Arts Picks: Singapore Writers Festival, Tan Ngiap Heng and more

Ngiap Heng And Himself II, a photograph from Tan Ngiap Heng's exhibition Body Of Work. -- PHOTO: TAN NGIAP HENG
Ngiap Heng And Himself II, a photograph from Tan Ngiap Heng's exhibition Body Of Work. -- PHOTO: TAN NGIAP HENG

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The annual Singapore Writers Festival opens on Oct 31, bearing the theme The Prospect Of Beauty. Get your fix of all things literary this weekend, from meals with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and activist Naomi Wolf, to discussions on post-colonial writing, banned books and writing history with the likes of writers and publishers from here and abroad, such as Robert Pinsky, Colin Cheong, Alvin Pang, Neil Humphreys and Han Lao Da.

Where: Various venues, including the Singapore Management University Campus Green, the National Museum & the Singapore Art Museum MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah/Bugis When: Oct 31 - Nov 9, various timings Admission: $20 for a Festival Pass from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to Info: Go to The Straits Times is the official media partner of the Singapore Writers Festival

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These intensely personal photographs, including Vincent And Himself, by prolific performing arts photographer Tan Ngiap Heng combine the wild abandon of dancing with the intimacy of portraiture. Tan, known for his work in capturing dance, was struck by how little he sometimes knew about his subjects when taking their portraits. As part of the exhibition, he projects old family photographs onto the skin of his subjects to emphasise that close relationship of the old and new. The result are haunting and tender photographs. A total of 43 works, all based on the body, will be on display, as well as a dance video installation.

Where: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4, Ion Orchard MRT: Orchard When: Till Nov 2, 10am - 10pm daily Admission: Free

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Based on 19th-century Russian writer Alexander Pushkin's poem of the same name, Onegin is a tale of love and tragedy. Protagonist Eugene Onegin rejects the love of the young Tatiana, only to have a bitter taste of his own medicine when he falls for her many years later. The plot examines love, passion and the rigidity of social constructs in Imperial Russia. Part of the Esplanade's da:ns series, the Stuttgart Ballet's take on the tragic and beautiful Onegin was choreographed by its former artistic director, the late John Cranko. The Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra will accompany the ballet troupe with the music of Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

Where: Esplanade Theatre MRT: City Hall/Esplanade When: Oct 31, 8pm, Nov 1, 3 & 8pm Admission: $60 - $200 from Sistic

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I Theatre does a mash-up of classic fairy tales in this new production, which weaves together the stories of The Ugly Duckling and The Frog Prince - what happens when the two of them meet? They overcome challenges, scoot out of harm's way and, of course, support each other. Featuring catchy music, glittery costumes and a dash of puppetry, this twist on Hans Christian Andersen is recommended for those aged four to 18.

Where: Drama Centre Theatre, National Library Building, Level 3 MRT: Bugis When: Till Nov 15, various timings Admission: $30 - $32 from Sistic

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