What to see, watch and listen from home #5
Tired of streaming TV programmes and movies ad nauseam? For a breath of fresh air, try relaxing to online arts and culture programmes during this stay-home period. Here is our pick of stay-home digital arts offerings to get you started.
Liao Zhai Rocks!
If you are looking for drama to rival the shows you binge-watched, try this epic Chinese rock musical. Inspired by a collection of classic Chinese stories, it tells of forbidden love between a scholar and a fox spirit. The recording is of a performance staged by Singapore’s The Theatre Practice at the Shanghai International Musical Festival 2019. The recording of Liao Zhai Rocks! is free for viewing until 10 May here.
Aspidistrafly × Haruka Nakamura
Relax to the tranquil tunes of musical duo Aspidistrafly and the Haruka Nakamura piano ensemble as you stay home. Their recorded show at the Esplanade features Aspidistrafly’s singer-songwriter April Lee and producer Ricks Ang, and Japanese composer Haruka Nakamura. Stay home and relax to the lush aural tapestries of Aspidistrafly × Haruka Nakamura here.
Get lost in the colourful details of traditional Peranakan embroidery and beadwork with this online exhibition on Nonya needlework by the National Heritage Board. The digital art show lets one indulge in rich Peranakan culture from home. Zoom into the details of Peranakan ceremonial handkerchiefs and beaded shoes in the Nonya Needlework online exhibition here.
Baroque Festival: Royal Fireworks
Uplift your spirits with joyful melodies from the English Baroque period, performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Their live recording of a 2018 concert at the Victoria Concert Hall includes Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Listen to the digital recording of Baroque Festival: Royal Fireworks here.
Catch this stunning dance performance, Speechless Sorrow, by the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre online. The recorded performance features dancers Guo Shiying and Zeng Xiang. Through pathos-filled dance moves, they tell the story of modern-day woes experienced by women. Watch the full performance of Speechless Sorrow here.
World Strings Day
The occasion, World Strings Day, was conceived by strings store Tong Ming Xi Gallery to bring string players from all walks of life together to share their love for music with others. This recorded ensemble performance includes popular tunes such as La Vie en Rose and Moon River, arranged by Singapore violinist David Loke. Listen to songs from World Strings Day here.
For more digital arts and culture offerings you can enjoy from home, explore #SGCultureAnywhere.
(Photos: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, National Heritage Board, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, Tong Ming Xi Gallery)