Arts Picks: Poop!, 80by80, Da Capo XII: Miyazaki In The Park By NUS Wind Symphony and more



This exhibition considers questions of performance and staging in relation to time. It presents works by five artists who use various media, including video installation, painting, drawing, sculpture and sound.

Visual artist Ming Wong's installation, The Bamboo Theatre (2017), comes from various stages of research he has done over the last three years.

He tells The Straits Times: "My work is inspired by the history of world cinema and, as I was researching into early Hong Kong cinema (especially Cantonese Opera cinema), I discovered that there was a lot of experimentation with the form in the early days, say, in the 1930s and 1940s, with influence coming from Hollywood cinema.

"I wanted to see if the Cantonese Opera cinema genre could be used to address current issues or themes about the future."

Wong is one of Singapore's most prominent artists, having taken part in shows and festivals around the world. He represented Singapore at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and was awarded a Special Mention.

Other artists featured at this exhibition include Amanda Beech, Zach Blas, Rabih Mroue and Uriel Orlow.

WHERE: Gallery 1, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Rochor WHEN:Till Sunday, noon to 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO:


One of The Finger Players' most popular works, Poop! is a production not to be missed. The show, which centres on death, loss and grieving, was first staged in 2009 and then restaged in 2010.

The show's director Chong Tze Chien told The Straits Times in an earlier interview: "New works in Singapore often die an immature death as there's a tacit expectation that they should 'work' right from the get-go. Restagings help us grow the work and our craft, refining the play with each staging."

Actor Julius Foo plays a dead man, while Neo Swee Lin, Janice Koh and Jean Ng are the family left behind.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall WHEN: Tonight, 8pm; tomorrow, 3 and 8pm; Sunday, 3pm ADMISSION: $35 to $55 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to INFO: Mature content; go to


Believe In Yourself And All That You Are. PHOTO: ESPLANADE – THEATRES ON THE BAY

Meander through the Esplanade Tunnel and appreciate the artworks on the wall, which are part of fund-raising exhibition 80by80.

Thirty-eight Singapore artists, including prominent names such as Ian Woo, Milenko Prvacki and Zai Kuning, have donated their works measuring 80 by 80cm. This month marks the 15th anniversary of the Esplanade and these artists have journeyed with the arts centre over the last 15 years.

"It's like having all of us expressing our creativity to celebrate Esplanade's birthday together," says artist Tay Bak Chiang, 44. He incorporated a mirror into his piece titled Believe In Yourself And All That You Are.

"I hope that every person who stands in front of the mirror will have self-confidence and the courage to face challenges," he adds.

The works are on display until Jan 3 and those interested in buying them can participate in an ongoing online auction that ends on Nov 19.

All proceeds go to bringing the arts and Singapore artists to more people through Esplanade's free programmes, including its visual art exhibitions.

WHERE: Esplanade Tunnel, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Till Jan 3, online auction till Nov 19 ADMISSION: Free INFO:


Get spirited away by the music from animation director Hayao Miyazaki's films such as My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea (2008), Spirited Away (2001), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004).

The NUS Wind Symphony, which returned from the Netherlands in July with a gold award at the World Music Competition, will be conducted by music director and resident conductor Ho Hwee Long and associate conductor Francis Tan.

Free face-painting and clay-modelling booths will open at 5pm, while free ice cream will be available from 5.30pm. Go early to secure a spot.

WHERE: Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road MRT: Botanic Gardens WHEN: Sun, 5pm (fringe activities), 6pm (concert) ADMISSION: Free INFO:

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 20, 2017, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe