Arts Picks: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre's retrospective, Chonteng drawing installation, and two dance works

Singer-songwriter Inch Chua in TheatreWorks' 'Til The End Of The World, We'll Meet In No Man's Land, her first foray into playwriting based on her recent expedition to Antarctica.
Singer-songwriter Inch Chua in TheatreWorks' 'Til The End Of The World, We'll Meet In No Man's Land, her first foray into playwriting based on her recent expedition to Antarctica. PHOTO: CRISPI PHOTOGRAPHY


Classic Tamil poetry comes to life in this dance production by performing arts group Bhaskar's Arts Academy.

The group first staged this production in 1958 and hopes this restaging will get younger audiences in Singapore to appreciate the beauty of the Tamil language. It is based on a poem circa 1718 , in which a Kurathi (gypsy) reads the palm of the lady Vasanthavalli and foresees a grand wedding betweenher and the one who has stolen her heart.

The group's artistic director Santha Bhaskar played the role of the Kurathi in the 1958 premier e; the role will be played this time by Priyadarshini Nagarajah .

Says the group's resident choreographer Ambujah Thiru, who was Mrs Bhaskar's student: "Educating the dancers about the language, in addition to choreographing, was a crucial part of the process to ensure the delivery was not compromised. And for the audience, with the English surtitles provided, they will be able to easily understand the story."

WHERE: Gateway Theatre, 3615 Jalan Bukit Merah MRT: Redhill

WHEN: May 11, 7.30pm

ADMISSION: $30 from or 04-01 Bras Basah Complex; $20 for students, who must show ID at point of purchase

INFO: Call 6336-6537 or e-mail


Singaporean singer-songwriter Inch Chua makes her first foray into playwriting with this script, based on her recent expedition to Antarctica, in a show that is part one-woman musical, part ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) experience.

The multi-sensory performance, directed by Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong , features original compositions and binaural sound technology, which makes use of headphones to create a more immersive, three-dimensional sound experience. The audience perches on white tiered seats, as if they are penguins on ice floes.

The sound of snow and wind is created by the popping of bubble wrap or stamping.

WHERE: 72-13, Home of TheatreWorks, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road

MRT: Clarke Quay

WHEN: May 3, 8pm; May 4, 3 and 8pm

ADMISSION: $48, $28 (concessions) from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to

INFO: or


Rice, choreographed by Lin Hwai-Min of Cloud Gate Theatre, which will be performed as part of a retrospective at the Esplanade. PHOTO: LIU CHEN-HSIANG

Premier Taiwanese dance company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre looks back across the career of its founding artistic director Lin Hwai-min, who will be stepping down at the end of this year.

The retrospective for the company's 45th-anniversary gala will pick out excerpts from nine of his classic works. These include Portrait Of The Families , said to be the first major theatrical work to tackle Taiwan's 1947 massacre after an anti-government uprising; Moon Water, which fuses the movements of tai chi tao yin with Bach's Suite for Solo Cello; and Rice, an epic homage to the staple grain.

Lin will also give a free talk in Mandarin on May 4 about his practice.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive

MRT: City Hall; Esplanade

WHEN: May 3 and 4, 8pm. Lin's talk will be on May 4 at 1.30pm

ADMISSION: $30 (restricted view) to $120 via Sistic. Lin's talk is free with registration at


A scene from the opening night of Chonteng: The Cult Of Creatures, by artist Rizman Putra. PHOTO: AKBAR SYADIQ

Chonteng - which translates into English as "doodle" - is a drawing installation by Singaporean artist Rizman Putra that explores the idea of making marks and lines based loosely on the method of automatic drawing.

The concept was first explored in previous exhibitions Labyrinth Of Things I and II, which were presented at Coda Culture and Cake Theatrical Productions' Running With Strippers respectively .

In this third and final presentation as part of Teater Ekamatra's Artist Residency Programme , which has been extended until Sunday by popular demand, studio space Greymatter is transformed into a drawing installation that the audience encounters as if it is a cave with the drawings of a Neanderthal.

WHERE: Greymatter, 28 Aliwal Street, #02-10

MRT: Nicoll Highway; Bugis

WHEN: Till May 5, 10am to 10pm

ADMISSION: Entry by donation, pay as you like; register at