[Preview] W!LD Rice Kicks off imagiNATION Season With Public Enemy

The recent loss of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew will mark this a particularly poignant and emotional year for those of us in Singapore. Our thoughts and reflections will turn to the past and to the journey that Singapore as a nation underwent to be where it is today. The productions that had been planned to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary will now take on a new raw significance, as we look to art in the little red dot, to tie us back to ideas of nation hood, solidarity and what it means to be Read more

R.e.P 2015 by Raw Moves: In Conversation with Ebelle Chong

One of the best things about contemporary dance is its ability to incorporate and highlight the expressions of daily life. Most forms of art reflect life and dance is no exception. But no genre reflects it quite as plainly as contemporary dance. Contemporary dance has the ability to celebrate the everyday, placing significance on the nuanced complexities of our ordinary lives which are not immediately apparent. Raw Moves’ 2015 edition of their repertory platform, R.e.P, features two Read more

[Review] Don’t Dress for Dinner

The Stage Club presented Don’t Dress for Dinner, a sequel to Marc Camoletti’s signature hit Boeing-Boeing, featuring more farcical adventures of the two main characters Robert and Bernard. The play opens regularly enough. Bernard (Santhosh Kumar Seetharaman) and his wife Jacqueline (Neena Khattar) are getting ready for separate weekends in their renovated farmhouse just outside of Paris; Jacqueline is spending the weekend with her mother and thinks Bernard is spending a quiet weekend at Read more

[Preview] Release 4.0 by Maya Dance Theatre

In its fourth year, the Release series initiated by Maya Dance Theatre has become an opportunity for the young company to discover new talent. While most local contemporary dance companies have similar platforms, the others tend to operate under a different model. They focus on honing the skills of a dedicated and select group of young dance artists under each company’s unique aesthetic. Maya on the other hand has opted for variety, selecting their emerging choreographers from an international Read more

Traversing Parallel Planets with Erin Nøir and Façades: Neo-Noir Portraits

In a day and age when anything digital rules the roost, where exactly does analogue stand? Thankfully, photography is a good example of the perfect coexistence between both mediums; it is one that has stood the test of time and impermanence, even as it, in some part, hastily transitions from film to digital in today’s world. Façades: Neo-Noir Portraits, an upcoming B/W photographic collaboration between Lomography Singapore and Parallel Planets, sets out to celebrate the “analogue” Read more

A Few Wise Words from OBE and Theatre Legend Braham Murray

Theatre legend and OBE Braham Murray will be directing this year’s SRT Shakespeare in the Park performance: The Tempest at Fort Canning. Murray was one of five founding Artistic Directors of the highly acclaimed Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. He was also the longest serving founder, starting in 1976 and retiring in 2012. The Royal Exchange has always had a reputation for working with young actors before they attained fame. Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Andrew Read more

Interview with Chinese Abstract Artist Ding Yi

ShanghART Gallery is currently presenting acclaimed Chinese abstract artist Ding Yi’s first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia. The exhibition, titled "Ivory Black", features 11 paintings from the artist’s signature “Appearance of Crosses” series, as well as an installation and a public art sculpture. Born in 1962, Ding Yi is wildly regarded as a pioneer of abstraction in China. He is best known for his large-scale colourful, abstract geometric paintings comprising of variations of Read more

[Review] Circle Mirror Transformation

American playwright Annie Baker’s Obie award-winning Circle Mirror Transformation does away with traditional narrative form. Nothing much happens throughout the play, save for a bunch of acting classes across the span of six weeks. Yet, bite-sized anecdotes are cleverly interspersed within these classes, giving the audience insight into the characters’ lives and leaving us quietly rooting for them at the end of the play. In the small town of Shirley, Vermont (also the fictional setting Read more

Art Initiative To Encourage Emerging Artists

With the ethos of being socially responsible art entrepreneurs and giving a voice to new and emerging artists, co-founders of The Art Fellas, Cruz Phua and Daniel Fong decided to launch the inaugural Art Discovered Spring/Summer exhibition, featuring 13 new artists looking to establish themselves. The biannual exhibition will run from 7th to 15th February and aims to be a stepping stone for budding artists in Singapore and around the region to gain exposure and feedback from commercial Read more

Imprint: New Works by Suzann Victor

Suzann Victor’s current solo exhibition at STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute) Imprint: New Works by Suzann Victor stems from Victor’s six-week intense stint at one of the greatest international destinations for contemporary arts in Asia. STPI regularly invites leading artists from around the world to experiment and push the boundaries of artistic creation with alternative methods and materials. Victor is no stranger to pushing artistic boundaries, with 22 years of abstract artistic Read more