Art of the State

Published on 26 December 2017

It’s a happy new year indeed for art aficionados and newbies alike, as Singapore Art Week returns with its sixth edition. The 12-day visual arts extravaganza offers an amazing range of art experiences for everyone — gawk at world-class art fairs and exhibitions, gasp at giant outdoor murals and projections, or simply grab yourself a place at film screenings, art walks and performances.

By Jo Tan

M1 SINGAPORE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018 — LET’S WALK

Often the last word in edgy and affordable art experiences, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival returns with the theme of ‘Let’s Walk’ — the title of a series of striking street performances by Singapore artist Amanda Heng exploring the beauty business. The first in a series of Fringe instalments themed around iconic Singaporean artists and their signature works, this year’s festival offerings hail from various nations and include dance, exhibitions, theatre, immersive performances, storytelling and more. 17-28 January, various venues.

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KIDSFEST! 2018

This annual theatre festival brings together acclaimed tot-targeted productions from the United Kingdom and brings them — cast, design and all — to Singapore for your child’s viewing pleasure. This year’s line-up includes Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo from Australia, featuring a menagerie of life-like prehistoric puppets that can be petted and fed. 17 January-11 February, various times, Victoria Theatre and KC Arts Centre.

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LOL WITH BISWA KALYAN RATH — LIVE IN SINGAPORE (R18)

Having earned laughs all over India and scoring over 14 million views on YouTube, comedian/writer/actor Biswa Kalyan Rath now comes to Singapore. As an ex-engineer and ex-coder, he dishes out smart, angsty humour with unexpected doses of science and even mathematics. 27 January, 8pm, SOTA Concert Hall.

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SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION 2018

Catch sensational performances from the world’s top emerging violinists at this triennial event. Featuring hand-picked competitors from the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, expect a stunning show of talent, with candidates performing with Singapore’s premier orchestras in the finals. 28 January-8 February, various times, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall and Esplanade Concert Hall.

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NAWAZ MIRAJKAR

Those partial to beats will love the virtuosic sounds of Nawaz Mirajkar’s tabla. This month, the Young Artist Award recipient performs alongside equally renowned frame drummer Riduan Zalani and drumming twins from China, Gao Yue and Gao Chao, in a multicultural musical dialogue at the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s concert Percussion Fusion. 12 & 13 January, 8pm, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Auditorium.

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NOTES ON NAWAZ MIRAJKAR

He first performed onstage at age seven, in his birth city of Pune in India, to an illustrious audience featuring the likes of sitar master Ustad Usman Khan.

He believes the tabla is more than a percussion instrument because of the different melodic tones it can produce.

He comes from a proud line of musicians: his grandfather, Ustad Mehboob Khan Mirajkar, was a tabla maestro who passed the tradition to his father who, in turn, passed it on to him.

He is known for fusing Indian music traditions with motifs and rhythms from across the world.

FLYING THROUGH TIME

Less talk, more action is the name of the game with renowned Korean director Choi Chul Ki, who directs a brand-new martial-arts comedy about the guardian of a stolen relic who time-travels to modern Singapore in pursuit of it. Featuring an athletic cast from China, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia. Till 21 January, Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm, Resorts World Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa.

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PENTAS — DAYANG NURFAIZAH

Multi-award-winning, chart-topping Malaysian vocal powerhouse Dayang Nurfaizah comes to Singapore to croon her greatest hits, including evergreens from the start of her illustrious 19-year career, as well as favourites from her most recent (and wildly successful) studio album. 1 January, 8pm, Esplanade Concert Hall.

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MICHELLE YIM

Fans of Hong Kong TV dramas will be thrilled that a veritable icon is coming to Singapore, to perform live no less, in the play ’night, Mother. A scintillating and darkly funny work about a mother who has to convince her suicidal daughter that life is worth living, this multi-award-winning script is performed in Cantonese by Yim and Hong Kong stage star Perry Chiu. 13 January, 8pm, Kallang Theatre.

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YIM-PRESSIVE CREDENTIALS

Beginning with her starring stint in 1976’s Legend of the Condor Heroes, Michelle Yim has headlined numerous period martial-arts TV shows, earning the moniker, Princess of Wuxia Drama.

She’s also been celebrated for her stage outings over the past decades: her turn as Green Snake in the 1982 musical production of Madame White Snake was well received. Yim’s other stage credits include Cyrano de Bergerac and My Date With Spring.

“On my rare days off, I go rock climbing or I practise my flips at Gymkraft. Occasionally, I might get a foot massage, while reading a book at the same time.”

EDEN ANG
ACTOR/BREAKDANCER/YOUTUBE CONTENT CREATOR

It’s FREE! - THE OCEANIC

Marking the start of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore’s new overarching research topic — Climates. Habitats. Environments. — THE OCEANIC is an exhibition examining the cultural history of the Pacific and its Archipelagos, and the impact of recent human activities at sea, through works created in conjunction with residents, researchers and experts in various fields. Till 4 March, Sat-Thu 12pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-9pm, closed on Mon. NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks.

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