Singapore @ OzAsia Festival
SINGAPORE ARTISTS IN AUSTRALIA
CultureLink is proud of its special partnership with OzAsia Festival since 2016 to broker and present Singapore creatives in Adelaide. Ten Singapore artists and groups have shared their work in performances, workshops and talks since 2016.
22 – 23 Sep | Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Eavesdrop on this funny and poignant celebration about the real-life trials and triumphs of Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed as they look after their respective aging mothers.
One mother speaks Cantonese, the other speaks Malay. Two daughters navigate the balance between their mothers’ worlds and the fast-paced, English-speaking life of Singapore.
Filled with physical acting, comedic multilingual word play and a big heart, this contemporary theatre performance celebrates the bond we hold forever with our mother.
28 – 30 Sep | Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
An epic, multi-generational drama that takes place over 100 years of Singaporean history – all from the vantage point of a famous but unnamed luxury hotel.
Follow the Singaporean transformation from British colony to Malaysian state to sovereign nation as experienced by people, not history books.
A ground-breaking theatre event, HOTEL is a five-hour performance in two parts, old and new, eastern and western, traditional and modern. National identities, lives and empires both die and rise against the dramatic backdrop of a shrinking world.
Filled with mutineers, Cantonese nannies, film stars, bridezillas, Japanese soldiers and street workers, HOTEL will have audiences laughing, gasping, crying and cheering on a rollercoaster journey that will leave you breathless.
1 Oct | Elder Park
Bring family and friends together to celebrate Moon Lantern Festival at Australia’s largest lantern parade. Spot lantern installations throughout Elder Park, get involved in workshops and family activities and watch roving performances. Enjoy Adelaide’s food truck cuisine and after sunset, get ready for the lantern parade, led by the popular 40 metre long Hong Kong Dragon and finishing with spectacular fireworks! Designed by Simone Romaniuk and featuring live music by SA (仨).
2 Oct | Adelaide Convention Centre Lawn
Combining traditional and classical training with modern elements and a curiosity to experiment, SA (仨) create their own soundscapes, a sonic-musical identity unbound by time and culture that is truly their own.
With Christina Chan and Ricky Sim
26 – 30 Sep | LWDance Hub
Ten choreographers from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan undertake an intensive one week residency under the guidance of acclaimed choreographer Leigh Warren.
Through networking events and open classes, the artists will collaborate and share ideas in an experimental dance laboratory, fostering creative exchange.
OZASIA FESTIVAL 2016
Daniel Kok and Luke George
23 – 24 Sep | Nexus Arts
“Bunny” is a nickname given to a person tied in rope bondage. What if everyone in the theatre is a bunny?
Artists Luke George and Daniel Kok lead you down the rabbit hole to unleash your collective desires. Using macramé, sailor’s knots, Chinese knots and rope bondage techniques to push the boundaries of contemporary performance.
Curious? Then dare to enter a world of sensuality and power.
Choy Ka Fai
24 – 25 Sep | Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
The transition between man and woman can be a simple gesture. A ritualised glance. A seductive movement that transcends gender.
The mesmeric and captivating Indonesian dancer Rianto performs the traditional erotic dance Lengger in this solo performance alongside new contemporary styles. Moments of beauty are interspersed with documentary accounts of Rianto’s life as an international dancer.
A dancer of incredible skill and precise control, Rianto brings exacting form to the stage with an endearing humility.
THE STEVE MCQUEENS
24 Sep | Elder Park
The Steve McQueens have been winning fans around Singapore and Asia with their brand of self-styled neo-vintage soul-funk, playing to glowing praise at festivals like Japan’s iconic Summersonic, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Singapore’s SingJazz Festival and London’s O2 Indigo. Soulful, sultry, eclectic and eccentric.
Charlie Lim & The Mothership
24 Sep | Elder Park
Stretched far between acoustic melancholia, post-rock, indie-R&B, and electronic-pop – the extremities that mark Charlie Lim’s music, is a certain sense of cinematic gravitas that takes you on a sonic journey set against the rich narratives of life’s tales.
The quintessential Charlie Lim experience ultimately lies in the live show. Whether as a solo act; or with his super-band The Mothership, Charlie meticulously sculpts a musical narrative so mesmerising that audiences often find themselves rudely jolted back into reality upon its conclusion.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
Margaret Leng Tan
28 Sep | Nexus Arts
Inspired by her mentor, the legendary John Cage, Margaret Leng Tan is the world’s first professional toy piano virtuoso.
A major force in the American avant-garde music scene, Tan uses an array of small instruments and found objects including the toy piano, music boxes, two-note paper accordions and even a bicycle bell, to create her unique blend of music theatre.
Ground-breaking and utterly unconventional, Tan is proof that ‘poor tools require better skills’.
"This is a performance oozing with humanity, and humour, and warmth. It is pitched at just the right level, and is a hymn to mothers everywhere. It is also theatre at its most raw, fundamental and authentic, firmly rooted in the story-telling tradition."
“From Singapore’s inventive Wild Rice company, Hotel (parts I and II) is not only theatrically bold and entertaining, it has sharply polemic and often culturally outspoken themes that were exhilarating to Singaporeans and are insightful and sometimes confronting for Australian audiences…This is a rich event, impressively written and presented…Hotel does not let up until checkout.”
OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia.
CultureLink is proud renew its Memorandum of Understanding for joint cooperation with OzAsia Festival to co-produce seasons of Singapore work at the Festival for another two years from 2018-2019.
CultureLink gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Arts Council