The Dark Web by USP Productions, Drama Centre Theatre, 2 – 4 Feb
The Dark Web is a play that examines the culture and implications surrounding the titular part of the internet known as the ‘dark web’ – where users and their activities are concealed behind layers of anonymity and encryption, and content ranges from the innocuous and noble to the depraved and frightening. At its core, the play is centred around its characters and their stories, serving as a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition. More information.
GLAM, Teater Muzikal by Teater Muzikal Collective, directed by Elfi Ismail, 1 – 4 Feb
GLAM, set in the current era, tells the story of a girl and her journey in discovering the road to success. In search of glamour, she chances upon the rich history and the mystery of Kampung Gelam. Staring Huda Ramdzan & Norsuryana Mohd Norddin, it is presented in Malay with English subtitles; original concept and artistic direction by Elfi Ismail, book by Farah Diyanah, original composition and music arrangement by Aidil Akmal, and directed by Nor Rizal Ebrahim. More information.
Theatre of Reality: Solo Exhibition of Chou Ching Hui, DECK, 120A Prinsep Street, until 25 Feb
Chou Ching Hui’s first solo exhibition in Singapore traces his photographic practice from 1990s to recent work at MOCA, Taipei 2015. Having started with straight photography in 1990s, Chou’s documentary works bear witness to the life of leper patients in Happy Life Leprosy Hospital. Upon encountering complex turns of events that have shaped the world we live in, Chou has sought alternate ways to explain and to record such complexity in society by staging the realities with representation, and occasionally unflinching satire. Ultimately, Theatre of Reality serves as a point of discussion and examination of the power of photography as a documentary medium, and in the face of complexities in reality, how image-maker Chou seeks alternative approaches to comprehend and record the conditions of the world we live in. More information.
Platform Series: Journeys, a Double Bill, GenerAsia Limited, SOTA Studio Theatre, 2 – 3 Feb
GenerAsia presents the first season of Platform Series to theatregoers who are keen to experience works ardently created promising young artists. Titled JOURNEYS, this double-bill features two solo shows by Erwin Shah and Kimberly Chan. Kulit on the Go is written and performed by Erwin Ismail Shah, and directed by Richard Tan was born out of a 20-minute monologue commissioned by Teater Ekamatra’s Projek Suitcase in 2016, about the heart and art in leather crafting and how an artisan stays afloat in business in a materialistic world preoccupied with consumerism. In Her Shoes is written and performed by Kimberly Chan, directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall with musical arrangements by Aloysius Foong, is a “sole-baring journey” that touches soft-spot conundrums of a being a woman, exploring the trauma and jubilations of love. More information.
Artist Talks at SAM Curve by Koh Nguang How & Gilles Massot, Singapore Art Museum, 3 Feb, 2pm
Join Singaporean artist and archivist, Koh Nguang How, and artist, Gilles Massot, for a series of talks as they share their knowledge and experiences of documentation and the processes behind archival collection. The talks will be held within the exhibition space, amidst extensive, rarely-seen documentation, pivoting around Koh’s involvement, activities, collection and recollection in and around the National Museum Art Gallery (NMAG) and the SAM-SJI building. More information.
Where Do I Begin? Producing for the Stage, Bhumi Collective, Centre 42, 29 Jan – 12 Feb
This five-session workshop is an introduction to the workings of the performing arts industry in Singapore with sessions looking into how venues operate, budgeting, funding opportunities and marketing a show. Participants will get a chance to look at case studies, discuss and dissect sample budgets from actual productions and a 1-hour 1-on-1 consultation with the trainer, Shai. More information.
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