[Review] R.e.P 2014 presented by Raw Moves

Raw Moves presented a well-balanced double-bill, with clear artistic intentions that highlighted the intricacies of human relationships. The evening began with Chiew Peishan’s Peeling Us, an up-close investigation into how relational closeness develops based on the social penetration theory proposed by psychologists Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor. The theory, best known for its comparisons of people to onions, depicting the multilayered nature of personality, is reflected in the work’s title. Read more

In Focus with Jason Lai: Musician, Conductor, Photographer

I love photography. It’s something that I did as an extra elective when I was at school but didn’t follow through because I wanted to be with musicians. I have two Leica cameras - a Monochrome and a M240. I had very few friends as kid. I was a bit geeky - I used to go to the library to borrow scores, not books. I wasn’t one of those people who went to a concert and suddenly wanted to become a conductor, because orchestras didn’t visit the part of the world where I grew up. I saw this Read more

[Local Love] Seong Hui Xuan, Actress

Seen multiple times on the local stage, young actress Seong Hui Xuan is just four years out of school. A 2010 musical theatre graduate from Lasalle College of the Arts, she has been featured in Pangdemonium's Gruesome Playground Injuries and Orangedot's Machine, and is currently performing in Dick Lee's new play Rising Son. Seong plays Ruby, sister to Tan Shou Chen's Sunny in Rising Son. The play, built around the unlikely friendship between Sunny and a Japanese military lawyer during Read more

“Southeast Asian art history doesn’t have a canon yet”: Isabel Ching

Singaporean curator and academic Isabel Ching discusses the challenges of making art in Southeast Asia. Art Radar met up with Isabel Ching in Bangkok, where she is currently curating the Brandnew Art Project, a Bangkok University Gallery initiative that will show works by young Thai artists year on year. We spoke to Ching about the Project, her research into Conceptualism and her thoughts on art in Southeast Asia. You are from and based in Singapore, where the government has Read more

A Slice of Venice Film Festival in Singapore

The Italian Film Festival is back with a special edition this year. Over 10 films from last year’s 70th Venice Film Festival will screen for the very first time in Singapore including the Golden Lion winner Sacro GRA, a documentary film on life along the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the ring-road highway that circles Rome. The Golden Lion is the highest prize awarded at the Venice Film Festival and Sacro GRA is the first documentary film to clinch this coveted accolade. So naturally this piece Read more

[Preview] R.e.P 2014 by Raw Moves

The Muse was recently invited to a preview of Raw Move’s upcoming show, R.e.P 2014. The double bill performance features two works, one from established Indonesian choreographer Davit, and another from one of Singapore’s newest choreographic talent, Chiew Peishan. What we saw were very contrasting works that highlighted the concerns of two current Asian dance artists with regards to their surroundings. Both Davit and Chiew seek to re-define dance practices amidst an ever-changing social and Read more

Kavitha Krishnan on Preserving Traditional Dance Forms

Founded in 2006, Maya Dance Theatre (MDT) has been quietly and consistently contributing to the local contemporary dance scene. Rooted strongly in traditional dance forms, its founders, Kavitha Krishnan (Creative Director) and Juraimy Abu Bakar (Associate Director), are keeping traditional dance forms relevant in contemporary times. This quiet toil seems set to change as MDT gains increased recognition by collaborating and being involved in more high profile dance events locally and regionally. Read more

Rising Son: Humanity Amidst Horror

This year marks Dick Lee's 40th career anniversary. The multi-talented composer, writer and artist says he "wanted to do something [he'd] never done before" for the occasion. Only having written musicals and comedic plays, he delves into a serious script for the first time. The Singapore Repertory Theatre's associate director's new play will be staged at the DBS Arts Centre, as part of its Made in Singapore series, which highlights local talent and stories. Rising Son (the first of a three-play Read more

Playwright Chay Yew on the Universality of The House of Bernarda Alba

This March, theatre company W!LD RICE  transposes The House of Bernarda Alba, a well-known play by Spanish dramatist Ferderico Garcia Lorca, from Anadulsia to a Peranakan household. Completed on 19 June 1936, two months before Lorca's death during the Spanish Civil War, The House of Bernarda Alba, known as La casa de Bernarda Alba in Spanish, tells the tale of a tyrannical matriarch who imposes an eight-year sentence of mourning on her five daughters following the death Read more

Singapore Contemporary Art Guide

Here's an excerpt from a guide on making the most of Singapore’s art scene written by The Muse's editor for Art Radar.  In the latest of Art Radar’s Contemporary Art In… Art Guides we look at Singapore, the erstwhile cultural desert that’s fast-becoming one of Asia’s top art hubs. Our art guide contains everything you need to know for a successful visit: from where to find the best galleries to what to wear and when to go. Singapore’s contemporary Read more