Arts picks: Tap Dogs, Singapore Symphony Children's Choir and Rirkrit Tiravanija

A dance performance by Tap Dogs which is created by Dein Perry and inspired by the Australian’s teenage years when he learnt how to tap dance in the garage behind his dance teacher’s house in Newcastle, a steel town north of Sydney. -- PHOTO:&nbs
A dance performance by Tap Dogs which is created by Dein Perry and inspired by the Australian’s teenage years when he learnt how to tap dance in the garage behind his dance teacher’s house in Newcastle, a steel town north of Sydney. -- PHOTO: BASE ENTERTAINMENT ASIA

HUANG LIJIE RECOMMENDS

TAP DOGS

High-energy dance, theatrical performance and live music come together in this 80-minute show, which promises viewers an adrenaline rush.

Set in a steel-works construction site, dancers perform in water - beware of the spray - on ladders and, at times, jump through scaffolding, without losing their beat and groove. This award-winning Australian tap dance show may have premiered 15 years ago, but its moves remain slick and timeless.

Where: MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands MRT: Bayfront When: Till Sunday, 7.30pm (Fri), 2 & 7.30pm (Sat), 1 & 5pm (Sun) Admission: $65 - $135 from Sistic (go to www.sistic.com.sg or call 6348-5555) or Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (call 6688-8826)


TIME TRAVELERS CHRONICLE (DOUBT): 2014 - 802,701 A.D

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It takes ingenuity to skilfully bring together curry noodles, negroni cocktails and the cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants in an art show.

Acclaimed Thai conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (photo) rises to the occasion with his latest solo show at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Drawing inspiration from the 1895 dystopian novella The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, he presents a series of works in various mediums that explores the fluidity of time, including thermo-chromatic works that allow visitors to touch and leave handprints which dissipate over time. Also part of the show are eight installations, comprising life-size chromed works on paper paired with free-standing chromed pedestals bearing 3-D-printed objects such as a bowl of curry noodles and a figurine in the likeness of SpongeBob SquarePants, which conjure visions of time portals and other-worldly experiences.

Where: STPI, 41 Robertson Quay MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till June 28, 10am - 6pm (Tue - Sat), by appointment on Mon, closed on Sun Admission: Free


COLOUR OF MUSIC

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The Singapore Symphony Children's Choir celebrates its eighth anniversary with a choral performance by its young choristers under the baton of conductor Lim-Quek Soo Hiang. The programme features myriad songs, including popular classics such as Tom Porter's What Colour Is The Music, Johann Strauss Jr's lively polka Leichtes Blut and the song When You Believe from the movie The Prince Of Egypt (1998).

Where: School of the Arts Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut When: Sun, 4pm Admission: $18 from Sistic


ONCE UPON A TIME IN ASIA: THE STORY TREE

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A new interactive exhibition, dedicated to children and the young at heart, opens at the Asian Civilisations Museum this weekend. The show, drawing on the theme of "tree of life", is held in conjunction with the National Heritage Board's Children's Season 2014, which offers children-centric programmes at museums and heritage institutions run by the board.

The exhibition takes visitors on a trail through the museum to explore objects in its collection, as well as uncover knowledge about the life-giving symbolism of trees in art and culture.

The show's opening weekend will also feature storytelling sessions in the galleries and art-making sessions, both taking place in the afternoons from 1 to 5pm.

Another highlight of the exhibition is an installation, A Tree by Chinese artist Li Hongbo, who is well-known for his signature paper sculptures.

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Learning Gallery MRT: Raffles City When: Tomorrow - Nov 2, 10am - 5pm daily Admission: Free

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