Hello, September!

Published on 26 August 2017

The 10 pre-loved classics selected for a smashing reboot at THE GREAT SINGAPORE REPLAY get a much-awaited airing. Don’t miss this chance to hear these reinvented Singapore pop tunes. PLUS more things to do & stuff to see. We bring you some of the highlights happening in September!

By JO TAN

POP IN PROGRESS 2017

This proudly Singaporean event celebrates the mind-blowing street dance form of popping. The sophomore edition makes its bigger, better return with a dance camp featuring international mentors and a grand dance-off in the sassy cypher (or street dance circle) format. The winner will represent Singapore in the international popping contest Jack of All Trades which takes place in Canada this November. 8-10 Sep, various times, various venues at *SCAPE.

Details here

DAVID WALLIAMS PRESENTS THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE

Hailed as the natural successor to Roald Dahl, David Walliam’s bestselling children’s books enchant the planet….and beyond. The First Hippo on the Moon is a space adventure turned 3D, thanks to theatre company Les Petits who have adapted it for the stage. Enjoy a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon! 22-24 Sep, various times, SOTA Drama Theatre.

Details here

SHIVDASI CHAULADEVI BY MINAL MERAI

Internationally lauded dancer and choreographer Minal Merai brings to life the legend of the devoted dancer Chaula who, despite becoming a queen and a mother, has never forgotten how she danced for the deity, Shiva. When one day she finally succumbs to her desire to dance again, her soul leaves her body to be with Shiva. 1 & 2 Sep, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio.

Details here

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)

Ever felt Shakespeare’s epics were just too, well, epic? Get the highlights reel at this irreverent, fast-paced romp which presents all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes. Presented by the inimitable, acclaimed Reduced Shakespeare Company, a three-man comedy troupe that transforms Shakespeare’s often long, serious subjects into short, sharp comedies. 27 Sep-1 Oct, Wed-Fri 7.45pm, Sat 3pm & 7.45pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm, SOTA Drama Theatre.

Details here

HUMAN+

Fresh and feisty are apt adjectives to describe Khairul Kamsani. Over the past seven years, the young writer, director and producer has continually found ways to stage his work, even without a company. His latest offering, the science fiction play Human+ (there is no connection to the ArtScience Museum exhibit) explores whether, and how, our humanity can be improved with technology or whether this is, in fact, something that is already happening. Till 3 Sep, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm & 8pm, KC Arts Centre.

Details here

FAST FACTS

One of a Khai: some of Khairul Kamsani’s milestones, all before the age of 25

Despite graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts’ Theatre Management course, he persuaded his lecturers to allow him to be assistant director on several productions.

In 2011, he wrote and directed Alan in Vunderland which raises awareness about various types of discrimination.

In 2016, he joined Singapore Repertory Theatre as its Resident Assistant Director, working with international creatives on such productions as Disgraced, Art, and Romeo and Juliet.

MUSICAL FRONTIERS

Ding Yi Music Company blasts through barriers of culture and genre in this surprisingly smooth fusion of Chinese chamber music and Western woodwinds, with the help of The Fantasia Quintet from Finland. 3 Sep, 5pm, Esplanade Recital Studio.

Details here

F1 2017 CONCERTS

Supercars aren’t the only high-octane entertainment at the F1 Night Race. This year’s circuit-side celebrity concerts boast megastars such as Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers, One Republic, Seal and Duran Duran, all guaranteed to accelerate music lovers’ heart-rates.
15-17 Sep, various times, various venues along the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Tickets here

BALLET UNDER THE STARS

This evergreen event on Singapore’s dance calendar returns for its 22nd edition. Once again, the fine dancers of the Singapore Dance Theatre show off both skill and sinew under the night sky. This year’s edition features contemporary choreography by Kinsun Chan, Edwaard Liang and Nils Christe on the first weekend, with iconic wedding-themed pieces from classical ballets on the second. 1-3 & 8-10 Sep, 7.30pm, Fort Canning Park, Fort Canning Green.

Details here

ON POINT: THE SINGAPORE DANCE THEATRE STEPS OUT

1984: A ballet section, headed by Goh Soo Khim and Anthony Then, was added to the now defunct National Dance Company.

1987: Goh and Then set up the independent Singapore Dance Theatre, recruiting dancers from Singapore and the region. It shared cramped premises with the Singapore Ballet Academy.

1990: After well-received performances, the company moved to Fort Canning Centre under the Arts Housing Scheme.
1995 The company introduced Ballet Under the Stars at Fort Canning Hill to make dance available to the masses. The popular programme has grown from a one-weekend event to a two-weekend extravaganza.

“When I crave respite from our bustling city, I like to ‘time travel’ to a simpler past by visiting Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Singapore’s last surviving kampung with its rustic zinc-roofed wooden houses. It’s a balm for the soul.”

NING CAI
CELEBRITY MAGICIAN/AUTHOR

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