Highlights – December

Published on 26 November 2017

And there’s plenty of Yuletide cheer to get everyone into the holiday mood. Make time for a Jazzy Christmas with Jeremy Monteiro, set a date for the SSO Christmas Concert, or simply get the kids acquainted with Santa’s Little Helper.

By JO TAN

SONGS OF THE DRAGON KILN

FILM/VISUAL/MUSIC

Ding Yi Music Company delves into the forgotten fiery caves that are dragon kilns — components of Singapore’s once-bustling pottery trade. With a documentary film by David Yap and a display of ceramics by Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle set to live music, including original compositions by Young Artist Award recipient Dr Zechariah Goh, this immersive experience offers a fresh insight into our island’s heritage. 3 December, 5pm & 7.45pm, Esplanade Recital Studio. Tickets here.

INSATIABLE

DANCE

Comprised entirely of working adults, the semi-professional Sigma Contemporary Dance presents Insatiable, its fourth and latest production. In our media-saturated society, whose agenda are we really furthering when we make our choices? See how dancers respond to this theme with passion and stylised moves. 2 & 3 December, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets here.

A WALK INTO THE MANDALA

THEATRE

This work of physical theatre sees a woman finding her way through urban life while forming a 3-metre wide mandala on the stage via moves derived from various sources, including taichi and yoga. 8 & 9 December, Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, The Arts House Play Den. Tickets here.

SANTA’S LITTLE HELPER

FAMILY

At six going on seven, Albert Tuttle believes himself too old to believe in Santa. Imagine his surprise when a big man in red pyjamas tumbles down his chimney on Christmas Eve. With puppetry, sing-along songs and a Santa’s sack of laughs, this production from the United Kingdom is targeted at those aged two to seven but will probably amuse older folks too. 8-10 December, Fri 5pm, Sat & Sun 11am, 2pm & 4.30pm, SOTA Drama Theatre. Tickets here.

JERRY FERNANDEZ

MUSIC

This 68-year-old singer, host and show producer combines his prodigious talents in Rock ’N’  Roll Music Festival Singapore 2017, featuring Singapore’s iconic rock ’n’ roll bands from the ’60s such as The Silver Strings, The Dukes, and the Neu Faces fronted by Fernandez himself. Expect to hear a generation of hits, as well as other tunes that rocked the nation half a century ago. 23 December, 7pm, Kallang Theatre. Details and tickets here.

THE FERNANDEZ FILES

While still in school, Jerry Fernandez started singing with bands such as The Idols and J and D’Peddlers at legendary Singapore club, The Golden Venus.

He later fronted Jerry and The Neu Faces and performed in numerous countries.

He has also been a pop deejay.

In 2009, he launched his memoirs Be a Rock, Don’t Roll detailing his musical exploits.

While continuing to gig with The Neu Faces, he is also a respected figure among the rest of Singapore’s pioneering pop/rock musicians — he hosted The Silver Strings’ Anniversary Concerts in 2013 and 2014.

SOUTHERNMOST

FESTIVAL

Aiming to create the arts festival of the future, the premiere edition of Southernmost gathers the region’s most outstanding traditional and contemporary theatre artists for an intensive two-week intercultural exchange, complete with workshops and performances.12-24 December, various times, The Arts House. Details and tickets here.

MAKING NOISE IN THE NANNY STATE

MUSIC

Composer/sound artist/deejay/writer Mark Wong leads this lecture about music as a tool for political resistance, with examples from Singapore’s own music history. 1 December, 7.30pm, The Substation. Tickets here.

KITARO

MUSIC

He is one of the most prominent new-age musicians, and at 64 years of age, this Grammy winner is still going strong. Kitaro: Kojiki & the Universe is a fusion of his award-nominated music from the 1990 album of the same name with space-age inspirations and spectacular performances by dancers. The maestro will also perform his greatest hits across the decades. 22 December, 8pm, Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. Tickets here.

KITARO NOTES

He was born Masanori Takahashi to a family of farmers.

Before developing his signature keyboard and flute sound, he played electric guitar in high school, and later learnt to play drum and bass.

He was supposed to perform in Singapore in 1984, but had to cancel this appearance because of the national policy at the time against long hair on males.

To date, he has released 24 studio albums with numerous tracks winning awards across continents.

“Weekends are compressed mini-holidays when we get to spend time with our extended family — trampolining or fishing with cousins, and having big family cookouts.”

SHARON ISMAIL
ACTRESS/EDUCATOR/HOST/AUTHOR

IT'S FREE

Singapore may be short on snow, but we’re big on youth and talent as CHRISTMAS SUMMER WONDERLAND, a concert by the Singapore National Youth Chinese Orchestra, demonstrates.

Watch musicians work their magic on Chinese instruments to conjure joyful Christmas spirit with the help of some choir collaborations. 2 December, 7.30pm, Ci Yuan Community Club. Register here.

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