Things to do, watch, listen this week: 6 to 12 Dec

Things to do, watch, listen this week: 6 to 12 Dec

This week The A List points you to a highly anticipated retrospective at National Gallery Singapore, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s first ever performance in Tampines, an interactive theatrical dating experience at Esplanade, cutting-edge contemporary art at Gillman Barracks, and a world-class permanent gallery of botanical art on Gallop Road.


Nam June Paik: The Future is Now

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A retrospective of the life and work of ‘The Father of Video Art’, which has wowed art fans and critics in London, San Francisco and Amsterdam, opens on 10 Dec at National Gallery Singapore – the exhibition’s only Asian venue. Nam June Paik was one of the most influential artists of the post-modern age. He coined the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ in 1974 to describe the digital world that would transform every aspect of our lives and was the first person to treat video as an artistic medium. Journey into Paik’s multisensory world and explore his pioneering practice spanning five decades. Read more about Nam June Paik: The Future is Now here.


SCO Community Series: Take a Bow

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Playing for the first time at Our Tampines Hub Festive Arts Theatre, the massed strings of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra – led by Resident Conductor Quek Ling Kiong – interpret Taiwanese classics and folksongs (Dark Sky, Song of the Plough and Tossing Coins) on the erhu, gaohu, zhonghu, cello and bass. There is a live concert at 4pm on 11 Dec and a second performance at 7.30pm that will also be streamed via the SCO Facebook and Our Tampines Hub Facebook pages. Get more information about SCO Community Series: Take a Bow here.


Flipside 2021: Big Brown Girl

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Ruby is a big brown girl from Singapore (as her online dating profile reads) looking for love, and she needs your help to find the right match. Should she swipe right or swipe left? Ruby dates men in Singapore, Malaysia, Paris and Washington DC in this hybrid production combining live performances at the Esplanade Studio Theatre on 10–12 and 17–19 Dec with simulcasts on Zoom. Both on-site and online audiences determine which man Ruby gets to meet. Parental advisory: this show discusses adult themes. Find out more and book tickets for Flipside 2021: Big Brown Girl here.

Visual Arts

Echoes of Anticipation

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Fost Gallery’s exhibition of work by Ong Si Hui, Wyn-Lyn Tan, Sebastian Mary Tay and Ian Woo is as an excellent barometer of the contemporary art scene in Singapore. The latest edition of this group show combines new work with pieces created prior to 2021, some of which have never been seen before. The show runs until 23 Dec at Gillman Barracks. Find out more about Echoes of Anticipation here.

Visual Arts

Botanical Art Gallery

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Singapore’s first permanent display of botanical art, with more than 2,000 paintings and hundreds of drawings and photographs, is housed in the lovely Gallop House No.7 (Inverturret). Changing exhibitions complement the permanent collection and the first in the series, Plants in Print, features rare books recording the development of early colonial botany in South and Southeast Asia. Visitors can try their hand at some of the techniques involved in botanical illustrating – sketching, mixing colours, and composing scenes – in an activity room that offers sweeping views of the surrounding forest. Read more about the new Botanical Art Gallery here.

(Photos: National Gallery Singapore, SCO, John Cancio (How Drama), Fost Gallery, Singapore Botanic Gardens)

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