Things to do, watch, listen this week: 26 Jul to 1 Aug
End the month on a high note with exciting arts and culture events happening this week. Catch an online Hindi theatre performance, discover the evolution of traditional dance in Singapore through an exhibition, or tune in to a podcast about an artist’s struggles and triumphs in the face of challenges. Read on for our top picks of arts and culture activities this week.
Take a break from your usual video stream diet and catch this short online play about an elderly father pining for his son’s affection. The theatrical production, directed by Indranil Banerjee and written by Tanuj Khosla, was first staged at Singapore’s only Hindi theatre festival, Dastak, in 2018. The play is available for viewing on Open Stage’s YouTube page. Watch Mili here.
Routes: A Multi-Perspective Exploration Of Traditional Dance In Singapore
Explore cultural identity through Chinese, Malay and Indian traditional dance practices in Singapore at this free exhibition in Stamford Arts Centre. Presented by the National Arts Council, the exhibition includes a self-guided video experience on the evolution of traditional dance in Singapore, a life-size 3D holographic mesh projection that immerses visitors in a 360-degree experience and brings traditional dance to life, as well as the personal stories of Singapore’s dance pioneers. The exhibition is on until 12 Sep. Learn more about Routes: A Multi-Perspective Exploration Of Traditional Dance In Singapore here.
Tune in to this witty and compelling eight-part podcast series which sheds light on the struggles and challenges faced by a young arts practitioner during the pandemic. The show is written and performed by writer, poet and performer Cheyenne Alexandria Phillips, and directed and dramaturged by Huzir Sulaiman, co-founder and joint artistic director of Checkpoint Theatre. Listen to Vulnerable here.
Where The Wild Beasts Feed
Bond with the young ones at home over this online dance-theatre production by contemporary dance company The Arts Fission Company. The show highlights the impact of environmental issues on wildlife habitat and wild animals’ food habits, and it is performed by young dancers alongside professional dancers. It is available online until 15 Aug. Get tickets to Where The Wild Beasts Feed here.
Retrospective: Abbas Kiarostami
Celebrate the works of acclaimedIranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami with screenings of his films at the Oldham Theatre. Organised by the Asian Film Archive, the programme for the showcase includes his illustrious films such as Close-up (1990), which has a unique narrative style and blurs fiction and reality, and rarely-screened short films and documentaries made during pre-revolution Iran. The screenings are on until 28 Aug. Learn more about Retrospective: Abbas Kiarostami here.
(Photos: Open Stage, National Arts Council, Checkpoint Theatre, The Arts Fission Company, Asian Film Archive)