Five events to check out at the National Gallery
Let the countdown begin: just one more week and the National Gallery is, at long last, set to fling open its doors
Swan Lake 2015
Tchaikovsky's famed ballet is hardly a stranger to the Singapore stage. The Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) first performed it in 2007, and have brought it back every few years. This December, the show takes the spotlight again, but SDT's artistic director Janek Schergen is far from bored of it: 'Swan Lake is a ballet in which you can always bring more depth. It is a ballet that you can keep exposing new audiences to. In fact, even though we have staged it several times, many in our present audience have not experienced this ballet.' The story centres on Prince Siegfried (performed here by Chen Peng or Kenya Nakamura), who goes hunting one night and almost shoots a swan before it suddenly transforms into a beautiful maiden, Odette (performed by Rosa Park or Chihiro Uchida). And because this is the festive season, the original morbid ending – the prince and the damsel kill themselves before ascending to the heavens as lovers – is scratched. 'I’ve been involved in both happy and tragic endings,' Schergen says. 'But I’ve realised that audiences respond better to the happy ending rather than the melodramatic and tragic one.' So don’t you worry about this production dampening your Christmas cheer.
Darren Soh makes Singapore look dazzling and dreamy
Darren Soh is well known for his mesmerising photos of HDB blocks, but here’s a new project of his that captures a different side of Singapore: In the Still of the Night
Interview: Michael Chiang
Dick Lee and Michael Chiang’s timeless musical, 'Beauty World', shrugs off its age to make a comeback this month
Interview: Lim Kay Siu
You know Christmas bells will be ringing soon when Wild Rice's annual pantomime sweeps onto the stage. This year, it's Hans Christian Anderson's tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes that's getting the Singaporean treatment
Art and theatre events
In the Still of the Night (While You Were Sleeping)
Stroll down the tunnel to Esplanade and look out for local photographer Darren Soh's exhibition, featuring a series of photos of the city's lesser-known...
Singapore: Inside Out
The showcase, curated by architect and artist Randy Chan, highlights local Singaporean artists across a spectrum of disciplines. The showcase, having...
Peter Steinhauer: A Solo Exhibition
The photography exhibition consists of two collections, 'Singapore Number Blocks' and 'Cocoon'. The former documents the colorful numbered HDB blocks, while...
Do Ho Suh: New Works
South Korean artist Do Ho Suh brings his brand of mixed media art to Singapore. His exhibition features art created over everyday objects such as electrical...
Leather Forever celebrates Hermés' relationship with the material, and will exhibit vintage creations as well as new products from the brand. The exhibition...
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