SINGAPORE: With just three days left to the opening of the ASEAN Para Games in Singapore, performers are hard at work perfecting the Opening Ceremony which takes place on Thursday night (Dec 3).
A total of 661 performers will take part in the Ceremony at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, along with 174 volunteers, 120 motivators, 454 students. The show will see both able-bodied performers and the disabled working hand in act to produce multiple movements, which will aim to inspire and promote inclusiveness.
The show will feature four movements celebrating the region's finest para athletes, featuring myriad of performers, from a 15-year-old autistic dancer, to a 78-year-old volunteer.
Friends and families of the athletes and performers were given a sneak peek of the Ceremony on Monday.
Luo Mang, 15, opens the show with dance movement therapy students from NAFA. Luo Mang has autism. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
The first movement is a moving dance act, set against a hand-drawn animation by an international artist, which will introduce the 15 sports at the Games.
A dancer from the first movement: Stretching the Boundaries. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
Students from NAFA performing. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
Once the flags of the ASEAN Para Games and ASEAN Para Sports Federations are raised, the show gets into full swing.
Nila and team teaches the audience how to do the Kallang Wave. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
Dancers on stage will then go up in the air, forming a magical carousel, symbolising each ASEAN country and the spirit of the Games.
Performers from ACJC make up the second movement: World of Creative Possibilities. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
Aerialists bringing their act to the next level. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
The last two movements have been kept a secret to surprise guests at the actual show.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, there will be live sign language interpretation and captioning throughout the show - a first for such a major event in Singapore.
This year, emcees at the Opening Ceremony will be accompanied by a sign language interpreter to aid the hearing impaired. (Photo: Ngau Kai Yan)
This is the first time Singapore has hosted the biennial multi-sport event for disabled people.