Huayi 华艺节 2020 Unspoken Melodies - Silent Film Classics in Concert《默然有声》音乐会 Singapore Chinese Orchestra 新加坡华乐团
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Huayi 华艺节 2020
Unspoken Melodies - Silent Film Classics in Concert《默然有声》音乐会
Singapore Chinese Orchestra 新加坡华乐团
Synopsis

Experience classic silent films as never before with original scores performed by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) while the films are screened on stage.

From the streets of ancient Rome to a love story with a blind flower girl, an escaped prisoner creating havoc to the attempted creation of a perfect human, rediscover the cinematic beauty of these silent film classics through brand-new music composed by the award-winning duo Law Wai Lun and Lincoln Lo, and conducted by SCO Music Director Tsung Yeh.

The concert will feature a screening of four classic silent film excerpts, including The Adventurer and City Lights starring the iconic Charlie Chaplin, silent film pioneer Buster Keaton in the comedic segment Rome from Three Ages, as well as the original 1910 film Frankenstein.

Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Singapore Chinese Orchestra.

前所未有的无声电影观赏体验!在经典默片的播映下,新加坡华乐团用原创编曲赋予默片新的音乐语言。

从古罗马城的街道、卖花盲女的爱情故事、到越狱囚犯引发的骚动和科学怪人对塑造完美人类的偏执,这些史诗默片在得奖作曲家罗伟伦与罗坚的全新编曲下,经典灵魂披上华丽新衣,让你重新感受经典默片之美。新加坡华乐团音乐总监葉聰担纲指挥。  

演奏会将播映四部经典默片片段:喜剧大师卓别林的《冒险家》、《城市之光》和默片先驱巴斯顿基顿的《三个时代 – 罗马》与1910年的《科学怪人》。 

由滨海艺术中心与新加坡华乐团联合制作

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Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, no intermission
1小时30分钟, 无中场休息

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The shortest of the Four Dreams, A Pair of Purple Hairpins is also the most evocative. Scholar Li Yi falls in love with famous courtesan Huo Xiaoyu and becomes man and wife. However, their relationship was persecuted by military official Lu, and the pair were separated. Huo is consumed with longing for Li. In a dream, she meets a chivalrous knight who is dressed in yellow robes and carries a fine sword. He gifts her with a pair of embroidered shoes (the Chinese pronunciation of shoes is a homonym of the Chinese word for harmony), and she sees this as a sign that the star-crossed couple will find their way back to each other.In reality, a happy ending would have been virtually impossible under the same circumstances. The knight in yellow robes is a symbol of resistance towards authoritarian power and expresses Tang’s hope of a better world.Cast: Li An, Shen YiliAbout Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall For every Kunqu performer, it is a dream to be a part of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall. Written by influential Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu, it is a collection of four outstanding classic operas regarded for its culture value and philosophical thoughts. Author Wang Siren, Tang’s contemporary, summarised the collection as chivalry (A Pair of Purple Hairpins), love (The Peony Pavilion), Buddhist meditation (A Dream Under the Southern Bough) and immortality (The Tale of Handan). These four dreams are the crystallisation of Tang’s experiences, insights and artistry, and have long been regarded as the benchmark of excellence for Kunqu works. Four centuries later, the incomparable brilliance of these Four Dreams still shines bright.To mark the 400th anniversary of Tang Xianzu’s passing in 2016, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe began touring performances of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall to various parts of the world. The performances were well-received regionally and internationally in major Chinese cities, as well as in USA, Czech Republic and Belgium.The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe believes in respecting and revering tradition and is dedicated to the continuation and promotion of Kunqu. This is the spirit which the troupe adopted in their approach towards the production of the Four Dreams. A dream unfolds each evening, and over the course of four nights, the troupe weaves a cohesive experience for audiences through imaginative staging that brings alive the literary beauty of Tang’s words and the aesthetic essence of Kunqu.These works are performed by opera icons as well as younger performers who are given the opportunity to share the stage with Kunqu masters. The result is an elegant expression of Kunqu that is both precise and nuanced — a worthy homage to one of the oldest opera genres in the world.
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National Theatre Live I'm Not Running (Screening) by David Hare
“The premiere political dramatist writing in English” - Washington Post on David Hare“David Hare’s Labour play hits political bullseyes.” - Guardian“Absorbing. A passionate, fluent production” - IndependentI’m Not Running is an explosive new political drama exploring personal choices and their public consequences, written by Academy Award-nominated writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours, NT Live: Skylight).The cast includes Siân Brooke (BBC Sherlock, BBC Doctor Foster), Joshua McGuire (NT Live: Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, About Time) and Alex Hassell (ITV Grantchester, BBC The Miniaturist).Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the National Health Service (NHS), to becoming an independent Member of Parliament.In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party.As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision…
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Parent-Child Workshop: "Let's Create Some Sounds!" Theatre Workshop 亲子工作坊: "声音在说什么?" 声响创作工作坊 Bon Appétit Theatre (Taiwan) 尝剧场(台湾)
How do you tell a story without using any words? What kind of sounds and noises would you use to tell your tale?Discover the beauty and wonder of soundmaking in this fun workshop! Broaden your five senses and partner with your child to create your very own story through everyday sounds such as raindrops, footsteps, whistles and more!About Bon Appétit TheatreBon Appétit Theatre is a Taiwanese theatre troupe with a focus on original stories and devising acting approaches at its core of creation. The name of Bon Appétit Theatre refers to “taste” and “appetite”, where the artists are the chefs and the audience partakes in their creations. Every original theatre production is a discussion on contemporary issues, natural environment and observation in humanity through the artforms of physical theatre, puppetry, music narration and other diverse devising methods. Through creative presentations, Bon Appétit Theatre hopes to continue to share their stories and with audiences from all over the world.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Agam with Kaushiki Chakraborty An Esplanade Comission
In this festival commission, carnatic rockers Agam are back with a new avatar!Agam perform their popular favourites and hit songs in this concert, which also features an exclusive segment with specially crafted repertoire performed by the band together with prominent hindustani vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty. Conceptualised by award-winning producer Sai Shravanam, this collaborative segment reimagines familiar tunes of both Agam and Kaushiki.A memorable music experience awaits you by Agam and Kaushiki, also known as the Nightingale of the East.AgamFormed in 2003, Agam is a Bangalore-based carnatic progressive rock band. Their unique soundscapes arise from reinterpreting classical carnatic sounds with a rock twist. Agam was featured in the Malayalam music channel KAPPA TV—a new generation channel that enjoys great popularity among youths of Kerala. The band last performed at Kalaa Utsavam in 2017.Kaushiki ChakrabortyKaushiki Chakraborty is one of the most celebrated Indian classical vocalists. Her concerts showcase her unique mastery over khayal and thumri styles of hindustani classical vocal music. Coming from a musical family Kaushiki's father and teacher is the renowned Ajoy Chakraborty. Hailed as a prodigy, Kaushiki has established herself as one of the finest interpreters of the Indian classical style, completely devoted to the music and its spiritual depth.Sai Shravanam Sai Shravanam is one of the few classically trained sound designers in India, and his in-depth knowledge of rhythm, melody and score writing is his greatest strength in music production. Since 2004, Sai has been composing for background scores in theatre, instrumental and vocal albums, re-recordings and films. In 2012, his versatility fetched him commendable recognition as a Sound Recordist/Additional Engineer for the Academy award winning film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Strings of Time - A Sanxian Concert 弦上吋光 Jessica Lu (Singapore) 吕杰(新加坡)
Known for her ability to display the expressive potential of the traditional Chinese instrument, sanxian musician Jessica Lu debuts her milestone concert Strings of Time at Esplanade, as she celebrates two decades of performing!One of the rare few virtuosos of the sanxian, the much sought-after musician will present a programme that will take us on a journey through time and open our ears to the versatility of this instrument with new compositions inspired by classic works such as Spring South of the River, Night Thoughts, and fusion jazz piece Shakti’s Dance.From traditional sounds to world music and even new compositions, witness and hear how Lu innovates and revitalises the sanxian’s characteristic resonant tones with her band at Huayi 2020!Lu fell in love with the sanxian under the influence of her sanxian professor father. She was accepted into Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of 14. Lu subsequently graduated from the China Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sanxian Performance. Lu has since then captivated audiences in the region and around the world with her energetic presence and has represented Singapore at various music festivals including WOMAD Festival, Chicago Jazz Music Festival, Japan Asia Music Market and Edinburgh International Music Festival.
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★★★★“Sally Field and Bill Pullman deliver a Miller for our times” - Guardian★★★★“All My Sons is a finely drawn, perfectly plotted, remarkably resonant mixture of the personal and the political.”  - Times★★★★★ “a thrill to watch.” - TelegraphAcademy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Storytellers' Wisdom - A Crosstalk Production 十五万大军直取西城而来 Comedians Workshop (Taiwan) 相声瓦舍(台湾)
What does Detective Conan and Justice Bao have in common? Can the capable Sun Wukong with his endless transformations survive in the modern society? What can Jin Yong’s stories tell you about the philosophy of ‘three’?With a focus on the Empty Fort Strategy from the classic Chinese military directives Thirty-Six Stratagems, Storytellers’ Wisdom is a lighthearted crosstalk production that enacts the various chapters of Chinese culture and history through an engaging performance filled with clever dialogue and witty humour.An original creation by the renowned Comedians Workshop from Taiwan, Storytellers’ Wisdom features a selection of the group’s best works performed by established theatre practitioners including Feng Yi-Gang and Sung Shao-Ching. Discover humorous anecdotes about life told through stories from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Justice Bao, Sun Wukong and classics from famed Chinese martial arts novelist Jin Yong!About Comedians Workshop Established in 1988 by renowned crosstalk artists Feng Yi-Gang and Sung Shao-Ching, Comedians Workshop have been actively promoting appreciation for Chinese culture through witty dialogues and have been credited for modernising crosstalk presentations in Taiwan. Notable works presented include “Kuai Le Kuai Le”, “Sha Shi Ba Le” and “Mai Ju Zi De”.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Cooking with Chef Mel Dean (A Cooking Demo with House Brand)
Join Chef Mel Dean as he introduces some House Brand products and shares tips on what you can add to make your dishes interesting. He will be cooking a few curry dishes (House Brand Butter Chicken, House Brand Paneer and Peas curry, House Brand Fish Curry / Prawn Curry, House Brand Chicken Curry and House Brand Minced Mutton Masala Curry), basmati rice and pappadam for participants to sample.About Celebrity Chef Mel Dean With his signature smile and vibrant personality, Chef Mel Dean, a lifestyle chef and Halal Food Ambassador of Singapore, is a prominent and well-loved celebrity chef and a public figure in Singapore’s F&B industry. His versatility as a food connoisseur is evident in the multiple portfolios he brings to the field.With his vast experience and achievements, Chef Mel Dean is a prominent advocator with a vision to promote halal culinary products and services that are recognised globally. Chef Mel Dean is extremely passionate about what he does and shares his culinary repertoire and enthusiasm for food through his innovative and interactive crowd-pleasing cooking workshops and live cooking demonstrations both local and overseas with audience participation.
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Limelight 2020 Dunman Secondary School Choir
Dunman Secondary School Choir has established itself as one of the top school choirs in Singapore since its formation in 1992.After barely three years under the directorship of Toh Ban Sheng, it became the first neighbourhood school choir to clinch the Gold Award at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Choral Competition in 1997. It went on to consistently garner top awards and three consecutive Gold with Honours locally. In Europe, it has won numerous Gold diplomas, special prizes such as the Repertoire Prize, Outstanding Performance Prize of Contemporary Work, Conductor’s Prizes and the Festival Laureate at international festivals.The choir has toured Australia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, and performed to a full house at the Esplanade. It is committed to helping its members deepen their passion and talent, as well as touching lives through music-making.This is Dunman Secondary School Choir’s fifth year performing at Esplanade’s Limelight. The choir will present highlights such as Chorus of Love, Home, Carpenter’s Top of the World, Duruflé’s Ubi Caritas, as well as favourite tunes such as Circle of Life.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf 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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PLAYtime! 2020 Fatimah and Her Magic Socks
PLAYtime! 2020 Fatimah and Her Magic Socks is an Esplanade production.Meet Fatimah, the little girl with a bright smile on her face and feet that cannot stop dancing!One rainy afternoon, Fatimah meets a mysterious and magical lion that takes her on a thrilling adventure. In this newly discovered world of fun, Fatimah learns about friendship, laughter and the power of… magical socks!Dance, laugh, sing and imagine with Fatimah in this colourful theatrical delight especially created for children aged 2 to 6.Adapted from the children’s book Fatimah and her Magic Socks, written by Zizi Azah Bte Abdul Majid and illustrated by Izmir Ickbal.Director: Daniel JenkinsSet Design: Wong Chee WaiMusic: Stan x SoapCast: Vester Ng, Marc Valentine, Sharon Sum and Andrea Alingalan
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PLAYtime! 2020 Fatimah and Her Magic Socks (Sensory-friendly performance)
PLAYtime! 2020 Fatimah and Her Magic Socks (Sensory-friendly performance) is an Esplanade production.Meet Fatimah, the little girl with a bright smile on her face and feet that cannot stop dancing!One rainy afternoon, Fatimah meets a mysterious and magical lion that takes her on a thrilling adventure. In this newly discovered world of fun, Fatimah learns about friendship, laughter and the power of… magical socks!Dance, laugh, sing and imagine with Fatimah in this colourful theatrical delight especially created for children aged 2 to 6.Adapted from the children’s book Fatimah and her Magic Socks, written by Zizi Azah Bte Abdul Majid and illustrated by Izmir Ickbal.Director: Daniel JenkinsSet Design: Wong Chee WaiMusic: Stan x SoapCast: Vester Ng, Marc Valentine, Sharon Sum and Andrea AlingalanSensory friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities.
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★★★★“Provocative and profound. Carrie Cracknell’s direction is astonishing.” – The Stage★★★★“Packs an emotional punch. Vanessa Kirby is magnetic as Julie” – Mail on Sunday ★★★★“A superlative production. Exhilarating.” – Time Out BAFTA Award-winning actress Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea).Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Up-close and personal with AGAM
Get up-close and personal with AGAM as they share how they compose their songs and stories. Participants will gain insights on how the band approaches and arranges their music with a live demo and Q&A session. AGAM also performs acoustic versions of some of their hits, and an impromptu arrangement of a new song.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 Airavata and his Mammoth Task An Esplanade Production
What comes from an egg, is large and white, and soars through the sky? An elephant, of course!Not just any elephant—but the King of Elephants! Airavata is his name, and he is the brave and loyal vahana (vehicle) of Lord Indra.The kingly duo goes on all sorts of adventures—from bringing rain to earth and battling the powerful forces of Ravana, to facing off against the evil Vritra. Join the faithful Airavata as he brings Lord Indra across heaven and earth, and find out if he prevails at mammoth tasks.This engaging production is narrated in English, and features music and dance.
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Mosaic Music Series Ludovico Einaudi (Italy) Seven Days Walking
Popular contemporary classical icon Ludovico Einaudi makes his Singapore debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall.One of the most important composers of the current day, Einaudi is the “world’s most streamed classical music artist” (NY Times), best-known for his numerous heart-breaking and beautiful film scores, bestselling solo albums and stunning live performances. He rose to prominence when his performance on a grand piano in the Arctic as glaciers crumbled around him was captured for a Greenpeace campaign.Drawing from a wide range of influences from neo-classical, ambient, folk, pop, rock and experimental forms, Einaudi presents his signature style through his highly anticipated works from his latest and most ambitious project to date, Seven Days Walking. This project features seven albums released over seven months in 2019, inspired by a winter’s walk through the Alps. The first album of the project, Seven Days Walking: Day One became the fastest-streamed classical album of all time when it was released in Mar 2019.Joined by cellist Redi Hasa and violinist and violist Federico Mecozzi, Einaudi presents an unmissable multi-sensory immersive experience enhanced by atmospheric visual projections.“The idea first came to me as I was listening to the recordings of the first sessions: each version seemed to me to have its own personality, with subtleties so distinct from one another that I was unable to choose which I preferred. I associated everything with walking, with the experience of following the same routes over and over, discovering new details each time.”– Ludovico Einaudi on Seven Days Walking.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Prism of Truth 眾相 GroundZ-0 (Singapore) 原。空间(新加坡)
It’s Friday night. Everyone is out painting the town red. A car in a secluded spot near a bar quietly holds a bloodied corpse. This looks like a murder, but nothing is as it seems.A high-ranking police officer, a dedicated educator and an award-winning entrepreneur cross paths in the bar. The chance encounter leads these three individuals down a rabbit hole that ends in blood. Was it a murder or a suicide? An act of self-defence or a retaliation to a rape?As everyone presents their testimony to the jury, the audience navigates the maze of unreliable accounts and conflicting evidence, and sifts its way through an influx of news footage and social commentary. You are left to decide what exactly happened. Can you discern fact from fiction? Can you really know the truth? A multilingual production directed by Zelda Tatiana Ng, co-written by Zelda Tatiana Ng and A Yagnya, and inspired by Rashōmon, Prism of Truth is a mixed-media participatory experience that takes the audience on a journey to examine and challenge the nature of truth. [Note: 《眾相》=《众相》. The traditional Chinese character of 眾 is a pictogram that depicts a pair of eyes looking at the crowd.] Admission for ages 13 and above. Recommended for 16 years and above.
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Chinese Chamber Music Fantasia - Erhu Works of Liu Wenjin 华族室内乐 畅想 - 刘文金二胡作品音乐会
Talented young Singapore erhu musicians Wong Qin Kai and Shunta Goh join hands to present their interpretations of signature erhu works by renowned composer Liu Wenjin, including The Sanmen Gorge Capriccio, Charms of Autumn and The Great Wall Capriccio.Written between 1959 to as recent as 2006, these masterful erhu works redefined the possibilities of the erhu and expanded the instrumental repertoire following the creation of 10 solo erhu works by the late Chinese music virtuoso Liu Tianhua. With a deep understanding of both Chinese traditional music and Western composition techniques, Liu Wenjin composed his erhu works drawing inspirations from Chinese musical aesthetics and social developments during his time. Standing the test of time, Liu’s erhu music is widely practised and performed by erhu musicians around the world.About Wong Qin Kai and Shunta GohWong Qin Kai and Shunta Goh are both graduates from Nanyang Academy of Music and co-founders of award-winning huqin ensemble StringWerkz. Under the tutelage of renowned erhu master Zhang Yu Ming, they have won the first prize in the Erhu Open category at the National Chinese Music Competition in 2008 and 2010. Besides performing actively in Singapore, they have also performed in Taiwan, Russia and the US.
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Voices - A Festival of Song Let's Get Loud! An Introduction to Belting
Join professional voice coach TJ Taylor as he runs a practical masterclass in exploring belt technique in musical theatre and pop music. This workshop will teach participants what is belting, how to do it safely and how to apply it into your musical theatre and pop songs. With the rise of talent competitions and popular music, belt notes or “money notes” are the big notes that everyone is waiting for you to hit in almost every song. Taylor will explain how you can access this vital contemporary sound and be able to sustain it in a safe and healthy way in your vocal performances.About TJ Taylor TJ Taylor is a professional singing teacher from the UK. He has been teaching in Singapore for the last six years and specialises in musical theatre voice techniques. Taylor is the Associate Artistic Director of Sing’Theatre, where he directs professional productions, teaches musical theatre classes to children and adults and runs a thriving private vocal studio. He is also an adjunct lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts where he works with the students from Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre on singing technique and performance coaching. Taylor regularly works with Singapore theatre companies as a vocal coach including Pangdemonium, Base Entertainment and Double Confirm Productions. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Parent-Child Workshop: Who Is The Fastest Of Them All? Acting Workshop 亲子同欢: 十二生肖我最快! 戏剧工作坊 Renee Chua (Singapore) 蔡慧羚(新加坡)
Do you know the story of the 12 zodiac animals? Which animal is the mightiest of them all?Conducted in a fun and engaging way, parent and child will bond through a series of craft activities, roleplay and storytelling as we learn the tricks and traits of the 12 zodiac animals. The little ones will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin, explore creative verbal and physical expressions as well as build their confidence as they present their version of who won the race in this interactive workshop!About Renee ChuaRenee Chua has been 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! Award for Best Ensemble), and David the Best (Drama Box).
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Mosaic Music Series boy pablo
Prepare yourselves for an evening filled with joy, sweat and world-class indie pop rock as boy pablo makes his Esplanade Concert Hall debut.Following the massive success of his 2018 EP Soy Pablo and a 2019 filled with festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Primavera, the Norwegian bedroom pop artist turned global indie pop success boy pablo returns to Southeast Asia, performing at select major cities in November 2019. With 13 Asian dates selling out fast last year, this is one of boy pablo's most anticipated tours yet.
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Voices - A Festival of Song Leonore Redux: Introduction to Beethoven's Fidelio
The Opera People presents a performance-talk on Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio ahead of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.About The Opera PeopleThe Opera People (TOP) was founded in 2018 by Jonathan Charles Tay, David Charles Tay and Shridar Mani as an opera company that redefines the experience of opera. TOP is conceptualised as a collective of multi-disciplinary performers and innovative industry professionals, coming together to create a creative voice and an engaged community in Singapore. Our works integrate technology, accessibility and cultural relevance to be at the forefront of contemporary opera production. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 The Four Beauties 四大美人 Shanghai Pingtan Troupe (China) 上海评弹团(中国)
With a history dating back to the late Ming dynasty, come experience a performance of elegant storytelling set to music as traditional pingtan makes its debut at Esplanade.Originating in Suzhou over 400 years ago, pingtan is a genre of musical storytelling. Performed in the Suzhou dialect, which is famous for its melodious and lilting qualities, pingtan is a combination of two Chinese narrative folk art forms—pinghua (narration without music) and tanci (narration with music accompaniment).For one night only, the renowned Shanghai Pingtan Troupe will perform stories of The Four Beauties of ancient China—Xi Shi, Diao Chan, Wang Zhaojun and Yang Guifei. Beyond waxing lyrical about the allure of the four beauties, the performance will creatively narrate the touching sacrifices the four made for their country and its people.What is Pingtan?Two chairs flanking a small table, a woodblock for creating sounds and rhythm to draw attention, a folding fan and a stringed musical instrument (either sanxian or a pipa)—this simple stage set-up coupled with melodic narration evokes the listeners’ imaginations as the performers tell stories about battle tales and heartrending romances. The art of pingtan was listed as one of China’s intangible cultural heritage by the Ministry of Culture of China in 2006. About Shanghai Pingtan Troupe Founded in 1951, Shanghai Pingtan Troupe is the first national pingtan troupe of China and widely regarded as one of the best. Over the last few decades, the troupe has made significant contributions to the cultivation and development of this traditional art form. The renowned troupe has received many accolades for its exquisite performances. The troupe presents over 4,000 performances yearly in China and has been invited to showcase this intangible cultural heritage to audiences around the world including Europe, America and parts of Asia.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Parent-Child Workshop: Traditional Paper Making 亲子同欢: 传统造纸术工作坊 How to Ink (Singapore) 凹凸印(新加坡)
We use paper every day for many purposes but have you ever created your own paper?Discover the century-old technique of papermaking! Learn the history and experience the process of making paper as it was done during ancient times with your little one. Find out how you can give old scraps of paper a new life through recycling, and create your very own sheet of handmade paper at this educational workshop.About How To InkHow To Ink is a printmaking studio based in Singapore with a name that is a literal translation of the Chinese characters 凹凸印 (Āo Tú Yìn). It is inspired directly by the art of printmaking that works on a yin and yang principle, by utilising negative and positive moulds to produce certain impressions on paper.
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Kalaa Utsavam - Indian Festival of Arts 2019 The Threshold by Pallavi MD and Bindhumalini
The Threshold is a musical conversation. In this unique and intimate production, musical duo Pallavi and Bindhumalini explore the issue of gender and its lived experiences through a lens of compassion. From the stories of Hypatia, Agnodice, Kharbaoucha and Fanny Mendelson, to the songs of Sule Sunkkavva, Nina Simone and Meera, The Threshold celebrates the tales of remarkable women across continents and spanning generations.Pallavi and Bindhu’s voices weave the lesser-known journeys of these women, accentuated with a rich plethora of sounds from instruments such as the harmonium, flute, kazoo, swarmandal, udukkai, ghungroo, kartal, rainmaker and the banjo. They will be singing in a variety of South Asian languages, as well as Italian, Spanish and English.Pallavi MDPallavi MD is a singer, actor, sound designer, composer, editor and filmmaker, with works featuring multidisciplinary collaborations. Pallavi’s solo play C Sharp C Blunt won her the META best actress award. She also claimed the Best Actress Award at the Aryabhatta Award for her role in teleseries Garva. Pallavi bagged the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Playback Singer in 2006 and 2007 for her song Nodayya sung in the film Duniya. She has received the State Kempegowda award for her contribution in the field of music, and the Central Academy's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award for her work in music and poetry.BindhumaliniBindhumalini juggles many hats. She is a musician, music director, actor and graphic designer, on top of being one of the rare artists trained in both carnatic and Hindustani classical forms. Bindhu is known for her soulful voice and deeply spiritual renditions of poetry and songs of the mystics from the subcontinent. She has composed and sung for films, theatre productions, jingles and independent albums in Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil. Recently, Bhindu won the National Film Award for Best Playback Singer – Female for Mayavi Manave from the movie Nathicharami (2018).
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Principle 原则 Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (Hong Kong) 香港话剧团(香港)
If everyone condemns you for the decisions you make, would you continue to stay true to it? A new principal is installed in a school, and she immediately establishes a host of new rules and espouses an authoritarian leadership where everything must be carried out by the book. Her rigid approach stands in stark contrast to that of the vice-principal, an advocate for compassion. Gossip soon swirls around in the school that the top brass is at loggerheads and murmurs about a possible transfer of the long-serving vice-principal upset the students and teachers. A campus crisis is about to erupt, as parents and the school’s board are also hurled into the vortex. How will the school management respond? Will the principal stand by her principle? A thought-provoking theatrical production that pulls the audience into a conundrum created by two opposing views, Principle is a performance that echoes the reality of education in our modern society and will challenge your beliefs.Featuring a strong ensemble of veteran actors, Principle has performed 13 sold-out shows in its initial Hong Kong run and will be making its overseas premiere at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay as part of Huayi in 2020. It was nominated for Best Script at The Hong Kong Theatre Libre in 2018 and was also named one of the Outstanding Production of the Year at the 28th Hong Kong Drama Awards. Most recently, lead actor Ko Hon Man received Best Actor of the Year at the 2019 Shanghai One Drama Awards for his outstanding performance.About Hong Kong Repertory Theatre Artistic Director: Anthony Chan Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is the longest standing and largest professional theatre company in the city, established in 1977 and incorporated in 2001. Financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre operates under the guidance of its Governing Council and employs a team of over 80 full-time professionals including the artistic director, assistant artistic director, actors, technical and stage management staff as well as administrators.Since its establishment, it has presented more than 300 productions, many of which have become classics of the Hong Kong theatre canon.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 David Tao "DT in Harmony" 陶喆《喆和乐》
With seven albums to his name, this six-time Golden Melody Award-winning singer’s name is synonymous with Mandopop of the 21st century. He is the godfather of Mandarin R&B, David Tao.Since his debut in 1997, the multi-talented singer-songwriter has made waves with his signature style of R&B tunes crossed with rock beats, rejuvenating the Mandarin music scene with songs such as Airport 10.30, Blue Moon, Close to You and Black Tangerine.Regarded as one of the most versatile and creative artists in the Mandopop scene, Tao returns to Singapore with a brand-new showcase that is unlike any before. Going back to the basics with renowned music director Goh Kheng Long and backed by a band of established musicians, hear Tao at his best in the full harmonic splendour of the Esplanade Concert Hall as he presents an immersive performance exemplifying his musicality and vocal prowess.Feel the Tao of music as he delivers a one-of-a-kind intimate sound experience featuring his best hits.Singapore pop-duo The Freshman will be the opening act for this performance.
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Limelight 2020 Pasir Ris Secondary School Choir
The Pasir Ris Secondary School (PRSS) Choir aims to build a family of choristers with character and beauty, who are self-directed to achieve a high standard of performance that celebrates cultural diversity. The choir prides itself by working together as a family where no member is left behind. The choir also reflects the school’s belief in the importance of developing confident and well-rounded individuals.In 2010, PRSS Choir found new direction transforming from a SSA (Female Choir) to an SATB mixed choir under the baton of Terrence Toh.  In 2011, he led the choir to its first Gold Award at the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) as an SATB choir. In 2013, the choir has been awarded a Certificate of Distinction in the biennial SYF Arts Presentation, a feat repeated in 2015, 2017 and 2019, establishing itself as a performing arts group with immense potential and promise. The choir’s overseas choral experiences include International Krakow Choir Festival "Cracovia Cantans" in 2012 and Hongkong Overseas Exchange in 2015.With the motto, “Many Voices, One Harmony”, PRSS Choir will continue to strive towards choral excellence and develop their musical talents that inspire and connect hearts wherever they are.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards 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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Limelight 2020 St. Margaret's Secondary School Choir
The St. Margaret’s Secondary School (SMSS) choir comprises girls from Secondary One to Five (12 to 17 years of age). The choir performs at annual school functions such as the Speech Day, Student Councillors’ Commendation, Founder’s Day Thanksgiving Service and CCA Fair.The choir garnered the Distinction Award in 2015, 2017 and 2019 in the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation, and the Silver award for the Singapore International Choral Festival (SICF) in 2016. Other national events that the SMSS Choir participated in are the Combined Schools Choir for the SYF Opening Ceremonies in 1992 and 2002, as well as the 17th Southeast Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies in 1993. Over the years, the choir has also been exposed to the world beyond Singapore through an exchange programme with Germany in 2004, the UK Choir Tour in 2005 and the 2010 Hong Kong Winter Choral Festival in which the choir clinched the Silver Award. Other public performances by the choir includes Soundtracks, part of Esplanade’s Free Performances series at the Esplanade Concourse in 2017 and their very own concert Seasons in 2018.The choir has performed an array of diverse repertoire comprising Renaissance motets, international folk songs, Southern gospel spirituals, and songs from musicals, jazz and pop genre. Led by conductor Mrs Heng-Yap Shing Min, the St. Margaret's Secondary School Choir will present an evening of song ranging from contemporary songs of praise to a cappella arrangements of Asian folksongs, Scandinavian and tango-influenced repertoire, and familiar Broadway favourites.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards 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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Huayi 华艺节 2020 7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove 竹林七贤 Toy Factory Productions (Singapore) TOY 肥料厂(新加坡)
This is a surveillance state.The Organisation reigns supreme over the governance of the known world. Led by Cao Shuang, it controls the basic free will of all men using technology as its weapon—impelling everyone to wear a specially-programmed headset that instructs, controls and eavesdrops. A new law is implemented, forbidding artistic endeavours like music, entertainment, poetry or prose. Acts of disobedience lead to immediate arrest, imprisonment without trial, or worse—execution.Everyone obeys, with the exception of The Organisation’s arch-nemeses, seven revolutionaries who are artists by nature — Ji Kang, Ruan Ji, Shan Tao, Xiang Xiu, Liu Ling, Ruan Xian and Wang Rong. Placated neither by the lure of wealth nor the promise of power, their resistance soon captures the attention of their cagey government. Under the watchful eyes of The Organisation’s Head of Surveillance, Ma Siyi, the painter loses possession of his brush, the poet is prohibited from writing, the dancer no longer moves freely and the musician is forbidden to compose. Unbeknownst to all, Ma is planning to wield absolute control over the entirety of human civilisation through body-implanted microchips.Can the seven break free and liberate mankind from the grasp of The Organisation? In this dystopic era, can they trust each other enough to work together towards a common good?Inspired by the real-life historical figures of the Seven Sages, this new and riveting work traces the artists’ tireless and relentless search for the elusive bamboo grove, an oasis of freedom for humanity. Can the arts ultimately be the force that saves mankind?7 Sages of the Bamboo Grove is an Esplanade commission, directed by Goh Boon Teck, co-written by Goh Boon Teck and Koh Teng Liang, starring Sharon Au, Nelson Chia, Tang Shao Wei and Loh Jun Hong, and presented in conjunction with Toy Factory Productions’ 30th Anniversary celebrations.
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“His live shows are amazing, packed with energy and great orchestration.” – The HinduGet ready for a night of Bollywood fever as National Award-winning composer, renowned singer and lyricist Amit Trivedi makes his Singapore debut! Expect nothing short of a dazzling concert full of his catchy and danceable numbers, explosive stage presence and an evening filled with josh! Groove to the best of Amit Trivedi as he performs with his co-singers and band at Kalaa Utsavam 2019.Amit TrivediOne of the most in-demand music composers in Bollywood, Amit Trivedi has composed for top films such as Dev D, Lootera, Kai Po Che, and Secret Superstar, to name a few. His free-flowing use of Indian folk instruments, sometimes paired with a distinctly Western base of rock and electronica, has continuously broken new grounds in Indian cinema.Touted as the torchbearer of the new generation of Indian music, Amit has won accolades including the National Award, Film fare, GIMA, Mirchi Music Award and Screen Awards. He was featured in Coke Studio @ Mtv Season 2, 3 and 4, and made waves on the MTV Unplugged in 2017 where he presented twists of his own songs.
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PLAYtime! 2020 Karung Guni Boy
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Pentas 2020 Konsert Karya Agung Pak Ngah (Pak Ngah's Legendary Hits in Concert) By Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia
Join Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza and various Singaporean artists, led by the Orkestra Tradisional Malaysia (OTM), as we usher in the New Year with the works of legendary Malay composer Pak Ngah. Sing along to hit favourites like Cindai, Nirmala, Dikir Putri and many more in this one night only concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall.Produced by Istana Budaya, Konsert Karya Agung Pak Ngah (Pak Ngah’s Legendary Hits in Concert) will feature iconic songs by the renowned Malaysian composer, the late Datuk Suhaimi Md. Zain, who is more fondly known as Pak Ngah. Throughout his illustrious career, Pak Ngah championed Malay ethnic pop and composed hit songs for many artists in the Nusantara, many of which propelled their careers to new heights.OTM is a traditional Malay orchestra comprising musicians of different ethnic backgrounds that is managed by Istana Budaya. The concert will be jointly produced by OTM and Pak Ngah Production Sdn. Bhd.
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The down-and-out scholar Lu Sheng dreams of a life of fortune, power and women. He encounters the immortal Lu Dongbin who gifts him a porcelain pillow. That night, as Lu laid his head on the pillow, he dreams of becoming a top scholar and was married to a beautiful woman. In the dream, Lu experiences 50 years of highs and lows of fame as a high-ranking official, only to wake up to the stark reality that the yellow millet porridge that had been simmering away in a nearby shop before he fell asleep was still not cooked. He had crested heights of achievement and fallen from grace only in his dreams. Enlightened, Lu decides to follow the immortal Lu Dongbin and no longer covets worldly desires.Capturing the seamy side of officialdom in a feudal society, Tang Xianzu wrote the play a year after he retired as an official and returned to his hometown. The Tale of Handan is often regarded as the most remarkable literary masterpieces amongst the Four Dreams.Cast: Zhang Wei Wei, Chen LiAbout Four Dreams in the Camillia HallFor every Kunqu performer, it is a dream to be a part of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall. Written by influential Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu, it is a collection of four outstanding classic operas regarded for its culture value and philosophical thoughts. Author Wang Siren, Tang’s contemporary, summarised the collection as chivalry (A Pair of Purple Hairpins), love (The Peony Pavilion), Buddhist meditation (A Dream Under the Southern Bough) and immortality (The Tale of Handan). These four dreams are the crystallisation of Tang’s experiences, insights and artistry, and have long been regarded as the benchmark of excellence for Kunqu works. Four centuries later, the incomparable brilliance of these Four Dreams still shines bright.To mark the 400th anniversary of Tang Xianzu’s passing in 2016, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe began touring performances of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall to various parts of the world. The performances were well-received regionally and internationally in major Chinese cities, as well as in USA, Czech Republic and Belgium.The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe believes in respecting and revering tradition and is dedicated to the continuation and promotion of Kunqu. This is the spirit which the troupe adopted in their approach towards the production of the Four Dreams. A dream unfolds each evening, and over the course of four nights, the troupe weaves a cohesive experience for audiences through imaginative staging that brings alive the literary beauty of Tang’s words and the aesthetic essence of Kunqu.These works are performed by opera icons as well as younger performers who are given the opportunity to share the stage with Kunqu masters. The result is an elegant expression of Kunqu that is both precise and nuanced — a worthy homage to one of the oldest opera genres in the world.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 in::music – Eve Ai "The Names" (Taiwan) 好in::乐 – 艾怡良 《不想忘记的名字们》(台湾)
With four albums and two Golden Melody Awards under her belt, Taiwanese soul songstress Eve Ai is Mandopop’s undisputed Queen of Blues.The singer-songwriter got her start when she won the fifth season of reality singing competition Super Idol in 2010 with her raspy, sultry vocals. Over the course of her music career, Eve has wowed audiences and fans time and again with her inimitable ability to write songs that tug at your heartstrings, including hits such as Forever Young, The Sum of Us, as well as A-Mei’s Story Thief and Lala Hsu’s The Prayer.A recipient of numerous industry accolades including Best Female Mandarin Singer at the 2017 Golden Melody Awards and Best Composer at the 2019 Golden Melody Awards, Eve invites you to sing, listen and reminisce your past loves at her latest solo showcase at in::music.in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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Jeremy Monteiro and friends welcome another yuletide season with A Sweet and Lovely Jazzy Christmas!It’s that time of the year again when we get to slow down and enjoy happy moments with family, friends and loved ones. So join in the good times and yuletide cheer with Singapore’s King of Swing and his longtime musical friends as they present an evening that will leave you with a smile on your face and a glow in your heart.Featuring well-loved numbers such as The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, I’ll be Home for Christmas, and Sweet and Lovely.
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Florida indie pop duo SALES makes their Singapore debut at the Esplanade Annexe Studio!A collaboration between longtime friends Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih, SALES were named “Ones to Watch” by Hype Machine when they released their debut EP featuring the single Chinese New Year. The duo’s music is described as minimal, yet meticulously crafted, emotive and incisive. With over 7 million streams on Spotify and sold-out concerts in major cities across the US and Europe, SALES brings their distinct sound to Singapore for the first time.Opening Act: ShyeShye is a self-taught 17-year-old musician from Singapore, who in the solitude of her bedroom, experiments, writes and produces everything by herself.Since winning Vans Musicians Wanted in 2018 at the age of 16, Shye has also become the youngest to win an award at the inaugural Youth Music Awards in Singapore in January 2019. She has since gone on to perform for House of Vans Guangzhou and has served as opening acts for international musicians such as Superorganism and Clairo at their concerts in Singapore. She has also played in several local music festivals, the most recent being Baybeats, which included a line up of both Singaporean and regional acts.
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Twenty-time Grammy Award-winning jazz guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny returns to the Esplanade Concert Hall for another unforgettable evening featuring music from across his career.Metheny is joined in this concert by his longtime drummer Antonio Sanchez, who composed the Grammy Award-winning film score for Birdman, and two young leaders in the New York City and London jazz scenes—Malaysian-Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh and British pianist Gwilym Simcock.Metheny first burst into the international jazz scene in 1974, and his debut album Bright Size Life in 1975 reinvented the jazz guitar sound for a new generation of musicians. Throughout his career, Metheny has continued to redefine the genre by utilising new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Metheny’s versatility on the jazz guitar is nearly without any peer on any instrument, and his deeply emotive music inhabits a multitude of musical worlds.
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Limelight 2019 River Valley High School Choir
The River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) come together to present a concert featuring songs dear to their hearts from the past 20 years. Centering on the theme “Homecoming!”, the concert will feature works such as 《米农》, a commission by Zechariah Goh, select movements from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, as well as a rare performance of Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum. Join the choir as they recall milestones and the many memories made through singing together.About River Valley High ChoirUnder the guidance of conductor Ms. Choy Siew Woon, the River Valley Chorale (Junior Choir) and Chamber Singers (Senior Choir) have established a strong tradition of musical accomplishments and accolades. At the recent Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation 2019 for choirs, both choirs were awarded the Certificate of Distinction. The choirs have committed themselves to several areas of service. In addition to performing at school events such as ReVerie and Open House, the choristers also lent their voices to the Christmas Wonderland event held at Gardens by the Bay in 2018.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards 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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da:ns series 2020 Lady of the Camellias Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier (Germany)
“Neumeier’s biggest coup.” - Hamburger Morgenpost“A magical moment of ballet“ - Stuttgarter Zeitung“An ingenious combination of dramaturgy, staging and choreography.” - Stuttgarter Nachrichten“Highly dramatic and moving”- Hamburger MorgenpostThe Hamburg Ballet presents the Singapore premiere of Lady of the Camellias, one of choreographer John Neumeier’s most beloved works. This debut presentation in Singapore will be directed by Neumeier himself, as Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet.Based on Alexandre Dumas fils’ landmark novel La Dame aux Camélias, Lady of the Camellias is an unconventional story ballet that tells the tragic tale of Marguerite, a beautiful courtesan secretly suffering from tuberculosis, whose life of debauchery takes a turn when she falls in love with Armand Duval, a young man from a well-to-do family. Confronted by Armand’s father, she decides to leave her one true love, and soon after dies of her illness.Set to the romantic music of Frederic Chopin and with lush costumes by Jürgen Rose, Lady of the Camellias features some of the most beautiful pas de deux in 20th-century ballet. Since its premiere in 1978, Lady of the Camellias has entered the repertory of ballet companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the American Ballet Theatre.Neumeier is a recipient of some of the most prestigious international awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as the French Order of Arts and Letters and the Legion of Honour. With the Hamburg Ballet last performing in Singapore in 2003, this is a rare chance to enjoy this well-loved John Neumeier ballet work performed by the Hamburg Ballet, which has been under the helm of Neumeier since 1973.
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Limelight 2019 Commonwealth Secondary School Choir
Under the dynamic musical tutelage of Mr. Foong Hak Luen, the Commonwealth Secondary School Choir has been actively contributing to the musical culture in school, as well as participating in regular public performances. The choir has received Gold, Gold with Honours and Distinction Awards in the biannual Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation since 1999 and has also received two Gold Awards in international choral competitions held in China and Malaysia.For the first half of the concert, the choir will be presenting beautiful choral pieces like Arthur Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, alongside contemporary works like Ola Gjeilo’s The Ground and fiery pieces like Daemon Irrepit Callidus and Dies Irae.In the more light-hearted second half, audiences can groove to the familiar songs of ABBA. The choir will present their take on oldies like Mama Mia, Money Money Money, I Have A Dream, Super Trouper, Dancing Queen and Thank You for the Music.Bringing the arts to communities in need through LimelightHalf of the ticket proceeds will go towards 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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Depressed and laying in a drunken slumber under the old pagoda tree, a discharged army official Chun Yufen dreams that he visits the kingdom of ants. In his dream, he marries the princess and is appointed to an illustrious position in the kingdom. He achieves numerous successes and becomes an influential figure. Unfortunately, upon the passing of his wife, his power and arrogance turned him into the target of much jealousy, and he was ultimately sent into exile. Waking from his dream, Yufen realises that all his accomplishments were an illusion. A priest performs a religious ceremony to help the soul of his deceased wife find peace, and he chooses to seek enlightenment from Buddhism.Disillusioned by the corruption of the imperial court, it is said that despondent drunkard Yufen embodied the author’s own struggles with worldly ambition.Cast: Luo Chen Xue, Wei LiAbout Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall For every Kunqu performer, it is a dream to be a part of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall. Written by influential Ming dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu, it is a collection of four outstanding classic operas regarded for its culture value and philosophical thoughts. Author Wang Siren, Tang’s contemporary, summarised the collection as chivalry (A Pair of Purple Hairpins), love (The Peony Pavilion), Buddhist meditation (A Dream Under the Southern Bough) and immortality (The Tale of Handan). These four dreams are the crystallisation of Tang’s experiences, insights and artistry, and have long been regarded as the benchmark of excellence for Kunqu works. Four centuries later, the incomparable brilliance of these Four Dreams still shines bright.To mark the 400th anniversary of Tang Xianzu’s passing in 2016, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe began touring performances of Four Dreams in the Camellia Hall to various parts of the world. The performances were well-received regionally and internationally in major Chinese cities, as well as in USA, Czech Republic and Belgium.The Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe believes in respecting and revering tradition and is dedicated to the continuation and promotion of Kunqu. This is the spirit which the troupe adopted in their approach towards the production of the Four Dreams. A dream unfolds each evening, and over the course of four nights, the troupe weaves a cohesive experience for audiences through imaginative staging that brings alive the literary beauty of Tang’s words and the aesthetic essence of Kunqu.These works are performed by opera icons as well as younger performers who are given the opportunity to share the stage with Kunqu masters. The result is an elegant expression of Kunqu that is both precise and nuanced — a worthy homage to one of the oldest opera genres in the world.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 in::music 好in::乐 ØZI《Forbidden Paradise》 (Taiwan)(台湾)
Get down with the unique hip hop sound of ØZI in this Singapore debut at in::music!Since the release of his self-titled debut album ØZI: The Album in 2018, he has been making waves in the industry with his signature urban hip hop and R&B sound. His collaboration with Taiwanese singer 9m88 on the party anthem track B.O. is a heady meld of R&B and jazz, receiving much acclaim.Named Best New Artist at the 2019 Golden Melody Awards and Singapore’s Freshmusic Awards, ØZI has received acclaim from fans and industry insiders, including The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan, which named his album as one of the top 10 albums of the year.Born in Los Angeles and raised in Taipei, the rapper has also been making serious inroads into the world of high fashion and has quickly established himself as one of this generation’s most influential music-makers.in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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PLAYtime! 2020 The Amazing Sarong
PLAYtime! 2020 The Amazing Sarong is an Esplanade production.What’s amazing about a plain old sarong?Nora and Adi finds out that there is nothing ordinary about a piece of cloth. Watch how the humble sarong stretches, flows, folds and transforms right before their eyes, bringing the pair on an extraordinary journey not to be forgotten.Through movement, music and interactive fun, The Amazing Sarong explores how a seemingly boring object can spark unexpected adventures, joy and new encounters.Adapted from the children’s book The Amazing Sarong, written and illustrated by Quek Hong Shin, published by Epigram Books.Directed by Ian Loy, Esplanade Associate Artist for Theatre for Young Audiences
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Gullinkambi – Puppetry Theatre for Children 《古林肯比》儿童偶戏剧场 Bon Appétit Theatre (Taiwan) 尝剧场(台湾)
In a small town near the North Pole, there lived a little girl named Sonna and her best friend, the polar bear Gullinkambi. One night, Gullinkambi is nowhere to be found. Unable to trace the whereabouts of her best friend, the heartbroken Sonna muster her courage and decide to embark on a solo adventure to bring her friend home, bidding farewell to her warm home and her beloved grandmother.Through this unknown journey, faced with threatening weather conditions, a mountain of challenges await her. Will little Sonna brave through these obstacles and bring her friend safely home? What awaits them upon their return?An original production by Bon Appetit Theatre, Gullinkambi is a tale of love and courage told through a multi-disciplinary showcase of puppetry, physical theatre, lights and music. Open your mind to a world of imagination as you follow Sonna’s search for Gullinkambi in this heartwarming non-verbal puppetry production, bound to touch anyone and everyone, from the young to the young-at-heart.About Bon Appétit TheatreBon Appétit Theatre is a Taiwanese theatre troupe with a focus on original stories and devising acting approaches at its core of creation. The name of Bon Appétit Theatre refers to “taste” and “appetite”, where the artists are the chefs and the audience partakes their creations. Every original theatre production is a discussion on contemporary issues, natural environment and observation in humanity through the artforms of physical theatre, puppetry, music narration and other diverse devising methods. Through creative presentations, Bon Appétit Theatre hopes to continue to share their stories and with audiences from all over the world. 
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“This full-length solo piece tells her story, celebrates her talent and showcases her extraordinary longevity.”– South China Morning Post, Hong Kong“Watching her dance, I am overwhelmed with emotions and I just want to keep this moment close, like how I gingerly held fireflies in my palm in my childhood.Never have I seen such a unique expression, and I have no idea if I will have the fortune to witness something as stirring as this again.”– Lin Hwai-min, Founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of TaiwanI remember it was 1987 Such a long journey, 40 hours on the trainAll the way, from the north to the southEventually, I arrived in Hong KongAlmost 55 is a full-length autobiographical solo created by award-winning Taiwanese choreographer Chou Shu-yi for Qiao Yang, one of Hong Kong’s most distinguished dance artists and a pioneer contemporary dancer from China. Interspersing physically challenging dance solos with monologues, Qiao Yang shares her ongoing journey in dance as she reflects on her purpose in life at her age of 50s. Through the ebb and flow of Qiao’s movements, this intimate work imprints her years of unwavering dedication to dance, and spotlights the power that comes from daily discipline and ordinariness.Crystallised after a 400-day creative and research journey, this production traces Qiao’s dance career, from performing traditional Chinese dance in her home town in Shaanxi in the early 1970s, to studying contemporary dance in Guangzhou in the 1980s, and moving to Hong Kong in the 1990s, and explores notions of identity and home.Featuring a stellar creative team with lighting designer Lee Chi-wai, video designer Maurice Lai, composer Steve Hui and costume consultant Lin Ching-ju – its premiere in Hong Kong in January 2019 received critical acclaim.About City Contemporary Dance Company “The artistic soul of contemporary Hong Kong” – South China Morning PostUnder the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director, Willy Tsao, City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) has inspired and elated audiences in Hong Kong and around the world with superb modern dance performances for 40 years. Founded in 1979, CCDC has presented more than 200 original works to critical acclaim, including productions by Tsao and leading choreographers such as Helen Lai, Mui Cheuk-yin, Pun Siu-fai and Yuri Ng. CCDC has also staged innovative collaborations with outstanding artists from other media and with artists from around the world.CCDC is renowned for reflecting the vigour and creativity of Hong Kong’s vibrant, multifaceted contemporary culture, presenting works to an audience of more than 50,000 people annually. The Company has accepted 269 overseas invitations to represent Hong Kong in performance at the world’s foremost dance stages and festivals in over 30 major cities around the world.
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PLAYtime! 2020 Karung Guni Boy (Sensory-friendly performance)
PLAYtime! 2020 Karung Guni Boy (Sensory-friendly performance) is an Esplanade production.Things come alive around Karung Guni Boy! With the awesome power of his imagination, he can transform everyday objects into fantastical items.One day, his friendly neighbour gets hurt and cannot get around as easily as before. Can Karung Guni Boy invent something to help her out?Follow the adventures of Karung Guni Boy, a heart-warming story about learning to care for the world and people around us.Adapted from the children’s book Karung Guni Boy, written by Lorrain Tan and illustrated by Eric Wong, published by Epigram Books.Directed by                                Tan Beng TianAdapted for the stage by            Jean TayPerformed by                             Beatrice Chien                                                  Suhaili Safari                                                  Padma Sagaram                                                  Tan Shou Chen                                                  Julian WongSet Designer                              Wong Chee WaiLighting Designer                       Gabriel ChanComposer                                   StanCostume Designer                      Glenna NgSensory friendly performance provides a welcoming and relaxed environment for children, and is particularly suited for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities.
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 The Long Goodbye 小儿子 Story Works X Dreamland (Taiwan) 故事工厂 X 梦田文创(台湾)
When we lose our way between the past and the present, can we still dream? Can we still love?When the one you love no longer remembers you, can you still care for them?An accomplished author is diagnosed with dementia. He only remembers the events of the bestseller book he wrote about being a father to his youngest son. The youngest son in the book has now matured into a professional, seeking his footing in the corporate world and trying to make a mark for himself instead of living in his well-known dad’s shadow and being labelled as just the boy in the book. As his father’s memory fades, the son has to learn to care for his father, even though his father cannot remember him any longer. Through recollections of happier times from his childhood written in the book, the son eventually regains the capacity to love and dream.Adapted from the heartwarming essay collection My Little Boys by Taiwanese writer Luo Yijun, and featuring a talented cast led by award-winning thespian Lee Tien-Chu, The Long Goodbye takes us into the heartbreaking world of a father with dementia and his family.Following the successful run of The Way Of Zhuang Zi at Huayi 2019, gain a little dose of positivity and cement your bonds with your family through this moving theatre production at Huayi 2020 with Story Works’ The Long Goodbye, which has touched thousands of audiences across Taiwan since 2018.#pleaseremembermeThe role of the son will be played by Lan Jun Tian and Wu Ting Chien.7 & 9 Feb: Wu Ting Chien | 8 Feb: Lan Jun Tian About Story Works Story Works was established in December 2013, with a focus on innovative theatre and original play productions. Apart from cultivating theatre professionals, the theatre company also develops a vibrant educational programme to attract young talent and spark imagination. With its dedication to become the best platform for Taiwan’s young theatre professionals on and off stage, Story Works seeks to bring entertaining and thought-provoking plays to every corner in Taiwan and beyond.Since its establishment, Story Works has produced and presented 10 original plays. The company’s mission is to recapture the joy and sorrow and represent the beauty of moments to the audience.
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Esplanade Presents Lea Salonga in Concert
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/54 Below the year before.For this concert, Lea will be performing songs from Broadway musicals to film music, and a few notable Disney favourites. 
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Sat, 8 Feb 2020

7.30pm

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