By Jo Tan
Highlights March 2018
Published on 28 February 2018
I LIGHT MARINA BAY
Hit your Instagram upload quota in Singapore’s city centre, as it’s transformed by gorgeous illuminated installations in one of Asia’s leading light art festivals. Best of all, the local and international art offerings are all sustainable, welcoming you to bask in its glow. 9 March-1 April, from 7.30pm, Marina Bay Waterfront.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
This multiple Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of a best-selling novel takes audiences on a quirky journey into an autistic young man’s mind as he tries to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbour’s dog. Dubbed “a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle”, this play is a must-see whether you’re a theatre connoisseur or just looking for a new experience. March-8 April, Tue-Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm, Esplanade Theatre.
DIVINE AND FRIENDS LIVE 2018
While pubs and cafes are usually the stage for these resident artists, this concert gathers, at the Esplanade, some of Singapore’s celebrated vocalists versed in Chinese pop. Enjoy some of your favourite hits covered live in a lush theatrical setting! 25 March, 7.30pm, Esplanade Annexe Studio.
RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE KIM CHI & NAOMI SMALLS
For a stiff shot of fashion and funny, catch two of the Top 3 finalists from Season 8 of the widely popular drag queen competition show, RuPaul’s Drag Race, as they take you into a world of haute-couture high comedy, complete with lots of lip synching. 4 March, 8pm, Kallang Theatre.
Singapore-born and France-based, this sassy young composer creates everything from choral, opera and orchestral music to contemporary sounds that highlight the music-making process itself, in often unexpected ways. Be the first in the world to hear her brand-new work, ‘A Is for Aiyah’, premiering at the concert of the same title by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. 2 March, 7.30pm, Victoria Concert Hall.
Diana Soh studied at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, earned her doctorate in Music Theory and Composition at New York’s University of Buffalo, and is currently based out of Paris.
Known for integrating interactivity, theatre and electronics in her music, her works include collaborations with French film director Bertrand Bonello and are played at various international festivals as well as on radio stations such as BBC Radio 3.
She was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist Award in 2015.
THE DOG WHO GOES WOOF WOOF
With minimal dialogue, live music and colourful batik-clad puppets, this performance is for everyone to enjoy. Set in a playground and starring a heroic pup, expect ‘aww’-inspiring fun packed with a lovely lesson about finding friendship in different forms. 2-11 March, various times, Esplanade Recital Studio.
A world-touring dance musical fusing traditional music and dances of the ethnic minorities in Yunnan with modern staging, this evocative extravaganza showcases the costumes and lifestyles of the Yunnan provinces, with almost all the performers hailing from Yunnan villages. 9-11 March, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Esplanade Theatre.
This singer/songwriter is a legend in the local music scene, with classic tunes such as ‘Gurindam Jiwa’, popular throughout the Malay diaspora. Soak in the sounds of Singapore past at this concert — Gurindam Jiwa: Satu Malam Bersama R Ismail — where he sings with his two sons, no less! 9 March, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio.
R ISMAIL TRIVIA
This celebrated singer had such a golden voice, in 1966, he was picked up by Parlophone — a record company founded in Germany that became part of the EMI Group — for the distribution of his self-titled album, as well as future albums he released with other singers. His music has since been heard all over the world.
Talent runs in the family: his son Eiss won Singapore talent competition SG Mania in 2014, and credits his father as his motivation.
“As part of the Evolve MMA competition team, my weekends are usually dedicated to Muay Thai training. It’s gruelling but it helps me focus on work for the upcoming week.”
MAXI LIM – ACTOR/MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST
Give debris a new life and your art added meaning at NOTHING REMAINS THE SAME, AND ALL AT ONCE, a workshop that begins with collecting plastic trash and organic waste (such as shells) at the beach. Next, transform these found materials into artworks. This session, led by artist Mary Bernadette Lee, is part of NTU CCA Singapore’s exhibition, The Oceanic, which seeks to raise awareness on the dire health of our oceans. 3 March, 10.30am-5pm, NTU CCA Singapore (43 Malan Road), and one additional location to be confirmed.