Huang Lijie's must-see theatre choices for the weekend

Actors (above from left) Ric Liu, Gloria Ang and Oliver Pang. -- PHOTO: THE THEATRE PRACTICE
Actors (above from left) Ric Liu, Gloria Ang and Oliver Pang. -- PHOTO: THE THEATRE PRACTICE
Morning Glory. -- PHOTO: SOPHEAP PICH
Andreas Haefliger. -- PHOTO: MARCO BORGGREVE


In this edgy, contemporary adaptation of Euripides' Greek tragedy Medea, South Korean theatre company Theatre Group Seongbukdong Beedoolkee merges the Greek classic with various mass media formats of today, such as talk shows and video games, to piece together the story of the warrior Jason and his vengeful wife Medea, trapped in a vicious triangle of infidelity.

Theatre director Kim Hyun Tak was inspired to adapt the Greek play after observing how channels of new media today can lead to tragic outcomes in everyday life.

The show is part of The O.P.E.N., a 21/2-week programme of films, talks, performances and exhibitions aimed at introducing ideas and artists that will be presented next month at the Singapore International Festival of Arts.

Where: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Studio Theatre, 151 Bencoolen Street MRT: Bugis When: Till tomorrow, 8pm Admission: $35 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to


The Singapore Symphony Orchestra will make its debut at the prestigious BBC Proms music festival in London in September but fans here will get to enjoy a sneak preview tonight.

The highlight of the concert is the world premiere of Postures by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long. The technically demanding work, inspired by gongfu movements, was specially composed for Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger and the orchestra.

The evening's programme will also include Glinka's showpiece overture to his opera, Russlan And Ludmilla, and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 In E Minor.

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, 1 Esplanade Drive MRT: Esplanade/City Hall When: Today, 7.30pm Admission: $15 - $75 from Sistic


This exhibition on contemporary art of South and South-east Asia premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York last year and made a stop in Hong Kong, before opening at the Centre for Contemporary Art with 19 works by 16 acclaimed artists and collectives.

Among the pieces on show is a rattan sculpture, Morning Glory, by well-known Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich and a spell- binding trilogy of video works by famed Indian artist Amar Kanwar.

The show focuses on how, rather than what, cultures and influences are passed on in the region and, in turn, shape identities and relations. This approach opens up discussions for the region on how its contemporary art came to be and continues to be.

Where: Centre for Contemporary Art, 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks MRT: Labrador Park When: Till July 20, noon - 7pm (Tue - Thu & weekend), noon - 9pm (Fri), closed on Mon Admission: Free Info: For updates on exhibition programmes, go to


This children's theatre production is based on an autobiographical comic by former Wildlife Reserves Singapore chief executive Fanny Lai.

The book, Nini In Changi Village, follows the protagonist, Nini, her friends and a host of adorable animals on adventures in the village. It will be performed in Mandarin with English surtitles and it is recommended for children aged five and above.

This production, which features actors Ric Liu, Gloria Ang and Oliver Pang, is part of the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival organised by home-grown theatre company The Theatre Practice.

Where: Singapore Airlines Theatre, Lasalle College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street MRT: Bugis/Little India/Dhoby Ghaut When: Till Sun, 7pm (today), 11am & 2pm (tomorrow & Sun) Admission: $14 & $28 from Sistic

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