Monday, January 16, 2017

'Hans Zimmer vs John Williams' - Live Concert on 10 and 11 March 2017

Conductor Anthony Inglis leads a live orchestra in the iconic music of Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer and John Williams at MBS's MasterCard Theatres on 10 and 11 March 2017.

On the programme is nearly two hours of musical scores from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight Rises, The Da Vinci Code, Batman Begins, Man of Steel, Gladiator, Inception, E.T., Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters, Star Wars and Superman among many others. Check out the Events Page for more details!

Chicago at MBS - 8 to 26 Feb 2017

Kander and Ebb's sexy classic dance musical Chicago returns to Singapore in a production at MBS from 8 to 26 February 2017. The sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Cell-Block Tango. It has won a slew of awards including 6 Tonys, 2 Oliviers, 1 Grammy, 2 BAFTAs and 6 Academy Awards based on the movie adaptation starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones, Check out the Events Page for details so you can attend the live shows!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Re-Membering Identities' in Review - 14 Jan 2017

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Re-Membering Identities
Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox

A Review by Hawk Liu

The dance concert is a triple bill of interdisciplinary works of an abstract nature.

The first piece by choreographer Royston Fan features two female dancers and a tall, speaking actor, dapperly dressed in a white suit, white pants and white shoes (Alvin Koh). There is a good mix of monologues, dance and mime. By the end of the piece, one wonders about the relationship between the three characters. It is well performed. However, on the sound balance side of things, the music level is too high for the monologues to be heard. Also, please do not use excessive percussion in the music if words are meant to be heard.

The second piece by Vroom Broom Group uses repeated techno music where two females dancers go through the same set of movements on a circuit round the entire stage and different times while a lone be-muscled man in the centre spot does his own sets of movements. At the end of the piece, one of the female dancers takes over the centre spot to replace the lone guy, thus completing one cycle of the dance. That is an interesting idea.

The 3rd piece by Max Chen is the longest one involving a number of dancers and an opera singer (soprano Satsuki Nagatome). There is an integration of operatic singing, mime, speech, story telling and dance. This piece is engaging as there is a variety of art forms and movement material than the previous two pieces. It is also humorous in nature and entails a fair bit of audience participation, most notably a latecomer who had his lack of ballet skills cheekily pointed out by the cast of dancers. The mobile phone becomes an object of focus too, likely linking our current obsessive devotion to it.

This article in its original form can also be found on Hawk Liu's website

Monday, January 9, 2017

Ee Ping Vocal Recital 'Dreams, Passions and Love' - 6 April 2017

UK-based Singaporean soprano Ee-Ping needs no introduction to long-time readers of this website. She will be staging her own solo recital at the Esplanade Recital Studio on the 6th April at 745pm.

Tickets are priced at $25.00 free seating. Here is another opportunity to hear that luscious, creamy voice in a wide ranging programme, live in person! Please contact Thomas Kuek at 9385 4219 for more information and ticket reservation.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

'Foreign Bodies' by the M1 Fringe Festival - 5, 6 and 7 Jan 2017

Singapore's first diverse, politically progressive burlesque troupe Skin in SIN opens with their debut show Foreign Bodies opens tomorrow, 5 January, and runs till Saturday 7 January! Your very own webmaster of this blog, Steven Ang, is featured on the publicity image above and has a key part in the show. Check out the SISTIC link below for more information and get your tickets soon! See you tomorrow!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

FREE: Madison Academy of Music Concert at National Gallery - 31 Dec, 4.30pm

The teachers and students of Madison Academy of Music will be performing in a free, hour-long recital at the National Gallery. Performers (in order of photo collage) are Wayne Teo, Polina Chmil, Matthew Mak, Khew Yun-Zhen, Gevorg Sargsyan, Steven Ang, Leslie Tay and Alvin Tan. Show is from 4.30 to 6pm. Check out the link below for more information!

And oh, here's the link if you wish to take lessons from the teachers at Madison. Free trial included!

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Cirque Adrenaline' at MBS - till 25 Dec 2016

In the past few years, we have had loads of action-packed acrobatic extravaganzas come to town. Cirque Elozie, the stylish Le Noir (which came twice), and the granddaddy of all circus shows Cirque du Soleil have graced Singapore with their awe-inspiring antics. Are we ever going to have enough of them?

The answer is no, for as a friend told me, such shows just never get old.

Thus, enter Cirque Adrenaline, one that promises more death-defying stunts, but ramped up a notch!

Now playing at the MasterCard theatres at Marina Bay Sands, which has become the go-to destination for such acts, the latest "cirque" in town promises “a whole new level” of thrills as it blends traditional and new acts for a “new genre” of circus performance.

It includes a Ukrainian couple suspended by ropes in mid-air, twirling around while hanging on top of each other. There is also an act where up to three motorcyclists manage to avoid crashing into each other and a stuntwoman while roaring around inside a structure called the Sphere Of Fear.

And feast your eyes on the star attraction: a spinning contraption called the Wheel of Death, fastened just in front of the front row of the Grand Theatre, where two men run, jump and even skip rope in mid-air with no safety harness or net. Seeing them occasionally lose their balances and land slightly askew just to grab on to a railing in time to avoid a fall made us aware of the thin line between life and certain disaster. The athleticism and sheer daring of the duo brought the house down many times.

However, I personally was most impressed with an underrated act where a game stuntman balances on a wobbly column of metal cylinders stacked on top of each other that gets higher and more unstable with each height increase. The performance is truly a breathtaking feat, and one wishes it had received more fanfare.

While the abovementioned daredevil acts always leave the audience wanting more, the tension is always unfortunately dissipated with more than one clownish sequences where hapless members of the audience are brought up on stage to take part in trivialities that belong in variety shows. One such act involving four audience members “acting” on a film set drags on for too long and tries the patience. We just want to get back to the professionals and the amazing stunts, please?

Perhaps we will never get tired of witnessing these stunts because they show us the triumph of the human spirit; that with practice, man can do extraordinary things.

Or perhaps we want to worship at the altar of these super humans, who can do what we mere mortals can't.

So if you're inclined, do mosey on down to the Marina Bay Sands for that little bit of inspiration after a day feeling like a mere mortal - or perhaps just a few hours of thrills and hopefully no spills.

Tickets for Cirque Adrenaline are available at SISTIC (