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The Sixteen Choral Workshop (UK)

Get up-close with Charlotte Mobbs (soprano) and Kim Porter (alto) of The Sixteen in this vocal workshop where they share advice on breathing techniques, voice production and invigorating warm-ups. Mobbs and Porter will lead participants through explorations of Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry and William Byrd’s Laudibus in sanctis.

About Charlotte Mobb

Charlotte Mobb enjoys a career as a soloist and ensemble singer performing with many of the UK’s best conductors all over the world. Solo performances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Cadogan Hall, Magnificat and various cantatas at the Royal Festival Hall under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Handel’s Messiah at The Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Festival Hall under David Hil,l and James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Charlotte has been the soloist for Harry Christophers in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bach’s Mass in B minor and Magnificat, Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, and features on many of the group’s recordings.

Charlotte is very passionate about helping young singers and is vocal coach for The Sixteen’s own training scheme, Genesis Sixteen. She also teaches singing in courses for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is an adjudicator for the Leith Hill Music Festival.

About Kim Porter

Kim Porter studied music at Manchester University before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a postgraduate singer and composer. Her first professional work was a full-time position as an alto in the BBC Singers.  She is now a member of The Sixteen and leads workshops for them with choristers all around the UK. She also coaches young singers on The Sixteen’s Genesis Sixteen courses.

Kim also sings with the Gabrieli Consort and Ora, an ensemble performing new commissions inspired by much older music and for whom she composed Pulchra Es, due to be released next year.

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Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes,  no intermission

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About The Sixteen

Images of audiences queuing to hear early Tudor polyphony or contemporary choral compositions belonged to the world of fantasy before The Sixteen and Harry Christophers brought them to life. The UK-based ensemble, hallmarked by its tonal richness, expressive intensity and compelling collective artistry, has introduced countless newcomers to works drawn from well over five centuries of sacred and secular repertoire. The Sixteen’s choir and period-instrument orchestra stand today among the world’s greatest ensembles, peerless interpreters of Renaissance, Baroque and modern choral music, acclaimed worldwide for performances delivered with precision, power and passion.

The Sixteen arose from its Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers’ formative experience as cathedral chorister and choral scholar. His enterprise, launched in 1979, built on the best of the British choral tradition while setting new standards of virtuosity and musicianship. The Sixteen’s professional female and male voices create a distinctive sound of great warmth and clarity. Although refined over four decades, that sound has remained remarkably consistent, always responsive to the emotional content of words and music, ever alert to subtle nuances of colour and shading.

International tours are an essential part of life for The Sixteen. The ensemble makes regular visits to major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The Sixteen’s touring credits include performances at the Cité de la musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Vienna’s Musikverein, together with appearances at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals.

The Sixteen’s period-instrument orchestra, central to the ensemble’s ambitious continuing series of Handel oratorios, has drawn critical acclaim for its work in semi-staged performances of Purcell’s Royal Welcome Songs in London, a production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon and new productions of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera.

The Sixteen’s substantial discography has attracted many prestigious international prizes, including a Gramophone Award for Early Music and a Classical Brit Award for Renaissance. In 2009, The Sixteen was named as Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year and received the Gramophone Best Baroque Vocal Award for its recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

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“The piano instrument, the spatial installation, the body of the musician, and the body of the dancer altogether created a brand new artistic circuit. This is not a simple piece of interdisciplinary collaboration; this is a project that confronts all existing paradigms and explores new horizons of art.”– Lin Yu Pin, art critic, Taishin Arts Award"When I was introduced to Oskar Fischinger, he began to talk with me about the spirit which is inside each of the objects of this world. So, he told me, all we need to do to liberate that spirit is to brush past the object, and to draw forth its sound…Many years since then, I never stopped touching things, making them sound and resound, to discover what sounds they could produce. Wherever I went, I always listened to objects."– John Cage, 1968 Stop, listen, feel. Can the sounds around you be felt? Can the objects around you be heard?Inspired by the philosophy of avant-garde American musician John Cage, Taiwan’s M.O.V.E. Theatre presents Dear John, an innovative and interdisciplinary production involving dance, lighting effects, technology, audience participation, as well as sound.Dear John depicts a sound journey that begins with a “deconstructed piano” and fully reveals the process of making sound. Redefining the interpretation of performing arts and the physicality of sound, and challenging the power-relation between performers and audiences, the exploratory Dear John was one of the five works that was awarded the 2014 Taishin Arts Awards—the only award in Taiwan that acknowledges creative achievements in works of visual, performing and inter-disciplinary arts.With the performance venue turned into a playful sound lab, this performance piece weaves sound, light and movement to create a unique ambient soundscape that encourages audience members to explore the space, and even become soundmakers themselves, becoming an indispensable and unpredictable part of the experience. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 in::music – Wonfu Love Songs 好in::乐:旺福《旺情歌》 (Taiwan) (台湾)
Love songs with a dash of positivity—that’s the Wonfu vibe we all adore!Nine successful albums and 20 years on, Taiwanese indie pop group Wonfu is still delighting fans with their signature quirkiness and chirpy retro tunes. Known for their upbeat tracks musing on topics such as miniskirts, geese and naughty sheep, the band’s latest album, Wonfu Love Songs, showcases the full spectrum of their musicality. While their cheerful sound remains unchanged, there is also a touch of poignant reflection in their new songs.The quartet has received nods from the industry, including multiple nominations at the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards and invitations to perform at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas from 2011 to 2014. Wonfu’s brand of infectious and playful music has garnered them fans from all over the world, including Japan, where their Japanese albums and showcases are met with great enthusiasm.After a decade's absence and armed with a brand-new album, let Wonfu's explosive energy and sense of humour turn your frowns into smiles as they return to the in::music stage for a lively performance!in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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Limelight 2019 by Crescent Girls' School Symphonic Band
Established in 1967 as a military school band, Crescent Girls’ School Symphonic Band (CGSSB) has since then expanded to become a symphonic band with a fuller range of instruments, under the steadfast guidance of the band’s founder, Lee Seck Chiang, and his protégés Tan Soh Hwa and Chua Tiong Hong.The band lives by the motto, “Et Bientot le Meilleur” (The Best is Yet to Be) and always put in their best efforts with zeal and zest to achieve what they set out to do. The band has garnered many accolades at adjudications at Singapore Youth Festival, Singapore International Band Festival and National Band Competition. The band had also staged Limelight by Esplanade for the past decade and numerous other concerts and performances in the 52 years since its establishment.The band acknowledges that all these would not have been possible without the dedication and support of their teachers, family and friends. They are grateful for all the love shown to them and will strive to deliver yet another Limelight concert to look forward to.Highlights of CGSSB’s 9th Limelight in 2019:* Fate of the Gods by Steven Reineke* Les Misérables arranged by Johnnie Vinson* Spirited Away by Joe Hisaishi* Bonsai Tree by Julie Ann Giroux* You Can’t Stop the Beat arranged by Ted Ricketts* Flower Crown by Naoya Wada* The Knight of the Sky by Hiroaki Kataoka* Wizard of Oz arranged by James BarnesBringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities.
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Esplanade Presents Mosaic Music Series Pitch by Mosaic Associate Artist - Chok Kerong (Singapore)
“Chok’s penmanship matches his undeniable instrumental panache.” – Ian Patterson, allaboutjazz.comA follow-up to 2015’s Eleven, pianist and composer Chok Kerong will present all-new compositions and arrangements written for the latest edition of his ensemble, which comprises some of the best musicians from all over the world.Kerong’s shapeshifting harmony, daring chromaticism and infectious rhythms will make this concert one to defy categorisation. Featuring:Chok Kerong piano, keyboards Ang Shao-Wen conductorMat Jodrell (AU) trumpet, flugelhornNathaniel Gao (CN) saxophoneMarques Young (MY) tromboneChristina Zhou, Gabriel Lee violinChristoven Tan violaRyan Sim celloJohannes Felscher (USA) bassTeriver Cheung (HK) guitarSoh Wen Ming drumsAbout the artistPianist, organist and composer Chok Kerong has established himself as one of Singapore’s most versatile jazz talents, creating a body of original music that is modern in conception and striking in its depth of expression. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by such diverse artists as Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, Ensemble Transience, Charlie Lim and the T’ang Quartet. He is a Mosaic Associate Artist, whom Esplanade has committed to providing tailored, intensive support.Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3NbprsNo2yCx1k2OFdmp7G 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Up & Down the Mountain – Martin Feng Ruan Recital 山下山上 - 中阮大师冯满天音乐会 (China) (中国)
“Nature, where everything grows and matures, originates from the Tao of Heaven and Earth, while music is the bridge that nurtures inner communication between humanity and the world, building harmony between people and nature.” – Martin Feng.Renowned ruan master Martin Feng, together with his musicians, will present new arrangements of traditional Chinese tunes in variety of music styles, including classical, pop, rock and jazz, as well as his original compositions infused with improvisation and Chinese philosophy. Possessing a flawless performance technique, a unique artistic personality, and a faithful belief in zen and qi. Feng grew up being tutored by his father, the legendary yueqin musician Feng Shaoxian. Feng has since captivated audiences in China and around the world with his virtuosity and eclectic repertoire, in a relentless quest to redefine the boundaries of Chinese and Western musical instruments. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Love Letters 情信 The Nonsensemakers/ Nelson Chia and Mia Chee (Hong Kong/Singapore) 糊涂戏班/谢燊杰与徐山淇(香港/新加坡)
“…this is just me, me the way I write, the way I want to be to you…and you can tear me up and throw me out, or keep me, and read me today, tomorrow, any time you want until you die.”Could the love of your life be just a letter away? Can writing a lifetime’s worth of letters make you fall in love with someone whom you always thought of as just a friend?At age seven, Andrew penned his first letter to Melissa, telling her she looked like a lost princess. She wrote back to tell him to stop writing to her, and he was entranced. For the next 50 years, through hurt and disappointments, triumphs and failures, wars and marriages (to other people), they poured their hearts out to each other in their written exchanges, becoming each other’s closest confidantes.Presented in Singapore for the first time in Mandarin and Cantonese, experience romance the old-fashioned way as Love Letters explores the love and loss shared between a pair of childhood friends. Each heartrending performance features a different pair of actors—Hong Kong theatre practitioners Rensen Chan and Jo Ngai (who last moved audiences at Huayi 2015 with Travel with Mum), as well as Nelson Chia and Mia Chee of Singapore’s Nine Years Theatre.Written in 1988 by American playwright A. R. Gurney, Love Letters was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and has since been restaged countless times and adapted into Mandarin, Urdu and Russian. 
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The Studios 2019: Mergers & Accusations (R18) Written by Eleanor Wong Directed by Chen Yingxuan An Esplanade Commission and Production
Jonathan and Ellen are best friends. They love each other*, got married, and had a child, just like everyone else.A fairy-tale ending, surely?At least that’s what they thought, until Lesley, an openly gay lawyer shows up at work one day.* It's complicated. Ellen wants to be with women without the strings, and also with Jonathan (after a fashion). Jonathan wants to be a dad, with Ellen as the mum, if possible.Open captioning available for all shows.R18: Mature themesPlaywright Eleanor WongDirector Chen Yingxuan 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Rising Star Tiffany Poon Solo Piano Recital 新星潘活活钢琴独奏音乐会 (Hong Kong) (香港)
“Tiffany Poon plays with technical skills well beyond her years.”– The Columbus DispatchThrilling audiences around the world with her brilliant virtuosity and sensitive musicianship, 21-year-old piano sensation Tiffany Poon makes her Singapore debut at the Esplanade! She presents a specially curated programme that features pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Wang Jianzhong.With over 14 million YouTube views and over 110,000 social media followers, Tiffany Poon is undoubtedly an expressive classical pianist of the new generation. Born in Hong Kong, Poon has been lauded for her giftedness and widely praised as one of the world’s best young talents. Beginning piano lessons at four, she was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School Pre-College Division on a full scholarship at age eight, and made her concerto debut at the age of 10.Since then, Poon has won numerous awards, and has given solo recitals throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and China, and has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the US and Europe. She has also performed at prestigious concert venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall in New York City, Sala Mozart in Bologna, Italy and Konzert- und Ballhaus Neue Welt in Zwickau, Germany. 
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PLAYtime! 2019 Us (Sensory-Friendly Performance)
Discover courage, empathy and kindness as your kids navigate life’s big firsts with PLAYtime! 2019!Making friends, falling out, and making up again.Side by side, two by two,Giggle, joke, play, and chatter.But what happens when two becomes three?Can two best friends make room for another?Peek into the lives of two best friends as their world is turned upside down when another friend wants to play too.Through movement, music and fun, join Us as we explore loneliness, understanding, empathy and love. Discover the importance of friends and how simple acts of kindness can change the world.PLAYtime! 2019 Us (Sensory-friendly performance) is an Esplanade production.Sensory-friendly performance available:A sensory-friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities. To find out what sensory-friendly performances are, visit www.esplanade.com/sensoryfriendly.
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Mosaic Music Series JB Dunckel (AIR)
“You can see the DNA of Air in this music.”– NoiseyJB Dunckel, one-half of the critically acclaimed electronic duo Air, marks his first solo outing in Singapore at the Esplanade Annexe Studio.This one-night-only Singapore stopover is part of Dunckel’s Asia tour for his new album H+. A floaty, cosmic breath of optimistic pop, H+ sees Dunckel combining his electronic roots with his love for science fiction. Backed by a full band, he performs tracks off H+ as well as familiar selections from Air’s discography. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 in::music 好in::乐 Yoyo Sham 岑宁儿《Nothing Is Under Control》 (Hong Kong) (香港)
Like how plants need the sun, this concrete jungle craves for a voice of comfort to soothe the pressures of a busy city. And the sound of Yoyo Sham is exactly what this urban generation needs.Yoyo started as a backup vocalist for singer Eason Chan in 2010, and her moving solo rendition of The End of the World propelled her to prominence. She released her much-anticipated first full-length album here in 2015, with industry critics lauding it as one of the top 10 albums of that year. She also received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2016 Golden Melody Awards.Based in Taiwan, the deeply emotive singer is famous for her unique blend of dulcet tones and mellow tunes. Her song Chasing the Light was included in the soundtrack of popular Chinese idol drama Rush to the Dead Summer, and was streamed over 30 million times, further thrusting her into the limelight. A culmination of her personal and musical reflections, she released her latest album Nothing is Under Control in 2018. After a seven-year absence, the talented Yoyo returns to our shores with her latest Nothing is Under Control showcase. Whether you have followed her since her early days as an emerging artist or if you were intrigued by Chasing the Light, we welcome you to join us in witnessing the charm of this indie darling as she shares her journey with you through her songs.in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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The Studios 2019: My Grandfather's Road (RHDS) 阿爺條路 ~ 兔心龍魂 by Neo Kim Seng 梁金成 An Esplanade Commission and Production 滨海艺术中心委约与制作
Neo Kim Seng grew up in Pasir Panjang on Neo Pee Teck Lane, a side road named after hisgrandfather, until he moved out in 1973. My Grandfather’s Road is a collection of stories of the familial haven that stood along the road, stories that have helped him reconnect with his idyllic childhood and his family’s history. It does not dwell in nostalgia but instead explores how personal stories make us who we are.The latest iteration of My Grandfather’s Road includes new stories that wereunearthed, new speculations and reflections, and forgotten histories. Karen Tan will be joined on stage by Loong Seng Onn in the English version. In the Cantonese version, Tan Cher Kian and Gary Tang come together, this time questioning who is telling the real story.My Grandfather’s Road was first created in 2015 for Cake Theatrical Productions' RunningWith Strippers. The Cantonese version was developed and presented as The Vault: MyGrandfather’s Road, a programme of Centre 42, in Nov 2017.This 2019 presentation of My Grandfather’s Road (RHDS) was developed in residence at Centre 42.PlaywrightsNeo Kim Seng (English) Tan Cher Kian & Gary Tang (Cantonese) Director Neo Kim Seng PerformersKaren Tan & Loong Seng Onn (English) Tan Cher Kian & Gary Tang (Cantonese) Find out morehttps://mygrandfathersroad.wordpress.com   https://www.facebook.com/mygrandfathersroad/  There will be a post-show dialogue after every performance. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Khalil Fong TIO Concert Tour 方大同TIO灵心之子巡回演唱会
Just Throw It Off and follow your heart to the Esplanade Concert Hall, as Khalil Fong makes his long-awaited return to Singapore with his first-ever concert at Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts. Well-known for his infectious blend of R&B, soul and blues, the award-winning Khalil has trailblazed his way across Chinese music with 15 albums to his name, firmly cementing his reputation as an unconventional and innovative artist who was amongst those who introduced these genres to the scene. In addition to his own music, he has penned tracks for artists such as A-mei, Eason Chan, Jane Zhang, Andy Lau, Joey Yung, and Jacky Cheung.In this show, Khalil performs his latest single Throw It Off and his well-loved hits including Love Love Love, Love Song, Three in a Tour, Finally, That Special Person, Wu Kong, HBDD, and other selections from a groove-infused discography that at times recalls the sound of Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. 
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In finding new ways to bring the arts closer to you, we also want to get to know you better. Esplanade&Me (E&Me) is an opportunity for us to grow our community and strengthen our relationship with you through the arts.E&Me is more than a card for arts lovers; it’s your special pass to experience the arts, a chance to go behind the scenes, a way to support the arts – an opportunity for everyone to be engaged, be involved and be entertained.Visit www.esplanade.com for details  
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da:ns series 2019 Paris Opera Ballet
da:ns focus: Forsythe A rule-breaker, risk-taker, he’s been hailed as ballet’s premier deconstructionist, postmodernist and a living legend—da:ns series 2019 shines a spotlight on William Forsythe through two of his major works created in 1988 and 2016, danced by two world renowned companies, Dresden Semperoper Ballett in March and Paris Opera Ballet in June.The world-famous Paris Opera Ballet was the birthplace of classical dance, with origins tracing back over more than 300 years. Since then, the company has never ceased to pursue excellence, establishing itself as a repertory company, remaining faithful to its dual vocation of ensuring the continuity of the repertoire and offering an open door towards creation. The company rarely tours to the region and in June 2019, Singapore audiences will be treated to the works of three renowned choreographers in one programme.The iconic dancemaker William Forsythe’s 2016 Blake Works I for the Paris Opera Ballet is said to be a moment as important as his In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated for the company in 1987. Almost 30 years later, he has taken a long and loving look at ballet’s past, and once again moved it into the future. Forsythe’s love letter to ballet is poetic, joyous and hopeful, where the technical heritage of the company shines through the dancers who perform to soulful ballads over electronic keyboard and syncopated percussion created by English musician James Blake.Jerome Robbins’ In the Night presents three elegant duets featuring vastly contrasting sets of lovers, from innocent to impetuous, who meet beneath a midnight sky. Premiered by the New York City Ballet in 1970 and included in Paris Opera Ballet’s repertory since 1989, the duets developed a metaphor of love in all its states, each choreographed to a different nocturne by Chopin.Created in 2016 for the Paris Opera Ballet by one of the most sought-after choreographers in dance today, Crystal Pite’s The Seasons’ Canon is a spectacular large ensemble work featuring 54 dancers performing the avant-garde update of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, recomposed by Max Richter, a score that the Canadian choreographer had long ago fallen in love with. Drawing inspiration from the meticulous observation of natural phenomena, Pite imagined a series of succeeding, interlinking tableaux with highly structured formations more intricate than the next as the men and women soar in unison in pulsing, breathing masses.
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Parent-Child Workshop: Dance Together 亲子同欢:手舞足蹈同欢乐 Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre (Singapore) 新加坡华族舞蹈剧场
Let’s move to the beat!Learn the basics of Chinese dance and move together as a family in this fun and interactive workshop. No experience needed for this introductory class!Advisory: Recommended for children aged 3 - 6 with accompanying adult. Adult must be above 16 years old. No admission for ages below 3. Please dress comfortably for the programmes. Please gather 15 mins before start time at the Esplanade Theatre Studio.  
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 哈姆雷特 Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio (China) 北京李六乙戏剧工作室(中国)
“Li Liuyi is Asia’s most influential stage artist in the new century.”- Japanese contemporary theatre master Suzuki TadashiThe world-famous tale of vengeance and loyalty, brought to exciting life through a modern, Chinese adaptation by acclaimed director Li Liuyi, renowned for his ingenuity and brilliance in reinterpreting classics with a contemporary flair.Li’s thrilling production makes its overseas debut at Huayi, featuring a star-studded cast that includes actor Hu Jun (Red Cliff), stage veteran Pu Cunxin and actress Lu Fang, as well as costumes by award-winning Hong Kong art director and costume designer William Chang (In the Mood for Love, The Grandmaster) and renowned stage and lighting designer Michael Simon. This is a dynamic modern revival of Hamlet that is gripping from start to finish.Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, returns home for his father’s funeral to find his mother married to his uncle. His father’s ghost appears and instructs Hamlet to avenge him. Hamlet struggles with his doubts about whether he can trust the ghost and if killing his uncle is the appropriate thing to do. Thus, begins Hamlet’s descent into melancholy, madness and death. Hamlet is a work of time-defying political and psychological commentary that has remained poignant and relevant even after four centuriesThe Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a new Chinese translation of Hamlet, specially commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) as part of the Shakespeare Folio Translation Project—with the aim of creating new accessible translations of the Shakespeare’s plays for Chinese audiences. Drawing on the expertise of the RSC and in the company of fellow theatre practitioners from the UK and China, translator Li Jianming delivers a nuanced script straight from the rehearsal room for a modern audience.Co-commissioned by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and Hong Kong Arts Festival, and produced by Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio.About Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio (China)Established in 2003, Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio is a professional drama studio set up with the performance approach of “pure theatre”. Led by celebrated artistic director Li Liuyi, the studio seeks to promote the boundless possibilities of classical aesthetics; document the soul of the modern landscape and to live in the present.Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio has produced various theatre works of different scales including, Zhuang Zhou Tests His Wife, Uncommon Mahjong, One Table and Two Chairs, Goodbye, Springtime in a Small Town and King Lear.In 2012, it launched the drama project “Li Liuyi • China Made”, with the aim of establishing an identity for Chinese drama as opposed to copycat productions of Western drama. Productions staged under the programme’s banner include three works of ancient Greek tragedy - Oedipus Rex, Antigone and Prometheus Bound. Other notable works include kunqu opera Tale of a Puppet and the new Peking Opera heroine trilogy – Lady General Hua Mulan, Liang Hongyu and Mu Guiying.The renowned Beijing Li Liuyi Theatre Studio has performed globally at international arts events including the Holland Festival, Europalia Arts Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Toga Theatre. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 An Enchanted Evening with Nanyang Songbird Yudi Yap 重温南洋风情:友弟有约 Yudi Yap & WVC the Jazz Ensemble (Malaysia) 友弟 & WVC爵士乐团 (马来西亚)
Take a trip down memory lane and relive the golden years with some of the best-loved songs of the Nanyang region with evergreen songstress Yudi Yap! With a musical repertoire that spans generations, from Shanghai’s golden classics in the 1930s to the fabulous ’50s and ’60s, be serenaded by the multi-talented singer as she brings back the old charm in this performance backed by Malaysia’s leading jazz band, WVC. Yudi’s charisma and velvety voice will be on brilliant display as she performs jazzy renditions of classics such as Rose Rose I Love You, Dayung Sampan, Tian Mi Mi, Liu Lian Piao Xiang and Aiyomama in this nostalgic performance, and shares stories about the music scene from the good ol’ times! 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Parent-Child Workshop: Everyone can act! 亲子同欢:我们一起来做戏! Renee Chua (Singapore) 蔡慧羚(新加坡)
Do you know the story of Chinese New Year?A long time ago, there was a beast named Nian. Every Chinese New Year, it will come down from the mountains to scare the villagers. The villagers must work together to send Nian away for a peaceful year! Will they succeed?Conducted in a fun and engaging way, parents and children will bond through theatre games, role-play and storytelling as the story of Nian unfolds. The young ones will also build confidence and interest in Mandarin, while learning the values of creative thinking and cooperation in this interactive workshop!About Renee ChuaRenee Chua is an actress, director and drama educator since 2004. A notable stage actress, her works include Magic Lantern (Paper Monkey, won ST Life! Award for Best Production for Young), 11 (The Theatre Practice, nominated for ST Life! Awards for Best Ensemble), and David the Best (Drama Box). 
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Limelight 2019 by Maris Stella High School Symphonic Band
Join Maris Stella Symphonic Band for an evening of fantastic musical delight, as they present to you the symphonic highlights of a selection of Japanese composers. Under the baton of music director Adrian Chiang, the band presents a repertoire that whisks you away on a journey to a world of Japanese music, both traditional and modern.About Maris Stella Symphonic BandThe Maris Stella Symphonic Band (MSSB) was an initiative by the school’s first principal, Brother Chanel Soon. From its humble beginnings as a brass band, it later evolved into a military band as a result of the National Band Movement in the mid-’60s. Since then, it has grown into a large ensemble with full symphonic wind band instrumentation.Comprising over 80 young budding musicians, MSSB has performed to high accolades to both the local and international audience. The ensemble has also been invited to play at various public and school events in recent years, including at the Istana on Labour Day in 2016, with the Salvation Army Brass Band for a Christmas Concert in 2017, as well as at the Singapore Botanic Gardens for Stellar Marist in 2018, an event combining the unique talents of the performing art groups in both the primary and secondary school sections for the school’s 60th Anniversary.Under the baton of Music Director Adrian Chiang, the band has climbed to greater heights and has performed spectacularly over the years, consistently achieving the highest accolades in competitions, such as the bi-annual SYF Arts Presentation in 2013 and 2015 where the band received Certificate of Distinction. The band has also participated and done well in the Singapore International Band Festival in 2014 and 2018, obtaining the Gold Award in Division 2A for both years.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes which bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 FOUR FOUR EIGHT 四四八 Emergency Stairs (Singapore) 避难阶段 (新加坡)
“Built to be lonelyto love the absent.Find meFree mefrom thiscorrosive doubtfutile despairhorror in repose.I can fill my spacefill my timebut nothing can fill this void in my heart.”– Sarah Kane, 4.48 PsychosisHow can one survive and love in a broken world? How do we get along with ourselves?Inspired by British playwright Sarah Kane’s last work 4.48 Psychosis, Young Artist Award recipient Liu Xiaoyi presents FOUR FOUR EIGHT, a brand-new work that leads you into a world, a social construct, where every audience member becomes a participant in a space of gathering and camaraderie; in a place of urban loneliness – the bar.Taking place in an actual bar, the perceptions of individual audience members are challenged the moment when one enters the performance environment. Taking in the sights and sounds, each person becomes aware of the presence of self, others, the space, and various activities in the venue. The experience is an individual realisation, and is up to you to create and dictate.Singapore theatre company Emergency Stairs has earned a reputation for boundary-pushing works that generate much discourse among its audiences. Following Offending the Audience in 2017, and Einstein in the Carpark in 2018, FOUR FOUR EIGHT is the third instalment of the company’s Post-Dramatic Series. With FOUR FOUR EIGHT, together with award-winning artists lighting designer Lim Woan Wen and sound artist Darren Ng, Liu continues to explore the possibilities of, and challenge the limitations of what constitutes a theatre space."Please open the curtains." She said. This performance begins long before you step into the bar. Small, deliberate moments will connect you with the artist and his inner world. Through emails and other ephemeral social interactions, you will be drawn into the artist’s processes of creation—the impulses, the loneliness, the struggles, and the triumphs... and we invite you to be part of the creation process.Please write to 448@emergencystairs.org with “I want to open the curtains” to get connected, and do remember to attach an image of your ticket. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 That Which Cannot Be Divided 无法被整除 Bulareyaung Pagarlava & Albert Tiong (Taiwan/Singapore) 布拉瑞扬·帕格勒法与张咏翔(台湾/新加坡)
Prime numbers—random, unpredictable and aimless. Or are they?That Which Cannot Be Divided is an Esplanade commissioned dance presentation that explores the mystery of prime numbers and their relation to life. Featuring two former members of Taiwan’s distinguished Cloud Gate Dance Theatre—renowned choreographers Bulareyaung Pagarlava from Taiwan and Albert Tiong from Singapore— the dance double-bill showcases two diverse works full of boundless possibilities.At first glance, the distribution of prime numbers may seem aimless and haphazard. However, on closer look, the way prime numbers are distributed could be guided by patterns and structured by theories. Is this a reflection of the world we live in? Amidst chaos, we constantly seek clarity, show resilience, and pursue harmony and contentment. Similarly, in the language of dance, one often finds resolution in chaos.About Bulareyaung PagarlavaBulareyaung Pagarlava is from the Paiwan tribe of Eastern Taiwan. During the last two decades, Bulareyaung has been invited on numerous occasions to choreograph and perform for various contemporary dance companies both in Taiwan and internationally. However, his increasing awareness of his Paiwani identity has led him towards a new path, focusing on his own native heritage and working with talented young dancers to explore the complex notions between voice and movements, creating unique expressions of indigenous contemporary dance. Bulareyaung Dance Company was founded in August 2014.About Albert TiongAlbert Tiong is a well-known Singaporean choreographer and educator in contemporary dance. He has created works and trained generations of dancers for Frontier Danceland, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts and The People’s Association, and founded the former Re:Dance Theatre. Currently a teacher with NUS Dance Synergy and Singapore Raffles Music College Dance Faculty, he also conducts regular classes with T.H.E Dance Company and T.H.E Second Company. As an independent dance artist, his works have been presented in various countries. 
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Limelight 2019 by Nan Hua High School Symphonic Band
Nan Hua Symphonic Band comprises members from various countries and backgrounds. Places that the members come from, have been to or would like to go, are of significance to their lives and their hearts. Putting these experiences and memories together, Nan Hua Symphonic Band presents Places of Our Hearts which includes highlights such as Postcards from Singapore, African Symphony, selections from West Side Story and more.About Nan Hua Symphonic BandNan Hua Symphonic Band is made up of sections of passionate students making music together. The band’s motto, “One Heart, One Band, One Sound”, is the thread that connects every member, instructor and teacher associated with the group.Nan Hua Symphonic Band were invited to perform at the Istana Open House in 2017. The band has also recently performed at Hong Kong Disneyland. As a testimony to the bandsmen’s commitment and dedication, Nan Hua Symphonic Band has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction at the biannual Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation since 2013. At the recent Singapore International Band Festival 2018, the band was awarded a Gold award.Connections do not cease when the students graduate from the school, with the formulation of Nan Hua Alumni Band in 2017. The ensemble allows graduates to return to their alma mater to contribute in music making. Also led by our conductors Mr. and Mrs. Chua, the alumni band has supported the main band for two sold out concerts.  Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half of the ticket proceeds will go toward supporting Esplanade’s community engagement programmes that bring the arts to at-risk youth, the elderly, people with special needs and other underserved communities.
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Esplanade Presents | A Date With Friends Golden Canto Hits Concert “飞粤时空” 广东金曲演唱会
Turn back time and enjoy Golden Canto Hits that have stood the test of time!Songs that mark the highs and lows of a generation, and songs that express the innate need for love and acceptance. These are the quintessential themes of iconic Cantonese classics from the golden eras of the ’70s and ’80s.From romantic ballads to upbeat ditties, let established singers Cheng Kam Cheong, Lisa Wong, Angie Lau, Allan Moo and Wysom Wong whisk you back to yesteryear with melodious renditions of hit songs, including soundtracks from popular Cantonese dramas and movies. Hosted by Mediacorp CAPITAL 958 DJ Qiu Shengyang who takes us on a nostalgic evening walk down our memory lane! 
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PLAYtime! 2019 The Dragon's Dentist
Discover courage, empathy and kindness as your kids navigate life’s big firsts with PLAYtime! 2019!Enter the dragon's mouth... for a gigan-teeth adventure!  The dragon might be a mythical creature (or is it?) but its dental woes are definitely no myth. Follow the dragon dentist and his apprentice on an adventure of epic proportion as they help the poor creature with his toothy troubles. An interactive theatre experience created for children ages 2 to 6, The Dragon’s Dentist is about overcoming our fears whilst embracing new experiences. Creative Team:DirectorIan Loy Script byEllison Tan Cast    Cheryl KjmTan Rui Shan Yazid JalilProduction DesignerHella Chan and Purpink ChungLighting Designer    Gabriel Chan Music Composer & Sound DesignerAng Zhi Hui and Vick Low Stage ManagerMirabel NeoAssistant Stage ManagerGeraldine AngPLAYtime! 2019 The Dragon’s Dentist (Sensory-friendly performance)  is an Esplanade production. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2019 Painted Skin - An Opera in Concert 华语新歌剧《画皮》 Singapore Chinese Orchestra
Give it to me. Give all your heart to me.An exciting fusion of Western operatic style and Peking Opera elements, Painted Skin – An Opera in Concert is an ambitious adaptation of the classic Chinese short story from Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling. Presented as an opera in concert, a dramatic narrative unfolds, revealing an inner world of greed, lust and hypocrisy concealed under the glamorous veneers that humans wear.A Chinese scholar chances upon a beautiful woman crying in the rain while on his way home. He gives her an umbrella out of kindness, unaware that she is actually a demon in disguise, wearing a mask made of human skin painted with beautiful features. Besotted with the scholar, the demon charms him. A romantic relationship ensues but eventually results in tragedy.A co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and produced by Major Performing Arts Group, Painted Skin is an innovative and creative musical interpretation of a classic tale. The production sees the acclaimed Singapore Chinese Orchestra collaborating with a creative team comprising scriptwriter Wang Yuanfei, renowned composer Hao Weiya, pioneering director Yi Liming, under the baton of maestro Tsung Yeh.Coupled with live multimedia projections and contemporary theatrical elements, mezzo-soprano Dong Fang, soprano Li Jing Jing and Peking Opera actor Liu Zheng, accompanied by an ensemble of leading musicians from Singapore Chinese Orchestra.The hearts of humans,Are they crimson, or are they black?Co-Commissioned by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and produced by Major Performing Arts Group.
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Greatest Chinese Classics 经典再现 by Cheng San Chinese Orchestra 静山华乐团 In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Cheng San Chinese Orchestra, led by Wilson Neo together with guest singer He Mi Ya (何米亚), bring you Chinese classics that touched our hearts in the ’80s and ’90s. Enjoy songs including Spring Suite by Gu Guan Ren (顾冠仁), Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦组曲) and Yellow River (黄河), which features the yangqin (扬琴) played by Anson Lim. The concert concludes with Liu Wenjin’s Unforgettable Water Sprinkling Festival (难忘的泼水节), a classic tune from the Dai people in China, featuring Art Star Arts Society Choir and He Mi Ya. 
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Esplanade Presents | A Date With Friends Oh Fatimah – The Rythmn Boys Celebration by The Rythmn Boys
The Rythmn Boys are coming to A Date With Friends! Formed in 1961 at Jalan Ismail in Singapore, The Rythmn Boys were best known for the psychedelic rock back in the ’60s. Join them as they reunite with friends like Adnan Othman, M. Amin, S. Mariam and M. Ramlan in this one-night-only concert.Be entertained by hit songs like Oh Fatimah and Menanti, as well as songs featured on the ’60s radio show The Week’s Popular Singers (PPMI), organised by Radio Singapura. Put on your dancing shoes and join The Rythmn Boys for a night of pop yeh yeh! 
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Event Date
Wed, 6 Mar 2019


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