Hello, April!

Published on 26 March 2017

Photo: W!ld Rice

Things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in April!
BY JO TAN

SIFAS FESTIVAL OF INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC & DANCE 2017

This annual festival by the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) presents stellar stalwarts (from Singapore and abroad) in the field of Indian performing arts. Expect to enjoy dance forms like Kathak and Bharatanatyam, as well as Carnatic vocals and a Hindustani duet from legends including Mythili Prakash and Ramakrishnan Murthy. Till 9 Apr, various times, the Esplanade and SIFAS Auditorium. Details at WWW.SIFAS.ORG

HOPE (HARAP)

First produced in 1994 as Hope by Cultural Medallion recipient Haresh Sharma, this tale of survival in the city now gets a poignant Malay-language retelling as Harap, starring showbiz bigwigs like Sani Hussin, Hirzi Zulkiflie and Fir Rahman. 6-9 Apr, Thu & Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm. Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

PONNIYIN SELVAN

Centred on historical events and characters from over 1,000 years ago as told in the Tamil novel of the same name, this lush legend is big on royal intrigue and romance across the seas, as performed by a massive international cast. 28-30 Apr, Fri 7pm, Sat & Sun 6pm. Esplanade Theatre. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

DANCE ENSEMBLE SINGAPORE

While known as a Chinese cultural dance group, this active assembly of dancers have included contemporary and multicultural influences to their cool choreography. This month sees them present The Wedding, which comes with lush infusions of Peranakan culture. See p10. 8 Apr, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

ZIZI AZAH

This 2012 Young Artist Award recipient is known as a powerhouse playwright and director, who wrote the lauded How Did the Cat Get So Fat? and directed Charged and Rhinoceros among many other plays. However, few know that she is also a children’s novelist who penned Fatimah and Her Magic Socks. The book is getting a page-to-stage adaptation, faithful to the tale of a little girl who meets a magic lion and discovers the power of her enchanted footwear. 28 Apr-14 May, various times, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

SINGAPORE INK SHOW

Meet and mingle with the foremost body-ink artists and most tenacious tattoo enthusiasts from Singapore and beyond. Visitors can even get inked on the spot by the best in the business! 21-23 Apr, various times, Suntec Convention Centre Exhibition Hall 404, Level 4. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

BOYS IN THE BAND

International hit show Boys in the Band celebrates the world’s greatest hits from iconic male-led bands. Expect to bop to songs like ‘Walk Like a Man’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Imagine’, ‘Blame It on the Boogie’, ‘Unchained Melody’, ‘Surfin’ USA’, ‘Staying Alive’ and medleys of more of the world’s biggest hits. 8 Apr, 8pm. Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

SHARUL CHANNA

Hard-hitting and hilarious, Singapore stand-up comedienne Sharul Channa offers her observations on society that might make you cackle now but cry later. If you missed her solo show last month, catch her in an all-female band of international laugh-makers at Laugh You Long Time. 20-22 Apr, 8pm, Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets at WWW.SISTIC.COM.SG

SASSY SHARUL IS…

• The first-ever Singapore female to have performed at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

• Married to fellow Singapore stand-up comedian, Rishi Budhrani.

• An actress by training, who graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts.

• An internationally sought-after laugh-maker who has performed in Hong Kong, Macau, India, Malaysia, Philippines, China, Australia and the United States.

“I’ve toned down a lot since I was in the frontline industry. Parties have been replaced with bringing the folks for supper, or talking about the universe with a friend or two.” 

DIVIAN NAIR TV HOST & FORMER DEEJAY

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