Things to do, watch, listen this week: 8 to 14 Nov
Lyrical abstractionist painting, contemporary dance, contemporary music – and a film festival that embraces the city – are all on The A List radar this week.
Georges Mathieu in Singapore
The work of influential French painter Georges Mathieu can be seen at Opera Gallery until 14 Nov. Mathieu was a leading light in the lyrical abstractionist movement that rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s by offering a poetic, emotional response to minimalism and conceptual art. Mathieu emphasised speed of execution to avoid interference from the conscious mind. “No premeditated moves from the artist,” he decreed. His art is all about channelling the subconscious, reaching an ecstatic state of mind through isolation and concentration before releasing the energy in paint. Find out more about Georges Mathieu in Singapore here.
Top-quality contemporary dance is on offer at the SOTA Studio Theatre on 12 and 13 Nov. Frontier Danceland invites you to slow down and reconnect with their contemplative double bill comprising Unlock by Low Mei Yoke and Re Apple Diary by Chiew Peishan. The former unearths suppressed or ignored parts of identity, while the latter examines how we deal with traumatic memories to reach a place of healing. Book tickets for MILIEU 2021 here.
ArtScience on Screen: Textures Of The City
ArtScience Museum presents seven feature films and three shorts celebrating the urban spirit through stories that turn the camera on immigrants, the elderly, the urban poor, and those who just fall through the cracks. Together they form a love letter to cities and a plea for a more inclusive society. This mini festival was put together in collaboration with the Singapore Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, and Archifest Singapore. There is a mix of free and ticketed admission with online pre-booking. Find out more and make your reservations for Textures Of The City here.
Envisioning a Post-Pandemic Future
Find out how art and design have rapidly adapted to the new normal of a post-pandemic future. A 10-week research project by a group of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts diploma graduates and students set out to find new opportunities in the aftermath of COVID-19. Having visited CapitaLand malls in Bugis, Westgate, SingPost Centre and Funan, the roving exhibition will be at Junction 8 mall in Bishan until 12 Nov. Get more information about A Post-Pandemic Future here.
Dru Chen: an album launch with Rangga Jones
The smooth neo-soul introspections of Dru Chen get an airing at Esplanade Concert Hall on 12 Nov. Chen, who signed with Warner Records in 2019 after his first album, Mirror Work, won plaudits, is ably supported by fellow R&B singer-songwriter Rangga Jones. This one-night concert gives fans a chance to hear Chen perform a selection of ballads and beats from his new album, Slow Life. Book your seats for Dru Chen: an album launch with Rangga Jones here.
(Photos: Opera Gallery Singapore, Frontier Danceland, ArtScience Museum, NAFA, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay)