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May 30, 2008

Esplanade Theatres By The Bay: Singapore Arts Festival 2008

Esplanade Theatres By The Bay: Singapore Arts Festival 2008

Esplanade Theatres By The Bay, Singapore’s performance arts venue situated at 1 Esplanade Road next to the Marina Bay is a complex building like no other. Its distinctive dome-shaped roofs, affectionately likened to a durian, cover a 2000-seat main theatre, 1600-seat concert hall, and several studios, recital rooms, mini-theatres and outdoors performing spaces.

The Singapore Arts Festival commenced on 29 May with an Asian premier of the Architecture of Silence, a musical and dance extravaganza by the Slovene National Theatres Opera & Ballet Maribor and Ljubljana with the Singapore Festival Orchestra. If you enjoy choral works like Mozart’s Requiem KV626 and Zbigniew Preisner’s Requiem For My Friend, and can appreciate graceful bodies dancing around a stage, catch the Asian premiere before it ends on 31 May 2008.

Another Asian premiere, Amjad by Canadian group La La La Human Steps, is a virtuoso dance performance delivered with superhuman strength that belies its inspiration that was drawn from Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Choreographed by Edouard Lock, the performance of the nine dancers have been described as ‘dazzling’ by The Independent, and ‘extraordinary’ by The Guardian. The dates of Amjad’s performance have been rescheduled to 20 and 21 June 2008.

For the closing celebrations of the Singapore Arts Festival, look out for the world premiere of Hydro Sapiens by The Lunatics (The Netherlands), Part of the Water Wonder Series from 20 – 22 June, 8pm at Bedok Reservoir. Admission is free.

For more details on the Singapore Arts Festival, view the materials over at http://www.singaporeartsfest.com/

My favourite hangouts are the library@esplanade, restaurants located inside the Esplanade theatre for the dining opportunities and the bay front promenade for great skyline views. If you like crowds and spectacular fire-works, the bay front area is a good venue to admire the Fireworks Festival leading up to National Day. On less crowded days, cityscape views and cool evening breezes conjure a pleasurable experience for evening strolls.

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