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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Ganga - The Heavenly Princess An Esplanade Production
Before the sacred Ganges River got its name, it was known as Ganga, the mischievous daughter of the mighty mountain king Himalaya who lives in heaven. One day, a king from Earth named Bhagirath begs Himalaya for help with his land, which has been suffering from years of severe drought. As it turns out, only Ganga has the power to save his kingdom. The only thing is, Ganga is too powerful for Earth.How will Ganga help Bhagirath without swallowing his land whole? Follow her adventure as she makes her way down from heaven and meets someone who can help her with her problem! Watch Ganga bring back the rain and restore the greenery on Earth. Through narration in English, dance and drama, Ganga – The Heavenly Princess is about our precious oceans and rivers, and why we shouldn’t take them for granted.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Vasantham Live : Nenjukulle
Vasantham LIVE Nenjukulle brings you an evening of local songs by Singapore’s Tamil music talents, in commemoration of the TV channel’s 10th anniversary. Homegrown artists Suthasini, Vishnu Balaji, Satthia and many more, look set to give you an unforgettable musical experience with performances of original songs from their albums and from Vasantham dramas and local movies. Break out in dance and groove to Ketta Pullai, LOL Sollathey and Kshatriyan from popular drama series; and sing along to Oru Murai, . Also featuring 2017’s Fusion Beats Mentorship band, The Groove Factory.We are deeply saddened by the news of Rishi Kumaar’s passing. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. The programme line-up for Vasantham Live: Nenjukulle will be updated. Thank you for your understanding.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Parent-Child Workshop: Basic Yoga by Kumareswaran
Spend a fun, healthy Sunday bonding with your child as you discover the joy and benefits of parent-child yoga. Learn relaxation techniques for a healthier body, breathing exercises that sharpen one’s focus, and get into different poses that help improve flexibility. Give it a try and start your child on yoga early.Please bring your own yoga mat for each person and dress comfortably. For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Avial
“Few bands in the contemporary indie scene in the country have been able to sustain that momentum, transcending language barriers, on the back of just that one album as haveAvial.”-The HinduThere is nothing quite like the music Avial makes. Just a decade ago at a time when the indie rock scene in India was dominated by English-singing groups, the self-styled Kerala-based band made headlines with their genre-bending, moody brand of alternative Malayalam rock, written in their native tongue. Despite language differences in and outside of India, they continue to receive overwhelming responses, evident in the huge turnouts wherever they play.Not many in Indian alternative rock come close to replicating the band’s feat, or have found success producing music that permeates India’s multilingual society with such immediacy and emotional appeal. To their legions of fans all over India and the subcontinent, Avial will always be the band that “shuns all norms” (Rolling Stone India).Since 2003, Avial have been making music together, taking inspiration from a broad swathe of musical influences including electronic, folk and alternative rock, and infusing them with earthy Malayalam poetry on social and political issues. Their self-titled debut, which took four years to produce—and which swept up six awards at the Rolling Stone Jack Daniels Rock Awards in 2009—comprises eight tracks including their most popular singles Nada Nada and Chekele (a cover of a Malayalam folk song). The current line-up features vocalist Tony John, guitarist Rex Vijayan, drummer Mithun Puthenveetil and bassist Binny Isaac. Catch the legendary band as they make their debut in Singapore this November. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of their eponymous debut album. For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Feldenkrais for Singers by Dawn Yeong & Karen Tan
Devised by an Israeli engineer and physicist Moshé Feldenkrais as a method of rehabilitation after refusing an operation for an injury, the Feldenkrais method is meant to teach better posture and improve quality of life and performance. Known as Awareness Through Movement® (ATM), this workshop involves the instructors using verbal instruction to guide participants into a series of movements, with emphasis on mindfulness and awareness.  Instructors Karen Tan and Dawn Yeong will explore the mechanics of breathing, and guide participants in using their lungs to attain optimal vocal performance. Participants are highly encouraged to dress comfortably and bring yoga mats or towels to sit/lie on as there will be simple floorwork. Karen and Dawn are both Guild certified Feldenkrais Practitioners. Between the two of them they have more than eight years of experience conducting Awareness Through Movement® (ATM) group classes and Functional Integration® (FI )—one on one lessons in the Feldenkrais Method®  Both are passionate about using the Feldenkrais Method® to help their clients to break out of habitual movement patterns that cause discomfort and to learn new ways, to give the brain many choices and options to move that are pleasurable and efficient.   
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 An Introduction to Breath and Emotion by Adishakti Theatre
Adishakti has evolved into a purely physical craft for the stimulation of emotion and psychological expression. As breathing is the physical expression of thought and emotion, it implies that a particular emotion has a particular pattern of breath. In koodiyattam, an ancient form of Sanskrit theatre from Kerala, there existed the knowledge of eight breath patterns that corresponded to specific emotions as mentioned in the Natya Shastra(Sanskrit text on performing arts). It is apparent that this codification emerged from a study of breathing behaviour in everyday life.In this session, participants will learn about the eight patterns of breath corresponding to the eight emotions of koodiyattam, and explore varying degrees of emotions to communicate even the subtleties of heightened emotions. Participants will begin to discover the movement of the facial muscles, the eyes for different emotions and learn how to naturally shape the face with the breath.The workshop is open to actors and those from other disciplines.Wear comfortable outfit for easy bends and stretching.Recommended for ages 18 & aboveFor more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam 
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Esplanade Presents | Pentas Cerita Cinta by akulah BIMBO SAKTI
Being in control is very much like cooking. One needs to be meticulous at every step, be mindful of one’s actions and not let things stew too long. It’s like making Asam Pedas (spicy tamarind fish), for example, a beloved Malay dish known for its tart, sour and spicy profiles, that is quick to cook but always on the brink of burning. For Roslan, whose dispassionate wife’s routine includes cooking Asam Pedas for him and their two children, food is one of the few things that add colour to his life. Like the dish, his temper tends to rise and hit boiling point, all too quickly sometimes. Gentle and affectionate one moment, he singes and sears the next. At home, there is unspoken love, and there are painful scars. There are responsibilities, and there is the ideal of what a home should be. How will the cycles of joy and sadness, resentment and resignation be broken when they are always teetering on the brink and on rinse and repeat? What are his limits of control?First staged in 1995, Cerita Cinta marks playwright and director Noor Effendy Ibrahim’s return to Malay theatre since Bilik Ahmad Berdaki (2009). Presenting an unabashed view of the threads that bind a family, it examines the dysfunctionality of an atypical Malay household.Advisory: This performance contains mature themes and violence. The admission age is 16 years old and above. Creative and Technical Team Producer, Director-Playwright, Set Designer:Noor Effendy IbrahimLighting Designer:Emanorwatty Saleh Sound Artist:anGie seah Cast:                                       Saiful Amri Ahmad Elahi Dalifah Shahril*Shafiqhah Efandi Kaykay NizamJoe Jasmi Al Hafiz SanusiProduction  Stage Manager: Clarisse NgDeputy Stage Manager:Vivi Augustina*Due to an accident, Farah Ong is unable to perform the role of Maslina in Cerita Cinta by akulah BIMBO SAKTI from 1 – 4 Nov 2018. Her role will be replaced by Dalifah Shahril. Please join us to wish Farah a speedy recovery. Thank you.
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Chinese Chamber Music Southern Charms: An Evening of Cantonese Classics 华族室内乐:赏心粤目
Led by Ding Yi Music Company’s concert master Chin Yen Choong and huqin musician Fred Chan, Ding Yi presents a night of traditional Cantonese music. Together with qin qin musician Chua Yew Kok, dizi musician Ng Hsien Han and yangqin musician Yick Jue Ru, the quintet will perform their rendition of classic Cantonese tunes including Birds Returning to the Woods, Sorrow of Twin Stars and The Peacock Displays its Feathers.Ding Yi has also invited Guangzhou’s gaohu virtuoso and Cantonese music expert Yu Le Fu, to be the artistic advisor for this lively showcase.
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Of Music and Photography: Bridge 乐。影:桥 Ding Yi Music Company 鼎艺团 In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
We often think of bridge as a tool. It serves as a meeting point between people, a link-way connecting two ends, and a medium that fills the gap. In different cultures, a bridge is more than just a connection; it can be a means of refuge, a highway to a new beginning, or a landmark that we remember. But, what does ‘bridge’ mean to us?Join us as Ding Yi breaks the music boundary and brings you an immersive experience and telling stories of the bridges in Singapore through music, photography and multimedia.- Chinese chamber music performance by Ding Yi Music Company, conducted by Quek Ling Kiong- Music composed by Chen Zhangyi, Chong Kee Yong, Phang Kok Jun, Simon Kong, Syafiqah ‘Adha Mohamed Sallehin and Yuan Peiying- Photos taken by Andrew Bi Qiang, Lee Leng Kiong and Lui Hock SengThere will be a post-show talk after the 7.45pm concert. Conducted in English and Mandarin. 
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Lea Salonga: The Human Heart
Known across the world for her powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a singer and actress who is best known for her Tony Award-winning role in Miss Saigon. In addition to the Tony, she has won the Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards, in the field of musical theatre. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway and returned to the beloved show as Fantine in the 2006 revival. Many fans of all ages recognise Lea as the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin and Fa Mulan for Mulan and Mulan II. For her portrayal of the beloved princesses, the Walt Disney Company bestowed her with the honour of Disney Legend in August 2011.Lea most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island as the Goddess of Love, Erzulie, and also serves as a judge on The Philippines hit version of The Voice. In 2017, Lea released two albums—Bahaghari, an album of traditional Filipino songs which serves as a reflection of all the intricate and different languages found in the Philippines to help preserve the island nation’s dynamic culture, and Blurred Lines, her electrifying live album which was recorded during her sold-out run at Feinstein’s / 54Below the year before.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Parasu The Story of an Ultimate Warrior by Avant Theatre Co-produced by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Parasurama, the valiant warrior sage, is the sixth avatar or manifestation of Lord Vishnu. He lived through the lives of the avatars Rama, Balarama, Krishna, and Kalki, the last of whom he was destined to mentor. He was also teacher to Bhishma, Drona and Karna, who were the greatest champions of the famous epic, Mahabharatha. Parasurama was a man of principles who stood by his beliefs despite facing some of the toughest decisions any mortal could make. He was also the fiercest among the human avatars. Parasu: The Story of an Ultimate Warrior  follows some of Parasurama’s trials and tribulations, exploring his struggle of having to choose between duty and righteousness and the limits of the anger that had built up inside him over centuries.  For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Mosaic Music Series ADOY
“10 Korean Indie Bands That Should Be On Your Playlist” - Buzzfeed UKFormed in 2016, ADOY broke into the Korean music scene with its dreamy and upbeat synth pop sound. ADOY's music conjures images of waves, surfing, night walks and a cold beer in your hand. The band released their debut EP CATNIP in 2017 to much acclaim, and their follow-up EP LOVE cemented their reputation. After a successful club tour in England, ADOY will debut their first show in Singapore.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Parent-Child Workshop: Basic Indian Dance by Sreedevy Sivarajasingam
Come discover the rich heritage of Indian dance! In this introductory workshop for you and your child, learn animal and bird postures as well as hand gestures representing different elements of nature. Find out how to create a simple dance sequence and play a game of dance charade with another parent-child pair. At the end of it, learn to clap to the vibrant rhythms of Indian dance.Please wear comfortable attire. For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Niladri Kumar : Where Tradition meets Innovation
Hailing from a lineage of five generations of sitar players, Niladri Kumar is a world renowned and global icon. Under the guidance, and numerous years of training from his Father and guru pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri went on to revolutionise the style of sitar-playing and invented his own instrument, which he coined the zitar. He was the first to go electric. Niladri is hailed as a serious exponent of Indian music who has a youth appeal.It has been his constant endeavor to increase the interest and respect for this traditional art form in the younger generation, by making it accessible to them in a form they are more familiar with and better attuned to.Today, critics have praised his mastery of the sitar and his swiftness and magical ability to produce soul-stirring compositions which has earned him the nickname “Asian Hendrix”. Niladri leaves every music lover, orthodox or progressive, spellbound at his performances. Joining him in this concert are Satyajit Talwalkar on the tabla, Agnelo Fernandes on the keyboard, and Shikhar Naad Qureshi on percussion. The concert showcases his slick ability to play the sitar and zitar.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Voices 2018 - Workshops A Cappella by Daniel Chen (Taiwan) & Smasher (China)
What exactly is a cappella singing? What’s the difference between an a cappella group and a choir? Get the answers to all these questions and more in this interactive workshop!Daniel Chen is a well-known a cappella singer and songwriter who has performed with Taiwan’s Voco Novo and Shanghai’s Smasher. He graduated from the Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan with a degree in Applied Music, and his awards include emerging Champion at the Shanghai Community A Cappella Competition in 2017 and the Taiwan Contemporary A Cappella Competition in 2009. 
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National Theatre Live (Screening) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? directed by James Macdonald produced by Sonia Friedman Productions Starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway
★★★★★“Imelda Staunton at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play.” – The Guardian★★★★★“Intoxicatingly good.  James Macdonald’s blistering production. Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill are superb.”  – Financial Times★★★★★“Pitch-perfect. It's hard to imagine a cast that could be bettered. The most enjoyable evening in the West End” – Sunday Express, Michael ArdittiImelda Staunton (Gypsy, Vera Drake, the Harry Potter films), Conleth Hill (Game Of Thrones, The Producers), Luke Treadaway (A Street Cat Named Bob, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Hollow Crown) and Imogen Poots (A Long Way Down, Jane Eyre) star in James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, five-star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play, filmed live from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London and presented by Sonia Friedman Productions.In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.Please note that this is a screening of the theatre production, and not a live performance.Rating to be advised. 
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Spectrum Colin Currie Group and Synergy Vocals Perform Steve Reich (UK)
“This recording of Steve Reich’s percussion epic is thunderously exciting, thrusting us into the action.”– The Times, Mar 2018"Colin Currie Group's own recording, honed through long performance practice, brings you into a magic circle where every impact is precisely heard, every overtone burnished."– BBC Music Magazine, Jun 2018"An alluring blend of sonorities…The percussionists and the wordless voices of Synergy Vocals alike come across with a vivid presence."– Financial Times, Apr 2018"The Colin Currie Group’s performance is nothing short of a powerhouse...a visceral thrill: epic, cathartic, and (perhaps especially for pure percussion music) profoundly touching"– Arts Fuse, Apr 2018"A Drumming for this decade – and probably a few to come, too."– Editor's Choice, Gramophone, Apr 2018Hailed by Steve Reich as “one of the greatest musicians in the world today” (Herald Scotland), the Colin Currie Group, together with Synergy Vocals, bring their “thunderously exciting” (The Times) version of Steve Reich’s seminal work Drumming to Singapore in their first-ever live performance in Southeast Asia.Colin Currie Group is a virtuosic ensemble that specialises in the music of Steve Reich. Their performances of Reich’s music have been hailed by the composer as “the best I’ve ever heard” (Tehillim, Tokyo 2017).Led by Colin Currie (“the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” – Spectator), the handpicked group was formed in 2006 for a performance of Drumming at the BBC Proms to celebrate the 70th birthday of Steve Reich. Since then, they have expanded their repertoire to include many of Reich’s most popular works, including Music for 18 Musicians, Tehillim and Music for Pieces of Wood and are privileged to have the frequent presence of the composer when rehearsing and performing these works.The group’s highly anticipated recording of Drumming was released on Colin Currie Records in Spring 2018 after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, fully supported by Steve Reich who said “it will be, I am sure, the best recording of Drumming ever made”.The Colin Currie Group has appeared in concert at major halls and festivals worldwide, having made their international debut at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall in 2012 and their European debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Recently, the group went on to give three performances of Reich’s music at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris at the request of the composer himself. They will be joined by singers from Synergy Vocals, a vocal group specialising in close-microphone singing and often associated with the music of Steve Reich, John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Steven Mackey and Luciano Berio.ProgrammeReich: Music for Pieces of WoodReich: Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (performed with Synergy Vocals)Reich: Drumming (performed with Synergy Vocals) 
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Pop Harmony for Vocalists by Ethel Yap
Singing in a group can be much more fun and rewarding when you know how to sing in harmony! Pick up some simple exercises in this fun and relaxed workshop and learn to develop an ear for singing in simple parts with your friends.Ethel Yap is a seasoned theatre actress and singer. She is an alumnus of NUS Theatre Studies (2011) and London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Masters in Musical Theatre, 2012), and has performed numerous lead and supporting roles with companies such as Pangdemonium, The Theatre Practice, The Necessary Stage and W!LD RICE, amongst others.As a singer-songwriter, Yap comes from a long line of notable Singapore musicians under the Noise Music Mentorship Programme. She recently released her debut self-titled EP in late 2017 and a new single Like in late 2018. You can listen to her music at http://radi.al/EthelYapEP and find out more about her work at www.facebook.com/ethelyapsg and www.ethelyap.com. 
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Survival Guide for New Choristers by Chong Wai Lun
New to singing in a choir? Or just thinking of joining one? This workshop with choral conductor Chong Wai Lun takes you through the fundamentals of singing in a choir, and equips you with the necessary tools to get the most out of singing in a choir.Trumpeter-turned-chorister Chong Wai Lun found his calling in serving the music and fellow musicians as a conductor. After studying at the Kodaly Institute of Liszt Academy, he pursued his Master's Degree in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales. Upon his return to Singapore, Chong was appointed the Music Director at the International Festival Chorus of Singapore. He dedicates his time to teaching choirs at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, East Spring Secondary School, Jurong Secondary School and Tampines Primary School.  At his alma mater, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Chong is both a part-time teaching faculty and a student under the guidance of Jason Lai. Chong has recently prepared choruses for performances with Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and Orchestra of the Music Makers. 
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Decoding the Dots: A Classical Singer’s Guide to Expressive Interpretation by L’arietta Productions
Want to improve your classical singing? In this workshop, participants are guided by singers from L’arietta Productions in dissecting a piece of music, and go from not knowing it to being able to sing it expressively! Participants will also explore understanding new music repertoire, considering elements such as direct translation, the international phonetic alphabet, historical context, count singing, and more.Incorporated in 2015, L'arietta Productions produces high-quality bite-sized operas in English that are cozy, entertaining and relevant. They have collaborated with award-winning artists such Namiko Chan, Wan Xiang Lee, composer Chen Zhangyi, and poet Aaron Lee, and The Straits Times regards their approach as “vital in conveying the message that modern opera could possible by unstuffy, accessible and even fun”.Photo credit Jamie Chan 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 NADI - The River by Spanda Dance Company
“Rivers serve to remind us that we are linked to the varied philosophies, cultures and languages that the river witnesses in its continual flow through our lands.” – Leela SamsonThe river is the very source of life.From Sufi fakirs in the North to the Baul singers in Bengal, and to the Sangam poets and classical composers in the South, an ocean of poetry has been penned over centuries, inspired by the river.Performed by Leela Samson’s Spanda Dance Company, whose Singapore debut was in 2014 as part of Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Arts, Nadi explores the love and longing, the physical changes and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India’s poets.Nadi is a selection of poems written in six Indian languages: Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada, Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. The musical expressions are varied. The production features a traditional thumri (classical hindustani song) from the city of Varanasi; Rabindranath Tagore’s (1861–1941) poetic and musical expression that reflects the soulful music of the wandering Bauls of Bengal; a 200 to 300-year-old bandish (a fixed, melodic composition in hindustani music) said to be written by Ustad Taanras Khan as a duaiyan nazm (Urdu poem) on Hazrat Khizar, an Islamic fakir; the chaste classical expressions of the composer Dikshitar (1775–1835); Sangam poetry (a collection of poems composed by 473 poets, written between 400 BCE and 300 CE) of the Tamil country; a modern-day Girish Karnad piece written in Kannada; and a Rajkumar Bharathi piece written in Tamil on the pitiful condition of the river today.Each poem deals with the concept of the river. These compositions are threaded together by Rajkumar Bharathi, who has retained some traditional tunes and recomposed others in an attempt to create a dialogue between the past and present, and between carnatic and hindustani music. The music, performed live, represents the philosophies, languages, musical genres and instruments that are typical of the area where the poetry was written.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Vishaal and the Chitravina
“Vishaal Sapuram might be quiet, but his fingers do all the talking for him.”-The HinduTexas-born music prodigy Vishaal Sapuram first encountered the chitravina at the age of six when his parents took him to an N. Ravikiran concert in Chennai. What started out as a family vacation led to two decades of mastering the rare and exquisite instrument. Young Vishaal had been so struck by the mesmerisingly rich and smooth tones of the chitravina that he resolved to become Ravikiran’s disciple despite the distance, and he hasn’t looked back since. The chitravina, an ancient 20 or 21-string lute also referred to as the gotuvadyam, resembles a veena (slide lute) without frets and sounds like a combination of the veena and a violin. Some believe that it inspired the Hawaiian slide guitar.The deep resonating sounds and melodious tones that it produces make it suited for presenting all facets of Indian music. However, the absence of frets, as well as the great control players must exercise given the way it is played (the right hand plucks while the left sustains and renders microtones using a plectrum or teflon), makes it particularly challenging to master, and only a handful of musicians around the world today play it.Today, the 28-year-old Vishaal is one of the rare few making headway with the chitravina. His achievements include inventing a new raga (musical scale) with his guru Ravikiran called vishweshwarapriya, receiving the blessings of the late Ravi Shankar, being an A-Grade artist for All India Radio, and winning awards and accolades over the years. Having started teaching at age 10, he also travels the world to give lectures, demonstrations, workshops and classes.Don’t miss this chance to catch Vishaal in action with his chitravina accompanied by R Raghul on the violin, N C Bharadwai on the mridangam and S Krishna on the ghatam.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Limelight 2018 by Nan Chiau High School Choir
The Nan Chiau High School (NCHS) Choir was formed in 2001 with a vision of developing students with the passion for choral singing while, at the same time, providing a platform to discover and nurture students’ musical talents. Today, the NCHS Choir stands firm in her belief in raising the standards of choral singing and has since embarked on a rich and eventful journey.The choir has been actively participating in school and public performances such as the Annual Speech Day, Biannual Arts Festival, as well as the school musical Equilibrium. The choir has also participated in overseas competitions and clinched Gold Awards in the 21st Century International Choral Festival cum Competition 2007 and Winter Choral Festival 2010. Locally, the choir has been awarded Gold and Certificate of Distinction for the Singapore Youth Festival since 2007.Choral music is the core of the choir's humanity, it is their sense of community and souls. With choral music, they will uncover the many facets of the human spirit and reconnect with the soul—from deep spirituality of sacred music, to the raw energy of Hungarian folksong, to the enchanting glow of Scandinavian music, to the glorious majesty of 21st-century film music, to the fun and frivolity of children game songs of Taiwan and Japan.Tonight, the NCHS Choir wishes to take you on an odyssey over time and space through choral music from 4 continents—Europe, Asia, and North and South America. In this epic journey through different genres of music, they will explore sacred music from the European masters such as Gabriel Faure and Benjamin Britten; they will uncover the charm of various European and Asian folk music; and they will also give you a glimpse of jazz and a touch of pop. The NCHS Choir aim to transport you from the sunny shores of Singapore to the bitter cold of Lapland in Finland, from the present to the Romantic Era and back to the 21st century.In tonight’s concert, you can look forward to the soothing sounds of the classics such as Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, and familiar favourites such as Home by Dick Lee. You will also be thrilled by the rhythms of South America in Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar. Come join the NCHS Choir tonight and reunite with your soul through music as they celebrate our humanity through song!Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half 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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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Kalaripayattu Workshop by The Kalari Academy
Following last year’s fully-subscribed programme, Kalarippayattu Workshop is back to with a more hands-on taster of the Indian martial art from Kerala. Be introduced to one of the oldest martial art forms in India and learn about its history, and the different animal postures, movements and techniques.  Wear comfortable outfit for easy bends and stretching.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea Golden Hits of Old Shanghai 咖啡早晨与下午茶: 追忆老上海
Join songstress Yuan Jin as she brings you back the exuberant world of old Shanghai in the ‘30s and ‘40s with all-time classics made popular by the divas including Zhou Xuan, Li Xiang Lan, Bai Guang, Wu Ying Yin and more.Coffee and tea will be provided before the performance at the Concert Hall foyer. 
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National Theatre Live (Screening) Peter Pan a co-production with Bristol Old Vic devised by the Company by JM Barrie
★★★★★“Spellbindingly imaginative. A dazzling production.” – Radio Times★★★★★“Fantastical and funny. It’s must see family entertainment.” – Mumsnet★★★★“Brimful of invention, innovation and flying.” – Evening StandardAll children, except one, grow up…Filmed live at the National Theatre, JM Barrie’s much-loved tale screens at the Esplanade Theatre Studio this December.When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell the fairy, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.A delight for children and adults alike, Sally Cookson (NT Live’s Jane Eyre) directs this wondrously inventive production, a co-production with Bristol Old Vic theatre.Please note that this is a screening of the theatre production, and not a live performance.Recommended for children aged 4 and up. Rating to be advised. 
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National Theatre Live (Screening) Jane Eyre a co-production with Bristol Old Vic devised by the Company based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë
★★★★★“Aflame with passion. A picture of exultant feminism” – Observer★★★★★“Captures the beating heart of the novel. And then some” – Mail on Sunday★★★★“A joy to watch. Madeleine Worrall’s passion sets the performance alight” – Time OutAlmost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic in 2015, when the story was performed over two evenings, and then presented at the National Theatre as a single, exhilarating performance.Please note that this is a screening of the theatre production, and not a live performance.Rating to be advised. 
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Limelight 2018 by Fairfield Methodist School (Secondary) Choir
Fairfield Choir is a choir with a rich choral tradition, starting out in 1960 as a group under the Music Society. In 1975, the choir took part in National Day Celebrations for the first time and the choristers sang on board a float decorated by our very own schoolteachers. In 1977, the choir clinched the first position in the choral section of the Arts Festival as well as Youth festival. The choir was also invited to sing at the first festival of arts in the same year. Although it began as an all girls’ group, Fairfield Choir became a mixed choir in 1987. With a fine record of several distinctions, awards in the SYF competition, it was one of the pioneer choirs in the choral excellence programme in 1988. Since then, the choir has won many accolades for its stellar performances locally and internationally.In 1991, the choir won the coveted “Choir of the Year” award in the 2nd Singapore Youth Festival competition. It also clinched the “Best Secondary School Choir” award in 1995 with a Certificate of Distinction. In the subsequent SYF choral competitions, Fairfield Choir was awarded three Silver awards, four Gold awards, one Gold with Hours award, and three Certifications of Distinction. Fairfield Choir was also one of the selected choirs to perform at the Esplanade on 25th July 2005 for the SYF opening ceremony.Fairfield Choir had its first overseas trip to Perth, Australia in 1994.  The choir performed at various places to share and spread the good reputation of Fairfield as a singing school.  Using their musical talents as singing ambassadors for the Lord, Fairfield Choir was awarded Silver awards at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music with Petr Eben’s Prize held at Czech Republic, Prague, 2002, at the VIII Concorso Corale In international, Riva del Garda, Italy, 2004 and at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music, Bratislava, Slovakia, 2010. The choir also achieved the International Gold Zlata award at the 34th International Festival of Songs, Olomouc, Prague, 2006.Fairfield Choir is honoured to have had so many opportunities to showcase their talents both locally and abroad. Aware of the rich choral legacy they have to uphold, the choristers put in many hours each week to hone their abilities. They currently train under the guidance of Mr Yong Chee Foon and Mrs Wynne On. Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half 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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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Disco Sheela & other Indian Superwomen by Sharul Channa An Esplanade Production
There are different kinds of women in the Indian community, and they are all superwomen. Superwomen don’t have it perfect; they have responsibilities to manage, careers to juggle, generations to bring up and cultural values to uphold. Is it possible to have it all? Maybe. Meet Malini, Shri, Aunty Sunita and Disco Sheela. They come from all walks of life and are great at what they do. They also represent all these possibilities for an Indian woman. Which of the four will you relate to? Whose life and dreams will resonate with you most?Following 2017’s rib-tickling Sharul weds Sharul, actress and stand-up comedian Sharul Channa returns with yet another hilarious one-woman show. This time, she plays strong and colourful female characters who each has her own struggle, but makes it all look easy. Directed by Kumar and featuring flautist Raghavendran Rajasekaran*, Disco Sheela and other Indian Superwomen celebrates each and every woman who is a superwoman in her own way.*Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, pianist Anil Srinivasan will no longer be performing for Disco Sheela and other Indian Superwomen.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam 
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Your Voice: What you have and how to use it by Joel Tay
Ever heard your conductor say, “breathe with your diaphragm”, “use your head voice” or ask for a “darker sound”? In this workshop, speech and voice therapist Joel Tay shows you the science behind these phrases, explaining what goes on in the body and what to do to achieve various voice timbres. He will also share tips on caring for your voice, and what you can do to master it.Joel Tay is the founder of Voqol and an experienced Speech and Voice Therapist. His primary clinical focus is in the treatment and prevention of voice problems, and has worked with many professional voice users, including teachers, singers, and speakers. He has had the opportunity to speak and educate the public about voice science, public speaking and persuasive communication, and is currently interested in bridging the gap between voice science and art. Aside from helping people with their voices, he lends his voice to  companies in Singapore through voiceovers and ads. 
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Limelight 2018 by Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) Choir
The passionate Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary) Choir, also known as One Voice, has been contributing actively to the vibrant cultural life of the school and external organisations. The all-girls youth choir has been actively participating in choral workshops, festivals, competitions and performances during festivities like Christmas and Chinese New Year.As a mark of its excellent choral programme, the choir consistently receives recognition at the Singapore Youth Festival by achieving Gold Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2011. In 2013, the choir was selected by the President's and Prime Minister's Office to perform at the National Day Observance Ceremony in the Istana.under the choral direction and leadership of their conductor, Ms Choy Siew Woon, the choir received a Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation in 2013, 2015 and 2017.This year, One Voice debuts at Limelight in 2018 with Songs of Innocence and Joy, a whimsical programme of choral works from all around the world. The concert culminates in a collaboration between the choir and the PLMGS Harp Ensemble, in Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, ushering in the Advent season! Bringing the arts to communities in need through Limelight Half 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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Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra Presents Yellow River Cantata In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
Following the critically acclaimed 2017 Homage concert, Cultural Medallion recipient Tsung Yeh returns to lead the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra in Yellow River Cantata, now also in his newly appointed role as the orchestra’s artistic advisor.A celebration of music that will undoubtedly stir the soul in its nationalistic fervour—the centrepiece of the programme will be the Yellow River Cantata by Chinese composer Xian Xinghai. An epic work scored for a large orchestra with additional Chinese instruments, a narrator, soloists and a choir, this modern choral masterpiece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran and conceived as an ode to the great river that is the wellspring of Chinese civilisation.Just like the Yellow River Cantata, both Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 by George Enescu, which contains elements of gypsy music and vivid Romanian rhythms, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, a festival overture celebrating and commemorating the successful Russian defence against the advancing French army, displays their love and pride for their country. To round off the concert, the orchestra presents a piece by Singapore composer and Cultural Medallion recipient Phoon Yew Tien.Tsung Yeh, conductorJessica Chen, sopranoKee Loi Seng, tenorJonathan Charles Tay, tenorSun Zhao Rui, baritoneJohnny Ng, narratorCai You Gui, pipaDerrick Wong Wai Kit, san xianProgrammePhoon Yew Tien On The High SeasGeorge EnescuRomanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major. Op. 11Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Op. 49Xian Xinghai   Yellow River Cantata 黄河大合唱Performed in Mandarin. 
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in::music Yokez & Isaac Yong - World Through Our Eyes 好in::乐 叶玉棂与杨征宇: 我们的「世」角
In a world of 7 billion people where everyone has a different perspective, music is the bridge that connects one to all.Join homegrown singer-songwriters Yokez and Isaac as they bring you on a beautiful journey of discovering the ways of this world through their musical perspective at in::music. Expect an evening of ballads and lively numbers, including yet-to-be-released originals from the duo, as well as the premiere of a brand-new song written specially for this showcase.YokezYokez is an independent local singer-songwriter known for her sweet vocals and bubbly personality. The former NUS alum has participated in various songwriting competitions and her original compositions are heavily influenced by her personal experiences as well as those around her. She is also a finalist in SG:SW 2018 | Write The Songs, a nationwide Mandopop songwriting festival. Yokez most recently released her debut EP and her songs have entered various charts including Spotify Top 50 Viral Tracks Malaysia All Genre Chart.https://www.facebook.com/YokezOfficialhttps://www.instagram.com/yokezofficial https://www.youtube.com/user/yokelingggIsaac YongLocal singer-songwriter Isaac Yong’s musical journey started when he was 12 years old, inspired by his neighbour’s piano-playing. A self-taught guitarist, violinist and bassist, the former engineer took the plunge to be a full-time musician and has built his presence through various regular gigs at live music establishments. In 2015, he emerged champion at the NTU Music Xpress Songwriting Competition. His songs are widely streamed on platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and KKbox. Isaac hopes to release more original compositions in the coming months.https://www.facebook.com/isaacyongmusic https://www.instagram.com/isaacyongmusic https://www.youtube.com/user/ImNotFish 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Bali by Adishakti Theatre
International PremiereOne of the unsung heroes of the Indian epic Ramayana is the army of monkeys from the land of Kishkindha that helped Rama win his war against the demon king Ravana. But before these simian soldiers followed him into war, their ruler, the monkey king Bali, commanded them all.A meditation on justice, ethics and morality, Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the crucial events that led to the death of the titular character, which set the rest of the story in motion. The play explores the notion of right or wrong through the different viewpoints of characters Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Rama and Ravana, while imploring the audience to take a step back from ideology and identity to answer the question: where does one draw the line?  Adishakti’s brand of contemporary theatre is known for its visual spectacle and moments of intense emotions. Its hallmark style has evolved over years of research to include traditional performance forms and the martial art practice of kalaripayattu. Written and directed by long-time company member Nimmy Raphel, this production incorporates elements of Indian wrestling gusti.For more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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Voices 2018 - Workshops Estill Voice for Pop & Leisure Singers by Aaron Lim
Get useful and practical singing tips that will make you shine at karaoke sessions! These tips are also useful for amateur pop singers looking to expand their vocal repertoire and improve their overall voice technique.Aaron Matthew Lim is Director and Master Vocal Trainer at Intune Music, and is the first Singaporean to become a Estill Voice Master Trainer. With 17 years of teaching experience specialising in voice and performance, Lim helps his students achieve significant breakthroughs either by extending their vocal ranges or achieving greater mastery over vocal control and tonality. Lim has also performed at Esplanade, The Arts House, and more. 
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2018 Akshayambara by Dramanon
What happens when roles are reversed in a male-dominated theatre practice like yakshagana?India Foundation for the Arts grantee and theatre practitioner Sharanya Ramprakash’s Akshayambara explores the conflicts in tradition, gender, power and morality that are inherent in yakshagana.The experimental play uses both modern theatrical tools and the dance drama to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions on female representation and male ownership. Drawing from research and personal experience, the performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popular yakshagana plot of Draupadi Vastrapaharana. A male artist in streevesha (female costume) plays the virtuous Draupadi and espouses the cause of women, while in a tradition-defying move, a woman dons the pradhana purusha vesha (masculine form) of Kaurava (a legendary king from the Mahabharatha) who is driven by lust and power. What happens to the interpretation and performance of gender when a man plays a woman and when a man is played by a woman? Who is the real woman and who is the real man? We see a constant shift in power between the actors, as they shift from the cauki (green room) to stage, engaged in a tussle that blurs the boundaries of stage and reality, male and female, thereby examining the conflicts in tradition, gender, power and morality. Written and directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, Akshayambara received several nominations at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2016, winning Best Original Script (Sharanya Ramprakash) and Best Actor in a Lead Role – Male (Prasad Cherkady).Sharanya is a stage actor, director and one of the founders of Dramanon, Bangalore. Over the last eight years, she has directed six full-length productions that have been staged over 75 times across the country. She received the INLAKS Theatre Award in 2014, and had trained at the Udupi Yakshagana Kendra under the tutelage of Guru Sanjeeva Suvarna. She received a grant from India Foundation for the Arts under the Arts Practice Programme in 2015, which was partly supported by Voltas India Limited.Supported by India Foundation of the ArtsFor more details about Kalaa Utsavam 2018, visit www.esplanade.com/kalaautsavam  
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