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Arts Picks: Garden • Uprooted, Masters Of Comedy, and more

The cast of Underclass comprises (clockwise from left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and Siti Khalijah Zainal.
PHOTOS: CRISPIAN CHAN, MAZEL GALERIE, COURTESY OF THE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND ARTS FISSION

GARDEN • UPROOTED

In this music and dance-theatre performance led by conductor Lim Yau and choreographer Angela Liong, both Cultural Medallion recipients, the idea of the garden as a sanctuary comes into contrast with the upheaval of modern-day diaspora. Set to nature-inspired music by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, the performance features an inter-generational cast, from senior citizens and students to professional dancers from Arts Fission and musicians from The Philharmonic Orchestra.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: City Hall/Esplanade WHEN: Tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $27 & $19 (concessions) from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) INFO: bit.ly/2IgEWUZ

MASTERS OF COMEDY

This Toy Factory production, part of the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre's annual cultural extravaganza, pays tribute to iconic Chinese comedians in Singapore, from Bai Yan to Jack Neo. The 90-minute show, which combines comic dialogue, crosstalk and song and dance, will feature local stars such as Sugie Phua, Judee Tan and Jo Tan.

WHERE: Level 9 Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre Far East Organization Auditorium, 1 Straits Boulevard MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Tomorrow, 3 and 8pm; Sunday, 3pm; Wednesday to May 25, 8pm ADMISSION: $38 and $48 from Sistic INFO: www.singaporeccc.org.sg

The cast of Underclass comprises (clockwise from left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and Siti Khalijah Zainal.
The cast of Underclass comprises (clockwise from left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and Siti Khalijah Zainal.

UNDERCLASS

Xinyi loses her job and has to move into a rental flat provided by the Government. There, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with Johari, as they strive to get out of their disadvantaged status with the help of well-meaning friends, entrepreneurs, civil servants and politicians.

This collaboration between local theatre troupes Drama Box and The Necessary Stage (TNS) delves into poverty and inequality in Singapore, with a script by TNS playwright Haresh Sharma, based on interviews with community workers and beneficiaries of voluntary welfare organisations.

The cast includes Goh Guat Kian, Yazid Jalil, Siti Khalijah Zainal, Brendon Fernandez and Yang Shi Bin.

WHERE: The Necessary Stage Black Box, B1-02, 278 Marine Parade Road MRT: Dakota/Eunos WHEN: Till June 3; 8pm (Wednesdays to Fridays), 2.30 and 8pm (Saturdays), 2.30pm (Sundays) ADMISSION: $36 from Sistic INFO: Performed in English, Mandarin and Malay. Advisory 16 (some mature content). For more information, go to www.sistic.com.sg/events/cunder0518

The cast of Underclass comprises (clockwise from left) Yazid Jalil, Brendon Fernandez, Yang Shi Bin, Goh Guat Kian and Siti Khalijah Zainal.

THE GREAT RACE

A dozen European artists have created works on the 12 Chinese zodiac animals in this East-meets-West exhibition. These works range from French artist Lionel Sabatte's metallic sculpture of a rat covered with Parisian street dust to French painter Vincent Corpet's bestial melanges (above).

WHERE: Mazel Galerie, 02-16 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till June 30, 11am to 8pm (weekdays), 10am to 8pm (weekends and public holidays) ADMISSION: Free INFO: mazelgalerie.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe