Art ponders a world in crisis

IF an apocalypse occurred and wiped out the entire human race save for a few survivors, the best bet these people have of resetting the Earth is to break into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. There they would find nearly a million different types of plant seeds to help restore life on...

My Weekend

"I work with the Esplanade team to present mostly theatre and dance programmes at the arts centre...

Luxe Meets Local

Since Sri Lanka's civil war ended in 2009, travel magazines have been touting the South Asian island as the place to visit. With its gorgeous natural landscape and rich cultural heritage, it has much to offer the jaded traveller longing for authentic, unspoilt destinations...

A more modest fest before Ong exits

WE never make the festival safe - the only constant is that we don't have a template, says Ong Keng Sen, director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) which runs from June 28 to Sept 9. Yet, the last festival to be headed by Ong does feel smaller and less potent than previous...

A fuzzy postcard from the past

TROPICANA, billed as a musical about "sexy Sixties Singapore", turns out to be unusually heavy with socio-political themes - so much so that the drama weighs down much of the good music...

Hope is painful, but powerful

EVER met a woman called Hope who couldn't stop talking about her worries? That's how one feels sitting through the ironically-titled Harap (or Hope, in English) by Teater Ekamatra, a Malay adaptation of a Haresh Sharma play so suffused with suffering and misery, you wonder if there's...

Guitar hero

CLASSICAL guitarist and ChildAid alumnus Kevin Loh is one of the most decorated young musicians in Singapore. Last year, the 19-year-old was awarded the first prize in the Senior Division (ages 17 to 19) of the Guitar Foundation of America's International Youth Competition, as well as the...

Recalling a forgotten kingdom in Venice Biennale

AFTER 18 years criss-crossing South-east Asia, Zai Kuning's artistic journey is now going beyond the region to make a stop at the most important art event in the world: the Venice Biennale...

Ivan Heng: 'I intend to age disgracefully'

IVAN Heng stares at some 20 women's shoes laid out before him. They range from silver stilettos to black strappy heels to midnight blue velvet pumps. The heels are on average three-inches high...

Exquisite art from 'exquisite corpse' game

FOUR international artists, each known for a distinctive practice, came together to paper-and-print gallery STPI to "play a professional game", so to speak. ...

The New Art Aficionados

NATALIE and Nathaniel Gunawan belong to a new generation of young collectors rapidly emerging in Singapore.

Musical on Stamford Raffles for SIFA 2019

A MUSICAL about Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, may debut at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) in 2019.

In Julie Wee's Hew, a classic hero rises and falls

ACTRESS Julie Wee is luminous in the revival of Faith Ng's play Normal, directed by Claire Wong. Sure, she has delivered strong performances in plays as varied as The Merchant Of Venice and Hotel. ...

When the past returns to taunt and threaten

AMONG the more than 100 plays he's written, Haresh Sharma's Fundamentally Happy is easily one of his best-written - and possibly one of the trickiest to direct...

HK artists reclaim their place

THREE trams run through a busy route in Hong Kong. But their passengers - a maximum of 20 in each tram - can't look out the windows. Instead, they sit inside the darkened upper deck listening to fragments of Liu Yichang's 1972 novella Tete Beche being read aloud. Seventeen years ago, that...

She loves him, she loves him not

IN recent years Constellations, a play by English playwright Nick Payne, has got theatre reviewers ecstatically somersaulting.

Teacher-student comedy scores an "A"

REVIVED once more by a very gifted cast and creative team, The Necessary Stage (TNS) play Those Who Can't, Teach is a class act among teacher-student dramas. It was first staged in 1990 - just three years after TNS was formed - and subsequently reworked for the 2010 Singapore Arts Festival. It...

'Gotham Tower' has a new art museum

HIS namecard is the first thing you note about George Wong's maximalist ethos: It's big, more than twice the size of ordinary namecards. On its back, the executive chairman of the Hong Kong Parkview Group lists numerous boards and committees he sits on, including Wild Aid China, National...

Get a glimpse of Mid-East and N Africa in China

FIVE years ago, the Guggenheim Museum of New York acknowledged that its collection of 6,800 artworks was too Western-centric and that it needed to better reflect the range of art around the world. It found a partner in banking and financial services group UBS and subsequently started to acquire...

Tracing the evolution of Chinese ink art

THREE exhibitions at the National Gallery Singapore celebrate the delicate and wondrous practice of Chinese ink art. Altogether, there are more than 200 works of prominent 20th century artists on display.

Bringing art to the Village

HOLLAND Village may have lost some of its cool, but it makes up for it this March with a burst of artistic cred.

Shocking, sinister and so very good

WE don't give star ratings for our theatre reviews. But if we did, Pangdemonium's The Pillowman gets a full five stars. Make no mistake, Martin McDonagh's horror-comedy is hard to watch. ...

Dystopian drama lacks insight

SET in a dystopian present, Prism looks at the fate of a town earmarked for redevelopment and its impact on the residents. Though the setting is not explicitly Singaporean, some of the references are, as are the issues.

'I like to be lonely - in fact, I love it'

NO full name, no age, no picture of me please, insists Nguan at the interview. Singapore's most famous cult photographer has 63,700 followers on his Instagram account. His works have been published in legendary magazines such as Vice and Relax and shown in several global art institutions. ...