Hello, July!

Published on 26 June 2017

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Things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in June!

By JO TAN

PESTA RAYA — MALAY FESTIVAL OF ARTS

This annual festival presents the Malay archipelago’s best in theatre, dance and music — whether classical, contemporary, or a bit of both. Highlights of this 16th edition include  Malaysian Queen of Rock, Ella, returning to celebrate her 30th year in music; Indonesian indie band Payung Teduh, and Main2, a play portraying the Malay community and its social strata. 20-23 July, various times, various venues at the Esplanade. Details can be found here.

DAVID HOCKNEY: A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE

The Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) continues its 15th anniversary celebrations with an exhibition of 36 selected works by David Hockney. Britain’s most celebrated living artist, Hockney is known for his portraits, vast landscapes, paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools, and refusal to be pigeonholed in a particular medium or artistic style. How do we see? How do we depict? Hockney masterfully absorbs the viewer into his work, making you part of his world. 1 July-9 September, Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, STPI Gallery. For details, view the link here.

PINOCCHIO: A WHALE OF A TALE!

Take your little ones to this musical puppet show set in the belly of a whale. The evocative space is created using 40,000 plastic bottles, contributed by children across Singapore, to bring home how similar litter is killing marine life in a variety of ways. Also expect themes of honesty and bravery to surface at this immersive escapade. 8-30 July, Fri 6pm, Sat 3pm & 6pm, Sun 3pm, The Pavilion at Far East Square. Details here.

FRAGO

A group of army mates reunite for reservist training in the form of a war-game exercise. Tension unfolds when the pains and realities of real life intrude. In this brand-new play by Lucas Ho and developed under playwright Huzir Sulaiman (who also directs this production), expect to experience the vivid world of the army at its most honest, replete with the unspoken pressures, fears and desires of Singaporean men.13-23 July, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm, Drama Centre Black Box. Details here.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

The circus is back in town! Cirque du Soleil has presented visual extravaganzas for more than three decades. Now, its big top returns with new show, Kooza, featuring 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from 19 different countries performing physically astonishing feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats. 13 July-20 August, various times, Big Top Tent next to Marina Bay Sands. Details here.

A BIGGER BANG: A PERCUSSION RECITAL

Singapore percussion ensemble A Bigger Bang fuses traditional Chinese percussion music with modern concepts and approaches. Experience a concert filled with energy, excitement and slick beats, as they present works ranging from Peking Opera music piece ‘Havoc in Heaven’ to Luo Tian Qi’s ‘The Southern Clouds’. 8 July, 7.30pm, Esplanade Recital Studio. Details here.

PASSIONARTS FESTIVAL 2017

Interactive artworks at Pasir Ris Beach and a pool party with water-ballet performances at Serangoon Swimming Pool are just some of the events lined-up for this year’s PAssionArts Festival. Organised by the People’s Association, this multicultural, multidisciplinary festival brings the arts right to your neighbourhood (see p18). 1 July-5 August, various times and locations. More details.

NEEWIN HERSHALL

An internationally acclaimed choreographer/performer/dance instructor at Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Neewin Hershall presents one of his most celebrated acts, Rudram, for two nights only in Singapore. This solo performance dedicated to Shiva fuses devotion with dance. 28 & 29 July, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Details here.

CLASSIC MOVES: NEEWIN HERSHALL

• He graduated from India’s world-renowned dance institution, Kalakshetra, recognised as an Institute of National Importance for inculcating its students with a unique style and perfectionism.
• After graduation, his skill led to collaborations with many prominent artists in India and beyond, including Leela Samson.
• He shares his skill as a dance instructor, and previously spent three years training students in Bharatanatyam dance at the acclaimed Nrityagram in Bangalore.
• He is also a yoga exponent and vocal percussionist.

“Randomly driving around the island while chatting and laughing with my wife and kids is a good way to unwind after a week of hard work. It’s like a chat-show on wheels!”

SUHAIMI YUSOF – ACTOR/HOST/COMEDIAN

Walter Astrada is a former staff photographer with the Associated Press and Agence France-Presse across South America and in Eastern Africa. His long-term reportage projects focused on violence against women, among other topics. Since May 2015, he has been travelling the world on his motorcycle. IN CONVERSATION: WALTER ASTRADA is an entry-by-donation public lecture where Astrada shares career highlights and speaks about continuing his photography journey while on the road. 7 July, 7.30pm-9pm, Chapel Gallery, Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film. Details at WALTERASTRADA.PEATIX.COM

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