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Weekly picks: Singapore (13 – 19 August 2018)

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The Ordinary and The Unspectacular by The Theatre Practice 16 – 19 August 2018

After each breath
Before the next
Time streams
into the moments
of timelessness

The Ordinary and The Unspectacular is a contemplation of the minutiae of everyday life. When each snapshot in time is magnified, the everyday becomes estranged and the simplicity of each moment takes on new depth and meaning.

Director Okorn-Kuo Jing Hong is joined by a veteran cast of art makers including Osman Abdul Hamid, Julius Foo, Goh Lay Kuan, Jalyn Han, Lok Meng Chue, Tang Chia Yu and May Wong as they play with time in this devised performance.

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Beauty of Betta at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall 16 June – 23 Sep 2018

Betta splendens, more colloquially known as bettas or fighting fish, are popular as aquarium fish for their breath-taking beauty, despite their famously aggressive nature. During the colonial period, these tropical fishes were considered exotic and Singapore, being an entrepot, would import and re-export Bettas to countries all over the globe.

“Fish fighting” was also a common past-time amongst school children in the past. In Singapore, children would buy or sometimes even catch these fighting fishes in the river or longkang (drain), and have them fight other fish.

A collaboration between Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and internationally renowned photographer Visarute Angkatavanich from Bangkok, Thailand, this exhibition showcases a selection of Visarute’s stunning photographic works that perfectly capture the exuberant beauty of Betta splendens.

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SSO POPS: JAZZ IT UP WITH GERSHWIN! at Esplanade Concert Hall 17 August 2018

Be dazzled! It’s a night of jive and groove as our Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton jazzes up the stage with a toe-tapping evening of Gershwin and Shostakovich. Relax and revel in the soulful blues, wry humour and sparkling glitz of jazz from two different composers – worlds apart, yet crossing their rhythms.

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Viddsee Juree Singapore 2018 – Film Talks & Awards Ceremony  by Viddsee 18 – 19 Aug 2018

The Viddsee Juree Awards is an initiative celebrating the entertainment industry’s picks of Asian short films from all genres: fiction, documentary and animation. This marks the first Viddsee Juree Singapore awards, following the Viddsee Juree Awards in Indonesia (2016) and the Philippines (2017). During this two-event there will be Film Talk Sessions on Women in Film, Grants, Festivals and Incentives, Digital Marketing, and Content Funding; and closes with the Viddsee Juree Singapore Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, 19 August.

More information here.

 

Spanish Fantasia 2 at Esplanade Concert Hall 19 August 2018

Take a musical trip to Spain with The Philharmonic Winds in Spanish Fantasia 2, a concert to mark the 50th anniversary of relations between Singapore and the Kingdom of Spain.

Conducted by maestro Luis Serrano Alarcon, The Philharmonic Winds will perform music from the ballet El Amor Brujo by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Sharing the stage with the wind orchestra are dancers from Flamenco Sin Fronteras, in a choreography by the Flamenco company’s artistic director Antonio Vargas, one of the world’s leading flamenco dancers and choreographers.

More information here.

 

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