[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 home. He is, however, really spending the weekend with his mistress Suzanne (Ruth Mannion), a chic Parisian model. He has also hired Cordon Bleu chef Suzette (Jane Grafton) to help with dinner and invited his best friend Robert (Srinivas Subramanian) to the house as an alibi.

Bernard’s plans quickly fall apart when Jacqueline stumbles upon the fact that he has invited Robert to spend the weekend at their house. She cancels her weekend plans …

[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 open call. This has resulted in a rather interesting line up for this year’s Release 4.0 featuring dance artists from Israel, India and South Korea. Besides getting dance artists from these exotic locations to present their works, this year’s release also gives focus to regional and local choreographers who have been making headway in their careers. German-based Malaysian choreographer, Raymond Liew, is one such example. Having studied at the renowned Folkwang …

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 works that move in this direction. The performance will be a double bill consisting of works by Chang Chien-Hao from Taiwan and Ebelle Chong from Singapore. There is definitely a lot to cheer about because one is a very current choreographer who has been creating seminal works that have been performed worldwide, while the other is a choreographer who is re-emerging after a long hiatus.

A graduate from the prestigious Taipei National University …

[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 part of Singapore.

From April 9th – 25th, W!LD Rice will open a year-long imagiNATION season that has been planned to celebrate Singapore’s 50th and W!LD Rice’s 15th anniversary. Each of the five new productions will take on a theme built around the stars of the Singapore flag.The first production, Henrik Ibsen’s powerful classic Public Enemy, will …