Chang Er meets astronaut in dance on open-top trailer

Sarkasi Said
Ng's whimsical Japanese knots at Mulan Gallery.
Ng's whimsical Japanese knots at Mulan Gallery.PHOTO: TECK LIM

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To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, contemporary dance group The Arts Fission Company will perform on an open-top 38m trailer at two locations, the Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay and Phoenix Avenue.

The dance imagines a meeting between familiar Chinese legend Chang Er and an astronaut from the Apollo 11 moon landing.

On why the company chose to stage the show on a trailer, its artistic director Angela Liong says: "We hope to connect mundane, daily sights and things and give them a poetic, surreal twist. Everyone in the city can certainly use a little dose of whimsy in their everyday routines."

WHERE: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Today, 9pm; Wed, 9pm WHERE: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Tomorrow, 7pm WHERE: Phoenix Avenue MRT: Bukit Panjang WHEN: Sunday, 7.45 and 9pm ADMISSION: Free INFO:


Commuters may have seen veteran batik artist Sarkasi Said's work View Of Life (2010), printed on glass, on a wall of Serangoon MRT station, but those who wish to take a closer look can now view the original, which is on display at the NUS Museum.

The 77-year-old tells The Straits Times that this piece, with its bold colours and dynamic patterns, reflects his philosophy on life - to look on the bright side and be thankful, even when life as an artist gets tough.

It is shown alongside 10 other works by the artist.

WHERE: Lee Kong Chian Temporary Gallery, NUS Museum, 50 Kent Ridge Crescent MRT: Kent Ridge WHEN: Till Dec 31, 10am to 6pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) ADMISSION: Free INFO:


The works of Singapore-based ceramicists take centre stage at this exhibition presented by Mulan Gallery, in collaboration with the Japan Creative Centre at the Embassy of Japan in Singapore.

Singapore's master potter Iskandar Jalil will be showcasing a few of his recent works, together with new pieces by artists Agnes Lim, Eddie Yee, Hazel Ng, Hiroko Mita and Tan Gek Lin. Take in Yee's works, inspired by the Sahara Desert, as well as Ng's whimsical Japanese knots and childhood snack-inspired pieces.

WHERE: Mulan Gallery, 36 Armenian Street, 01-07 MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Oct 21, 11.30am to 6.30pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) ADMISSION: Free INFO:

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2017, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe