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Arts picks: Interpreting Tagore, With Love From Snoopy, Charlie Brown & The Peanuts Gang Exhibition, Beauty World and more

Astad Deboo.
Astad Deboo.PHOTOS: AMIT KUMAR, SINGAPORE PHILATELIC MUSEUM, ALFRED PHANG

INTERPRETING TAGORE: CHOREOGRAPHED AND PERFORMED BY ASTAD DEBOO

Award-winning Indian choreographer and dancer Astad Deboo's contemporary dance performance is inspired by two poems - Surrender and Awakening.

These were written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

The piece uses music, dance, theatre forms and poetry recital to create an immersive multi-layered experience.

Among the pioneers of modern dance in India, Deboo uses his training in the Indian classical dance forms of Kathak and Kathakali to create what critics call "poetry in motion".

WHERE: Play Den, The Arts House, 1 Old Parliament Lane WHEN: Tonight, 7pm ADMISSION: Free, but registration is required. E-mail menaka@indiaifa.org MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place INFO: Go to www.indiaifa.org or call 6332-6919


WITH LOVE FROM SNOOPY, CHARLIE BROWN & THE PEANUTS GANG EXHIBITION

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the popular comic strip. This exhibition adds to the global Peanuts love through a showcase of rare stamps, First-Day covers, as well as comics and collectibles.

You get to find out more about the creator Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), who left behind almost 18,000 popular Peanuts comic strips.

WHERE: Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street WHEN: Till April 30. Monday, 1 to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday (9.30am to 7pm) ADMISSION: Free for Singaporeans and permanent residents (with valid identification). For others: $6 for adults, $4 for children between the ages of three and 12 MRT: Bras Basah/City Hall INFO: Go to www.spm.org.sg or call 6337-3888


FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED

This solo exhibition by Singapore artist Vincent Leow considers the concept of memes in the social and political spheres and how they are discussed and shared on social media. He appropriates names and texts gathered from social media accounts of people killed in wars, massacres and in other heinous crimes, transforming the grim content into a commentary. Influenced by the time he spent teaching art in the Middle East, the contemporary art pioneer's recent shows have addressed serious issues of violence and death and For Those Who Have Been Killed expands on some of the themes he presented in his impressive 2012 solo, Resembling Imaginary Creatures.

WHERE: Shophouse 5, 5 Lorong 24A Geylang WHEN: Till Jan 3. 11am to 7pm this weekend, viewings by appointment on all other days ADMISSION: Free MRT: Aljunied INFO: Go to www.vada.org.sg or call 6338-1962


BEAUTY WORLD

One of Singapore's most beloved musicals, by playwright Michael Chiang, is now on at Victoria Theatre. Beauty World, which premiered in 1988, is set in a seedy cabaret of 1960s Singapore, where the innocent and naive Ivy Chan arrives in search of her long-lost father. She ends up encountering a world of outlandish characters, including the cabaret's dominating It-girl, Lulu. Composer Dick Lee, who created the musical's hit music and lyrics, directs it for the first time in this seventh staging. The cast includes TV star Jeanette Aw as the man-eating villainess Lulu, award-winning actress Janice Koh as the head of the cabaret and newcomer Cheryl Tan (above) in the lead role of Ivy.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre WHEN: Till Dec 12. Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 3pm MRT: City Hall ADMISSION: $28 to $128 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 04, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - DSPICKS04A'. Print Edition | Subscribe