Things to do, watch, listen this week: 28 Feb to 6 Mar
Our arts and culture picks for the week take flight with Singapore Ballet (the new incarnation of Singapore Dance Theatre), which makes its debut with a gala performance at Esplanade. Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich pay a visit to Tampines in the company of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and British violinist Chloë Hanslip, and there’s also a pop culture extravaganza that celebrates the Esplanade’s 20th anniversary. At Cuturi Gallery, award-winning artist Chloe Ong cements her reputation with her first solo show. Last, and probably most useful, is a series of playlets by Glowers Drama Group that teaches seniors how to resist online scammers.
Singapore Ballet Gala 2022
Singapore Dance Theatre officially became Singapore Ballet on 10 Dec, and to open its 2022 season it is staging three gala performances on 4 and 5 Mar at Esplanade Theatre. The programme includes Evening Voices, a work created for the company by Timothy Rushton; In the Glow of the Night, a ballet choreographed by Choo-San Goh; and George Balanchine’s classic Theme and Variations, set to the final movement of Orchestral Suite No. 3 by Tchaikovsky. With every ticket purchased, the amount collected will be doubled with the enhanced matching grant from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Get tickets for Singapore Ballet Gala 2022 here.
Our Tampines Hub hosts the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Litton on 4 and 5 Mar, performing some of the groundbreaking music of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. Top British violinist Chloë Hanslip is the soloist for Shostakovich’s Sonata for Violin, Percussion and String Orchestra. Hanslip was the youngest recording artist ever to be signed to Warner Classics UK, aged 13, and she has won multiple awards and international recognition since. The second half of the programme is Souvenirs de Florence, by Tchaikovsky. Get tickets for Resonating Russia here.
A Date with Friends
Pop culture smörgåsbord, A Date with Friends, has something for everyone – including this series of three film screenings on 4 and 5 Mar. $4000 is an endearing movie about a film student making a documentary about his visits to his grandmother. Watch as they learn more about each other’s lives and grow closer than ever. The Last Artisan tells the story of Teo Veoh Seng, who is retiring after seven decades as head artisan at Haw Par Villa and handing over to two mainland Chinese who are half his age. Will they be able to pick up a lifetime of skills in a matter of months? In Wanton Mee, a distant father-son relationship is revived by a shared love of hawker food. Prompted by news that the housing estate he grew up on is going en bloc, food critic Goh Chung Feng (pictured) sets out to document the best local food spots and reconnects with his dad, a renowned chef. Find out more about A Date with Friends here.
This debut solo exhibition by Chloe Ong at Cuturi Gallery is definitely worth a look. Her pieces are multi-layered and dynamic, playing with depth and texture by mixing beeswax and oil bar into her paint, as well as standard thinners. The work straddles the line between abstraction and figuration, often using brush strokes that extend beyond the canvas in the style of Howard Hodgkin. Ong is a graduate of the famed Slade School of Fine Art in London and has lived and worked in London, New York, Japan and Singapore. Along the way, she picked up the Lynn Painter-Stainers Young Artist Award in the UK and the United Overseas Bank Painting of the Year Platinum Award in Southeast Asia. Get more details about Cloudburst here.
Smart Nation: How Could I? How Did I? How Should I?
Seniors are often more digitally savvy than we think they are, but even so, too many trusting natures are being taken advantage of by scammers. A series of videos on the Esplanade Facebook page and YouTube channel seek to tackle the problem by helping seniors reject the advances of people with ulterior motives. They won’t be outsmarted again! The videos are written and performed by Glowers Drama Group under the direction of Judy Ngo. The Glowers has two distinct repertoires: one that goes out to local and international arts festivals, and another that specifically engages with seniors in Singapore. Find out more about Smart Nation: How Could I? How Did I? How Should I? here.
(Photos: Singapore Ballet, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Eric Khoo, Cuturi Gallery, Glowers Drama Group)