the students run the production made them shine. “They get to produce their own things and are not constricted by seniors and (the seniors’) ideas,” the third year Child Psychology and Early Education student said.

Student choreographer Mark Ng, 19, echoed her sentiments. “It took a lot of effort for the committee and choreographers to get Surge to where it was (for the performance. But I feel we had a very good show, one that could compare to Danzation,” he said.

Mark choreographed the opening act, along with fellow club members Chan Wai Hing, Insyira Tiara and Khoo Jia Yun. Although he had previously choreographed for other events, including the School of Humanities and Social Sciences piece for NP’s annual Dance For Fun competition, he felt that putting Surge together was the “most fulfilling experience I’ve had in my three short years since I started dancing”.

“My biggest takeaway (as a choreographer) was (being able to) impact the dancers,” the third-year Psychology Studies student said. “By taking them under my wing and guiding them now, hopefully in a year or two I will see them doing the same,” he added.

Surge: Resolve told the tale of Rae, a student without a clear direction in life as her graduation nears. Through narration and dance, the story followed Rae in experiencing her possible futures, and finding out the consequences of each choice. Overall, the various pieces gelled well together to highlight the overarching plot.

A video showcasing behind-the-scenes footage of the production was also screened during the event. – MEGAN CHEAH

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