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Theatre & Dance

The fifth annual M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by Singapore's T.H.E Dance Company, drew to a close last Saturday after more than two weeks of performances, classes, workshops and forums.
Small casts of dancers make a large impact in the International Artist Festival Finale, drawing this year's M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival to a close. Composed of four engaging, diverse pieces, the intimate showcase by an array of international dance artists at the Esplanade Theatre Studio stops short of taking one's breath away. The parts of this puzzle regrettably do not quite come together to elevate the mixed bill beyond the aesthetic to the visceral, past the mind to the heart. 
The opening of the latest Dim Sum Dollies show, The History Of Singapore - Part 2: The Growing Up Years, was overshadowed by a Media Development Authority advisory slapped on it.
Take a peek into Singapore’s homes and back alleys in this intimate, life-affirming photo exhibition by three Singaporean photographers – Ivan Tan, Juliana Tan and former Straits Times photographer Samuel He.
A satirical revue by the popular cabaret trio Dim Sum Dollies, which takes sly digs at Singapore life, has come under the spotlight after it was given an Advisory 16 rating and granted a licence to perform just three days before the show was due to open on Dec 11.
Visitorship to public museums hit a record high in 2013, even as attendance at ticketed performing arts activities fell.
Even before opening night on Thursday, Like Me. I Like provided Singapore with some pretty gripping drama.
I really wanted to like Organised Chaos, which I caught on Thursday as part of the M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival. The work had so many things going for it - different perspectives (literally, with a live feed from a video camera), exciting, thumping use of body percussion and vocals, and T.H.E's signature meld of power and precision.

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