Things to do, watch, listen this week: 22 to 28 Nov
The A List highlights this week take in theatre, contemporary art, interactive digital art, high-tech storytelling, and a welcome return for choral music.
Momotaro and the Magnificent Peach
This fun-filled musical, opening 25 Nov, takes cues from anime and J-pop to update a beloved Japanese folk tale. Young Momotaro’s happy-go-lucky life on the idyllic isle of Peach Paradise is turned upside down by a poisonous wave of pollution, which threatens his home and the lives of everyone he loves. He enlists the help of a trio of animal companions, and together they track down clues that put them on a collision course with wicked President Oni and his crafty henchman, Captain Kit. The show runs until 24 Dec. Book your tickets for Momotaro and the Magnificent Peach here.
AYN: The Bird Colouring Social Club
A digital aviary, inspired by the bird singing competitions that once turned HDB void decks and kampungs into avian concert halls, is proving a popular part of this year’s Arts in Your Neighbourhood programme. Simply colour in pages that feature Singapore’s urban birds, have your finished works scanned, and spot your creation in 3D in the digital aviary. Find out more about The Bird Colouring Social Club here.
Choral music-making has been muted by the pandemic, so it is a pleasure to list this special presentation by the Singapore Symphony Chorus, Youth and Children’s Choirs that is enabled by technology. Eudenice Palaruan and Wong Lai Foon conduct choral works including two pieces by Brahms, Magnificat in B-flat Major by Durante, Gounod’s Ave Maria (based on Bach’s Prelude in C) and Palaruan’s own composition, Peribahasa. Be there for the premiere in the SSOLOUNGE digital concert hall on 26 Nov, or join later at your own leisure. Find out more about SSO Longing here.
AYN: Tales Under the Neon Trees
Humankind has been telling stories through imagery since the first cave paintings many thousands of years ago. Now you can experience this age-old tradition in urban spaces under neon lights, with two installations featuring visual stories. The pieces – created by students Jaxton Su, Shauna Goh and A’shua Imran from Zhonghua Secondary School and Ngee Ann Secondary School – include animated videos, Augmented Reality masks, and photographs celebrating life in Serangoon and Tampines. Can’t make it to the physical installations? Connect with the art and stories online at a later date. Find out more about Tales Under the Neon Trees here.
Jason Wee, Cruising
Jason Wee’s solo exhibition of new drawings, collages, sculptures, assemblages and prints takes inspiration from Singapore’s coastline and from the artist’s 2018 residency on an oil tanker. It’s a kind of maritime journey though art, exploring the possibility of new adventures after so long spent marooned by pandemic travel restrictions. The exhibition is hosted by the Yavuz Gallery at Gillman Barracks until 28 Nov. Find out more about Cruising here.
(Photos: Wild Rice, Kronoscapes, SSO, National Arts Council, Gillman Barracks)