Things to do, watch, listen this week: 25 to 31 Oct
This week’s recommendations cover world-class classical music, a drama with the in-laws, a revealing exhibition of masks, an avant-garde film festival of prize-winning arthouse movies and documentaries, and an exhibition of cutting-edge art.
ThisConnect: What Am I, If I Am Not
This five-part exhibition showcases 500 Masks of Singapore created by members of the public at a series of workshops celebrating this heritage craft. Participants were challenged to connect with their inner selves, with the aim of leveraging the arts to prompt conversation about the mental health stigma that is still prevalent in today’s society. The exhibition runs at 39A Duxton Hill until the end of October. Find out more about ThisConnect: What Am I, If I Am Not here.
Keluarga Besar En. Karim (The Karims)
The Karims are a typical family of four whose internal dynamics are upset by the arrival of new son-in-law, Aqil. Aqil has history with Encik Karim, who is determined to remain the undisputed head of his newly expanded household. As the story unfolds, the Karims have to find a way to come into their own without growing apart. Playwright Adib Kosnan paints an intimate portrait of the joys and messy interactions of family life. Performed in Malay and English with English surtitles, the play runs until 31 Oct at Checkpoint Theatre, Goodman Arts Centre. Book seats for Keluarga Besar En. Karim (The Karims) here.
The Goldberg Variations
World-renowned, Berlin-based pianist, Chiyan Wong, makes a long-awaited return to Esplanade on 31 Oct with a programme centred around his own combination of J.S. Bach’s iconic Goldberg Variations with Busoni’s interpretation of the same work. The programme forms the subject of his latest recording, which had Gramophone proclaiming him “an instrumentalist of truly remarkable gifts”. Concert-goers here may recall Wong’s bravura recitals at the Singapore International Piano Festival in 2012 and 2017, as well as a rendition of Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto No.2 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in 2016 that prompted The Straits Times reviewer to write, “This is how legends are made.” Book seats for The Goldberg Variations here.
Perspectives Film Festival 2021: WHAT THE __?
The 14th edition of Singapore’s very own avant-garde film festival serves up a feast of movies that tread the fine line between the compelling and the eccentric as they dissect the grimy underbelly of existence. Whether these arthouse movies elicit a bewildered scratch of your head or spark a spirited conversation, you are, at the very least, forced to fill in the blanks. In Annette, which was nominated for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard’s lovemaking produces a strange puppet child who turns their lives upside down. Tigers Are Not Afraid (pictured) fuses magical realism, gritty realism and elements of horror amid the violence of the Mexican drug cartels. PFF also gives a Singapore premiere to Shooting the Mafia, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Find out more about the nine movies showcased in Perspectives Film Festival 2021: WHAT THE __? here.
Yeo Workshop presents the latest work of five artists – Aki Hassan, Fyerool Darma, Filippo Sciascia, Jonathan Nichols and Xue Mu – that reflects their physical and mental condition in these pandemic times. While many of the pieces are in monochrome or muted colours, the materials and techniques employed encompass painting, printing, scratching, cutting, welding, pasting and stitching. The exhibition runs until 7 Nov at Gillman Barracks. Find out more about INNATE here.
(Photos: ThisConnect, Checkpoint Theatre, Kurt Chan, Filmadora Nacional Peligrosa, Yeo Workshop)