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Arts Picks: I Came At Last To The Seas, Blood And Rose Ensemble, and more

I came at last to the seas
I came at last to the seas
Blood and rose ensemble
Blood and rose ensemble
Chinese musician Guo Yazhi.
Chinese musician Guo Yazhi.
Evita.
Evita.
Leaving room.
Leaving room.

HUAYI CHINESE FESTIVAL OF ARTS

I CAME AT LAST TO THE SEAS

A meditation on diaspora and displacement directed by The Theatre Practice's Kuo Jian Hong, it weaves together six journeys - from a conductor returning home with his grandfather's ashes to a young boy meeting a middle-aged version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's Little Prince.

The multimedia production (above) stars Sing! China finalist Joanna Dong, local actor Sugie Phua, Rosa Maria Velasco from Hong Kong and Ethan Wei from Taiwan.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Today and tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $38 to $118 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to www.sistic.com.sg) INFO: www.esplanade.com/huayi


BLOOD AND ROSE ENSEMBLE

Taiwanese theatre group Shakespeare's Wild Sisters presents this modernised Mandarin medley based on William Shakespeare's historical plays about the 15th-century Wars of the Roses. It shrinks four plays - Henry VI Parts I, II and III and Richard III - and nearly 100 years of war and death into two hours.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive WHEN: Today, 8pm; tomorrow and Sunday, 3 and 8pm ADMISSION: $38 from Sistic


THE DRAGON'S SONG - AN EAST-WEST FUSION CONCERT

Chinese musician Guo Yazhi mixes up tradition by playing pop and jazz tunes on the suona, a wind instrument with a reedy wail often associated with funeral rituals, alongside his fellow composer-musicians from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

WHERE: Esplanade Recital Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday, 5pm ADMISSION: $35 from Sistic


EVITA

The Broadway musical, based on the rags-to-riches story of Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952, comes to Singapore on tour under legendary director Harold Prince.

The 40-year-old musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, which is a fictionalised account of Peron's rise from a poor teenager in Buenos Aires to an Argentinean icon who died at age 33, features hits such as Don't Cry For Me Argentina and You Must Love Me.

WHERE: Grand Theatre, Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, 4 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Today to March 11, 8pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 2 and 8pm (Saturdays), 1 and 6pm (Sundays) ADMISSION: From $55 from Sistic INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/entertainment/shows/evita.html


LEAVING ROOM

This exhibition in an actual living room - artist Jeremy Hiah's, in which he founded Your Mother Gallery - looks at lived experience and, through the works of seven young artists, questions how we leave room for one another to live.

Firhana Almuddin crafts everyday objects, such as an armchair and clogs out of cardboard, in a meditation on the tensions of motherhood.

Kheyton Lim shreds Chinese almanac calendars to evoke the anxiety of the everyday, while Eugene Tan presents a mock-up for a future grave interface, an interactive altar with a digital screen displaying information about the deceased and which sits at the intersection between the sacred and technology.

WHERE: Your Mother Gallery, 91A Hindoo Road MRT: Jalan Besar WHEN: Today until March 18, 4 to 7pm. Exhibition preview today at 7pm; artist talks on March 3 and 10 at 7pm ADMISSION: Free, by appointment INFO: Go to www.post-museum.org or e-mail admin@post-museum.org

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 23, 2018, with the headline 'Arts Picks'. Print Edition | Subscribe