Third Time’s a Charm

2014 will mark Australian choreographer Natalie Weir's third outing at Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT)'s Ballet Under the Stars (BUTS) season. Her Jabula was staged by the company in 2012, and 2013 saw her own company, Expressions Dance Company (EDC), performing alongside SDT dancers in a new creation entitled 4Seasons, after the well-known Vivaldi composition to which it was set. This year's edition of the country's most popular outdoor dance event will see the world premiere of a duet by Read more

Artist Karla Marchesi and Her Berlin Wanderings

Australian artist Karla Marchesi initially moved to Berlin in the summer of 2012 to take up a six-month studio residency at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, but found the experience so rewarding that that she decided to stay on. Today, she continues to live and work at Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, a former piano factory turned studio house in Treptow, located in the southeast of Berlin. Despite efforts to preserve Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, which has been in operation since 1993 and houses 40 independent Read more

SSO 2014-15 Season Round-up

The Victoria Concert Hall, home of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, is back - just in time for Singapore’s 50th birthday next year. And what better way to celebrate than receiving an invitation to play at the BBC Proms for the first time! For concert-goers, there’s also much to look forward to as the 2014-15 season is littered with surprises. Here is what you can expect. BBC Proms Our national orchestra will be performing at the world’s greatest classical music festival, the BBC Proms! Read more

[Preview] Free by Raw Moves

Mention the word ‘free’ and most will immediately associate it with positive things. Yet, Artistic Director of Raw Moves, Ricky Sim, says that during the process of creating his upcoming full-length dance work, he realised that behind this word, lay complex layers of meaning, irony and even contradiction. For his company’s upcoming performance, he has decided to leave it open-ended by simply titling it, Free. When asked why he decided to use this concept, he said it was a reaction to the Read more

Artist Chati Coronel Talks First Kiss

Chati Coronel has been exploring honest expression through painting for the past two decades and finds solace in layering her work and intertwining a story during the process. Chati makes use of raw strokes, soft colours and rough lines. From Tibetan Buddhism to fashion, fairy tales and poetry, Chati’s vision and work exudes mystery and authenticity. This week, her exhibition The First Kiss on Earth is on display at Silverlens gallery, Gillman Barracks and explores the kiss in a time Read more

[Local Love] Marcus Foo, Dancer

Tall and slender with striking features, Marcus Foo comes across as dancerly. Yet he comments, "I don't have the easiest body type to work with." The added length gives elegance, but is much harder to control, providing Foo with a challenge when it comes to grappling with new movement. From his humble beginning of participating in an "MTV-type commercial dance competition" when he was sixteen, Foo has matured into one of the core members of T.H.E Second Company, the youth wing of Kuik Swee Boon's Read more

A Double Bill by Sigma Contemporary Dance

We all know that pursuing an artistic career locally is usually an uphill battle not easily understood by a society that still holds on to values of promoting pragmatic toil over creative musing. The status of the arts playing only a minor role in Singaporean society is very apparent. Ask most people what their impression of an artistic career is and they will promptly give a lot of misguided notions of what this constitutes. Perhaps it was all those negative connotations about art and artists Read more

Affordable Art Fair: A Look at the Weekend Ahead

The Affordable Art Fair returns to Singapore this weekend, May 23-25 at the F1 Pit Building and promises to be as exciting, bold and affordable as the previous showcase in November 2013. The introduction of a May edition Fair has seen overwhelming support from the art community and more than 400 new and emerging contemporary artists will be showcased alongside prominent names in the industry. Mediums presented will include photography, painting, sculpture, drawing, edition prints, street art Read more

Discovering Vietnamese Art at Singapore’s Affordable Art Fair

Phuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese national residing in Singapore decided to set up ArtBlue Studio to showcase vibrant Vietnamese art in Singapore. Her personal connections with many of Vietnam’s most established and up-and-coming artists has ensured her access to the most exciting art work coming out of the country. ArtBlue Studio is the only gallery in the upcoming Affordable Art Fair (23rd to 25th of May)  specialised in Vietnamese art. The Muse caught up with Phuong for an in-depth Read more

[Local Love] Isabella Chiam, Actress

Currently on stage in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) The Merchant of Venice, actress Isabella Chiam has been involved in various theatre productions since graduating from the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s Theatre Studies programme. She plays Nerissa in SRT’s latest edition of Shakespeare in the Park, lady-in-waiting to Portia, the female heroine in The Merchant of Venice. Describing the play as “essentially a complex tale of stereotypes”, Chiam sees her character as Read more