Arts Picks: Goh Soo Khim, Miss Julie and more

Dance doyenne Goh Soo Khim and founder of the Singapore Dance Theatre strikes a pose in front of Chua Ek Kay’s diptych painting, Summer Lotus. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
Dance doyenne Goh Soo Khim and founder of the Singapore Dance Theatre strikes a pose in front of Chua Ek Kay’s diptych painting, Summer Lotus. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN


Dance doyenne Goh Soo Khim never fails to know when she has fallen in love with a painting or sculpture: the co-founder of the Singapore Dance Theatre feels an impulse to move her body and limbs to the silent rhythms in the work of art.

The public can now share in her visceral experience of art at The Private Museum, which is exhibiting 12 works from her collection.

Many of the works on display are by Singapore artists and are in a subdued palette of mostly black and white. They range from intimate monochromatic pieces by Goh Beng Kwan to a two-panelled painting titled Summer Lotus by Chua Ek Kay.

Where: The Private Museum, 51 Waterloo Street, 02-06 MRT: Bras Basah When: Till Sept 28, 10am - 7pm (weekday), 11am - 5pm (weekend) Admission: Free

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In this adaptation of the play Miss Julie by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, South African writer-director Yael Farber transposes the work from 19th-century Europe to contemporary South Africa 20 years after apartheid ended.

The result: a powerful, pulsating work that offers a brutal yet honest examination of tensions over race, power, land and affiliations which persist in South Africa after two decades of democratic freedom and elections.

The play centres on the relationship between Julie, a white landowner's daughter, and John, her father's favoured black farm labourer, which spirals out of control.

The magnetic Hilda Cronje as Julie and the explosive Bongile Mantsai in the role of John (both below) share such fiery chemistry onstage that it is hard to turn one's eyes away from them even when their relationship turns violent.

Where: DBS Arts Centre MRT: Clarke Quay When: Till Sept 13, 8pm (Mon - Sat) Admission: $50 & $60 (Mon - Thu), $60 & $70 (Fri & Sat), from Sistic (go to or call 6348- 5555) Info: The play is rated R18

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The latest show at the Centre for Contemporary Art, timed to coincide with the Singapore International Festival of Arts, highlights the dynamic exchange and overlaps between theatre and the visual arts, particularly performance, film and video.

The exhibition comprises six video installations by seminal artists who have influenced contemporary art and its discourse, among them acclaimed artist and film-maker Isaac Julien and performance and video art pioneer Joan Jonas.

To complement the exhibition, public programmes organised around it will explore how theatricality is used as a critical tool in various disciplines of contemporary art and culture. Singapore-based theatre researcher Miguel Escobar will be giving a presentation on contemporary Javanese shadow puppetry this evening at 7.30pm at the centre.

Where: Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks MRT: Labrador Park When: Till Nov 2, noon to 7pm (Tue - Thu & weekend), noon to 9pm (Fri), closed on Mon Admission: Free Info: Go to for the full list and schedule of public programmes

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