Hello, October!

Published on 26 September 2017

Time to get your feet tapping. Esplanade’s da:ns festival returns with an exciting new slate of dance productions, from edgy to classical, from experimental to traditional, while the National Arts Council’s Got to Move marks its third edition with a slew of nation-wide programmes designed to be participatory and accessible. PLUS more things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in October!

By JO TAN

DA:NS FESTIVAL 2017

Watch dancers from around the world and genres express a multitude of ideas and feelings through movement, in the latest edition of this celebrated annual festival. Expect to be moved, both literally and figuratively. With panels, workshops and masterclasses, festival-goers can expect to get grooving too. 20-29 October, various times, various venues at The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Details here.

THE WHITE WORLD OF SIWA AND MALINI

This new, non-verbal opus by renowned Indonesian contemporary puppetry company — Papermoon Puppet Theatre — invites the audience to experience how creatures in a completely white world live their lives. Changes loom as children originally born without prejudice are taught to see differences, and to believe that one colour is better than others. 6-8 October, Fri 2pm & 4pm, Sat & Sun 11am, 2pm & 4pm, National Gallery Singapore. Tickets here.

POOP!

First staged in 2009 to rave reviews, this heartbreakingly beautiful piece combines blacklight theatre and live action by stellar actors including Neo Swee Lin, Janice Koh, Julius Foo and Jean Ng to tell the tale of a family coping with ageing and suicide. 20-22 October, Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm, Victoria Theatre. Tickets here.

ROOTS OF FLAMENCO

Brace yourself for an up-close-and-personal flamenco experience with self-styled Golden Couple Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández, whose respective sizzling dance skills and jaw-dropping vocals are much sought after, even by Madonna. They present a distinct dance form on each of the two-night run: the first, Tablao Sevilla Flamenco, recreates the traditional Tablaos café setting in Spain, and the second highlights Gypsy jazz flamenco. 4 & 5 October, 8pm, Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets here.

FOREVER YOUNG

Though just a decade old, Sing’Theatre has already scored awards and acclaim for its innovative productions and initiatives. In this sparkling new revue about youthful old souls, adapted by Benjamin Lee from a European cult hit, former hotshot Singaporean artists, now nonagenarians in a nursing home, find that they’ve still up for a few last hurrahs. 11-21 October, Mon-Fri 8pm, Sat 4pm & 8pm, Sun 4pm, SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets here.

FAST FACTS – SING’THEATRE

Founded in 2006 to blend French soul with Singaporean sensibilities, the company has staged sell-out hits like A Singaporean in Paris, A French Kiss in Singapore, and La Vie En Rose.

A growing community focus — its outreach initiatives bring music and entertainment to hospitals — is grounded in its mission: “Performing for a Better Society”.

Its shows — usually musicals or revues — are no longer always French-focused, bringing, instead, Singaporean social issues into the limelight.

It’s one of the few companies to train enthusiasts of various ages, even adults, in musical theatre.

SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX LIVE IN SINGAPORE

While musicians have always revamped old classics to sound new, Postmodern Jukebox delights in tinkering with new tunes to sound like old classics. Immerse yourself in the faux vintage fabulousness of remixed Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, Radiohead and more, performed by singers and musicians whose lush stylings will transport you back to the early 20th century. 6 Oct, 8pm, The Star Theatre. Tickets here.

ASIAN YOUTH THEATRE FESTIVAL

Over three days, the Asian Youth Theatre Festival stages lively workshops, events and performances by young theatre-makers from six Asian countries. Ideal for audiences of all ages who like to see things from a fresh, youthful perspective. 13-15 October, various times, various venues in *SCAPE. Information and tickets here.

TAN PIN PIN

See the spaces of Singapore through a filmmaker’s lens in this lecture Chasing Inuka — Rambling through Singapore through Tan Pin Pin’s Films. Examine seemingly unconnected scenes from our island cityscape in Tan’s documentary Snow City, and gain new insights into our urban backyard. 6 October, 7.30pm, The Substation. Tickets here.

LAW AND ORDER — TAN PIN PIN

Her first degree was in law, from Oxford University. Her MFA from Northwestern University was in film and television.

Her films, which have been screened globally, have won, or been nominated for, over 20 awards. Her 2005 work Singapore GaGa was the first Singaporean documentary to receive a theatrical run.

A co-founder of the Fly by Night Video Challenge, she actively champions Singapore’s film scene.

“Silence and the sunrise, whilst sitting atop a breakwater looking out to sea at East Coast beach — sublime!”

ANITA KAPOOR
TV HOST, SPEAKER, WRITER

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