Huayi 华艺节 2020 David Tao "DT in Harmony" 陶喆《喆和乐》
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Huayi 华艺节 2020
David Tao "DT in Harmony"
陶喆《喆和乐》
Synopsis

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.

爱,很简单。音乐如是,在回归纯粹后方能找自己。

6座金曲奖肯定,7张口碑甚佳的个人专辑,出道22年的华语乐坛“R&B教父”陶喆,写下无数经典好歌如《沙滩》、《飞机场的10:30》、《天天》等。陶喆的音乐却从不受限于R&B曲风,血液里的摇滚魂也让他创作出描写社会乱象的《黑色柳丁》、《鬼》等警世佳作。

陶喆再次来新,但这回他将带来一场有别于过往,回归音乐本质的演出。陶喆将卸下华丽的编制,以最简单的音乐形式,在滨海艺术中心音乐厅静谧的氛围与室内声学效果下,用最纯净的状态和你交流。陶喆也将与合作多年的本地音乐总监吴庆隆,一起打造一场为这个场地量身订制,专属于此的全新演出。

本地组合插班生将是这场音乐会的开场嘉宾。

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Language

Mandarin

Duration

Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, with no intermission

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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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The Studios 2020 - Lost & Found Punggah Written by Johnny Jon Jon A Co-production with Teater Ekamatra
Punggah tells the story of the unlikely friendship between Zaitun, a palliative care nurse who finds joy in burying cuttings, patients and her past; and Martin, a filial man trying to trace his dying mother’s past in order to fulfil her final request. Compelled by time, both struggle to deal with personal conflicts as they try to reconcile the past and the present—all in the hope of carrying out responsibilities for the people they both love and hate. Punggah explores themes of reconciliation and redemption, told through the lives of those dealing with death.Creative teamPlaywright                    Johnny Jon JonDirector                       Fasyali FadzlySet Designer                Wong Chee WaiLighting Designer        Liu Yong Huay FaithSound Designer           Tini AlimanCastUmi Kalthum IsmailKrish NatarajanAshwini NambiarThere will be post-show dialogues on 17 & 18 Apr, Fri & Sat (evening).
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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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The Studios 2020 - Lost & Found Lost Cinema 20/20 by Brian Gothong Tan An Esplanade Commission
“… a startlingly visual and easily engageable conversation about the role of our subconscious in powering our creative expression.” – Arts Equator via Invisible Flâneuse on the video installation Lost Cinema (2018)Dreams are the cinema of our subconscious—we are all inherently filmmakers who create films through the act of dreaming. These films often become lost upon waking.Drawing links and juxtapositions between filmmaking and the nature of dreams, Lost Cinema 20/20 highlights the curious state of awareness when we dream, while exploring how our subconscious creates cinematic narratives that blur the lines between imagination and reality.Through a conversation with the rich visual culture of films—including those from the golden age of Singapore cinema—the work deconstructs tropes in filmography and looks at what shapes and defines our shared subconscious.Created and directed by multimedia artist Brian Gothong Tan, the work was first developed as a six-channel video installation titled Lost Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The Studios’ commission of Lost Cinema 20/20 expands this into a multi-disciplinary performance and combines film, theatre and video art to create an immersive theatre experience.Creative teamCreator & Director                  Brian Gothong TanProducer                                 James Jordan TayWriter                                     Kaylene TanLighting Designer                   Lim Woan WenSound Designer                      Teo Wee Boon  Set Designer                           Allister TowndrowCostume Designer                  Moe KasimCast                                 Karen TanLim Yu-BengMa YanlingIrfan KasbanMunah BagharibSun Phittaya PhaefuangThere will be post-show dialogues on 3 & 4 Apr, Fri & Sat (matinee).
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Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea Timeless Love Songs 永恒的情歌
Immerse in the sweetness of love through the soothing voices of Donnie Chan and Annie Eu as we approach Valentine’s Day. Sing along to timeless love songs such as Just Like Your Tenderness and About Love!
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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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Mosaic Music Series Novo Amor (UK)
“Obsessed. Too good” – Stereofox“Every bit as enchanting as we hoped” – Under the Radar Mag“Nice and chilled" – Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1“A thing of fragile beauty...” – Drowned in SoundKnown for his delicate and airy falsetto paired beautifully with instrumental accompaniments, Welsh singer-songwriter Novo Amor (aka Ali Lacey) promises an unmissable evening—“one of trembling, spectral beauty” (MOJO).Be transported to a space filled with Novo Amor’s beautiful soundscapes, as Lacey performs with frequent collaborator Ed Tullett, backed by a full band featuring strings, keys, guitars and drums. Producing music since 2012, Lacey has been winning over fans with his soulful sound and minimalist lyrics.About Novo AmorAfter returning to his family in Wales from America, Lacey took a job in an ice cream parlour and spent his free time writing songs. Written for a friend’s feature film in 2013, Lacey’s song From Gold seemed to unlock something in him. He began writing a collection of songs which would be released as the Woodgate EP the following year—songs inspired by his time by the lake in upstate New York that were tender, honest and lovestruck.Amongst the people he met during his career was songwriter and producer Ed Tullett, with whom he forged an immediate bond. Out of that friendship grew a musical collaboration, with a first single, Faux released in 2014 (premiered on NPR and featured on the TV series’ Bones and Pretty Little Liars), followed by the second, Alps, two years later, and then a full-length album, Heiress released via AllPoints.Novo Amor’s first solo full-length album, Birthplace (released October 2018 via AllPoints) was described by Lacey as “essentially a joyous and celebratory but slightly skewed look at the past” for him. The title song was accompanied by an ambitious and visually stunning music video, directed by Sil & Jorik, that commented on the global plastic waste epidemic. Featuring professional free diver Michael Board and a long whale model made from collected plastic waste, the video was reshared over 1,000 times and won awards including Best Video at the prestigious Camerimage International Film Festival and Independent Video of the Year at the 2018 AIM Awards.Continuing to highlight important global issues, directors Sil & Jorik and Novo Amor’s most recent collaboration is a 12-minute film set across two chapters, Sleepless and Repeat Until Death, which aims to shine a light on climate change and the devastating impact of air pollution in Mongolia.
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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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Limelight 2020 CHIJ Secondary Concert Band
One of the most promising school bands in Singapore, Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) Concert Band has been awarded multiple Certificates of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (2015, 2017, 2019). In 2018, the band was invited to perform for President Halimah Yacob at the Istana Open House.At this performance, look forward to an exciting repertoire under the baton of Conductor Adrian Chiang, including familiar tunes from Disney’s Aladdin, Pixar’s Up and The Greatest Showman. The band will also be performing The Merry Widow, arranged by Eiji Suzuki.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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Raga Dramatized Readings by Brown Voices Collective
Two women, two stories. One looks for love in a tug of war between tradition and modernity; the other is tired of being forgotten and hopes to find joy through an unexpected invitation. But do they really want what they are looking for?SHAKUNTALAPlaywright: Hemang Nandabalan YadavDirector: Grace KalaiselviCast: Mumtaz Maricar, Pramila D/o Krishnasamy, Aiswarya Nair, Bada Jabari and Hasisha NazirShakuntala’s life takes a mysterious and exciting turn as an enigmatic artist uses her for a portrait of Shakuntala.An ordinary woman, Shaku, is constantly taken for granted and forgotten by her family and friends. When an enigmatic artist wants to use her as a model for a portrait of the legendary Shakuntala, Shaku is filled with new purpose and joy.Soon, it comes to light that both artist and model have strange connections to the story of Shakuntala, and the tragedies of the original Shakuntala just might revisit her current-day namesake.BETWEEN 5 COWS AND THE DEEP BLUE SEAPlaywright: Ananthanarayanan YagnyaDirector; Rebekah Sangeetha DoraiCast: Sajini and Kewel KartikIn search for answers, Girl struggles for her identity in a grapple between traditional arranged marriages and modern dating culture.What is the best path to finding my “happily ever after”? Can Tamilmatrimony.com really find me “the one”?In search for answers, Girl explores the tensions between traditional arranged marriages and the modern dating culture, and struggles to come to terms with her identity. Where will this internal tug of war take her? 
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Dance Appreciation Series 2020 Introduction to Romeo & Juliet Presented by Singapore Dance Theatre In Collaboration with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
As a lead up to Singapore Dance Theatre’s 2020 season opening of the full-length ballet, Introduction to Romeo and Juliet  is perfect for the young ones to explore the world of ballet.The classic tale of family, love and tragedy is condensed into an hour-long special told through narration and dance excerpts.  With elements of drama, swordplay, and humour, and performed to Prokofiev’s music, the ballet is set to enthral young audiences.There will also be a meet-and greet session with the cast after the performance, so come dressed in your favourite costumes!
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Mosaic Music Series ADOY (Korea)
Fresh off releasing their debut full-length album VIVID, ADOY is set to make their second appearance in Singapore.Following the success of their earlier EPs CATNIP (2017) and LOVE (2018), VIVID is the execution of the band’s intent to bridge the gap between commercial and indie, with singles such as Lemon, Pool and Someday. The four-piece band from Hongdae has taken the music world by storm with their unique sound, recently winning the Judges Award at the Seoul Music Awards (2019).Don’t miss this opportunity to catch ADOY perform songs from their new album live for the first time in Singapore, along with familiar hits including Wonder, Grace and more!
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Limelight 2020 Temasek Junior College Choir
The Temasek Junior College (TJC) Choir brings you an enchanting night of songs of hope. Focusing on the theme “A Little Light Magic”, this concert will feature whimsical works such as Eric Whitacre’s Little Birds, John Høybye’s The Magic Paint Brush, as well as the world premiere of The sky is light!, a new commission by Jennifer Tham.About Temasek Junior College ChoirEstablished in 1977, the Temasek Junior College (TJC) Choir is one steeped in history. In 2013, the choir expanded with the establishment of the Integrated Programme division. Today, the choir is 100-strong comprising members from first to sixth year students. Under the guidance of Choy Siew Woon, the choir is committed to building a community of passionate choral singers across generations of TJCians, while spreading the beauty of choral music to others.Internationally, the choir recently participated in the Belt and Road World Choir Festival (2018), where they clinched a Gold Award in the Mixed Youth Voices category and was a finalist in the Grand Prix round. Both divisions of the choir were also awarded the Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (2019).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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Mosaic Music Series Christopher
“It’s only a matter of time before he conquers the world.” – New Straits TimesPop sensation Christopher makes his Singapore debut as part of Mosaic Music Series at the Esplanade Concert Hall.Christopher has amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide and every release in his discography has reached gold or platinum status. Four albums and 17 singles later, Christopher has become one of the biggest male pop star from Denmark, scoring seven number one singles and selling out shows in Asia and Europe. Get ready to sing your hearts out to Bad, Chancer, My Heart, and more live for the first time in Singapore.
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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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A Date With Friends 2020 Forever Divas 四大歌后"魂萦旧梦"金曲演唱会 by Gu Xing Yun, Huang Li, Yudi Yap, Li Chuan, Xian Hong & Hao Hao (host) (Singapore/Malaysia)
Be whisked back in time to the Mandopop scene of the ’30s to the ’50s as the concert pays tribute to four legendary divas—Zhou Xuan, Bai Guang, Yao Li and Ge Lan—of the golden era. Their familiar favourites have stood the test of time and captured a myriad of human emotions of a past generation.Join well-known Singapore singers Gu Xing Yun, Huang Li, Li Chuan, Xian Hong, as well as Yudi Yap from Malaysia, as they present their rendition of all-time classics such as Night in Shanghai, Forever Smile, Rose Rose I Love You, Spring Breeze Kisses My Face, Without You, Ja Jambo, taking you down on an unforgettable trip down memory lane.The concert will be hosted by popular getai artist Hao Hao.
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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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Huayi 华艺节 2020 in::music 好in::乐 Tizzy Bac "Sing Like You Mean It" 《知人 · 怒唱一波》(Taiwan)(台湾)
Twenty years on, every song by this indie rock group still tells of a fascinating tale from their storied lives. After a successful tour in Taiwan, Tizzy Bac brings its much anticipated Sing Like You Mean It showcase to Singapore!Founded in 1991 by singer/keyboard player Chen Hui Ting, drummer Lin Chien Yuan and forever bassist Hsu Che Yu, the eclectic band has pioneered piano-rock hits such as Tie Zhi Bei Ke and This Is Because We Feel Pain. Through music and lyrics that explore the problems and dilemmas of modern people, many have sought solace in the band’s compositions.After a five-year hiatus, Tizzy Bac returned stronger than ever with their latest album Him in 2018. Widely regarded as one of their most mature and moving full-length albums to date, it earned them a nomination for Best Band at the 2019 Golden Melody Awards and the album’s single The People I Love was also named as one of the Top Ten Singles of the year at the 2019 Freshmusic Awards.Singing through life’s curves and edges, join Tizzy Bac for an inspiring evening as we search for answers to the great unknown.in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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Huayi 华艺节 2020 Almost 55 乔杨 City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong) 城市当代舞蹈团(香港) Choreographed by Chou Shu-yi, performed by Qiao Yang 周书毅编舞、乔杨独舞
“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 PostCity 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 by Willy Tsao, 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 270 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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Limelight 2020 Tanjong Katong Girls' School Symphonic Band
Under the baton of Sia Swee Suan, the Tanjong Katong Girls’ School (TKGS) Symphonic Band has a track record of excellence in music-making. The band has consistently clinched Distinction Awards at Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentations. TKGS Symphonic Band has also participated in the National Band Competition since 2006, consistently garnering Gold (First Division). 2020 marks 30 years of history for the TKGS Symphonic Band. The band continues to partner with alumni—young and old—in the common pursuit and love for music-making.Over the years, the band has participated in cross-cultural exchanges with musicians from the United States and Japan. Since 2000, the band has been travelling to various parts in Japan, building relationships and forging friendships with high schools such as Nakamura Gakuen Girls High School, Aichi Meiden High School, Katakura High School, Yogodawa Technical High School and Saitama Sakae High School.Join the TKGS Symphonic Band as they present to you a repertoire of music highlights such as John Philip Sousa’s Sempre Fidelis, Franz Lehar’s Vilia from The Merry Widow and a medley of animation songs by Joe Hisaishi.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 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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The Studios 2020 - Lost & Found Dragon Ladies Don't Weep by Margaret Leng Tan Co-commissioned by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay and Asia TOPA
"The formidable doyenne of the avant-grade piano"The Washington Post on Margaret Leng Tan   A work that sweeps across the senses, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep is a sonic portrait of new music icon Margaret Leng Tan—an evocative exploration of memory, time, control and loss.New York-based Singaporean pianist Tan forged a path as a major force within the American avant-garde, serving as muse to giants such as John Cage and George Crumb, and transforming the toy piano into a serious instrument. Her stellar career is a touchstone for the past 40 years of experimental musical innovation.Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep combines spoken and recorded text, projected images and original music for prepared piano, toy piano, toys and percussion by Tan’s long-term collaborator Erik Griswold.Created by a team of Singaporean and Australian artists led by Chamber Made director Tamara Saulwick and performed by Tan, this cross-cultural collaboration is a riveting collage of the forces that have shaped Tan’s life and how music has been both her passion and her refuge.Supported in Australia by the Department of Communication and the Arts; the Australia Council for the Arts; Creative Victoria; The SUBSTATION, Playking Foundation, Asia TOPA, The Robert Salzer Foundation; and in Singapore by the National Arts Council and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.A co-production by Chamber Made and CultureLink Singapore, co-commissioned by Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay and Asia TOPA.There will be post-show dialogues on 25 & 26 Mar, Wed & Thu.
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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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Raga Abhinaya - Musical Expressions of Dance by Vaishnavi Anand and Srividya Sriram
Carnatic vocalists Vaishnavi Anand and Srividya Sriram present a performance of compositions that have accompanied bharatanatyam, kuchipudi and mohiniyattam dances.This is a rare and special music presentation that focuses on the music of dance performances, featuring two up-and-coming vocalists that have performed regularly in India. Indian classical music and Indian classical dance are intrinsically intertwined, with dancers physically expressing the emotions that are inherent in the music. Here, Vaishnavi Anand and Srividya Sriram, fresh out of the Raga Carnatic Music Mentorship with Dr Rajkumar Bharathi, put the spotlight on the music and its essence.The Raga Carnatic Music Mentorship programme is a platform where selected Singapore carnatic musicians are mentored by an industry veteran from India. As a culmination of the mentorship programme, these musicians present a performance as part of Esplanade’s Raga series.
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Limelight 2020 Cedar Girls' School Choir
Since its inception into the Ministry of Education (MOE) Choral Excellence Programme in 2002, the Cedar Girls' School Choir has gone from strength to strength, garnering Distinction Awards at the biennial Singapore Youth Festival. Under the baton of alumnus and Choral Director Naomi Chye, the choir has won Gold awards at international choral competitions such as The Pacific Basin Music Festival (Hawaii, USA) and International Choir Festival Musica Religiosa (Olomouc, Czech Republic). The choir also clinched the champion title in the National Schools Xinyao 新谣 Singing Competition (2018).The choir has been invited to perform at events like the President's Star Charity Show and Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education. To spread the joy of community through song, the choir has also performed at St John’s Home and MusicFest @ Singapore General Hospital.This concert will feature classical works such as Schumann's Der Wassermann and Poulenc's Petites Voix; jazz classics such as Gershwin's I’ve Got Rhythm and Favero's Te Quiero; and songs from musicals like Phantom of the Opera. They will also be performing original songs written by students.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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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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Huayi 华艺节 2020 in::music – Ann Bai "Our Time" (Taiwan) 好in::乐 – 白安《我们的时代》(台湾)
A toast to who we were in the 1990s and to who we are now. This is our time.Indie chanteuse Ann Bai burst onto the scene in 2012 with her distinctive vocals with What Brings Me to You, which has since crossed over 112 million views on YouTube. Despite critical and popular acclaim, the petite singer retreated from the glare and took her time to write, only releasing her third and latest album 1990s in December 2018 after four years of creative development. Born in 1991, Ann espouses the importance of happiness, family and love through her music, and dedicates her latest work to all the young people who grew up in the 90s.While working on her latest album, Ann calibrated her musicality through mini showcases at live houses and cafes, as well as took the opportunity to busk on the streets of New York. She most recently appeared on China’s reality music programme I Am A Singer-Songwriter where she captured the heart of the audiences with her heartfelt renditions.Bringing along the experiences that has moulded her into who she is today, let Ann take you away from the monotony of life as she returns to Singapore with a brand-new showcase featuring popular hits Our Time and Escaping the Mediocre Life.in::music showcases some of the most inspiring Chinese singer-songwriters and bands performing their original compositions. 
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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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Limelight 2020 Fuhua Secondary School Concert Band
The Fuhua Secondary School Concert Band is made up of music-makers who create music with passion and love. Since its inception in 1999, the band has achieved numerous accolades at both national and international events.Under the tutelage of Director Samantha Chong, the band is proud to present a repertoire of band music that will light up your evening with sound and colour. Come experience a magical music journey as the young musicians bring you familiar favourites performed on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.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 Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Choir
The Yio Chu Kang Secondary School Choir celebrates their love for the choral art form with an evening of beautiful music. Led by their Director, Mrs Heng-Yap Shing Min, the choir will present a kaleidoscopic mix of contemporary sacred pieces and songs from different cultures, before ending off with familiar Broadway favourites.Since its inception, the choir has performed at various platforms such as the National Day Observance Ceremony (2011), 11th Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme Farewell Ceremony (2012) and at Esplanade’s Limelight (2014, 2016). The choir also achieved Gold with Honours (2011), Certificates of Distinction (2013 and 2015) and Accomplishment (2019) at the biennial Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Arts Presentation.Songs for the night include Eric Whitacre's The Seal Lullaby, Ethan Sperry's arrangement of Barso Re and Mac Huff's arrangement of For Good from Wicked.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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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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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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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. 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 to love his father unreservedly, and to dream of a better future.Don’t be afraid of your parents getting old. Together, we will find our way back into love and courage.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 TianAbout 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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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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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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Legendary Singapore singing sensations come together for this memorable one-night-only concert!Join Veronica Young, the then teenage singing star who stole the hearts of Singapore in the ’60s, Joe Chandran the charismatic front man of ‘70s pop rock band The X-periment, and ’80s Talentime contestant and Singapore Broadcasting Corporation singer Peter Chua, as they bring you back to the good old days with over two hours of unforgettable hits. Backed by a live band and orchestra; Seira (conducted by Ignatius Wang), they will perform songs by Tom Jones, The Platters, Connie Francis and many more!
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Esplanade Mosaic Associate Artist The Steve McQueens present an evening of brand new songs they have been working on for their next recording project.The Steve McQueens refuse to be pedestrian. They don’t live in the transient, or the touch-and-go. Swerving between cool seduction and gripping magnetism, they are ambitious to light the world up with their progressive brand of neo-vintage soul-funk.The quartet formed in 2013 as a forging of four mercurial talents in Singapore, a small country punching above its weight in Southeast Asia’s music scene. Critically acclaimed, The Steve McQueens will leave an indomitable mark on any listener with their music. They have played to growing attention at festivals like Tokyo Jazz Festival; Indonesia’s Java Jazz; Singapore’s SingJazz and Getai Soul; at the London Indig02; Japan’s Summersonic; South Korea’s Zandari Festa, Jarasum  International Jazz Festival; and Australia’s OZAsia, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne International Jazz Fest.Mosaic Associate Artists are exceptional musicians at the forefront of their genres, whom Esplanade has committed to providing tailored, intensive support.
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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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Invaluable. Prized. Treasured.Gading (Malay for “ivory”), is a contemporary dance work with roots in Malay culture and traditional dance movements, drawing inspiration from the exquisite traits of ivory.In celebration of Sriwana’s 65th anniversary, Aidli Mosbit, who last presented the sold-out Alkesah at Pesta Raya 2018, comes onboard as co-director. Gading also features Sriwana’s very own resident choreographers Zannury Zakarea, Aziela Abdul Rahim and Juhari Zaid along with dancers from the company.
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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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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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