By: Melanie Lee
The first question upon entering the National Museum of Singapore’s (NMS) newest gallery, Gallery10 is: where is all the old stuff? After all, what would immediately catch your attention is a state-of-the-art, larger-than-life video installation.
However, if you look a little more closely at what’s happening on screen, you will find Singapore’s multicultural heritage poignantly captured: traditional dancers from Apsaras Arts, Era Dance Theatre and Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Dance Troupe practicing their moves along the back lanes of Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India. This installation, titled “Art of the Rehearsal” by multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo, was inspired by the idea that while each culture has their own dance vocabulary and moves, a dancer’s rigorous preparation is universal to all.
Such an adoption of digital technology provides more opportunities for visitors to engage with history and art. “The role of the museum has changed over the years, expanding its focus beyond presenting things of the past to include creating a connection with the present,” says Angelita Teo, Director of NMS.
While “Art of the Rehearsal” is currently a permanent showcase, there are plans for Gallery10 to be hold more creative heritage projects in the year ahead.
Gallery10 is located at Level 1 of the National Museum of Singapore. It is open from 10am-7pm daily, and admission is free. Click here for more information.