Chinese Chamber Music Southern Elegance - Music of the Teochews 华族室内乐: 弦诗潮韵
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Southern Elegance - Music of the Teochews
华族室内乐: 弦诗潮韵

Ding Yi Music Company presents a classically elegant evening of traditional Teochew music. Featuring renowned Teochew music master and National Class One composer Wang Peiyu as concert artistic advisor, this recital presents renditions of classic Teochew repertoire such as The Lion’s Mischief, Lotus Blossoms, Waves Sifting Sand and a special performance with Wang in Spring Brocades.

About Ding Yi Music Company

Established in 2007, Ding Yi Music Company is Singapore’s most prodigious Chinese chamber ensemble with a vast repertoire ranging from traditional Chinese music to contemporary and cross-genre work, bringing the best Chinese chamber music to the Singapore and international stage.




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12 Sep 2019, 9am

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Approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, no intermission

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Is there such a thing as perfection? Can we ever attain perfection? And if the realisation is that the pursuit of this elusive state of mind will not bring about happiness, are we able to let it go? Brought together by their love for music and bonded through their abilities to write songs that speak forth of their worries and aspirations, local singer-songwriter Celeste Syn joins hands with Taiwanese pop chanteuse Lara Liang to present a cross-border showcase inspired by their pursuit of perfection.Performing their individual hits such as Celeste’s Control Freak and Throw You In The River as well as Lara’s latest album singles Thousand-Faced Beast and Precious Pain, the talented duo will showcase songs they have written together and share more on their journey as singer-songwriters. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear great music and join us for an evening of self-reflection as we bid farewell to perfection! 
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National Theatre Live All My Sons (Screening) by Arthur Miller directed by Jeremy Herrin
★★★★“Sally Field and Bill Pullman deliver a Miller for our times” - Guardian★★★★“All My Sons is a finely drawn, perfectly plotted, remarkably resonant mixture of the personal and the political.”  - Times★★★★★ “a thrill to watch.” - TelegraphAcademy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
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da:ns festival 2019 Echoa by Arcosm (France)
 “It’s hard to conceive of anyone - of any age - not loving Echoa. French company Arcosm has so much talent in its midst that we’re almost bowled over by it. [...] Rarely is contemporary dance so accessible and fun, eliciting peels of giggling laughter from young mouths alongside adult guffaws.” - The ScotsmanHow does a percussionist dance? What is the sound of a dancer? An international success in over 25 countries with more than 930 performances, Echoa is a wonderfully entertaining and accessible music and movement experience for the whole family.Two percussionists and two dancers meet onstage. Will they be able to understand each other? Their friendly competition and jubilant play make delightful use of both expected and unexpected instruments, while dance emerges in moments of comedy, non-verbal conversation and tenderness. Echoa will make you tap your feet, hold your breath and then laugh along as you see dancing with new ears.Performing for the first time in Singapore, award-winning French dance company Arcosm specialises in theatrical experiences for young audiences. This performance is the perfect programme for the entire family, appealing to children as young as seven to their grandparents.About the artists Founded in 2001 by Thomas Guerry and Camille Rocailleux, Arcosm has been solely directed by Thomas Guerry since 2016. Created with the mission of reinventing the theatre experience for young audiences, Arcosm brings together multi-talented performers trained in music, dance, physical theatre, mime, and singing. The company’s creations are a potent combination of the surprising and unexpected. Burlesque humour is tempered with moments of reflection on the human condition. Dreamlike theatre meets danced reverie in a compelling universe that will enchant audiences both young and old.Arcosm has toured to La Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Sadler’s Wells Theatre (UK), MOMIX Festival (Kingersheim), Fil Festival (Brazil), Festival KinderKinder (Germany), Les Coups de Théâtre (Canada), Panoptikum Festival (Germany), Traffo Festival (Luxembourg), Edinburgh International Children’s Festival (Scotland), BIBU BIENNAL (Sweden), ASK Festival (China). Arcosm is subsidised by the Culture and Communications Ministry / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes as a “Company of National and International Outreach”, in recognition of their work in dance for young audiences. 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Agam with Kaushiki Chakraborty An Esplanade Comission
In this festival commission, carnatic rockers Agam are back with a new avatar!Agam perform their popular favourites and hit songs in this concert, which also features an exclusive segment with specially crafted repertoire performed by the band together with prominent hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty. Conceptualised by award-winning producer Sai Shravanam, this collaborative segment reimagines familiar tunes of both Agam and Kaushiki.A memorable music experience awaits you by Agam and Kaushiki, also known as the Nightingale of the East.AgamFormed in 2003, Agam is a Bangalore-based carnatic progressive rock band. Their unique soundscapes arise from reinterpreting classical carnatic sounds with a rock twist. Agam was featured in the Malayalam music channel KAPPA TV—a new generation channel that enjoys great popularity among youths of Kerala. The band last performed at Kalaa Utsavam in 2017.Kaushiki ChakrabortyKaushiki Chakraborty is one of the most celebrated Indian classical vocalists. Her concerts showcase her unique mastery over khayal and thumri styles of hindustani classical vocal music. Coming from a musical family Kaushiki's father and teacher is the renowned Ajoy Chakraborty. Hailed as a prodigy, Kaushiki has established herself as one of the finest interpreters of the Indian classical style, completely devoted to the music and its spiritual depth.Sai Shravanam Sai Shravanam is one of the few classically trained sound designers in India, and his in-depth knowledge of rhythm, melody and score writing is his greatest strength in music production. Since 2004, Sai has been composing for background scores in theatre, instrumental and vocal albums, re-recordings and films. In 2012, his versatility fetched him commendable recognition as a Sound Recordist/Additional Engineer for the Academy award winning film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee.
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Voices Series 2019 Opus Jam A Cappella Workshop (France)
Join Opus Jam in their first-ever visit to Singapore in this workshop as they share on the history of a cappella singing, how it differs from choral singing, and breaks down how to arrange music for a cappella singing.This is a rare chance to participate in a workshop conducted by the winners of the Grand Prix of the Moscow Spring A Cappella 2017 festival, and you might even get to sing pop a cappella with them!Participants must be at least 12 years old.Catch Opus Jam live in concert on 28 & 29 Oct, Mon & Tue, 7.30pm at the Esplanade Recital Studio.Opus Jam Official website:
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da:ns festival 2019 Humans, Slugs and other creatures by LASALLE College of the Arts (Singapore)
Meet the next generation of dance talents in Singapore from LASALLE College of the Arts, as they present dances by local and international choreographers. The programme reflects LASALLE’s cosmopolitan and cutting-edge approach that produces performers who expand and challenge the boundaries of dance both physically and conceptually.This performance celebrates the flaws, abilities and subtleties of the body. It questions and challenges our habitual ways of moving, through the works of international artists such as Rachel Lopez de la Nieta (UK), Eisa Jocson (Philippines) and Ery Mefri (Indonesia).The performance features the Diploma in Dance students of LASALLE College of the Arts with a special guest performance by Alumni.Humans, Slugs and other creatures is part of da:ns festival’s Next Generation, which allows young dancers from arts colleges in Singapore to hone their performance skills, and work with international and local choreographers invited by their schools to learn different approaches to dance creation.
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Limelight 2019 Commonwealth Secondary School Choir
Under the dynamic musical tutelage of Mr. Foong Hak Luen, the Commonwealth Secondary School Choir has been actively contributing to the musical culture in school, as well as participating in regular public performances. The choir has received Gold, Gold with Honours and Distinction Awards in the biannual Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation since 1999 and has also received two Gold Awards in international choral competitions held in China and Malaysia.For the first half of the concert, the choir will be presenting beautiful choral pieces like Arthur Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, alongside contemporary works like Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground and fiery pieces like Daemon Irrepit Callidus and Dies Irae.In the more light-hearted second half, audiences can groove to the familiar songs of ABBA. The choir will present their take on oldies like Mama Mia, Money Money Money, I Have A Dream, Super Trouper, Dancing Queen and Thank You for the Music.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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da:ns festival 2019 Footwork 2019: Parents & Kids
Discover the joy of movement and fall in love with dance at da:ns festival's Footwork workshops. A great way for parents and kids aged 7–10 years old to bond and have lots of fun and laughter in these choreographed dance moves!There’s no better way to fall in love with dance than to try dancing yourself. Footwork gives you the opportunity to learn popular dances from the experts and pick up some moves in the months leading up to the da:ns festival.Click here for the schedules of the respective shows.Click here for more synopsis of the respective shows.
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National Theatre Live All About Eve (Screening) By Joseph L Mankiewicz Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove
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What comes from an egg, is large and white, and soars through the sky? An elephant, of course!Not just any elephant—but the King of Elephants! Airavata is his name, and he is the brave and loyal vahana (vehicle) of Lord Indra.The kingly duo goes on all sorts of adventures—from bringing rain to earth and battling the powerful forces of Ravana, to facing off against the evil Vritra. Join the faithful Airavata as he brings Lord Indra across heaven and earth, and find out if he prevails at mammoth tasks.This engaging production is narrated in English, and features music and dance.
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Mosaic Music Series Chōwa - In Harmony by Rani Singam and Akira Ishii
The spirit of Chōwa is a Japanese concept that represents harmonious partnerships. It encapsulates the musical pairing of vocalist Rani Singam, known as Singapore’s first lady of jazz, and one of Japan’s foremost jazz pianists, Akira Ishii.The two first performed together in Tokyo in 2018, and what Rani found amazing was how they could communicate and express themselves through the music in spite of the differences in their languages—a testimony to the universality of jazz and its ability to break down diverse differences in culture and language. She found an inexplicable synergy with Akira Ishii’s sensitive and lyrical accompaniment.Fuelled by their mutual love for jazz and pop standards, Rani Singam and Akira Ishii perform two evenings of intimate piano and voice duets. This marks Ishii’s Singapore debut and the furthering of a dynamic musical partnership in the true spirit of Chōwa.
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Limelight 2019 Xinmin Secondary School Choir
Xinmin Chorale is a youth choir comprising talented and enthusiastic singers. Through a love for music, they seek to inculcate a passion for singing in each of their choristers, in the process moulding them into all-rounded and gracious student leaders.The programme’s first half is built around themes of gratitude and compassion. A highlight is Et Misericordia from John Rutter’s Magnificat, which features alumnus Evangeline Ng as the soprano soloist. For the second half, the choir will be presenting an upbeat medley of songs from The Greatest Showman.About Xinmin Secondary School ChoirIn providing opportunities for growth and joy to its choristers, Xinmin Chorale has been contributing actively to the vibrant school culture. They perform regularly in public concerts and musicals, such as the highly successful choral concert series Melizo. In 2015, they were invited to perform at Youth Celebrate!—the inaugural opening ceremony of the Singapore Sports Hub, a national event that sought to recognise young talents. Xinmin Chorale was invited to perform at Voices of Singapore Festival (2016), which showcased more than 1600 singers from 37 invited choirs. To celebrate their Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) achievements, the choir was also invited to perform at the SYF Celebrations 2016 Opening Concert.Despite the choir’s short history, they have consistently received accolades at the SYF Central Judging for Choirs with successive Gold Awards since 2005, along with a Gold with Honours Award in 2011. Since 2013, the choir has also consistently garnered Certificates of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. To ensure its continued excellence, the young singers are regularly coached by renowned international choral conductors and composers.Xinmin Chorale has also made its mark at international choral competitions. In 2009, the choir was awarded a Gold Diploma and was the Under-16 category winner at the International Festival of Advent and Choral Music held in Bratislava, Slovakia. In 2013, the choir won a Gold Award and was the top choir in the Under-16 Mixed Choir category at the Winter Choral Festival held in Hong Kong. At the Singapore International Choral Festival in 2014, the choir was awarded a Gold Award and won the Mixed Voices Under-16 category.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Marabu - The First Ripple by Bhaskar's Arts Academy An Esplanade Co-Production
Presented as the first part of a trilogy, dance-theatre production Marabu – The First Ripple traces the passage and legacy of the Indian community in the Southeast Asian region.This creative retelling of historical events revolves around the protagonist— a peasant —and his journey through the Chola invasion, that eventually leads to the construction of the Bhujanga Valley temples.Created specially for Kalaa Utsavam 2019, the collaborative piece sees veteran artist and Cultural Medallion recipient Santha Bhaskar teaming up with co-choreographer Ajith Bhaskar and theatre director G Selva. “The story of our ancestors and their culture, and where we came from are the inspirations behind Marabu,” says Bhaskar. This co-production with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay brings to life certain pages in the book of time that capture pertinent moments of the Singapore Indian community and their shared history with other communities.Marabu – The First Ripple features performers from Bhaskar’s Arts Academy, Suvarna Fine Arts (Malaysia), Avant Theatre and Gamelan Singamurti.
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Limelight 2019 River Valley High School Choir
The River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) come together to present a concert featuring songs dear to their hearts from the past 20 years. Centering on the theme “Homecoming!”, the concert will feature works such as 《米农》, a commission by Zechariah Goh, select movements from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, as well as a rare performance of Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum. Join the choir as they recall milestones and the many memories made through singing together.About River Valley High ChoirUnder the guidance of conductor Ms. Choy Siew Woon, the River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) have established a strong tradition of musical accomplishments and accolades. At the recent Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2019 for choirs, both choirs were awarded the Certificate of Distinction. The choirs have committed themselves to several areas of service. In addition to performing at school events such as ReVerie and Open House, the choristers also lent their voices to the Christmas Wonderland event held at Gardens by the Bay in 2018.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs, and other underserved communities.
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ProgrammeBeethoven Piano Concerto No.5Brahms Symphony No.4The Staatskapelle Dresden, led by Principal Guest Conductor Myung-Whun Chung and joined by award-winning South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim, presents an elegant evening of classical music by Beethoven and Brahms.Founded by Prince Elector Moritz von Sachsen in 1548, the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the most celebrated and oldest orchestras in the world and is thus steeped in tradition. Over its long history, many distinguished conductors and internationally celebrated instrumentalists have left their mark on this one-time court orchestra. Previous music directors include Heinrich Schütz, Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Maria von Weber, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, who called them his “Miraculous Harp”. It is also the only orchestra to be awarded the “European Prize for the Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage” by the European Cultural Foundation.Myung-Whun Chung began his musical career as a pianist, winning second prize at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1974, and has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden since 2012. He has conducted some of the world‘s leading orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The South Korean conductor has been the recipient of many honours and prizes for his artistic work, including the Premio Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize in Italy and the Légion d’Honneur (1992) in France.Lauded as one of the finest of his generation, South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim came to international recognition when he won the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 18 in 2006, becoming its first Asian winner. Since then, he has performed as concerto soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, NHK Symphony, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for his BBC Proms debut. He has received outstanding reviews for several of his recordings, which include works by Beethoven and Brahms.
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Mosaic Music Series SALES (USA)
Florida indie pop duo SALES makes their Singapore debut at the Esplanade Annexe Studio!A collaboration between longtime friends Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih, SALES were named “Ones to Watch” by Hype Machine when they released their debut EP featuring the single Chinese New Year. The duo’s music is described as minimal, yet meticulously crafted, emotive and incisive. With over 7 million streams on Spotify and sold-out concerts in major cities across the US and Europe, SALES brings their distinct sound to Singapore for the first time.
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da:ns festival 2019 Street Dance Masterclasses
Push your boundaries and turn your dance routines up a notch by joining in these masterclasses with the dancers and choreographers from FULL OUT!Yaobai (IP LOCKERS)His name is Hsiao Yu-chang, but everybody calls him Yaobai. Since 1996, street dance has been one of the most important parts of his life since 1996. For the past 20 years, it has allowed him to experience different cultures as he shared his passion for street dance with people around the world. His championship titles include Floor of Love (Singapore), WIAB Locking Battle (South Korea), Dance@Live Freestyle Battle (Taiwan/Japan), BOTY Locking Battle (Germany) and RF Jam Crew Battle (Singapore). IP LOCKERS defines who Yaobai is today.Nelson EwandeNelson is a French artist regarded as one of the best popping dancers and choreographers of his generation, with a passion for mixing influences from hip hop, footwork and Afro Latin dance into his popping technique. Since he became a professional dancer, Nelson has emerged champion in numerous dance contests. He pursues and shares his passion through creating choreography for showcases and commercials, conducting masterclasses and judging dance battles around the world.David Lim (GRV)David started dancing at the age of 18 and went on to create GRV dance crew in 2007. In 2012, Lim founded Gravy Babies, a junior dance team under the GRV family.  In addition to directing these crews, Lim is an internationally renowned choreographer, traveling all around the world teaching workshops and judging competitions in Russia, Japan, China, Sweden, Canada, Brazil and many more. He has also choreographed music videos for K-pop sensation BTS and has worked with them on various TV shows in the US. His priority in dance is to inspire, encourage, and educate the next generation.s**t kingzs**t kingz is a four-man pioneering performance team well-loved for their strong footwork and comedic story-telling. They took the dance world by storm as the first Asian crew to win the Body Rock (USA) dance contest in 2010, and again in 2011. They now produce their own original full-length dance dramas, the largest of which attracted over 25,000 audiences in their 2018 Japan tour.
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da:ns festival 2019 Rasas Workshops
Introduction to Lengger DanceConducted by Otniel Dance (Indonesia)Join the dancers from Otniel Dance as they share their knowledge on the graceful costumes and intricate movements of Lengger, a dance form originating from Banyumas. In the past, Lengger functioned as a harvest ritual as entertainment for farming communities. Today, Lengger is a popular entertainment form in Central Java, amalgamating dance, calung music and vocals. Prior experience in learning dance and/or movement would be advantageous, but not necessary.Introduction to Nora DanceConducted by Nora Thummanit Thaksin University Group (Thailand)Come learn the ancient graceful ritual dance of Nora by Nora Thummanit Nikomrat, one of the leading masters of the genre. Rarely performed outside of Southern Thailand and Northern Malaysia, Nora is an archaic dance-drama whose origins are steeped in legend and prominent around the Songkhla Lake where it has thrived for centuries. The dance has its own music traditions and its movement techniques have an undeniably magical character, drawing on influences from as far away as India and Sri Lanka. This workshop is suitable for people with no dance experience.
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Octoburst! 2019 Tailor Made by The Train Theater (Israel)
On a morning just like any other, a little tailor gets a note. It reads: “Your mission is to sew a coat by midnight. The size does not matter, but it must fit perfectly…”At precisely midnight the tailor completes his mission, but then…Where is the sewing machine running off to? Why are the scissors wearing a skirt? What has the thimble turned into?Come join in the magical adventure of the tailor.A play with minimal dialogue, puppetry, unexpected objects, colourful textiles and music.Awards* Interdisciplinary Play of the Year and Puppet & Prop Design Award in the AssitejIsrael prize competition for children’s theater 2014* Best performance for children, The IVth World Puppet Carnival, Almaty, Kazakhstan 2015Creative TeamCreated by Ornan BraierAdaptation, design, music and manipulation: Ornan BraierArtistic supervision: Marit Ben-IsraelCostume and fabric design: Vali MintziPuppet design: Sharon Silver-MerrettLighting design: Shahar MaromMechanical constructions: Shaul Mograbi-Berger, Ornan BraierCover Illustration: Batia KoltonSupported by the Embassy of Israel in Singapore.
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Spectrum 2019 London Sinfonietta: Schnee (UK)
“The Sinfonietta blended rigour with the expressive depth in Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee." – The GuardianRegarded as one of the world’s finest contemporary classical ensemble, London Sinfonietta returns to the Esplanade Concert Hall with three innovative and expressive works written within the last 30 years.Monumental and ethereal, Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee reflects the composer’s fascination with winter by offering multiple aural perspectives of snow—from the delicacy of a single snowflake, whispering as it falls from the sky, to vast impenetrable snowdrifts and snow-laden landscapes.Equally evocative is Oliver Knussen’s set of four miniature works, Songs Without Voices—The first three being complete poems with each syllable “set” to music for instruments (without voice); and the last featuring the cor anglais. Together with OpusNovus, London Sinfonietta will begin the evening with an encounter of the unexpected with Singapore composer Diana Soh’s Modicum, a work consisting of seven short movements, the sequence of which is rearranged for every performance.ProgrammeDiana Soh                   Modicum (2018) **Oliver Knussen            Songs Without Voices (1992)IntermissionHans Abrahamsen       Schnee (2008)** Performed by London Sinfonietta together with OpusNovusFind out more about Hans Abrahamsen's Schnee.Catch After Hours: Steve Reich’s Double Sextet by OpusNovus at the Annexe Studio right after.London Sinfonietta YouTubeLondon Sinfonietta SpotifyLondon Sinfonietta InstagramLondon Sinfonietta Twitter
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Swarhythm An Album Launch
Known for their creative and contemporary interpretations of traditional music, Swarhythm Ensemble comprises a multi-ethnic group of talented local musicians. Founded and led by accomplished tabla artist Nawaz Mirajkar, the group will be launching their first recorded album Swarhythm at Kalaa Utsavam 2019.The songs on record are a majestic confluence of the rich melodies and rhythms of India, weaved in with ethnic Malay and Chinese elements, as well as some exciting Spanish influences. The performance will also feature artists from India.Nawaz MirajkarNawaz Mirajkar draws inspiration from the diverse sounds of traditional and contemporary music present in Singapore. He has collaborated with acclaimed flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, veteran drummer Sivamani, as well as the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Nawaz’s works as a music composer have been featured in Kalaa Utsavam in 2015 (Antharagni) and 2013 (Taal Express). He was awarded the Young Artist Award (Music) by the National Arts Council in 2011.Featured musiciansTabla: Nawaz MirajkarPiano: Renu SureshSitar: Swetha BaskaranVocals: Vathiar Mohanavelu Sai VigneshwarVocals: Alimpan MukherjeeChinese drum and percussion: Toh Kai Siang EugeneErhu: Lim Kwuan BoonCello: Gan Ying YingSouth Indian percussion: Mahesh ParameswaranViolin: Bombay V AnandSpanish Guitar: Alberto MarinSarod: Praashekh BorkarBansuri: Sunil Avachat
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National Theatre Live Julie (Screening) by Polly Stenham after Strindberg
★★★★“Provocative and profound. Carrie Cracknell’s direction is astonishing.” – The Stage★★★★“Packs an emotional punch. Vanessa Kirby is magnetic as Julie” – Mail on Sunday ★★★★“A superlative production. Exhilarating.” – Time Out BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
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National Theatre Live I'm Not Running (Screening) by David Hare
“The premiere political dramatist writing in English” - Washington Post on David Hare“David Hare’s Labour play hits political bullseyes.” - Guardian“Absorbing. A passionate, fluent production” - IndependentI’m Not Running is an explosive new political drama exploring personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours, NT Live: Skylight).The cast includes Siân Brooke (BBC Sherlock, BBC Doctor Foster), Joshua McGuire (NT Live: Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, About Time) and Alex Hassell (ITV Grantchester, BBC The Miniaturist).Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the National Health Service (NHS), to becoming an independent Member of Parliament.In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party.As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision…
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da:ns festival 2019 Grand Finale Hofesh Shechter Company (UK)
Nominated for an Olivier Award 2018 for Best New Dance Production and for Outstanding Production in the Bessies 2018. Won a 2019 Dora Award for Outstanding Touring Performance and nominated for Best Dance Production in the 2019 Helpmann Awards.Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work for Hofesh Shechter Company, Grand Finale, is a spectacularly bold and ambitious piece featuring 10 dancers and a live band of musicians. This work makes its Asian premiere in Singapore, with the company’s first appearance here since 2010. Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall—part gig, part dance, part theatre, and wholly original.It would be impossible to miss the fact that Grand Finale reflects the uncertainty and confusion of the troubled times we are living in. Shechter captures a sense of helplessness and a macabre mood of crisis, but also the regenerative promise of chaos. The 10 dancers are a vision of a post-apocalyptic society. They pulse through kaleidoscopic formations as one body, one tribe, separating briefly for moments of fervent celebration, individual anguish, tenderness, and rag-doll collapse.This portrait of the struggle of the human spirit against apocalypse is intensely cathartic. Shechter leads us ultimately past despair to euphoric release, and a collective sense of having undertaken a monumental journey together.Shechter is recognised as one of the most exciting artists working today, renowned for composing atmospheric musical scores to complement the unique physicality of his movement. Based in the UK, but playing on major stages throughout the world, Hofesh Shechter Company is a boundary-breaking dance company that produces exceptional work created by Hofesh Shechter, with at their core a diverse tribe of extraordinary international dancers.Produced by Hofesh Shechter Company and commissioned by Georgia Rosengarten.Hofesh Shechter Company’s Commissioning Partners are Sadler's Wells, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris / La Villette-Paris and Brighton Dome and Festival. Co-commissioned by Colours International Dance Festival Stuttgart, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Marche Teatro / Inteatro Festival together with Danse Danse Montréal, HELLERAU-European Center for the Arts Dresden in cooperation with Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Dansens Hus Oslo, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, HOME Manchester and Scène Nationale d’Albi.Grand Finale is generously supported by the International Music and Art Foundation.
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Event Date
Tue, 5 Nov 2019


There will be a post-show talk in English and Mandarin.

Ticket Pricing
(Excludes Booking Fee)

Standard: S$28
(Free Seating)