Be Wowed!

Published on 30 August 2016

Some truly opulent productions from the ongoing Singapore International Festival of Arts.

BY JO TAN

IN THE MOOD FOR FRANKIE

1-3 September, 72-13

THE RETURN OF LA ARGENTINA

4 September, 72-13

International dancer/choreographer extraordinaire Trajal Harrell makes his Asian debut with two haunting performances that celebrate the seemingly impossible marriage between Japanese butoh and Harlem voguing.

RON ARAD’S 720°

2-17 September, The Meadow @ Gardens by the Bay

Be amazed by this interactive video screen that forms a complete circle, 18m in diameter and made up of 5,600 silicon cords. Having travelled the world, massive installation 720° by legendary architect Ron Arad now arrives in Singapore to allow visitors full immersion in films by some of the leading names in contemporary art.

TROPICAL TRAUMAS: A SERIES OF CINEMATIC CHOREOGRAPHIES

2-4 September, The Meadow @ Gardens by the Bay

A boisterous blend of live theatre and cinema screened on Ron Arad’s awe-inspiring 720°, this unique experience created by Singapore’s Brian Gothong Tan follows a group of performers as they re-enact exotic expeditions into the steamy Malay Archipelago. While their adventures are based on tales told by Sir Stamford Raffles’ wife Sophia Hull and British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, expect these to be puckishly reimagined.

TIME BETWEEN US

7 -11 September, Marina Bay Sands Event Plaza

Acclaimed dramatist/visual artist Fernando Rubio has built a wooden house in the middle of downtown Singapore where award-winning actor/director Oliver Chong will live for five days. At any hour during those days, visitors can see Chong in his strange new house and hopefully, catch him in the midst of telling a story, or even join in his conversations with various experts.

SANDAIME RICHARD

8-10 September, Victoria Theatre

While the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has seen an overload of the Bard’s work, this show inspired by Richard III is a game-changer, with playwriting prodigy Hideki Noda paralleling England’s War of the Roses with the conflicts of an Ikebana clan in Japan. Ong Keng Sen directs.

MAKING AND DOING

14 September, 72-13

Dancer/choreo-grapher/theatre director/writer/multi-award winner Bill T Jones gives a glimpse into his genius with this brand-new lecture-performance that discusses creativity using rapid movement and gesture.

A LETTER/SINGAPORE

15-17 September, The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LASALLE

Bill T Jones collaborates with LASALLE College of the Arts dance students to create this site-specific work especially for Singapore. Performed by Jones’ full company, expect an eclectic cocktail of neoclassical gestures, sensuous disco physicality and passionate jive.

BORDERLANDS

15-17 September, SOTA Studio Theatre

In this concert created specifically for Singapore, the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man explores the ancient musical traditions of China and Central Asia. She will be joined by masters of Uyghur music playing indigenous instruments from the Xinjiang region. Among them is stellar singer Sanubar Tursun, a star performer considered by many as a symbol of the Uyghur people. Get set for an evening of hypnotic melodies.

The Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016 is on till 17 September. See Listings p22.

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