Things to do, watch, listen this week: 13 to 19 Sep
The A List serves up a smorgasbord of home cooking, contemporary sculpture, international dance and blistering stage drama for the week ahead.
Re-THINGing Gesture in Contemporary Sculptural Practice
This cutting-edge exhibition of objects and text-based works is running from 10 Sep until 2 Jan at Jendela (Visual Arts Space) at Esplanade. Created by nine Singaporean artists, the exhibition explores how our connections to the everyday material world are informed by personal, social and cultural associations. Some pieces sit in the liminal zone between painting, sound and conceptual art to shed light on sculptural and three-dimensional practice today. Co-curated by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Sculpture Society Singapore, Re-THINGing Gesture in Contemporary Sculptural Practice is free to view.
14 at da:ns festival
Fourteen – the number of days typically required for self-isolation as we all battle through the pandemic – is the touchstone of this free dance marathon streamed live from different time zones and continents. Join 19 dancers from Indonesia, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand on 18 Sep as they perform 14-minute solos without a crew or live audience. Be transported to venues around the world – including an outdoor theatre in Italy and an intimate independent venue in the Bangkok suburbs – as the soloists express their personal response to our collective experience of time and isolation during the pandemic. This is a five-hour event, so you can dip in and out safe in the knowledge that a recording is available online until 31 Oct. Register to watch 14 here.
The Singing Chef
Irene Jansen marries her two passions – singing and cooking – in this delectable show which ropes in her mother, sister, niece and a good friend to whip up four dishes handed down through the generations. Join this family of home chefs as they sing, cook dishes including roti jala and Penang style assam laksa, and chat about their culinary inspirations and memories. This free online event, set up by the National Arts Council as part of Silver Arts 2021, is on 19 Sep at 3pm. Catch The Singing Chef here.
Watch David Mamet’s intense college campus drama about sexual politics from 15 to 19 Sep at the KC Arts Centre. Nearly 30 years since its premiere, the play is more relevant than ever. It dissects the power struggle between a university professor and the female student who accuses him of sexual harassment – ruining his chances of being granted tenure and the fat pay rise that goes with it. Get ready for hand-to-hand verbal combat, Mamet style, courtesy of The Stage Club under the direction of Loh An Lim. This production has received an Advisory 16 rating for some mature content and coarse language. Book your tickets for Oleanna here.
Echoes of Psycho
Writing the music for Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classics Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest makes Bernard Hermann one of the great film score composers. Add to that his finely judged music for Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Cape Fear, and the gorgeous, jazz-inspired soundscape of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, and you can see why Hermann is generally regarded as the greatest. On the 110th anniversary of his birth, this Red Balloon Series programme showcases the thrilling music of Psycho, alongside new string arrangements showing the composer’s lyrical side – the nostalgic Echoes and the tender Souvenirs de Voyage. Book your tickets for Echoes of Psycho here.
(Photos: Lim Soo Ngee, Esplande – Theatres on the Bay, Irene Jansen, KC Arts Centre, Singapore Symphony Orchestra)