Singapore @ OzAsia Festival

OZASIA FESTIVAL 2017

 
RECALLING MOTHER
Checkpoint Theatre
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.

 
HOTEL
W!ld Rice
28 – 30 Sep | Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Australian Premiere

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.

 
SA (仨)
Australian Premiere

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.

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OZASIA FESTIVAL 2016

BUNNY
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.

 

SOFTMACHINE: RIANTO
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’.

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OzAsia Festival is Australia’s premier international arts festival focusing on Asia.

 

2016 will be the biggest and best festival yet. It’s all new, revamped and refreshed.  Under current Festival Director Joseph Mitchell, the annual programme features the finest contemporary theatre, dance, music, film, talks and visual arts that Asia has to offer.

CultureLink is proud to embark on a two-year journey to co-produce seasons of Singapore work at the Festival from 2016-2017.

 

www.ozasiafestival.com.au

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