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Weekly Picks: Singapore 12 18 March 2018

Weekly Picks: Singapore (12 – 18 March 2018)

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Singapore Improv Festival 2018, Aliwal Arts Centre, 15 – 18 Mar

Remember that rib-tickling TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which brought comedic improv theatre to the masses? Catch Singapore’s own improv talents take the stage for the second annual Singapore Improv Festial (SIF) at Aliwal Arts Centre this weekend where they present impromptu sketches and “improbable scenarios” out of audience suggestions and random topics from current affairs such as fake news, cryptocurrency, and the buzz about the Singapore budget. Expect the unexpected. Find out more at the official website.

OH Emerald Hill by OH! Open House, Orchard Road, until 25 March

Did you know that Emerald Hill, at the bustling heart of Orchard Road, was a former nutmeg plantation? In OH! Open House’s latest series of walking tours of commissioned art installations and performances based on site-specific history, learn more about this intriguing corner of Singapore. There are two themes of walking tour to choose from: colonialism and botany. Seemingly disparate ideas they may be, but they both intertwine at Emerald Hill. Find out the fun facts about botany that linger in the area, and the not-so-fun facts about its relationship with colonialism. All spaces embody a lived history that’s so much more fascinating than most of us know. Explore, collect and piece together your very own story of Emerald Hill through the centuries. Tours are selling out fast, so book your slot here.

Image: Jason Lim, “Under the shadow of the banyan tree”, Jakarta Biennale, 2017, 5-day performance (5 hours each day), clay © Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ririn Riza

Performance by Jason Lim of ‘Under the shadow of the banyan tree, 13 – 18 March, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore

Artist Jason Lim’s performances and installations reveal an interest in the potential of clay, and natural materials. He presents this performance work for the first time in Singapore at the ICA’s Earl Lu Gallery, an installation revolving around unfired terracotta clay made over six days. Originally performed at the 2017 Jakarta Biennale, thework featured Lim constructing a site-specific, 1.9-metre high and 8-metre wide installation using 3000 kg of unfired terracotta clay. At the Earl Lu Gallery, visitors are invited to watch Lim create the installation from inside or outside the gallery, through its glass façade. Find out more at LASALLE College of the Arts.

ArtScience Late: Leslie Low, ArtScience Museum, 15 March, 8pm

Spend your Thursday evening with some warm, contemplative, acoustic tunes at this free gig by solo singer-songwriter Leslie Low, frontman of The Observatory, at the ArtScience Museum. Crossing genres from folk-rock to experimental, Low’s music pays attention to the contemporary urban condition, and in this unplugged performance you can expect songs from Low’s previous solo releases as well as brand new original songs. He is joined by Shah Tahir, fellow musician and versatile sound designer. Learn more here.

When We Dead Awaken by Intercultural Theatre Institute, Drama Centre Black Box, 15 – 17 March

Director Sankar Venkateswaran leads student actors from the 2018 cohort of the Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in a  reimagining of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken using speech and movement to channel this introspective story about the strained relationship between a married couple and the paths they take when they each stray out of their relationship on a holiday. It’s the last play of Ibsen’s career and it’s a moving contemplation on loss and redemption. It stars Caroline Chin, Hau Guei Sze (Zizi), Lakshmana KP, Pooja Mohanraj, and Yazid Jalil. Information on the production and ticketing can be found here.


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