Singapour Festivarts

Today’s contemporary scene in Singapore

 

FRIDAY 8th TO SUNDAY 10th OCTOBER AND THURSDAY 18th TO SUNDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2010

In partnership with the National Arts Council of Singapore

The BABA BLING gives way to a performing arts festival showcasing events from Singapore. A cross cultural island, off the southern tip of the Malay peninsula and tucked below China, the merchant city of Singapore is one of the Pacific Dragons and is fertile ground for new, artistic expression. Economic expansion and a cosmopolitan cultural context encourage artists’ inventiveness bridging the gap between the East and West. Through performances and workshops, discover some of today’s most creative dance, theatre and musical companies!

Singapour Chinese Orchestra

Singapour Chinese Orchestra © DR

FRIDAY OCTOBER  8th AND SATURDAY OCTOBER 9th 2010 6 pm.

 

Discover music, which despite its Chinese origins, uses traditional musical instruments in a quasi-symphonic manner.

Andrew Lum and The New Asia Band

Andrew Lum and the New Asia © Richard Kang

SUNDAY OCTOBER 10th 2010 5 pm.

The composer, musician and conductor of the New Asia Band ensemble presents music that reflects the Southeast Asian vogue for cultural hybrids. 

contemporary movie creation

The musée du quai Branly offers a selection of three movies that are emblematic of contemporary movie production in Singapore. All movies are in their original language with French subtitles.

The Blue Mansion, by Glen Goei (2009, 100 min)

Friday October 29th 2:30 pm and Sunday October 31st 5 pm.

Here, by Ho Tzen Nyen (2009, 86 min)

Friday October 29th 5 pm and Saturday October 30th 2:30 pm.

881, by Royston Tan (2007, 90 min)

Saturday October 30th 5 pm and Sunday October 31st 2:30 pm.

T.H.E. Dance company

O Sounds © Robin Chee

THURSDAY 18th and FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2010 7 pm

This contemporary dance company, headed by young choreographer Kuik Swee Boon, performs O Sounds, a hybrid production between choreography and multimedia. Their sound universe takes us from the urban turmoil into the serenity of Taoist funerary chants.

Finger Players

The Finger Players © National Arts Council Singapore

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20th 7 pm AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21st 2010 5 pm.

The Finger Players, a hand and puppet theatre company, blends simple puppets from yesteryear with surprising special effects.

Backstage workshops with the Finger players Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November 2010 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.

Little Toys by Mark Chan and Ensemble

Little Toys © DR

Musical cinema

Original soundtrack by Mark Chan

THURSDAY 25th AND FRIDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2010 7 pm

Silent movie concert with original music by Mark Chan. With Chinese and Singaporean musicians playing both Asian and Western instruments, Marc Chan brings music to this masterpiece by Sun Yu, director of Little Toys (1933, with famous Chinese actress Ruan Lingyu).

Ramesh Meyyapan © Leila Romaya

Ramesh Meyyappan, Gin & Tonic & Passing trains

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27th 7 pm AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28th 2010 5 pm.

Ramesh Meyyappan was inspired by his deafness to create a visual theatre that could be enjoyed by all. He presents a piece inspired by The Signalman, a short fantasy story written by Charles Dickens.

Workshops linked to the mime performance initiation workshop with virtuoso Ramesh Meyyappan: Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November 11:30 am. Workshop accessible to visitors with hearing impairments.