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  • Photo of ICN 2020: Unity in Diversity

    Bhinneka Tunggal Ika — Unity in Diversity Let us be reminded that we all have a unique place in society The introduction to Indonesian folklore  ICN is an annual musical production brought to you by over 120 Indonesian students passionate about storytelling in Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Titled Nilanka: A Musical, the story takes viewers back in time for a riveting performance. “For generations, ICN Cultural Production has discussed various themes while showcasing the vibrant culture and illustrations history of our Nusantara.” This year, ICN Cultural Production tells a captivating story about growth, love, and ambition from the classic Batak…

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  • Photo of ICN 2020 – Nilanka brings folklore storytelling to the fore

    ICN Cultural Productions returns in 2020 for the 11th edition of their show — titled Nilanka: A Musical.  This year’s production sees them taking on Batak folklore, specifically “Dayang Bandir dan Sandean Raja” from Indonesia’s cultural heritage. In a story revolving around themes of identity and conformity, Nilanka invites audiences to follow the journey of the six characters as they struggle against facing established societal norms while trying to stay true to themselves. As with previous editions, Nilanka is produced solely from the efforts of the Indonesian students of Nanyang Technological University (NTU); overseeing every aspect of the production including…

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  • Photo of Cats The Musical Review: Immersive and showy, but nothing else to purr about

    As upbeat and boisterous as it may be, Cats The Musical is a difficult musical to appreciate. One of the longest-running Broadway musicals, Cats The Musical clinched seven Tony awards including ‘Best Musical’, and has been seen by more than 81 million people worldwide. Revolving around the lives of the “Jellicle cats”, the premise of Cats is set in what seems like a junkyard as the show introduces the feline characters – the Jellicle cats – who congregate under a moonlight for an annual affair, the Jellicle Ball. Old Deuteronomy (played by Nicholas Pound), the wise leader of the pack,…

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  • Photo of 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…

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  • Photo of 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)…

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  • Photo of “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…

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  • Photo of 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…

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  • Photo of 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…

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  • Photo of 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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  • Photo of Witness Time Seemingly Come To A Standstill In ‘Crowd’

    An unabashed, raw portrayal of rave parties, Crowd was held on Saturday, 1 June and Sunday, 2 June 2019 at Victoria Theatre as part of Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) 2019. Inspired by the techno-rave scene of 1990s Berlin, Crowd sees 15 dancers create temporal distortions, alternative realities and dreamscapes, exposing the core of our “inner selves”. Victoria Theatre’s stage was covered by a layer of soil, with packets of chips and rubbish visible at the back of the stage to create the setting for an open-field rave party. Crowd opens with a single dance walk onstage in slow…

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