DEEPIKA SHETTY RECOMMENDS

Arts Picks: Three Inches Of Alive, Diego Rivera, Don’t Dress For Dinner and more

THREE INCHES OF ALIVE

This production, which will tour Singapore till March 21, is presented by TheatreWorks Writer’s Laboratory Writing & Community. This annual community tour marks an eight-year partnership between TheatreWorks and the South East Community Development Council.

Three Inches Of Alive features the next generation of young artists and is part of TheatreWorks’ efforts to nurture and develop young artists. It also marks the comeback of the Writers’ Laboratory, which aims to spot, support and help fresh writers.

It is written by Clarilyn Khoo, an English Literature undergraduate at the National University of Singapore. Directed by Irfan Kasban, it stars Gyan Lee and Siti Zuraida, with set design by Gerald Leow. Three Inches Of Alive recalls lessons on Malay pioneer Hajjah Fatimah and raises questions about whether reported history is broad enough to capture the essence of a human life.

Where: Performance Centre, Mountbatten Community Club When: Today, 3 and 8pm. Tomorrow, 3pm Admission: Free Info: To reserve seats, go to threeinchesofalive.eventbrite.com


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DIEGO RIVERA: PRIDE OF MEXICO

In popular imagination, the name Diego Rivera is often associated with murals depicting the working class, and the feminist icon Frida Kahlo, whom he was twice married to. 

This solo exhibition of his works - the first  in South-east Asia - sheds light on other  facets of one of Mexico's most prolific and renowned post-revolutionary artists. The 34 artworks on show are drawn from the  collection of the state of Veracruz and  rarely travel out of the country. 

The Mexican master's career spanned more than 50 years. The show in Singapore does  not include his famous giant murals, except  two reproductions, but there are some very early drawings of his artistic career, an early portrait of his mother, works on high society, some arresting renditions of nudes, and works he did up to a year before his death in 1957. 

Where: Lim Hak Tai Gallery, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 80 Bencoolen Street When: Till April 12, Tue - Sun, 11am - 7pm Admission: Free Info: Call 6512-4000 or go to www.nafa.edu.sg.


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DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER

The Stage Club, Singapore’s oldest theatre company, marks its 70th year with French playwright Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner. A smash hit in Paris, where it played for more than two years, and in London, where it ran for six, the play is a hilarious romp through the French countryside. Billed as a “boulevard comedy”, it has all the elements of mistaken identities, outrageous infidelities and a plot gone awry. Directed by Singapore-based American Hunter Wood, it sees Srinivas Subramanian, a doctor, making his stage debut.

Where: DBS Arts Centre – Home of the SRT When: Today and tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $42 and $22 (concession) from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg)


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MIGRATION’S BREATH BY RINA BANERJEE

Bright, colourful, highly suggestive sensual forms made of found objects – ranging from glass bottles to lush Indian sarees to sea shells – reference the many journeys Kolkata-born, New York-based artist Rina Banerjee has made as a painter and a sculptor. Migration’s Breath is meant to provoke questions such as who we are, where we come from, how we are shaped by the journeys we make and how we comprehend our world. Banerjee’s art, which has been featured in several major shows, draws on her childhood memory and her experiences as an immigrant.

Where: OTA Fine Arts, 02-137, Lock Road When: Till March 21, 11am - 7pm (Tues to Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun), closed on Monday and public holidays Admission: Free Info: Call 6694-3071 or go to www.otafinearts.com