Things to do, watch, listen this week: 30 Aug to 5 Sep
The A List brings you a varied menu of artistic activities, visual arts and music for the week ahead. Choices range from a melodic ode to migrant culture and an immersive journey into traditional dance to a cutting-edge docuseries about Singapore’s punk, hip-hop and indie scenes, striking new street murals, and puppetry masterclasses. Read on to find out more!
KHAYAL: A Lyrical Sea of Migration and Imagination
The word ‘khayal’ means to conjure up a meditative daydream, and that is just what this performance of poetry and music aims to do as it merges the historic migrations of peoples from the Arabian Peninsula to India and Southeast Asia with the experiences and emotions of migrants in today’s world.
The performance is led by Shahriar Khaled, a leading cultural light in the Singapore Bengali community, with contributions from Singapore-based writers born in Indonesia and the Philippines. Ambient music is supplied by alternative rock trio, The It.
Go to the Esplanade Concourse on 5 Sep to experience KHAYAL for yourself. There are free performances at 5.45pm, 6.45pm and 7.45pm. Get more information about KHAYAL: A Lyrical Sea of Migration and Imagination here.
Voices: Before We Get Old
This fascinating docuseries directed by Caleb Quek is a love letter to the rock music scene in Singapore. Punk, alternative rock, hip hop, alternative and pop all get a dedicated episode, profiling punk veteran Nicholas Wong and Akeem Jahat, who riffs about growing up in a hip-hop community in the heartlands and his identity as a Singaporean rapper. Watch Voices: Before We Get Old here.
New SAM murals
As Singapore Art Museum pushes to make art an integral part of every space, keep an eye out for newly minted murals by local artists Kray Chen and Sam Lo on hoardings around SAM’s buildings. Head to Queen Street to discover the vibrant motifs in Lo’s OUR FUTURE IS IN(CON)CLUSIVE that symbolise Singapore’s diverse communities, and check out the legendary winning hand in Chen’s mahjong-inspired piece on Bras Basah.
Trace the origins of local Chinese, Malay and Indian dance practices, and get a multi-faceted view on the traditional dance scene in Singapore at ROUTES, happening at Stamford Arts Centre until 12 Sep. Presented by the National Arts Council, this multimedia art exhibition brings traditional dance to life with a 360-degree video and 3D holographic mesh experience. Find out more about ROUTES here.
If you are looking for an intensive artistic experience and interested in learning about the design, construction and performance aspects of puppetry, take a look at these masterclasses organised by The Finger Players. The last masterclass in the series is from 6 to 10 Sep at Cairnhill Arts Centre, led by award-winning theatre practitioner Oliver Chong and Finger Players founder Ong Kian Sim. Get your tickets for The Finger Players Puppetry Masterclasses here.
(Photos: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Viddsee, Singapore Art Museum, National Arts Council, The Finger Players)