Hello, June!

Published on 26 May 2017

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

By JO TAN

STORYFEST: INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL SINGAPORE 2017

Behold the wonders of storybooks at the first-ever STORYFEST: International Storytelling Festival Singapore, which promises to delight not just kids but adults as well. In this first-ever Storyfest, hear tales for both adult and family audiences as told by stalwarts in the storytelling scene and graduates of the Young Storytellers Mentorship Project. Also expect performances and workshops showing how storytelling promotes understanding and change, and improves social and emotional skills. 2-4 June, various times, The Arts House. Details here.

SDEA THEATRE ARTS CONFERENCE

The fourth edition of this annual conference, themed ‘Future Generations: Projecting Playful Possibilities’, features workshops, presentations, performances, and speeches from artists and arts educators — all aimed at imagining adventurous prospects in the field of theatre for young people. 30 June-1 July, various times, Goodman Arts Centre. Details here.

PETER & BLUE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY

With bite-sized ballet performances for babes few and far between, it’s no wonder this one keeps returning by popular demand. Watch graceful dancers from the Singapore Dance Theatre enact the adventures of Peter, his dog, Blue, and his cat, Calico, all culminating in a huge birthday celebration! This edition comes with live narration and the trademark meet and greet with the cast after the show. 8-11 June, 11am & 2pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Details here.

THE O.P.E.N. 2017

This annual public engagement initiative preceding the Singapore International Festival of Arts is a goldmine of fearless explorations (see pg 12). This year’s theme is ‘Enchantment’ and programmes include installations featuring material from military bases as well as delicious encounters in people’s homes, where the audience is invited to cook with the host and share their stories. 28 June-9 September, various times and venues. Details here.

M1 CONTACT CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL

Known for its bold local and international offerings plus a smorgasbord of workshops and technique classes, this is a festival for those who want to sit back, relax and enjoy shows, as well as those who want to get up and groove along in classes suited to various levels of experience. This year, expect 13 shows, 27 dance works, 30 technique classes and three workshops by artists from as far as the Ukraine strutting their stuff and sharing their skills. 2 June-7 July, various times, various venues in the Esplanade & Goodman Arts Centre. Details here.

24TH SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL PIANO FESTIVAL

Enjoy gorgeous piano tunes, curated round the theme ‘Fantasies and Memories’ and played by virtuosos from the world over, at this sparkling piano festival. Guest performers include Wong Chiyan and Joseph Moog. 1-4 June, various times, Victoria Concert Hall. Details here.

MAYA DANCE THEATRE

Training its dancers in both traditional Asian dance forms and modern contemporary dance, Maya Dance Theatre’s productions are always unique fusions, and the Pancha dance series is no exception. Drawing inspiration from female archetypes and the five elements of Hindu philosophy (wind, fire, earth, water and aether), this edition unites two fiery females: Joan of Arc and Sita, in a dance extravaganza about betrayal. 1 & 2 June, 7.30pm, Emily Hill Level 2. Details here.

A-MEI

Since her debut over 20 years ago, Taiwanese songbird A-Mei has won awards, topped charts, and wowed fans everywhere. To celebrate two decades of phenomenal music-making, she’s taking her biggest hits around the planet on the <Utopia 2.0 Carnival> World Tour. 9 & 10 June, 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium. Details here.

MAYA HAVE THIS DANCE?


• Bophana (2007) highlighted the concept of dance theatre, putting a deconstructed script (World in Theatre’s SITA) onstage with lights, sound, and theatrical elements having equal importance as movement.
• Atma & Atma — the Soul of Ravana (2007) approached the epic Ramayana from a unique point of view: the villain’s.
• Path (2013) combined Bharatanatyam footwork with contemporary dance as a representation of Maya Dance Theatre’s own journey into uncharted territory.
• Release is a dance series that started in 2011 to allow emerging Singaporean choreographers to create and present work. This year’s edition included a dance staged in a boxing ring.

“Weekends are usually a happy juggling act with family and play. I mountain bike, and love movies and the theatre. If i can squeeze in two out of those three, it’s a great weekend.”

STEVE LAI PRESENTER, CHANNEL NEWS ASIA

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