Now renamed to Singapore Night Festival, this year’s festival is the 6th installation and my 2nd visit. I was impressed with last year’s festival, particularly with the La Argentina series of performances, and was looking forward to this year’s.
The Singapore Night Festival 2013 is billed as the largest so far, stretching from Plaza Singapura to Raffles City over the two weekends of 23 and 24th August and 30 and 31st August from 7pm to 2am.
I was invited to the media preview which gave a whirlwind tour of the festival highlights and also revisited the actual performances over last weekend.
Everlast by Sookoon Ang
Greeting visitors to the Singapore National Museum, under its iconic rotunda is an installation titled “Everlast” by Sookoon Ang, who is based in Singapore and France. Created with foil balloons, the work is a visual poem which is taken beyond the printed page, manifesting metaphysically and physically. The poem addresses life and death, light and lightness and speaks about the exhilarating energy and dynamics between 2 persons.
Vertical Extraction by Compagnie Retouramont
Dancers embark on a vertical journey up the façade of the National Museum and break into a rhythmic dance on bungee cords in this site-specific performance that explores the museum’s architecture and surrounding space. Light projections which amplify the dancers’ bodies, and a special video by acclaimed local artist and filmmaker Victric Thng, complement Vertical Extraction to offer new perspectives on movement and our environment.
Pyramid of Void by Compagnie Retouramont
Also by Compagnie Retouramont is a performance titled “Pyramid of Void”. In this aerial dance performance, a pyramid structure made of ropes is suspended in mid-air, outlining the contours of a void, an abstract space invisible to the eye. With the ropes as their only form of support, dancers demonstrate their acrobatic creativity and agility as they negotiate the minimalist set. Their movements form a dialogue with the pyramid, breathing life into the structure and giving shape to the spaces in-between.
Starlight Academy: Redux
This is the most exciting performance of the first week of this year’s Singapore Night Festival. Using various fire and LED tools, the show features amazing feats performed by the artistes set against a video projection backdrop on the facade of the Singapore National Museum.
Oomoonbeings by Singapierrot
Two ethereal jesters descend from a crescent moon and explore the land. Dressed in plastics, these contemporary incarnations of Pierrot play in a series of teasing vignettes combining movement and installation. With a whimsical oldtime mood, this little reverie features gypsy-swing jazz duo So Ma Fan as live accompaniment.
Homemade: Electric Symphony Orchestra
As a classical music fan, I am disappointed that this is not a classical orchestra with an electronic twist but more towards pop/rock. Anyway, this was conceptualised specially for the Singapore Night Festival 2013 and brought to fruition by Ewan A.S. and Syed Ahmad. This 20 strong orchestra features a strings section, two drummers, a turntablist, a horns section, two guitarist and a bassist, and aims to be Singapore’s first “rock” orchestra.
With its iconic silhouette and its collaborations with some of the most recognisable artists and designers, ABSOLUT has cemented itself as the perfect canvas for creative ideas to flourish. ABSOLUT CANVAS showcases the ways in which artists and designers have used the ABSOLUT bottle as a channel for their creativity. The exhibition features beautifully designed bottles as well as an interactive area where visitors will get to unleash their own creativity. It also includes a pop-up bar serving ABSOLUT cocktails
that have been created specially for ABSOLUT CANVAS.
The last weekend of the Singapore Night Festival will be on 30 and 31 August 2013 from 7pm to 2am at various locations. Do check out the various performances.