Curator Matthew Welch on Japanese Ukiyo-e and Its Abiding Influence

Ukiyo-e or “pictures of the floating world” is a genre style of printmaking and painting developed in Japan during the Edo Period (1600–1868). During this period of relative peace and economic prosperity, Japan developed a vigorous native culture, which increasingly reflected the values and consumption patterns of a newly emerging urban middle-class made up of wealthy merchants and artisans. The licensed pleasure quarter of Edo (the former name for Tokyo), famed Read more

[Preview] Differ 2, Presented by Re: Dance Theatre

It is seven o'clock on a Friday evening. We are tucked away in a warmly lit, dance studio with wooden flooring at the Aliwal Arts Centre. While most people are eagerly clocking out to start the weekend, the dancers of Re: Dance Theatre (RDT), along with several guest dancers from Hong Kong’s award-winning Passover Dance company are soldiering on through a full day of rehearsals that began in the morning. It is all in preparation for RDT’s upcoming double-bill performance at the Goodman Arts Read more

Mies Julie: A Powerhouse Production on the Weight of History

This August, Singapore Repertory Theatre will present Mies Julie, along with the Baxter Theatre Centre of the University of Cape Town in association with the South African State Theatre. Written and directed by internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yaël Farber, Mies Julie is an adaptation of Miss Julie, Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 drama about the confluence of class, love, lust and the struggle between the sexes. Transported from 19th century Sweden to the Read more

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