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
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.
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.