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Weekly Picks: Singapore (30 April – 6 May 2018)

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Shakespeare in the Park – Julius Caesar, by Singapore Repertory Theatre, Fort Canning Park, 2 – 27 May

Opening this Thursday is the return of SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park with Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s histories from over five centuries ago have never been more relevant. This renowned classic is turned contemporary in the light of 21st century international and intra-regional relations, testifying to the timelessness of its sociopolitical themes. The Roman Empire is now R.O.M.E, a regional organisation comprising 7 different countries. The political climate takes a turn for the sinister after one of the summits as conspiracies unfold and loyalties are tested. It features a luminous cast – from seasoned performers Jo Kukathas playing the title role, and Daniel Jenkins, to young rising stars Thomas Pang and Julie Wee – and we’re thrilled to be catching this production this week. More information.

 

Brian Gothong Tan: Lost Cinema, Earl Lu Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts, until Sun 6 May 2018

Lost Cinema is artist Brian Gothong Tan’s re-imaginations of cinematic tropes extrapolated from East Asian filmography, specifically Eric Khoo’s 12 Storeys (Singapore, 1997), Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong, 2000) and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Tropical Malady (Thailand, 2004). We caught the stunning live performances (which ran from 20 – 22 April) by Ma Yanling and Sun Phittaya Phaefuang channelling key characters and affects from these films. If you missed the live performances, don’t miss the on-screen ones – it is experimental video art at its finest, with a layered multi-channel video installation running for the next week at Earl Lu Gallery. More information.

Got your name or not? by The Artists Company, Your Mother Gallery, 1 – 26 May, various timings

Got Your Name Or Not? is participatory, collaborative, improvisational visual art project organised by The Artists Company. It’s interested in exploring art as labour, and a model of art-making where everybody is an artist, and notions of ownership and individuality are eschewed to venture the possibilities of collaborative work. Participants will need to clock in their work hours (approximately 49) for this project, and are advised that they “will be required to improvise and respond to random occurrences.” Somewhere between a workshop, creative collaboration, unpaid internship and a showcase – this programme sounds experimental and intriguing to us. It takes place at Your Mother Gallery, 91A Hindoo Road over various dates and times. Find out more here.

Weekly Picks Singapore 30 April 6 May 2018

新加坡华语电影节 2018 Singapore Chinese Film Festival by Singapore Film Society (SFS) & Centre for Chinese Studies, Singapore University of Social Sciences (CCS@ SUSS), various locations, until 6 May

The sixth edition of the Singapore Chinese Film Festival (SCFF2018) is taking place 10 days from 27 April to 6 May, featuring an eclectic range of 58 different films – including 12 documentaries, a showcase of animated shorts, a Wuxia film, and an homage to Leslie Cheung. The programme includes panel talks featuring international festival guests and local filmmakers. More information.

Logic Chromatic – A Solo Exhibition by Soph O, UltraSuperNew Gallery, Rowell Road

Soph O is a Singaporean visual artist whose practice is preoccupied with images that walk the line between the ordinary and the extraordinary. Fleeting memories and mundane stories are manifested in patterns of recurrences onto her drawings, paintings, installations and other media. UltraSuperNew Gallery presents her first solo exhibition, Logic Chromatic, which explores the interactions between the natural world and man-made structures – physical or psychological. It is inspired by the artist’s interest in examining the coexistence of lived and imagined realities, evolutionary dislocation, and her own experiences of displacement, whether physical or psychological. More information.

 

 

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