Things to do, watch, listen this week: 3 to 9 Jan
The A List kicks off 2022 in style with two concerts by celebrated American pianist Eric Lu, a plethora of local indie, punk, and hip-hop bands strutting their stuff at the Urban Sonic music festival, an optimistic exhibition by Yogjakarta-based sculptor Gatot Indrajati, and an immersive show from Brian Gothing Tan that shines a light on gender identity.
A Poetic Journey
Eric Lu, the first American since the legendary Murray Perahia to win first prize at the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition, returns to Singapore to make his formal recital debut at School of the Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall (8 Jan) and Victoria Concert Hall (9 Jan). Lu made waves here in 2019 when he substituted at short notice for an indisposed Martha Argerich and nailed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1. He now brings his celebrated lyricism, emotional depth and technical virtuosity to bear on two of the great Romantic movement composers: Schumann (Waldszenen) and Schubert (Piano Sonata in A Major). Book tickets for A Poetic Journey here.
IMC Live Global and *SCAPE present a two-weekend music festival (7–9 Jan and 14–16 Jan from 7pm) featuring Singaporean indie, punk, ska and hip-hop acts. The venue is *SCAPE Ground Theatre. Confirmed in the line-up are Izat Ibrahim, Kevin B, Ultra Mega Cat Attack, Sun Eater, Terrestrea, Cadence, Sam Driscoll, The Passerby, brb., Carpet Golf, Obviously We!, Daniel Sid, The Full Pledge Munkees, Absence!, Dominic Chin, and Motus. Tickets are free and going fast. Register for Urban Sonic here.
Sender of Wishes
The latest free exhibition at Esplanade Concourse showcases new work by Indonesian sculptor Gatot Indrajati, winner of the UOB Southeast Asian Painting of the Year in 2016. There are sculptures of domestic and urban structures, and a series of animated characters and scenes crafted from wood. Indrajati uses his art to seek out hope and light during the dark days of the COVID pandemic. The exhibition runs until 10 Jul. Find out more about Sender of Wishes here.
The Swimming Pool Library
Following live and streamed performances in October 2021, a rethinking of the relevance of society’s time-worn definitions of masculinity today morphs into this immersive visual and sensory exhibition. It narrates a boy’s rite of passage reflected through the intimate, surreal lens of one of Singapore’s most fertile creative minds: Brian Gothing Tan. It is Tan’s first project at the helm of an atelier at the T:> Works space on Mohamed Sultan Road. Find out more about The Swimming Pool Library here.
Kasi – Dance of Infinity
Get along to Esplanade Theatre Studio to catch the cream of Singapore’s young exponents of classical Indian dance interpret Kasi, a Hindi word that means ‘From the Holy City’. This bharatanatyam show invokes the spiritual centre of the universe; the abode of the supreme being. For the uninitiated, bharatanatyam is an acronym of bhava (emotion), raaga (music), taal (rhythm), and natyam (dance) – a show encompassing music, rhythm and expression within the forms and traditions of classical Indian dance. This new work features eight dancers choreographed by Meera Balasubramanian of Kalpavriksha Fine Arts, with music by Suda Raghuraman. Book tickets for Kasi – Dance of Infinity here.
The Secret Life of Haw Par Villa
Thrill-seekers should join the Tiger Balm King for the latest of a new breed of interactive-walking-tour-cum-theatrical performance – an after-hours private tour through the 10 Courts of Hell at Haw Par Villa. Brace yourself for a scary experience as you encounter some of the park’s iconic characters and play games that make you navigate a moral maze. Put on your comfortable shoes, grab a flashlight and experience The Secret Life of Haw Par Villa After Dark.
(Photos: Altenburg Arts, Gatot Indrajati, T:> Works, Kalpavriksha Fine Arts, Journeys Pte. Ltd/video: IMC Live Global)