Happenings - Arts

In Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake, African dance styles rub shoulders with ballet and contemporary moves.
In Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake, African dance styles rub shoulders with ballet and contemporary moves.PHOTO: JOHN HOGG

ARTS

BOOKS

Meet The Author: Jo Furniss Of All The Little Children

The Singapore-based British author and former BBC journalist promotes her first novel, an apocalyptic thriller about a mother of three who is caught between protecting her own children and saving the lives of others.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 2pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: kinokuniya.com.sg

Meet The Author: J.Y. Yang Of The Black Tides Of Heaven And The Red Threads Of Fortune

Meet the Singapore-born author of the Tensorate series of fantasy novellas: The Black Tides Of Heaven, The Red Threads Of Fortune and two other titles that are slated for release next year.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 3.30pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: kinokuniya.com.sg


DANCE

Dada Masilo's Swan Lake

South African dancer-choreographer Masilo's production overturns the traditional love story and hijacks the codes of classical ballet. Here, African dance styles rub shoulders with ballet and contemporary moves, and both men and women are swans. Part of da:ns festival 2017.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Today & tomorrow, 8pm ADMISSION: $21 - $104 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Passages Contemporary Season Presented By Singapore Dance Theatre

In the company's annual full contemporary performance season, dancers confront works that grapple with the gratification and realisation of the raw state within oneself.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Nov 3, 7.30pm; Nov 4, 3 & 7.30pm; Nov 5, 3pm ADMISSION: $38 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


CONCERTS

VCH Presents: Cellisso

Ten cellists from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra conjure an opera that explores Carl Vine's Inner World, Arvo Part's Fratres and Giovanni Sollima's Violoncelles, Vibrez!. Soprano Jeong Ae Ree joins the ensemble in Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/ Raffles Place WHEN: Sun, 4pm ADMISSION: $21 & $41 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Eric Watson's World Of Chinese Music

Singapore Chinese Orchestra's composer-in-residence, Watson, has composed an oeuvre of orchestral pieces. This concert presents a selection of his compositions from Dialogue for Solo Tabla and Chinese Orchestra, which is a cross-cultural exploration featuring tabla performer Jatinder Singh Bedi.

WHERE: Auditorium, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, 1 Straits Boulevard MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Nov 3, 8pm ADMISSION: $34 - $74 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Chronicles V

The School of the Arts' music faculty presents students' performances at this annual year-end concert, featuring solo and chamber works by composers such as Johannes Brahms, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Leong Yoon Pin.

WHERE: Concert Hall, School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Nov 3, 7pm ADMISSION: $12 TEL: 3158-8588 INFO: www.apactix.com

Milieu 2017

Choreographers Thomas Lebrun (France) and Victor Ma (Hong Kong) present two works in contrasting styles revolving around the familiar yet invisible elements of the environment.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: Nov 10, 8pm & Nov 11, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: From $23.80 INFO: www.frontierdanceland.com/whatson-detail/milieu2017

SSO Gala: Yefim Bronfman - Beethoven & Bartok

In this gala double bill of piano concertos, pianist Bronfman returns to Singapore to perform Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.

WHERE: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/ City Hall WHEN: Nov 30, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $28 - $102 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


EXHIBITIONS (MUSEUMS)

Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition 2017

See life through the eyes of inmates at this exhibition, where 25 male and 17 female inmates express themselves through different media, including canvas and ceramics. Visitors can adopt the art pieces on display. Proceeds go towards the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and services for inmates, former offenders and their families.

WHERE: Levels 3 & 4, Singapore Art Museum @ 8Q, 8 Queen Street MRT: Bras Basah WHEN: Today, 10am - 9pm; tomorrow & Sun, 10am - 7pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/yellowribbonproj or www.singaporeartmuseum.sg


EXHIBITIONS (GALLERIES)

Japanese Calligraphy Art Exhibition In Singapore

On display are about 60 pieces of curated masterpieces by calligraphers of Nihon Shodo Bijutsu in four categories: Sino-Japanese ideograms (kanji), Japanese syllabary (kana), new calligraphic art and seal carving. Visitors can also catch calligraphy performances by calligraphy masters.

WHERE: The Luxe Art Museum, 02-01, 6 Handy Road MRT: Dhoby Ghaut WHEN: Today - Wed, 10am - 6pm (doors close at 4pm on Wed); calligraphy performances: today - Tue, 2 - 3pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: goo.gl/JMMMMN

As A Surface Becomes A Space

In the 1970s, American artist Michelle Stuart took paper to the landscape, where she massaged soil and graphite to its surface, tracing over the uneven ground to catch its shadow. Her works have served as a point of departure for New Zealand-born artist Matthew Allen's recent graphite works presented in this exhibition.

WHERE: Sullivan+Strumpf Singapore, 01-06 Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Nov 5, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun) or by appointment ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6871-8753 INFO: www.sullivanstrumpf.com

The Art Of Leo

Singapore-based Chinese artist Leo Liu Xuan Qi's exhibition explores an ongoing reflection of the identity embedded in the Chinese traditional culture, using auspicious objects such as the stone lion and mythical creature qilin to symbolise Chinese heritage and beliefs in his adopted home.

WHERE: The UOB Art Gallery, UOB Plaza 1, 80 Raffles Place MRT: Raffles Place WHEN: Till Nov 8, 9am - 6.30pm (weekdays), 9am - 2pm (Sat) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6539-3944 INFO: www.uobpoy.com/artgallery


EXHIBITIONS (SHOWS)

Tatinis Art Show - The Bold And Beautiful Edition

Thirty Singapore-based artists, 20 children artists from Little Artists Studio and 12 senior citizen artists from Simei CC Art Interest Group will participate in this four-day event that features a different theme every evening.

WHERE: Deck, 120A Prinsep Street MRT: Rochor WHEN: Thu - Oct 28, noon - 8pm; Oct 29, noon - 6pm ADMISSION: Free; donations are welcome INFO: tatinis.com


THEATRE

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The original stars of the British television show, Whose Line Is it Anyway? - Andy Smart, Stephen Frost, Steven Steen and Ian Coppinger - are back for another show.

WHERE: Pavilion, 01-01 Far East Square, 28 China Street MRT: Telok Ayer WHEN: Nov 17 & 18, 8pm ADMISSION: $72 & $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy

This production features an original story. Wednesday Addams, the princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet and smart young man from a normal, respectable family.

WHERE: MES Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue MRT: one-north WHEN: Nov 15 - Dec 3, 8pm (Tue - Fri), 2.30 & 8pm (weekends) ADMISSION: $69 - $169 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Sole Mate

Inspired by the intricacies of married lives, this original play by theatre company The ETCeteras explores the hidden pain, desires and struggles of three women in their 40s, who have been friends since secondary school. In English and Mandarin.

WHERE: Victoria Theatre, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Dec 8, 8pm & Dec 9, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $59 - $89 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Mama White Snake

Directed by Pam Oei, scripted by Alfian Sa'at and scored by Elaine Chan, this musical puts a spin on the classic Chinese folk tale, Madam White Snake.

WHERE: Drama Centre Theatre, Level 3 National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street MRT: Bugis/City Hall WHEN: Nov 24 - Dec 16, 7.30pm (Tue - Sat), 2.30pm (weekends) ADMISSION: $49 - $84 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

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