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On the Stage: Shows, displays and festivals in Singapore in June 2013

June’s high temperatures call for arts and leisure activities that appeal to our creativity, keep us cool and quench our thirst.

 

Lease The Ivories

Buying a piano –upright, baby or grand – isn’t for everyone. Steinway Gallery Singapore’s I Love to Rent initiative is perfect for beginners who aren’t sure how they’ll take to the instrument, and for itinerant expats who are concerned about having to sell or freight a piano when they leave Singapore.

The minimum rental contract is 24 months (with a $1,000 break-lease fee if your interest wanes or you need to leave Singapore). There’s also an option to buy the piano, offsetting the rental paid against the purchase price. Monthly rentals start as low as $150 per month for an upright Essex EUP-108C Continental Studio piano – ideal for beginners, boasting the latest design specifications and engineering standards from Steinway & Sons.

Situated in Palais Renaissance, Orchard Road, Steinway Gallery Singapore is the exclusive supplier of a vast selection of Steinway & Sons pianos including the Steinway Boston and Steinway Essex. steinway-gallery.com.sg

 

Illogical Drama

Two actors start out across bleak terrain and with each encounter their landscape shifts, contrasting dream-like states with the reality of humanity. Absurdity, randomness and nonsense prevail while happiness and pain intermingle, depicting the dualistic magnificence and wretchedness of life. Illogic is a theatre performance in two acts that asks seemingly unanswerable questions. Written and directed by Natalie Hennedige, starring Edith Podesta and Noorlinah Mohamed. Nightly performances (8pm) from 13 to 15 June at the Drama Centre Theatre. Tickets $35 and $45.

caketheatre.com | sistic.com.sg

 

Ale of a Time

Steins in hand, beer lovers await this year’s Beerfest Asia. The four-day event (13 to 16 June) features over 300 varieties, including the brutish EKU 28 – tipping the blood alcohol volume meter at 11 percent. Cleansing ales aside, there’ll be plenty of tasty food, live music, a comedy club, beer auctions and brewing workshops. Tickets start at $15 for a one-day pass and $50 for a four-day pass. VIP packages start at $130 and include express entry, reserved seating, $50 worth of Beerfest credits, buffet dinner, a festival T-shirt and a programme. Marina Promenade (F1 track behind the Singapore Flyer). beerfestasia.com | sistic.com.sg

 

Take to the Skies

The fifth annual Kite Festival will adorn Singapore’s skies from June to September 2013. Head to Tampines Fields (Tampines Industrial Avenue 3) to witness Kite Giants – Big and Wondrous on 1 and 2 June. From 4pm to 7pm, more than 50 of the world’s largest and most spectacular designs will be flown by expert stunt kiters. The Children’s Kite Carnivale (29 and 30 June) will be at West Coast Park’s Grand Lawn between 4pm and 7pm, and more kiting activities are on throughout July and August. Grand Flying Days on 31 August and 1 September at The Promontory at Marina Bay will end the festival. 6735 9986 | act3international.com.sg

 

Triple Treat from Wild Rice

Wild Rice brings you three thought-provoking performances in July.

1. Cook a Pot of Curry explores Singapore’s past, current and future identity, including anti-foreigner sentiment directed at the influx of immigrants and foreign workers, who are blamed for overcrowding on public transport, escalating property prices and depressed wages. Directed by Glen Goei and featuring a six-member cast. From 3 to 20 July at The Singapore Airlines Theatre, LaSalle College of the Arts. Tickets from $40 to $60.

2. Dreamplay: Asian Boys Vol. 1 is a camp and fabulous tour through Singapore’s history, shedding light on the little-known beginnings of the island’s alternative community. Dreamplay is considered a pioneering work in Singaporean queer theatre. Rated 18 (homosexual themes). From 3 to 20 July at the Flexible Performance Space, LaSalle College of the Arts. Tickets $35 to $40.

3. The Optic Trilogy explores chance encounters in cold urban settings, and the hope that human contact can lead to redemption, forgiveness and possibly love. Each of the three stories is a duet between strangers – a dalliance between a tourist and a rent boy summoned from the Yellow Pages; a nervous photographer and a beautiful, blind model; and an audacious woman who proposes marriage to a man she has just met on the internet. Suitable for audiences 16 years and above. From 10 to 20 July at the Creative Cube, LaSalle College of the Arts. Tickets $35 to $40.

All three productions are written by Alfian Sa’at and will be performed nightly (excluding Mondays), with matinee sessions on weekends. Tickets from Sistic.

6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg | wildrice.com.sg

 

Folk Lore

Broaden the kids’ understanding of Indonesian and Malay culture through the musical drama, Hey Little Mousedeer! Sang Kancil is cunning, brave and razor-sharp, but his constant scheming inevitably leads to trouble for his forest-dwelling friends. Combined Asian and Western storytelling methods (masks, puppetry and costumes) explore the themes of bravery, saving the environment and being responsible for your actions. Performances from 18 July to 7 August at the Alliance Française Theatre. Tickets $28 for individuals and $126 for a family of five.

6348 5555 | sistic.com.sg

 

Great Southern Land

The works of one of Australia’s most respected artistic and cultural leaders, the late Aboriginal elder Paji Wajina Honeychild Yankarr, will be showcased for the first time in Singapore. Named after the artist’s birthplace, Kurntumarrajarra will open on 5 June from 7.30 to 9.30pm. The works will remain on display until Saturday, 6 July. ReDot Fine Art Gallery, 39 Keppel Road, #01-05. 8113 5333 | redotgallery.com

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