Things to do, watch, listen this week: 2 to 8 Aug

Things to do, watch, listen this week: 2 to 8 Aug

Kickstart the month of August with exciting arts and culture events, including a concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and an online play that traces Singapore’s heritage and progress. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities to enjoy this week.

Music

Virtuoso Series I: Pluck

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Perk up your week with this online concert by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO). The live-streamed concert features performances by guzheng musician Qu Jianqing, sanxian musician Huang Guifang, and pipa musician Yu Jia. The concert is available for streaming via SISTIC until 8 Aug. Book your tickets to Virtuoso Series I: Pluck here.

Film

Prism

prism arts and culture

Explore the conflict between Man and nature through this thought-provoking film, which tackles issues of gentrification and progress in Singapore. Directed by theatre practitioner Rei Poh and written by Goh Boon Teck, the film stars actors Fir Rahman, Alvin Chiam and Farah Ong. The film, by Toy Factory Productions, is available for viewing online until 30 Sep. Watch Prism here.

Theatre

Five Star Shows

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If you need a good laugh, catch this series of improvisational comedy performances that celebrate National Day. Presented by home-grown theatre group The Improv Company, the shows shine a spotlight on what it means to call Singapore home. Held at Aliwal Arts Centre, the performances run from 6 to 8 Aug. It has an Advisory 16 rating for mature content. Get tickets to Five Star Shows here.

Visual Arts

Shifting Times, Moving Images: Liang Yue

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Catch the third instalment of this four-part series of video and photography works by Chinese video artist Liang Yue, which captures mundane everyday moments and experiences. Her video works, which have mostly never been shown in Singapore, depict the beauty of insignificance with an absence of plot or context. The exhibition, held at ShanghArt Gallery at Gillman Barracks, is on until 29 Aug. Learn more about Shifting Times, Moving Images: Liang Yue here.

Dance

Seeking Peace

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Be enthralled by this 360-degree virtual reality dance video, which explores the notion of peace in a virtual world. It features dancer Joni Tan performing to everyday soundscapes. The work is produced by multidisciplinary artist and educator Crystal Goh and filmmaker Cheng Shian Wen. The immersive experience can be accessed online and is best enjoyed with a pair of headphones and a virtual reality headset. Learn more about Seeking Peace here.

(Photos: Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Toy Factory Productions Ltd, The Improv Company, Liang Yue, Crystal Goh)

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