Things to do, watch, listen: July 2022

Things to do, watch, listen: July 2022

We’ve officially crossed into the second half of the year! If one of your new year’s resolutions was to get more familiar with the arts, it’s not too late. From beautiful botanical prints from the 1600s and storytelling through paper craft to a stormy 1960s romance, we’ve found a range of arts and culture events to suit all ages and interests.

Grab a friend and explore Jalan Besar with a unique audio-theatre experience, bring your little ones out to play with paper at the Singapore Art Museum, or uncover the myth and magic of a local music legend with your family.

Read on for The A List’s pick of events covering visual arts, theatre, music, and dance to enjoy this month.

Visual arts

1. Flower Obsession: Plant Collecting in East Asia, 1600s–1900s

Installation view, Flower Obsession: Plant Collecting in East Asia, 1600s–1900s.
Installation view, Flower Obsession: Plant Collecting in East Asia, 1600s–1900s.

From natural leaf prints to detailed illustrations and photographs, this exhibition displays over 100 botanical art pieces from East Asia, dating as far back as the late 1600s. It even features artwork from two important overseas institutions: Higashiyama Botanical Gardens and the private Soukaen Bunko (Nagoya, Japan).

Take a trip down to the Botanical Art Gallery at the Singapore Botanic Gardens (Gallop Extension) to explore this beautiful and intricate paper garden. Admission is free and open to the public until 23 Oct.

Learn more about the Flower Obsession exhibition here.

2. Superfluous Things: Paper  

Superfluous Things: Paper is an exhibition with interactive components for the young at heart.
Superfluous Things: Paper is an exhibition with interactive components for the young at heart.

Superfluous Things: Paper is not just an exhibition – it’s an experience.

Drawing from the vision of nine contemporary artists across Asia, this exhibit explores the idea of paper as a medium for storytelling and world-building. Paper is transformed and shaped into fairy tale lands, tiny sculptures, personal iconographies, and psychedelic dreamscapes.

The exhibition runs until 14 Aug at Gallery 2 of Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. Admission is free for all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents (PRs).

Get more details about Superfluous Things: Paper here.

Theatre

3. Assembly

Join three teenagers as they unravel the mystery behind their school’s strange art room.
Join three teenagers as they unravel the mystery behind their school’s strange art room.

Assembly is an interactive and immersive theatre experience centred on the relationship between three teenage students: Sha, Cydnee, and Joe. Join in as the students confront the strange, almost supernatural happenings in their school’s art room while wrestling with school pressures and their personal demons.

The play, directed by 2021 Young Artist Award recipient Han Xuemei, runs at the Esplanade Annexe Studio on 23 and 30 Jul.

Book tickets to Assembly here.

4. Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita

Explore the life and legacy of Zubir Said through a sensational staging of his music.
Explore the life and legacy of Zubir Said through a sensational staging of his music.

Zubir Said may have given us the most memorable song of our childhood but his legacy and story remain unknown to most. From rebel to pioneer, follow his journey in Singapore’s music industry with this 1960s-styled musical production.

Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita by Wild Rice pays tribute to this local legend with the help of some of Singapore’s most accomplished musicians and young vocalists. The musical runs from 7 to 23 Jul at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre at Wild Rice @ Funan.

Book tickets to Don’t Call Him Mr. Mari Kita here.

Dance

5. Masterpiece in Motion 2022

Come witness the beauty of metamorphosis with the Singapore Ballet.
Come witness the beauty of metamorphosis with the Singapore Ballet.

This July, Singapore Ballet is bringing us their Masterpiece in Motion as part of the Season 2022 showcase. The 2-hour-long performance will feature an adaptation of Ibsen’s House by Val Caniparoli, a world premiere of Quiver by Timothy Rushton, and a restaging of Nils Christe’s Organ Concerto.

Witness our local ballet company as they put on three remarkable performances at the Esplanade Theatre from 29 to 31 Jul.

Get tickets to Masterpiece in Motion 2022 here.

Music

6. Symphony in the Gardens

Symphony in the Gardens, a free concert experience in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Symphony in the Gardens, a free concert experience in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra is putting on a free concert on 10 Jul at the Gallop Lawn, in the Gallop Extension of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

A collection of emotional melodramatic scores from Broadway will be performed live by the Brass Ensemble. Pack your picnic basket and head down to the Lawn with your friends and family or stream the concert live on Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

Admission is free but registration is required for entry – book your spot here.

(Photos: Michele Rodda of National Parks Board, Singapore Art Museum, OH! Open House, Wild Rice, Singapore Ballet, Singapore Symphony Orchestra)

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