Things to do, watch, listen this week: 4 to 10 Oct
The A List arts and culture picks for the week ahead cover the whole of Singapore, with library exhibitions at Jurong, Woodlands and Ang Mo Kio, and a Singapore Chinese Orchestra concert you can watch in-person or live from home. On top of that, we have an exhibition at Singapore Art Museum that features work by modern-art greats Joseph Beuys and Bruce Nauman, an enticing dance retrospective at Esplanade Concourse, and an opportunity to learn more about our built environment from an architecture perspective.
NAC Silver Arts Exhibition
Each year in the months leading up to their festival, Silver Arts commissions artists to organise Community Arts Projects (CAPs) that encourage talented seniors to express themselves as they co-develop artistic content. The 2021 CAPs are A Library of Splendid Hacks by Michael Lee and Loh Xiang Yun, Stories Beyond Us by Joanne Lio and Cheryl Teo, Spaces Between the Clouds by Mintio, and Stop, Look, A-Go-Go! by Lee Sze-Chin, Moses Sia and Tan Wenlin. The shows are free to view at public libraries in Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands and Jurong through October and November. Get the full details on NAC Silver Arts Exhibition 2021 here.
SCO25 Dazzling Rhapsodies
Join the Singapore Chinese Orchestra on 9 Oct as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with this gala concert at SCO Concert Hall. The live performance, which will also be streamed, features several outstanding musicians who have helped make the SCO what it is today. Concertmaster Li Baoshun will perform gaohu concerto The Legend of the Merlion by renowned composer Liu Xijin, while Pipa Principal Yu Jia plays Spring and Autumn by Tang Jianping. The programme is rounded out with two specially commissioned pieces: Medley of Singapore Chinese Pop and Lion City Rhapsody. Book your seats for SCO25 Dazzling Rhapsodies here.
Head to Singapore Art Museum to see one of four related exhibitions in a transnational project titled Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories. This conversation in the form of loaned works of art between Singapore Art Museum, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, was initiated by the Goethe-Institut and is free for Singapore citizens and PRs. The show features standout works by artists including Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman, Donna Ong, Gabriel Barredo, Ahmad Sadali, Salleh Japar and Higashiyama Kaii, and runs until 7 Nov. Find out more about The Gift here.
Rasas 2021: Dances across SOM56
Madam Som Said, founder and driving force of Sri Warisan dance company, celebrates 56 years in dance as a performer, choreographer, artistic director and educator with excerpts from a selection of four key works from her rich repertoire, dating from the 1960s to the 2000s. The Esplanade Concourse hosts free performances on 8 to 10 Oct as part of this year’s da:ns festival. Get more information about Rasa 2021: Dances across SOM56 here.
Archifest serves up 100 online and real-world events throughout October and the beginning of November. Organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects, the festival gathers architects and enthusiasts from all over the world to discover, analyse and appreciate designed environments. The line-up ranges from film screenings to heritage trails to shows at the ArtScience Museum. Events are grouped by theme: history and heritage, environment and sustainability, technology and methods, and community and inclusivity. Get full details and register at Archifest 2021 here.
(Photos: National Arts Council, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Art Museum, Sri Warisan)