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An Esplanade Commission
Fantasia - Nanyin Reimagined
Siong Leng Musical Association (Singapore)
Am I still who I used to be?
As we grow and seek greener pastures, we realise that the world is ever-changing, and that there is much more than meets the eye. To protect ourselves, we find comfort in what we are familiar with. But should we take a step outside of our boundaries so that we can grow? So that we can evolve?
In commemoration of their 80th anniversary, Siong Leng Musical Association presents a reimagination of Na...
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E&Me Priority Resevation
19 Jan 2021, 9am
21 Jan 2021 onwards
Esplanade Box Office:
19 Jan 2021, 12 noon - 6pm
Approximately 1 hour
Performance will include some use of strobe lighting.
- There will be a live stream happening on 27 Feb 3.00pm, and rewatch will be available after the live streaming for patrons till 14 Mar 11.59pm.
- Limited to 3 Views per ticket
- Strictly no further viewing after 14 Mar 11.59pm.
- Recommended for ages 6 and above.
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- Admission is subject to tickets produced at the entrance.
- Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
- Children above 6 years must purchase ticket for admission.
Late Seating Advisory
- You are strongly advised to be seated before the performance start time.
- Latecomers will be admitted during suitable breaks, if any.
- Exceptions may be made at Esplanade's discretion depending on the nature of the performance.
Photography/Video Recording Rules
- No Photography, Video recording and Audio recording is allowed for this event.
- Please note that photographs and videos of patrons may be taken at this event for use in our archival and publicity material.
Nanyin, which literally means “Music of the South”, is one of the most ancient musical art forms in China and is regarded as a “living fossil”. Serene and elegant, Nanyin music has soothed and uplifted kings and common folk alike through centuries. Also known as Xianguan or Nanguan, Nanyin has its roots in China’s imperial courts and later flourished in Fujian’s Quanzhou region. Over the years, it has spread to Taiwan, Hong Kong and further to Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and beyond. The chief musical instruments used in Nanyin ensembles are the pipa, a pear shaped four-string lute, sanxian, a long necked three-string instrument, whose sound box is covered with python skin, dongxiao, a vertically-held six-hole bamboo flute and erxian, a two-string fiddle. The music is also performed with a full array of percussion instruments. Nanyin is sung in the Minnan dialect and is closely tied with the poetic, rhythmic and dramatic tunes of Central China. The melodies of Nanyin are all noted in gongchepu, a traditional form of Chinese score notation. Researchers have also found more than 2,000 pieces of Nanyin repertoires. In 2009, it was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
About Siong Leng Musical Association
Siong Leng Musical Association (SLMA) was established in 1941 and owes much of its success to its late chairman, Mr Teng Mah Seng, a Cultural Medallion recipient who worked hard to reform and revive Nanyin. Under his guidance, SLMA has become a recognisable arts company known for its preservation and promotion of Nanyin. Since Mr Teng’s passing, SLMA has kept true to its mission and has cultivated a group of Nanyin professionals over the years. It aims to attain an international reputation and create more exposure of traditional and contemporary Nanyin through performances as well as education and outreach initiatives.
In 1983, SLMA participated in the 37th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and won third prize in the folk solo category with Mr Teng’s work Reminiscence, and fourth prize in the folk ensemble category with the traditional Nanyin piece Trotting Horse. In 2010, SLMA took part in the same competition once again and won the first prize in the folk solo category with Mr Teng’s work Facets of Life. The company has also organised several events to promote Nanyin, such as the inaugural Southeast Asia Nanyin Conference in 1977, the International Nanyin Concert & Symposium in 2000, International Youth Nanyin Concert and Symposium in 2015, as well as the International Youth Nanyin Festival in 2018. The company also regularly participates in international Nanyin symposiums around Asia, and has also performed in major cities and countries in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. In 2017, SLMA was conferred the inaugural Singapore Chinese Cultural Contribution Award by the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.
湘灵曾于1983年在英国北威尔斯举行的第37届兰格冷世界民族音乐及歌唱组的第三奖，演唱的曲目是《感怀》， 而器乐小组则以《走马》获得第四奖；2010年在同一个比赛中以丁马成所作《人生百态》一曲荣获民歌独唱组的第一奖。 湘灵音乐社至今主办了首届亚细安南乐大会奏（1977年）、国际南音大会唱（2000年）、首届新加坡国际青年南音展演 （2015年）、以及第二届新加坡国际青年南音展演 （2018年）。湘灵音乐社经常受邀参与国际南音展演，并先后到访过欧、亚、美等国家与地区巡演。2017年湘灵荣获2016年度首届“新加坡华族文化贡献奖”团体奖。
Standard: S$88, S$58 (In-Venue)
Standard: S$15 (Online)