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Open your heart to The O.P.E.N., a $45 buffet of films, talks and performances

Published on Jul 4, 2014 2:39 PM
 
American dancer Richard Move as the late grande dame of modern dance Martha Graham. Martha@ACM, Move's performance last Friday, was part of The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival festival designed to ease people into the full Singapore International Festival of the Arts in August. -- PHOTO: ANDREW HETHERINGTON

We're about halfway through The O.P.E.N. now, a pre-festival festival styled as a public academy, designed to ease people into the full Singapore International Festival of the Arts in August and clue them to the latter's offerings.

A name like The O.P.E.N. can sound intimidating - and each of the four letters broken up by periods do actually stand for something.* But the programme is an unexpected treat, with a wide variety of well-chosen talks, screenings and performances scattered over three weeks. Experimental theatre icons The Wooster Group, gallerist and renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and well-known choreographer Jerome Bel all make an appearance, whether through film, over Skype or in person, presenting art as well as the ideas behind it.

Unfortunately, there don't seem to be enough people taking advantage of the buffet of events.

I attended Martha@ACM last Friday - where American dancer Richard Move performed as the late grande dame of modern dance Martha Graham - as well as a talk and screening of a dance film at 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road the day after, and the crowd quickly started to become familiar, with the same few faces repeated in the audience.

 
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