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Theatre, music and dance across Singapore in June 2014

June will see all sorts of theatrical experiences heading to Singapore, from live music and dance, to arts festivals and acrobatics.

Awe-inspiring Entertainment
This month, the international, cirque-style sensation, Le Noir, returns to Singapore – this time, with even more special effects and daring performances than before. Audiences can expect to be on the edge of their seats as acrobats execute dangerous circus stunts – including the death-defying Wheel of Death – in addition to acts by comedians, musicians and other specialty entertainers. Though the show has a seductive style, children are welcome to attend this magical experience. See it from 7 to 22 June at MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets from Sistic.


Open-air Opera 
Pack your picnic basket and find a spot on the lawn – it’s time for Singapore Lyric Opera’s annual Opera in the Park at the Botanic Gardens. This year’s lineup includes excerpts from classics such as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Bizet’s Carmen and Wagner’s Tannhäuser, performed by various vocal talents, including young songsters from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and accompanied by the Singapore Lyric Opera Orchestra. 7 June at 6pm at Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Free admission.

Pre-Fest Fun
As the Singapore International Festival of the Arts’ (SIFA) pre-festival, The O.P.E.N. (Open, Participate, Enrich, Negotiate) will presents a selection of screenings, talks, beginners’ guides, exhibitions, concerts and performances in a more intimate and casual setting. Exploring themes of SIFA’s upcoming productions, The O.P.E.N. will explore issues from 20th-century history, art and science – biomechanics, digitalisation and South Africa’s apartheid, to name a few. The 17-day pre-festival will be held four weeks prior to the opening of SIFA. 26 June to 12 July at TheatreWorks, 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tickets are $45.


Cross-Culture Mash-Up
This month marks the fifth annual CausewayExchange, an arts and culture celebration to foster collaborations among young and established artists from Singapore and Malaysia. The programme will include various theatrical productions such as Wushu Madness II: The Realm Between – a “martial dance” performance featuring interactive lights, dynamic choreography and original music – and About Last Night, a comedy that follows two strangers trying to recall events from the night before. Also expect sculpture and painting exhibitions, literary workshops and panel discussions. 13 to 22 June. For schedules and tickets, head here.



Female Feats
Singapore-based theatre company, GenerAsia, presents a powerful play highlighting some of the issues faced by women today – fuelled by sex, abuse, identity and power. By Korean-born playwright Asa Gim Palomera, Women of Asia explores the maltreatment and exploitation of Asian women around the region, and their struggles to freedom, through a series of seven provocative, true tales. A combination of dance, comedy and tragedy, the show has already received acclaim in cities including New York, Melbourne and Bangkok. See it from 19 to 21 June and 26 to 28 June at Flexible Performance Space, LASALLE College of the Arts, 1 McNally Street. Tickets are $35 from ticketmash.sg.


For kids
Brit Books Come to Life
Charlie and Lola, stars of BBC’s CBeebies animated TV series and much-loved books by Lauren Child, will come to life on stage this month, in Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play – the sequel to Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, which enjoyed a sell-out season in Singapore in 2012. Through a mix of puppetry, visual effects, music and audience interaction, youngsters – especially aged three to seven – can experience a new educational adventure with the brother-sister duo as they learn about the seasons, embark on a Pirate voyage, and look after Sizzles the dog. 3 to 15 June at DBS Arts Centre, 20 Merbau Road. Tickets from Sistic.

Wizardly Wonder
A retelling of the classic 1900 children’s fantasy novel by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows Dorothy Gale on her journey through the Land of Oz. Along the way, she meets an array of colourful characters that help her understand the importance of friendship and believing in ourselves. Though the one-hour show is recommended for four-to-12-year-olds, there’s a good chance grownups  will enjoy revisiting this perennial favourite. 16 to 18 June at Goodman Arts Centre Blackbox, 90 Goodman Road. Tickets are $24.