Arts guide: Sept 23 to 29
THE ART OF COLLECTING: MASTERPIECES FROM THE PINACOTHÈQUE DE PARIS. A “sneak peek” show that’s also a blockbuster. In the lead up to the opening of Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris in 2015, here are 19 masterpieces from the likes of Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Modigliani, Rothko, among others. Until Nov 17, 10am to 7pm, Fort Canning Centre, Cox Terrace. Tickets from S$5 to S$15.
DECIMAL POINTS: FIRST STATION. Cake Theatrical Productions joins this year’s SeptFest with an immersive art event that takes place all around the Substation, featuring performances and installation work by Brian Gothong Tan, David Lee, Philip Tan, Rizman Putra, and Nizam Supardi/Neon Tights. Sept 27 and 28, 8pm, The Substation. With a 3pm Saturday matinee. Tickets at S$35 from the box office, 6337 7800 or email@example.com. Confirm your slots at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PICKING BONES AND MEMORIES. Singapore Literature Prize winner and NTU/NAC Writer-in-residence Yong Shu Hoong will hold a reading of poems from his latest book From Within The Marrow and his forthcoming one, The Viewing Party. Sept 25, 1pm, HSS Creative Studio (HSS-B2-01), School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 14 Nanyang Drive. Free admission.
THRESHOLD. Using the classic Chinese Opera set up of one table, two chairs and two actors, directors Kuo Jian Hong, Lim Chin Huat and Liu Xiaoyi develop new works based on the topic of “threshold”. A show under the Chinese Theatre Festival 2013. Sept 26 to 29, 8pm, National Museum Gallery Theatre. With 3pm weekend matinees. Tickets at S$38 from Sistic. In Mandarin with English surtitles.
THE LOCUST WRATH. A site-specific dance performance by Arts Fission that looks at current climate change issues and Asian myths, all revolving around a sound installation by Joyce Beetuan Koh and Per Magnus. Sept 27 and 28, 8pm, ArtSpace @ HeluTrans Gallery, 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, #02-04. Tickets at S$30 from Sistic.
SAM LEACH: CAREENING METEORITES AND THE EARLY MIND. The Australian artist’s first Singapore show comprises paintings and sculptural works that link prehistory and art. Includes a sound piece made in collaboration with musicians Tim Young and Dan Gawler. Until Oct 18, noon to 7pm, Future Perfect, Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road. Free admission.
HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL. The super-sized award-winning musical comedy is here, telling the story of plump social outcast Tracy and her journey to becoming an overnight star. Oct 26 to Oct 1, 8pm, Esplanade Theatre. With 3pm weekend matinees. Tickets at S$60 to S$230 from Sistic.
SAMARPANA — ASIAN FESTIVAL OF CLASSICAL DANCE. Now on its second edition, the festival showcases classical dance with highlights that include flamenco-meets-contemporary The Cruel Gardens and a collaboration between Dhrupad singing and Kathak, among others. Sept 27 to 29, various times, Drama Centre. Tickets from Sistic. www.samarpanafestival.net
HEMA MALINI LIVE IN SINGAPORE. The famous Indian actress and Bharatanatyam dancer-choreographer will perform her dance ballet Durga where she plays the roles of Sati, Parvati and Durga. Sept 29, 7pm, University Cultural Centre Hall. Tickets from S$40 to S$150 at Sistic.
PETER AND BLUE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. Singapore Dance Theatre’s children’s ballet production is a sequel to the two Peter And Blue shows about the inquisitive trio of Peter, Blue and Calico and their magical adventures. Sept 26 to 29, 11am and 2pm, Esplanade Theatre Studio. Tickets at S$25 from Sistic.
AL MURRAY’S THE ONLY WAY IS EPIC. The new stand-up show from the multi-award-winning British comedian, aka Britain’s “most irrepressible innkeeper”. Sept 27, 8pm, Kallang Theatre. Tickets from S$58 to S$108 at Sistic.
FLOWERY WORLD II. Singaporean artist Ling Yang Chang’s second of the series sees him moving from abstract forms of flowers to more representational ones set in a still life environment. Sept 26 to Oct 6, 2pm to 8pm, Utterly Art, 20B Mosque Street. By appointment at 9487 2006.
RIEL HILARIO: POSSIBLE FULL BODY APPARITIONS. The Filipino artist’s show echoes the impression of a harbour with sculptures appearing to defend a fort. Until Oct 13, 11am to 7pm, The Drawing Room, Gillman Barracks, 5 Lock Road. Free admission.
ELAINE NAVAS & YASMIN SISON: MONOGASHI. Two female Filipino artists’ paintings of flooded kitchens and opened refrigerators echo the idea of Monogashi, a Japanese term referring to a pathos to ephemeral things. Until Oct 13, noon to 7pm, Silverlens, Gillman Barracks, 47 Malan Road. Free admission.
QIU JIE: SOLO EXHIBITION. On exhibit are 30 of the Switzerland-based Chinese artist Qiu Jie’s latest works. In his pencil drawings, he confronts the history of Chinese society with contemporary Western popular culture. Until Oct 26, 11am to 7pm, Art Plural Gallery, 38 Armenian Street. Free admission.