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Theatre & Dance
 
The 1960s were a heady, tumultuous time for Singapore. It had just attained full internal self-government in 1959, with the People's Action Party thrust into power under the leadership of a young lawyer, recently graduated from Cambridge University - Lee Kuan Yew.
One of Singapore's first political plays in English, Are You There, Singapore? might never have seen the light of day if not for some fortuitous house-cleaning.
As Emily of Emerald Hill sashayed off stage in 1985 in her sequinned kebaya, all colour and old world glamour, an unnamed man entered the Singapore theatre that same year.
Three women will play a single female character on stage in an opera based on the ancient South Indian literary epic Silapathikaram.
A contemplative piece about searching for meaning in life has come full circle - quite literally. Home-grown physical theatre troupe In Source Theatre is bringing back the circular symbol of the mandala in its comeback production, also titled Mandala.
Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Mr Baey Yam Keng, known for his frequent selfies and strong presence on social media, will be starring in a Mandarin play written by his wife, theatre practitioner Lim Hai Yen.
The dance floor will be set ablaze over the next few months, as the curtain rises on two major festivals in Singapore. The ninth edition of the Esplanade's da:ns festival opens on Oct 9, with headline acts such as Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, which famously boasts an all-male corps de ballet; Wayne McGregor's Age of Enlightenment-inspired Far; and a world premiere by flamenco virtuoso Maria Pages.
Two festivals will be heating up the dance floor here over the next few months: the Esplanade's da:ns festival in October, and the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival presented by T.H.E Dance Company in November.

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