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!