Happenings - Arts


Open Call: Singapore Creative Writing Residency 2016

Organised by the National University of Singapore's University Scholars Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and The Arts House, the Singapore Creative Writing Residency 2016 is offering two six-month residencies from August to January. Residents will receive a monthly stipend. All nationalities are welcome. Applications close on Feb 14.

INFO: www.theartshouse.sg


Meet The Celebrity: Chew Chor Meng Of Stages Of Life

Local veteran actor Chew Chor Meng started his career with Mediacorp after winning the talent competition Star Search in 1990. His bilingual book, Stages Of Life, was released last December. Chew, who suffers from spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, will talk about his book during two sessions.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 04-20 Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Feb 20, 2pm

WHERE: Kinokuniya Jurong Store, 04-23 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road MRT: Jurong East WHEN: Feb 20, 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 (Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store)/ 6430-0868 (Kinokuniya Jurong Store) INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg


SSO: The Butterfly Lovers

China's first female opera-symphony conductor Zheng Xiao Ying will make her Singapore Symphony Orchestra debut at the Victoria Concert Hall, directing the orchestra in the Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto. Associate concertmaster Kong Zhao Hui will be the soloist.

WHERE: Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place MRT: City Hall/Raffles Place WHEN: Feb 19 & 20, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $21 - $76 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

In Appreciation...

The School of the Arts' Music Faculty celebrates the achievements of its 2015 Arts Excellence Programme students. The school is also dedicating the evening to the Temasek Education Foundation for its support of the programme.

WHERE: Sota Concert Hall, Level 2 School of the Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/ Bras Basah WHEN: Feb 19, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $10 (includes $1 booking fee) TEL: 6338-9663 INFO: Tickets from sota.eventclique.com


Huayi 2016 - Huang Yi & Kuka

In this performance, acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer and dancer Huang Yi and his robot companion Kuka harmoniously weave together the art of dance and the science of mechanical engineering.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Feb 12, 8pm; Feb 13, 2.30 & 8pm ADMISSION: $38 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Huayi 2016 - Beyond Time

Beyond Time features acclaimed Taiwanese drumming performance group U-Theatre, renowned for their artistic philosophy of "meditation before drums".

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Feb 12 - 14, 8pm (Fri & Sat), 2.30pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $41 - $122 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


China New Art

This exhibition features more than 100 works which reflect undercurrents in China today, hand-picked by MAD Museum founder Jasmine Tay.

WHERE: MAD Museum of Art & Design, 01-01, 10 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Feb 25, 11am - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-5688 INFO: www.madmuseumsingapore.com

Prudential Eye Awards Exhibition 2016

The exhibition, in its third year, shines the spotlight on 39 works from 15 shortlisted artists for the Prudential Eye Awards in categories such as digital/video, installation, painting and photography.

WHERE: ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till March 27, 10am - 7pm daily ADMISSION: Standard: $13 (adult), $11 (senior aged 65 & above), $8 (child aged two - 12); Singapore residents: $9 (adult), $8 (senior aged 65 & above), $5 (child aged two - 12) INFO: www.marinabaysands.com/museum


POPart Solo Exhibition

Singapore-born visual artist Sharlene Leong features more than 25 artworks of famous personalities including Lee Kuan Yew, Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein.

WHERE: Ion Art Gallery, Level 4 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Feb 14, 10am - 10pm daily; tomorrow, 3 - 4pm (live demonstration/artist talk) ADMISSION: Free TEL: 9797-3892 INFO: www.wordyourstory.com/POPart

Balancing The World By Belinda Fox

This series of works by the Singapore- based Australian artist considers the loss of tradition and exploitation of the natural environment in the name of human progress. The works include ceramic sculptures created in collaboration with Singaporean ceramist Jason Lim.

WHERE: Chan Hampe Galleries, 01-21 Raffles Hotel Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Till Feb 14, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-1962 INFO: www.chanhampegalleries.com

Beyond Reality

This exhibition showcases works by five artists working in the realm of hyper-realism - Emanuele Dascanio (Italy), Paul Cadden (Scotland), Philipp Weber (Germany) and Kang Hyung Koo and Yun Wee Dong (South Korea).

WHERE: Mulan Gallery, 01-07, 36 Armenian Street MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till Feb 27, 11.30am - 6:30pm (Tue - Sat), closed on Mon, Sun & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-0810 INFO: www.mulangallery.com.sg


Print I

This exhibition by the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' Fashion Studies programme showcases creations in printed textiles and textile decoration. It displays works by students and graduates of 2014 and 2015.

WHERE: Nafa Campus 2, Fashion Gallery, Ground Level, 38 Bencoolen Street MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bugis WHEN: Till Feb 12, 11am - 6pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6512-4204 INFO: E-mail yjtan@nafa.edu.sg

Cannot Be Bo(a)rdered

In conjunction with Aliwal Urban Art Festival, the exhibition features 16 artists and collectives from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia using the skateboard to create new artworks that challenge the social connotations of youth rebellion.

WHERE: Music Studio, Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street MRT: Bugis WHEN: Till Feb 14, 11am - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6435-0131 INFO: www.aliwalartscentre.sg

Bernard Buffet The Great

This exhibition features 20 rare and unseen masterpieces by the legendary French modern painter from his private estate. They include figurative and landscape works as well as portraits.

WHERE: MAD Museum of Art & Design, 01-01/02-01, 10 Tanglin Road MRT: Orchard WHEN: Till Feb 25, 11am - 8pm daily ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6734-5688 INFO: www.madmuseumsingapore.com


Russell Peters, Almost Famous World Tour 2016

The Canandian stand-up comedian brings his Almost Famous World Tour back to Singapore. The performance will feature the same material as last year and new material.

WHERE: Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 6, Halls 601 - 604, Suntec City, 1 Raffles Boulevard MRT: Esplanade WHEN: Feb 15, 8pm ADMISSION: $112 - $232 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: Tickets from www.sistic.com.sg. Go to www.facebook.com/lacomedylive or www.la-comedylive.com

Huayi 2016 - God Of Carnage

After an overwhelmingly received debut in Hong Kong, Dionysus Contemporary Theatre brings its Cantonese adaptation of French playwright Yasmina Reza's Olivier- and Tony Award-winning play, God Of Carnage, here. The play tells how a playground fight between children leads to a cordial living-room meeting between both sets of parents that turns into an all-out war.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: Feb 20, 8pm; Feb 21, 2.30pm ADMISSION: $41 - $122 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


The play by Desmond Sim (Autumn Tomyam, The Swimming Instructor) is about a towkay and his newest wife in post-war Singapore as they negotiate their way through a tumultuous relationship on the eve of Singapore's transformation into a modern nation that will no longer tolerate polygamy. The play draws attention to a little-known aspect of Singapore's history: the advent of the Women's Charter which outlaws polygamy, a move advocated by founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

WHERE: The Arts House Play Den, 1 Old Parliament Lane MRT: Raffles Place/City Hall WHEN: Feb 26 & 27, 8pm; Feb 28, 3 & 8pm ADMISSION: $35 TEL: 8128-9138 INFO: Tickets from www.evnk.co/wife11. Go to www.world-in-theatre.org

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 05, 2016, with the headline '(No headline) - FRIDI05B'. Print Edition | Subscribe