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Arts Picks: Dinh Q. Le: Monuments And Memorials, Swan Lake and more

PHOTOS: GENE SCHIAVONE, STPI, THE FINGER PLAYERS

DINH Q. LE: MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS

Artist Dinh Q. Le's first major solo exhibition in Singapore revisits the refugee exodus.

Le, who was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the United States aged 10 to escape the Khmer Rouge, shredded photographs of Cambodian temples and portraits of Khmer Rouge victims killed at Tuol Sleng prison and inter-wove the strips into photo-montages, using the craft of traditional Vietnamese grass mat weaving.

"I have always dreamt of making weavings like the wall-hanging tapestries of Europe one day," says the 50-year-old, adding that his collaboration with STPI made possible the mural-sized, monumental foiling works interwoven with matte paper he had always envisioned, but previously struggled to realise (Splendor & Darkness, above).

WHERE: STPI Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: Tomorrow until May 12, 10am to 7pm (weekdays), 9am to 6pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays and public holidays ADMISSION: Free INFOwww.stpi.com.sg

SWAN LAKE

The American Ballet Theatre (ABT) production of the classic Tchaikovsky ballet, about a prince who falls tragically in love with a swan princess, places more emphasis on the nuances of the storyline. It also has not one but two actors portraying the villainous sorcerer von Rothbart.

Choreographed by ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie, it stars ballerinas Hee Seo, Gillian Murphy, Isabella Boylston and Christine Shevchenko across different performances.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: City Hall/Esplanade WHEN: Today, 8pm; tomorrow, 2 and 8pm; Sunday, 2pm ADMISSION: $160, $200 and $240 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to sistic.com.sg) INFO: www.abt.org

THE ROOM THAT GREW BUOYANT, LITTLE BY LITTLE

Here, Index - a design collective comprising spatial designer Lim Wei Ling, lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist and composer Darren Ng - bridges theatre and installation art.

This nine-hour installation of a series of rooms, both indoors and outdoors, is designed to frame existing phenomena in the world.

WHERE: Centre 42, 42 Waterloo Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Today to Sunday, 11am to 8pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.fingerplayers.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe