StoryFest: International Storytelling Festival Singapore, The Arts House, 1-3 June 2018
Come and listen to tales both old and new from Singapore and around the world at StoryFest 2018. StoryFest is back for their second edition this year with the theme Be Legendary. The festival that is happening from 1-3 June at the Arts House features a variety of performances that includes workshops, local commissions and shows both for adults and families. Be Legendary is for both the listener and teller and nobody is too young or old for stories!
VERDI’S AIDA by Esplanade Theatre 1-3, 5 & 6 June 2018
A classic tale of betrayal, love and honour, Verdi’s Aida continues to be one of the most well-loved operas in the world eversince its first performance on 24 December 1971. Telling a tale of an Ethiopian princess, Aida that is forced to put herself in a situation between her responsibilities and love, will be presented by Singapore Lyric Opera for the very first time. Singapore Lyric Opera presents Verdi’s Aida with a stellar cast of 100 chorus members and 70 orchestra members.
Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure by Singapore Dance Theatre 31 May – 3 June 2018, 11am & 2pm
Peter & Blue’s Forest Adventure is especially for the families with little ones. As how the Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Theatre, Janek Schergen would say, “Experiencing the arts can never start too early”. Peter & Blue is an hour-long ballet performance created just for the young. For this year’s performance, a live narration will be featured that is engaging for the children. Entertwining morals into the magical fairy-tale, Peter & Blue will tell a story of the trio, Peter, his dog, blue and his cat, Calico in yet another adventure.
Flipside 2018 Urashima Taro by Esplanade Theatre Studio 31 May – 3 Jun 2018
The tale of Urashima Taro is presented by the award-winning Rouge28 Theatre, a company of international theatre artists based in London that fuses puppetry into their works. It tells the story of a poor fisherman, Urashima Taro who was promised a life of eternal pleasure that soon turned into a nightmare after saving a turtle that he encountered. Through the stunning visuals and mesmerising puppetry, the tale is retold by solo artist Aya Nakamura who is a talented puppeteer and performer, showcasing a world based on duality. This Japanese myth is recreated into a contemporary version for many people to immerse themselves into this tale.
The Moon Is Less Bright by Drama Centre Black Box 31 May – 3 June 2018
The Moon Is Less Bright is Singapore’s literary pioneer and Cultural Medallion recipient Goh Poh Seng’s first play, a poetic drama. The drama is re-staged and revived onto the modern stage to present and examine the current concerns of inequality and privilege in Singapore. Set during the Japanese invasion in World War II, the drama introduces the Tay’s household in rural Singapore, seeking shelter from danger, where living arrangements made between two families introduced the concerns of different classes. The Moon Is Less Bright presents a thought-provoking piece into how we judge others and carry ourselves in this world.
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