Happenings - Arts




Sota Talent Academy

School of the Arts offers a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum leading to an International Baccalaureate diploma. Those in Primary 6 and who have the passion and aptitude for dance, music, theatre, visual arts or the literary arts can sign up for the school's Talent Academy.

WHERE: School of the Arts, 1 Zubir Said Drive MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: June 15 (entrance test), June 22, 23 & 24 (audition & interview) ADMISSION: Free (registration fee applies for shortlisted applicants) TEL: 6338-9663 INFO: Shortlisted applicants will be notified. Submit applications at www.sota.edu.sg/admissions by May 20


Meet-The-Author: Ravi Velloor Of India Rising - Fresh Hope, New Fears The book by award-winning journalist Ravi Velloor (main photo), an associate editor at The Straits Times, is a collection of anecdotes and observations of the significant events that marked the decade of India's Congress Party rule under Manmohan Singh (prime minister from 2004 to 2014), culminating in the rise of the current prime minister, Narendra Modi. Those looking to enhance their knowledge of Asia, especially India, can join Velloor for an insightful session.

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

Meet-The-Authors: Lim Siong Guan & Joanne H. Lim Of Winning With Honour: In Relationships, Family, Organisations, Leadership, And Life

Following the success of their first book, The Leader, The Teacher & You, which won the Singapore Literature Book Prize in the Non-Fiction Category in 2014, Lim Siong Guan, former head of the Singapore Civil Service and incumbent group president of GIC, and Joanne H. Lim have collaborated again. The new book is about how the virtue of honour brings success to nations, communities, families and self.

WHERE: Books Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 04-20 MRT: Orchard WHEN: Tomorrow, 4pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6737-5021 INFO: www.kinokuniya.com.sg


Lion's Pride: Ignition!

In its inaugural concert, the Lion City Brass Band, led by music director Ignatius Wang, performs masterworks such as Paganini Variations (Philip Wilby), Fire In The Blood (Paul Lovatt-Cooper), as well as Singaporean composer Kelly Tang's energetic fanfare for brass, Ignition! WHERE: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, 3 Conservatory Drive MRT: Clementi WHEN: Sun, 5pm ADMISSION: $20 (stall), $25 (balcony) INFO: E-mail lioncitybrass@gmail.com for tickets. Go to www.facebook.com/lioncitybrass

Process III

The School of the Arts Singapore music faculty presents new works ranging from acoustic to electronic music compositions.

WHERE: Sota Concert Hall, 1 Zubir Said Drive, Shool of the Arts Singapore, Level 2 MRT: Dhoby Ghaut/Bras Basah WHEN: May 20, 7.30pm ADMISSION: $10 INFO: Tickets from sota.eventclique.com


Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land By Sankai Juku (Japan)

On a sand-dusted stage set against a wall of fossil reefs, eight butoh dancers from the internationally renowned Sankai Juku explore the themes of circulation and rotation. Part of Super Japan - Japanese Festival of Arts 2016.

WHERE: Esplanade Theatre, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall WHEN: May 20 & 21, 8pm ADMISSION: $31 - $82 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg


Chernobyl Today By Christophe Malcot

In conjunction with the Voilah! French festival, The Private Museum presents an exhibition to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the catastrophe at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A selection of 38 black-and-white photographs taken last year is on display.

WHERE: Artspace@222, 222 Queen Street, 02-03 MRT: City Hall/Bras Basah WHEN: Till May 31, 10am - 7pm (Mon - Fri), 11am - 5pm (Sat & Sun), public holiday & other timings by appointment only ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6738-2872 INFO: www.theprivatemuseum.org


Zheng Lu: Reflections On Still Water

This exhibition of gravity-defying metal sculptures by the Beijing-based artist showcases pieces from his Water In Dripping series and the monumental installation that garnered international attention at Art Stage Singapore this year.

WHERE: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks, 01-05 MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till Thu, 11am - 7pm (today, tomorrow, Tue - Thu), 11am - 6pm (Sun), closed on Mon ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6694-3378 INFO: www.sundaramtagore.com

Mysterious Skin By Simon Ng

In this new series of work, the human visage becomes the focus for the Singaporean artist. Employing an impasto technique against a flat block of colour, the paintings incorporate a blend of styles, most reminiscent of expressionist painter Frank Auerbach, with its paradoxical combination of surface manipulation and psychological depth.

WHERE: Chan Hampe Galleries, 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel Arcade, 01-21 MRT: City Hall WHEN: Till June 5, 11am - 7pm (Tue - Sun), closed on Mon & public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6338-1962 INFO: www.facebook.com/chanhampegalleries & www.chanhampegalleries.com

Charles Lim Yi Yong: Sea State

This exhibition is commissioned for the Singapore Pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale and curated by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa. For more than a decade, Lim's ongoing project, Sea State, has examined the biophysical, political and psychic contours of Singapore through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea.

WHERE: NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks MRT: Labrador Park WHEN: Till July 10, noon - 7pm (Tue - Sun), noon - 9pm (Fri), closed on Mon. Open on public holiday ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6339-6503 INFO: www.ntu.ccasingapore.org


50 Years Of Sanitation

This exhibition organised by the World Toilet Organization - showcasing Singapore's sanitation facilities in the past 50 years - aims to get people to appreciate the country's sanitation standards. Part of a 15-stall trade fair of the Singapore Heartland Roadshow. 

WHERE: Open field outside Jurong East MRT station MRT: Jurong East WHEN: Till Sun, 1 - 8.30pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.facebook.com/WTO.org

Women: New Portraits By Annie Leibovitz

An exhibition of newly commissioned photographs by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. Her new work is a continuation of a project that began more than 15 years ago.

WHERE: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, Main Hall, 30 Keppel Road MRT: Tanjong Pagar WHEN: Till May 22, 10am - 6pm (Sat - Thu), 10am - 8pm (Fri) ADMISSION: Free INFO: www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz

Declassified - Corruption Matters

This exhibition by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau provides insight into Singapore's battle against the venal and charts the country's transformation from a corruption-ridden society to the thriving metropolis it is today.

WHERE: The Plaza, 100 Victoria Street, National Library Building, Level 1 MRT: Bugis/Bras Basah WHEN: Till May 22, 9am - 9pm ADMISSION: Free TEL: 6332-3255 INFO: www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary


The Mad Phoenix

This Hong Kong play featuring actors Tse Kwan Ho, Perry Chiu and Xin Jian Lang is a fusion of drama and opera. Performed in Cantonese with English-Chinese surtitles.

WHERE: The Theatre at Mediacorp, 1 Stars Avenue MRT: One-north WHEN: Today - Sun, 8pm (today & tomorrow), 2pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $62 - $172 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

The Illusionists

The Illusionists returns to Singapore with a new repertoire of mind-blowing magic and death-defying stunts.

WHERE: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue MRT: Bayfront WHEN: Till Sun, 7.30pm (today), 2pm (tomorrow), 1 & 6pm (Sun) ADMISSION: $59 - $169 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

Le Clown Des Marais (Swamps Clown)

French stage artist Jean Lambert-wild devised this show with French playwright and stage director Marc Goldberg. The former appears on stage as himself - wearing pants, a shirt, suspenders and shoes. Then, facing a dressing room mirror, he transforms into a peculiar clown. Part of the Voilah! French festival.

WHERE: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road MRT: Clarke Quay WHEN: May 20 & 21, 8pm; May 22, 3pm ADMISSION: $28 TEL: 6348-5555 INFO: www.sistic.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2016, with the headline 'Happenings - Arts'. Subscribe