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Weekly Picks Singapore 4 10 February 2019

Weekly Picks: Singapore (4 – 10 February 2019)

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Trying to remember a tree (iii) – The World will surely Collapse by Robert Zhao Renhui, ShanghART Singapore at Gillman Barracks, until 23 Jun 2019

ShanghART Singapore is pleased to show Trying to Remember a Tree (iii) – The world will surely collapse, a special outdoor light box installation by Singaporean artist Robert Zhao Renhui, presented in conjunction with Gillman Barracks’ 6th Anniversary x Art After Dark. The work is a series of 14 near life-size photographs, featuring a very old and large tree that collapsed near the artist’s home. In Singapore, trees are cut in sections to make their removal easier. The physical cuts by which the tree is sectioned echo but do not exactly correspond to how Zhao has edited and sequenced the images, suggesting that there might be different ways of “managing” nature, whether via park authorities or art. Placed in a natural environment with the forest serving as its backdrop, the lush greenery of Gillman Barrack’s forest and the bleakness of the monochrome artwork form a stark contrast, provoking viewers to reflect on the state of the natural environment in the present day. More information here.

TGIF Music Station, performed by various artists, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Fridays until 15 March

Look forward to the exciting line-up for Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre’s TGIF Music Station in 2019! TGIF Music Station is a series of music performances featuring some of Singapore’s favourite performing artistes and rising stars taking place on every 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Join us with your friends and loved ones to croon along to familiar tunes and the latest hits. For more details, click here.

Off Centre by The Necessary Stage, Victoria Theatre, 7 – 17 February

The Necessary Stage’s critically acclaimed play, Off Centre, returns 26 years after its premiere in 1993. Written by Haresh Sharma and directed by Alvin Tan, Off Centre is a landmark play in the history of Singapore theatre, best remembered for presenting an honest and unflinching look at mental illness and the stigma surrounding it. Off Centre follows the unlikely friendship between Saloma and Vinod and traces their journeys as they deal with their personal conflicts as well as social prejudices against mental health conditions. This brand new staging features Abdulattif Abdullah and Sakinah Dollah, who will reprise their original roles as Vinod and Saloma respectively, as well as Aidli Mosbit as Mak. More information here.

Shadows IN the Walls by GroundZ-0, National Gallery Singapore, 29–31 Jan, 7 Feb, 11–14 Feb, 18–21 Feb, 7.30–8.30pm, 9–10pm

Join us on an exciting after-hours adventure and uncover hidden tales behind every step and stone of the Gallery’s magnificent building. As you travel through its passageways, encounter a host of characters from the past––from those who had a hand in designing and building the City Hall and Former Supreme Court, to significant historical figures who inhabited the space in all its former glory. Listen to their tales and bring a piece of history home with you. Find out more here.

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