The Singapore Arts Festival will be here again from 18 May to 2 June. I had the opportunity to attend the media preview along with a few other bloggers and it was a fun night.
The event started on the rooftop cafe at the Festival Village at Esplanade Park where the festival GM Mr. Low Kee Hong gave a rundown of the programs and what to expect. The media preview takes us through a few of the key performances which will be staged at this year’s festival.
XII – In Search of 13
To start off, we were treated to a performance titled XII – In Search of 13. This is a light-hearted performance revolving social/national issues in Singapore (such as the issue of the China family who tried to forbid their Indian neighbour from cooking curry.) Twelve contenders vie to be the ultimate national icon amid all these social issues.
Kids Art Village
This is an area of activities and performances curated by groups kids from various schools and community groups. During the preview, we were given a song performances from 2 groups of kids as well as a preview of Tangle.
Pronounced flu, Flux is a performance by Théâtre du Centaure (France). It tells a story about the existence of mythical centaurs among us. Unfortunately we didn’t really get to see much of it as we had to rush to the rehearsal of Mark Chan’s Flight of the Jade Bird at the Esplande Theatre. I’ll have to return to see it again.
Flight of the Jade Bird
An operatic tone-poem presented in song, music, dance and spoken words, Mark Chan’s Flight of the Jade Bird tells a story of a young boy’s friendship with the last remaining jade bird and dilemma of whether to stay and fight the battle against vulgar materialistic change, or take off to join his brethren in a transcendental realm.
To get to the rehearsal, we were led through a labyrinth of corridors in the Esplanade Concert Hall before we arrived backstage, truly an eye-opener for me.
For more photos of the media preview, please check out my Flickr Set.