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Singapore Arts Festival 2005

Source: www.nac.gov.sg

Singapore Arts Festival 2005

The Season of Brilliance

26 May - 26 Jun 2005

The most brilliant gems in the arts from all over the world will be on display in Singapore when the annual Singapore Arts Festival returns this June.
An international arts festival with a distinctive Asian flavour, the 2005 Singapore Arts Festival will feature some 4,400 artists from 27 countries and regions in 22 main productions and over 400 free performances, exhibitions and special events, offering something for everyone.
With a mix of mainstream and classical productions, contemporary and cutting-edge programmes, the Festival has established a strong identity as a bold, progressive Festival that presents original and innovative works, promotes international collaborations, as well as introducing new or emerging faces that are catching the attention of the world all over.
Core Productions
The core productions will have four blockbusters, five world premieres, three Asian premieres and four co-productions involving festivals and arts organisations in Hong Kong, China, Korea and Europe.
Opening the Festival on 26 May is the blockbuster production Amber, directed by Meng Jinghui, one of China’s most influential contemporary theatre directors.
This music theatre spectacle of love in contemporary China, presented by the National Theatre Company of China, features actor Liu Ye (刘烨), winner of the Golden Horse Award and Golden Rooster Award for Best Actor, and established actress Yuan Quan (袁泉).
Other blockbusters include The Philadelphia Orchestra led by legendary conductor Christoph Eschenbach and featuring star Chinese pianist, Lang Lang in the first of the two-night performance, The Royal Ballet with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, as well as celebrated circus group Les Arts Sauts swinging into action with Ola Kala.
The Festival continues to make its mark for the incubation and presentation of exciting world premieres. Belgium dance group Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus, one of Europe’s most inventive choreographers, given a 2-week residency in Singapore, will show off a new work combining dance and film, entitled Puur. After Singapore, the work will be presented at the Festival d’ Avignon.
The other four world premieres are powerful, thought-provoking works presented by Singaporean companies working with international artists.
Set in an intimate prison setting of cold cells, steel and closed circuit security cameras, Impenjarament by Teater Ekamatra is a devised ensemble performance by eight male performers from Indonesia, India and Singapore, examining ideas of masculinity, machismo and eroticism of the Malay psyche.
Spirits by Toy Factory Ensemble is a new music theatre work directed by Singapore’s award-winning director Goh Boon Teck. Fusing contemporary theatre and music styles with the traditions of five Chinese opera forms, the work revisits the secrets and lives of five infamous beauties spanning 5000 years of Chinese history whose tragic fates are intertwined with the fall of China’s dynasties.
In Stravinsky Dances, the Singapore Dance Theatre collaborates with multi-talented French choreographer, Marie-Claude Pietragalla to present a double bill based on composer Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Les Noces. Conducted by Lim Yau, Les Noces features the remarkable State Choir “Latvija” and pianists Shane Thio, Lim Yan, Eleanor Tan and Beatrice Lim.
The Singapore Chinese Orchestra will present a new musical epic, Zheng He – Admiral of the Seven Seas, written by composer Law Wai Lun, to mark the 600th anniversary of the year the Admiral embarked on his great voyages of discovery and diplomacy. It will not only bring together a stellar group of top vocalists, a scriptwriter and a librettist, it will also incorporate traditional Malay and Chinese dances.
Three international productions make their Asian premieres at the Festival. Crossing the boundaries of architecture, visual arts, theatre and music, Theremin by Hotel Pro Forma will take us through a century of inventions and developments in electronic music, world history and an individual’s life that led to the discovery of the instrument theremin.
Heavenly Bento by post theater new york | berlin, is an inventive, exclusive and intimate re-telling of a global economic success story, set atop a huge table around which only 30 audiences will be seated as guests in the company’s anniversary celebration.
Having sold-out his performances of D.A.V.E. in the 2000 Singapore Arts Festival, award winning composer and media artist Klaus Obermaier returns with Apparition, a collaborative multi-media dance performance that integrates motion sensor and tracking technology, blurring the lines between dance, digital image and sound.
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Source: National Arts Council Press Release 4 Apr 2005

 

 

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