27 Mar – 2 Apr 2017: Singapore


The Four Note Opera by L’arietta Singapore, 31 Mar – 2 Apr, Aliwal Arts Centre

Having had its New York City premiere in 1972, this hilarious one act opera by American composer Tom Johnson – part absurdist, part minimalist, all comedy. L’arietta Productions is a music collective that aims to produce high quality chamber opera, and promote multi-disciplinary collaborations amongst artists in Asia, and presents this remarkable piece for the first time to audiences in Southeast Asia.

Utilising only four notes (A, B, D, E) and four singers, Johnson deconstructs conventional opera by retaining its form and the familiar tropes while showing the inner world of the singers singing in a production. The Four Note Opera will be performed by Singapore-based singers soprano Akiko Otao, mezzo soprano Angela Hodgins, tenor Leslie Tay, baritone Brent Allcock with Aloysius Foong as the music director/pianist, and Thomas Manhart makes a cameo appearance as the Bass. They are joined by exciting local physical theatre actors Gabriele Goh, Deborah Hoon, Haky Darsuki and Melissa Gan. Up and coming Singaporean visual artist Lee Wan Xiang joins the team for a true multi-disciplinary experience.

More information.



In the Living Room with Juliana Lim, 30 Mar, 8pm, Centre 42

What is the role of cultural policy in Singapore? How does cultural policy translate into, and impact practice? What are the origins, functions and limitations of cultural policy in Singapore?

Juliana Lim, a veteran with 30 years’ experience in arts management and policy-planning, addresses these concerns as she chats with students from Singapore Management University’s (SMU) ACM301 Cultural Policy and Practice class, tracing cultural policy in Singapore.

Juliana and the students will discuss the early years of cultural policy formulation and implementation in Singapore, with focus on three areas: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, the Arts Housing Scheme and the Grants Scheme. There will also be a mini-exhibition showcasing the students’ research on the evolution and influence of these policies on present-day practices. More information.


Moving Tongues: Journey Through The Orient, 30 – 31 March, 8pm, LASALLE College of the Arts

From the deserts of Arabia to the mountains of the Far East, the Diploma in Performance Level One students present folktales, myths and legends, under the direction of Kamini Ramachandran. Listen to tales of magical beings and comic fools, of gods and goddesses, of deceit, love and adventure across Asia. More information.


Meeting in the Middle: Asian Women in Focus, 31 Mar, 7:30 pm, Select Centre

We are living intersections – we are the sum of the different aspects of our cultures and our lived experiences, and sometimes more than that. But some intersections are less visible than others. For instance, how much do we know about the women writers within our region, and what they write about? What can we do about this lack of exposure and conversation?

In collaboration with The Select Centre and in celebration of International Women’s Day, Ethos Books is spotlighting women – not women as a whole, but women coming from diverse intersections within our region – and having a book exchange to boot. Featuring Ethos Books’ authors Jinat Rehana Begum, Noelle Q. de Jesus, and Krishna Udayasankar. More information.

Frontier Danceland. Photo: Bernie Ng

Audition Notice: Frontier Danceland, 1 April

Frontier Danceland is looking for a versatile dancer to join the company as a full-time artist. Applicants should be 20-30 years old in 2017, and must have completed formal contemporary dance training.
Both local and overseas applicants are welcome to apply. Overseas applicants who are unable to do a live audition are to submit a video with recent footage showcasing technique and improvisation.

The audition is by invitation only, and will be held on 1st April. Invited applicants will receive more information about the time and location of the audition. More information.


Audition Techniques 101, 2 Apr, 10 am, Haque Centre for Acting & Creativity

This crash course organised by the Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity invites participants to learn everything any actor needs to know in order to get the job: how to deal with nerves, writing a resume, breaking down the script, sight-reading, performing a monologue, audition etiquette, and evaluating the relationships and competition in the room. This workshop is for actors who want to walk into a rehearsal room prepared and confident – ready to own the game. Knowing how to audition could be the difference between a callback or no call at all. More information.


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