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Contrary to uninitiated belief, the Arts exceeds the scope of visual art. To the best of our ability, the Arts vertical is entrenched in the egalitarian belief that all forms of art are born equal, and should be represented likewise.

NUANSA 2019 Lukisan Jati: “There’s more to Indonesia than just that, there’s more to her than just that”

NUANSA 2019 Lukisan Jati: “There’s more to Indonesia than just that, there’s more to her than just that”

It’s a production that relates close to the heart – NUANSA’s musical, Lukisan Jati, sheds light on the struggles two Indonesian scholars face in developing their artistic pursuits abroad. Following the protagonists’ journey of self-discovery, Lukisan Jati aims to share how rewarding it would be to overcome your personal struggles to follow your dreams. We spoke to the team behind the musical to tell us more about the plot that is set in two different centuries, and how they drew inspiration from the iconic Boschbrand painting. 1. What sparked the interest to follow the story of an accomplished painter, Raden…
NUANSA 2019 Lukisan Jati: Of artistic pursuits, validation, and The Boschbrand

NUANSA 2019 Lukisan Jati: Of artistic pursuits, validation, and The Boschbrand

You may have heard of the phrase “starving artist”, but what is the reality for artists who are pursuing their dreams? NUANSA’s annual musical production, Lukisan Jati (translated as ‘Portrait of Self’), explores the coming-of-age story of two painters on their journey to self-discovery. One of the two protagonists is none other than Raden Saleh, the 19-century painter who was given a scholarship to study art abroad – just like present-day Elsa, the other protagonist who earned an art scholarship in Singapore. View this post on Instagram GET TO KNOW OUR CASTS! 😗 . RADEN SALEH (Portrayed by Hugo Herdianto)…
“Each year we try and finish our season with something either lighter or a musical with a kicker of a story. This year, we found both in Urinetown.”

“Each year we try and finish our season with something either lighter or a musical with a kicker of a story. This year, we found both in Urinetown.”

Pangdemonium ends its 2019 season with a splash – Urinetown: The Musical gleefully takes the piss out of politicians, populism, “people power”, capitalism, corporate corruption, and musicals themselves! 20 years on, Urinetown continues to catapult musical theatre into a new dimension with its demented – yet uncannily familiar – depiction of a dystopian world, outrageous songs and a cunning knack of making you laugh ‘til you wet your pants. Urinetown is set in a fictional “most expensive city in the world”, where a cross-border water crisis has led to a government ban on private lavatories. The woeful water shortage sees the…
Meet Jian Yang, the man with over 12,000 toys and a book about tissue couture for dolls

Meet Jian Yang, the man with over 12,000 toys and a book about tissue couture for dolls

With over 12,000 toys in his collection, Jian Yang is one of Singapore’s largest toy collectors. The 39-year-old PR consultant had painstakingly built his collection since 1984, and now has the largest Barbie collection in Asia and an international following of over 20,000 and growing!  We recently visited Jian’s toy haven – his home – to talk about his journey as a toy collector. He shared with us on both the unique experiences he never would have had otherwise, as well as the dissent faced by the community, who even falsely label him as a gay, rich doll collector. Jian…
Traditional meets contemporary at Guo Pei’s exhibition in Singapore

Traditional meets contemporary at Guo Pei’s exhibition in Singapore

In collaboration with world-famous couturière Guo Pei, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) presents ‘Guo Pei: Chinese Art and Couture’. Held till 15 September 2019, the exhibition spans across two galleries and feature 29 of Guo Pei’s dresses, as well as 20 Chinese art pieces from the museum.  Guo Pei’s creations were erratic yet full of grandeur, it felt like I was walking through Lady Gaga’s wardrobe – had she been a fan of Chinese-inspired fashion. I personally like how each of her gowns come complete with accompanying accessories, headgear, and shoes. Yellow Queen Even before entering the galleries, visitors are met…
In Pictures: When night falls, Haw Par Villa’s 1,000 sculptures and dioramas come alive

In Pictures: When night falls, Haw Par Villa’s 1,000 sculptures and dioramas come alive

“The sea of bitterness has no bounds, turn your head to see the shore.” The world is the throne of evil, and as humanity goes through the cycle of sins, it is odd to say that Haw Par Villa is a place that one can get a revelation of sin.  Built in 1937, Myanmar-Chinese brothers Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par of Tiger Balm fame erected these sculptures to educate the public on traditional Chinese folklore and mythology. It is simply unbelievable for a modern cosmopolitan like Singapore to house such a strange place like Haw Par Villa. Yet,…
Behind the scenes of Disney’s Aladdin musical: 500,000 Swarovski crystals, 120 gold pieces on the ‘Cave of Wonders’, and the Merlion has a cameo

Behind the scenes of Disney’s Aladdin musical: 500,000 Swarovski crystals, 120 gold pieces on the ‘Cave of Wonders’, and the Merlion has a cameo

Since the curtains have lifted at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, the Broadway musical production of Aladdin was met with rave reviews. With less than 5 days left to the end of the extravagant yet mesmerizing production, Aladdin continues to transport audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and a timeless romance.  Many of you Disney fanatics would have seen the spectacular show by now, but did you know how much efforts was required behind the scenes to deliver the grandeur that we see on stage?  Let us take you wonder by wonder as…
Singapore Night Festival 2019: 5 Light Installations to Check Out This Year

Singapore Night Festival 2019: 5 Light Installations to Check Out This Year

Singapore Night Festival returns for its 12th edition from 23 August to 31 August 2019, featuring a plethora of experiences and artworks that are set to transform the Bras Basah.Bugis district into an arts and cultural oasis.  View this post on Instagram The Singapore Night Festival returns for its 12th year, transporting you to an ethereal wonderland as always — and this time, tackling issues such as climate change along the way. Check out what's new in bio. A post shared by DANAMIC (@danamicorg) on Aug 25, 2019 at 9:05pm PDT This year, the Singapore Night Festival will host two…
Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production

Disney’s Aladdin musical sprinkles some Disney magic in its Genie-ous production

Hot on the heels of the Aladdin film that hit the big screens on 23 May 2019, the Broadway Musical of Aladdin has also arrived the Marina Bay Sands’ stage on 21 July 2019. Complemented with set pieces that transform smoothly between sets and dazzling stage effects, Aladdin is a bold and extravagant musical that sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy, and timeless romance in this production that was nothing short of genie-ous. Set in the city of Agrabah, the Aladdin tale follows the eponymous Aladdin, a common thief and ‘street rat’. Upon discovering a…
From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!

From simple shadow art to gravity-defying acts, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities has it all!

Cirque du Soleil dons an all-new white and grey top for its highly-anticipated return to Singapore! Setting its Big Top beside Marina Bay Sands once again, the troupe presents the highly-acclaimed KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities from 5 July (Friday) to 18 August 2019 (Sunday).  Set in an alternate yet familiar past – in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination – a Seeker pursues works to take a glimpse of the marvels that lie just below the surface. In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker discovers a hidden, invisible world; a place where the craziest…
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