Things to do, watch, listen: April 2022
At long last, Singapore is back to somewhat normal following the relaxation of group numbers and mandatory mask-wearing. Time to get out there and see what’s on around town in the month of April. To help guide your arts and culture journey this month, The A List has curated a menu of events covering heritage arts, visual arts, dance, theatre, and more for your delectation.
In their annual effort to boost the profiles and works of emerging Singapore-based artists who have recently graduated from local and overseas art institutions, the team at DECK returns with the 7th edition of Undescribed. The exhibition, ending on 23 Apr, aims to presents works that challenge and rethink current image-making practices. This year’s line-up of artists is: Hong Shu-Ying (@shu0shushu), Jomel (@j_o_m_e_l), Rachel Cheng (@x__u__e), Ryan Lim Zi Yi (@ryanzlim), Sarah Lin (@ninjawhee). Find out more about Undescribed here.
Momentary Bodies – A Dance Residency Showcase
Momentary Bodies is a site-specific performance by *SCAPE dance residents for the second edition of the Dance Residency. Itculminates in a guest performance titled Ontogeny ±, which is a hybrid of film and live choreography in Latin ballroom dancing to the tune of Chinese instrumental music. The *SCAPE Dance Residency programme recruited seven individuals driven to challenge themselves in the areas of performance and choreography, mentored by three of Singapore’s most talented professional dance artists – Albert Tiong, Ricky Sim, and Adele Goh. Catch the live showcase at *SCAPE and Design Orchard on 15 and 16 Apr. Register to attend Momentary Bodies here.
Tartuffe – The Imposter
It is 358 years since Molière’s comedic masterpiece premiered in Paris but the lessons it teaches about human nature are as relevant as ever. The title character – the imposter – is a lodger in the household of Orgon, whose fawning admiration blinds him to the true nature of Tartuffe – outwardly pious but fundamentally transactional, deceitful, and lecherous. So cutting is the portrayal religious hypocrisy that the archbishop of Paris persuaded King Louis XIV to suppress the play. This Wild Rice production, which has a R18 (Mature Themes) rating, runs from 7-24 Apr at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre on North Bridge Road. Get more details and book tickets for Tartuffe – The Imposter here.
Hope from Chaos: Pandemic Reflections
An irony of the ‘global pandemic’ was the way it stopped us being global citizens as travel restrictions kicked in and remained in force for two years. This exhibition, available till 3 Jul at the ArtScience Museum, is a chance to see how artists from around the world responded to the pandemic. The art is complemented by a free introductory display from The Smithsonian Institution explaining how pathogens can spread from wildlife to humans and why some outbreaks become epidemics. The line-up includes Heman Chong (Singapore), Cao Fei (China), Luke Jerram (UK), Ivetta Sunyoung Kang (Canada/South Korea), Eun Vivian Lee (Singapore/New York/South Korea), Pierre le Riche (South Africa) and Nonzuzo Gxekwa (South Africa). Buy tickets for Hope from Chaos: Pandemic Reflections here.
Singapore Art Book Fair
This independent event has established itself over the past decade as one of the leading art book fairs in Southeast Asia. Each edition showcases artists, designers, distributors, small presses, institutions, galleries, zine-makers, and printmakers from Singapore and overseas. It has seen thousands of visitors each year before the pandemic, with more than 7,000 over one weekend in 2019. It’s back this year from 29 Apr to 1 May at 39 Keppel Road. Get updates on Singapore Art Book Fair here.
Tang Quartet at 30!
Get along to Victoria Concert Hall on 22 Apr to join the Tang Quartet in their 30th -anniversary celebrations. From humble beginnings, Tang Quartet has grown to become Singapore’s pre-eminent string quartet, and this promises to be a memorable evening with a programme comprising Haydn’s String Quartet No. 2 ‘Fifths’ and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D Major. Book tickets for Tang Quartet at 30! here.
White Space Art Asia presents a multimedia exhibition at 1H Yong Siak Street in Tiong Bahru about the end of a long-standing love affair between an artist and the world of porcelain. Running till 1 May, the exhibition traces local artist Yang Derong’s tumultuous five-year struggle with creating, storytelling, and making art through his army of porcelain pieces. The show includes a series of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), alongside a video with musical accompaniment from acclaimed composer, playwright, and film director Dick Lee. Find out more about SMASH! here.
ExxonMobil Campus Concerts – Bring It Back To Live
NUS Centre For the Arts presents a two-part concert featuring National University of Singapore’s own musical talent and is held with a full-capacity live audience at UCC Theatre on 13 Apr. The shows are part of ExxonMobil Campus Concert (EMCC): Slow Connection. Read about all the acts starring in both shows and book tickets for Bring It Back To Live here.
As of 29 Mar, live street busking is officially back in session. Following the government’s announcement on the resumption of live performances, busking across all venues has been greenlit. If you have a favourite busker or busking group from before the pandemic, or simply looking forward to soaking in the atmosphere of live music on the streets, be sure to check out the National Arts Council’s new busking portal that lets you filter upcoming events by date, location, and chosen keywords. Explore all busking shows scheduled to happen now.
Art fans will want to check out this show put together by Mr Lim’s Shop of Visual Treasures, featuring artists such as Woon Tien Wei, Jennifer Teo, Yang Jie, Wen Chao. The goal is to generate awareness and support for young local artists who are working to make a difference by being different. The exhibition, which includes a special contribution from contemporary art giant Ai Wei Wei, is on throughout the month of April. Find out more about FOOLS here.
(Photos: *SCAPE, DECK, Wild Rice, ArtScience Museum/Cao Fei, Singapore Art Book Fair, Tang Quartet, White Space Art Asia, EMCC, National Arts Council, Mr Lim’s Shop of Visual Treasures)