Top Picks for M1 Contact 2014

There's no slowing down for dance in December. Since 2010, T.H.E Dance Company's Contact Contemporary Dance Festival has emphatically punctuated the local calendar near the end of the year. Artistic Director Kuik Swee Boon saw the need for “a platform for learning and exchange” and was keen to expose dancers and audiences to the wide-ranging possibilities of contemporary dance. Now in its fifth year, it calls M1 Limited, an ardent supporter of the arts, its title sponsor. Read more

A Marriage of Love and Art: Exploring Two Creating as One

Married within seven days of meeting and creating art ‘as one’ 23 years later are the screenplays of cinema, yet for Gillie and Marc, this reality is part of everyday life. Intrinsically passionate about art, animals, travel and adventure, the power duo have embarked on a journey to create hybrid animal-human pieces as one artist. These pieces transcend boundaries and celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship between man and animal. The animals are also autobiographical, with a dog representing Read more

4th Rendezvous With French Cinema: 10 Things You Need to Know

If you are a cinephile with a penchant for anything and everything français but aren’t quite sure what the 4th Rendezvous With French Cinema is all about, you are in good hands. But first, check the video below for a quick sampling of what the film festival has to offer: All done? Now, proceed on to our ten-point crash course: 1.  This year’s edition will run from 28th November to 7th December, in conjunction with the upcoming Read more

SGIFF Reboot 2.0 Plus Our Top Picks!

After a two-year hiatus, the revamped Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is back with a revitalized vengeance in its 25th edition this year. From the 4th to 14th of December, film buffs can lay claim to an extensive array of 147 titles – with 28 works directed by our very own local filmmakers – during its 11-day run across multiple screening venues. Since its launch back in 1987, the festival has always been recognized for its focus on Asian and Southeast Asian cinema beyond Read more

Dance Goes Into Overdrive This November

The local dance scene goes into overdrive this November as a plethora of dance performances take to the stage. If sheer numbers are not enough, there is also the exceptional variety. Budding talent, international choreographers working with local companies, as well as festivals featuring traditional fare and experimental works; the dance scene is on a roll! No more excuses to not catch a dance show as there will be at least one performance every week from mid-November. We begin with an Read more

Zubin Mehta in Singapore with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

This will be conductor Zubin Mehta's fourth visit to Singapore, but for the first time he will bring along the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he shares an extraordinary love story. Originally named the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, the group was founded by the celebrated Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman during the Nazi's rise to power in 1936. The effort, documented in the 2012 film Orchestra of Exiles, relocated some of the best Jewish orchestra players dispersed around Germany Read more

Five Japanese Books to Pickle Your Brain

Blame it on the residual Halloween spirit rubbing off on us or the current Singapore Writers’ Festival fever catching on; either way, if you are a bookworm with a voracious – and acquired – appetite for Japanese crime thrillers, occult and the macabre, take heed… and most definitely pay absolute attention to this list. Lastly, savor each and every page-turner! The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyogoku The story is as odd as it sounds on paper – the year is 1952, Tokyo and Read more

Celebrate the Festive Season With Junior Claus Starring Dwayne Tan

It’s early November and Orchard road is adorned with decorations. With Halloween gone, we can take a guilt free plunge into the next festive season… Christmas is coming! Why not get your loved ones excited about Santa and a time for giving, by treating them to an end of year musical? Here’s what could be in store for the whole family! SRT’s The Little Company are presenting Junior Claus – an end of year show based on a teenage Santa in training.  With dialogue written by Christopher Read more

[Review] FROZEN: Between Sin and Symptom

Pangdemonium Theatre Company rounds up its 2014 season with Frozen, a play by Bryony Lavery that explores unsettling topics such as child abuse, paedophilia, murder and the criminal psyche. Perhaps what is most intriguing about the play is the question of whether crime can be attributed to Science – that fine line between a crime of evil versus a crime of illness, sin versus symptom, nature versus nurture. Can murder ever be anything else other than pure evil? Can one forgive but not forget? Read more

Preview: Raw Moves’ Run Another Way 2014

One thing is for sure at Raw Moves’ upcoming show, Artistic Director, Ricky Sim, and the choreographers involved are going to make you work for your art. Run Another Way is one of the three major series in the company’s annual performance calendar. This series features alternative expression and experimentation from young and emerging choreographers. To shake things up a little, this edition will be held at Artspace@222 gallery instead of a conventional theatre. Not that this is a new Read more