Singapore Series @ Brisbane Festival
SINGAPORE PERFORMS IN AUSTRALIA
CultureLink is proud of its special partnership with Brisbane Festival since 2015 to co-produce the Singapore Series at the Festival. Eleven Singapore artists or groups have shared their work in performances, workshops and talks since 2015.
SINGAPORE SERIES 2017
Charlie Lim and the Mothership
17 Sep | The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
Charlie played an intimate solo concert for Brisbane Festival in 2015 and now returns in full force with his super-band The Mothership.
Stretched between acoustic melancholia, neo-soul, post-rock, and electronic-pop – the extremities that mark Charlie’s music – there’s a cinematic gravitas that takes you on a sonic journey set against the rich narratives of life’s tales.
Regarded as one of Singapore’s finest musical exports, Charlie’s music has opened doors to the region’s biggest festivals and stages, supporting international artists such as Kimbra and Sigur Rós. His songs have reached over 2.4 million plays on Spotify alone, and his record ‘TIME/SPACE’ clinched the No. 1 album spot on iTunes’ Singapore chart and was also awarded Album of the Year by The Straits Times, Singapore’s leading newspaper.
Brisbane Festival is thrilled to bring back one of the great voices.
BITCH: THE ORIGIN OF THE FEMALE SPECIES
20 – 23 Sep 2017 | The Loft, Theatre Republic
This is a visually rich theatrical reclamation of one of the most complex insults in the English language. A reflection of the animal in nature and the animal in our nature.
Winner of Production of the Year and Best Original Script at the 2017 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, BITCH tells the story of a man suffering a stroke told through the eyes of his female dog.
Created by theatre veteran Edith Podesta (Best Actress, Life! Theatre Awards 2014) and featuring Helmut Bakaitis (The Matrix Reloaded) and Brisbane’s very own Merlynn Tong with stellar multimedia, BITCH unleashes our primordial instincts from domesticity.
27 – 30 Sep 2017 | The Loft, Theatre Republic
Siti, a recent convert to Islam, is suddenly tasked with overseeing the funeral arrangements of her close friend and companion. While preparations are being made for the last rites a charming stranger arrives unexpectedly.
Even as Siti grieves, she has to contend with the societal forces that threaten to deny her of her own existence.
With sell-out seasons in 2015 and at the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, HAWA dares to ask – in an often surprisingly comic way – all the difficult questions about faith, love and sexuality.
SINGAPORE SERIES 2016
15 – 17 Sep |Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre
50/50 is a participatory performance class on Lindy Hop. Through conversations and demonstrations, audience members learn the basic footwork before the space becomes a dance hall for everyone to show their best swing moves.
Lindy Hop is a social dance that originated in Harlem, New York City in the 1930s. It is traditionally performed to Big Band Jazz music and is known for its acrobatic airsteps, where the partner is lifted off the ground.
Singapore artist Loo Zihan and his collaborators have been Lindy Hopping for more than a decade. 50/50 started with an exploration of their sexual and cultural identities in relation to this dance and the Lindy Hop community’s definition of authenticity. 50/50 is above all fun, but also challenges our preconceived notions of what, why and how we move.
THE STEVE MCQUEENS
21 Sep | Aurora Spiegeltent, Arcadia
The Steve McQueens is a neo-vintage soul-funk band with a penchant for groove and making music that just feels good. They’ve been winning praise at festivals and venues such as Japan’s iconic Summersonic, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Singapore’s SingJazz and London’s O2 Indigo.
Their music draws influence from Theolonius Monk, Amy Winehouse, Steely Dan and James Brown, swerving from soulful and sultry to eclectic and eccentric.
With the release of their second album Seamonster, The Steve McQueens are leaving their indomitable mark on the music world.
21 – 24 Sep | The Loft, Theatre Republic, QUT Creative Industries
Long-time friends Claire Wong and Noorlinah Mohamed would often talk about their mothers and the complexities of living – and not living – with them. One mother is Cantonese-speaking and impetuous; the other speaks Malay and is quietly stubborn. Both are wonderful cooks.
With each performance (in 2006, 2009, 2015, and now 2016), Claire and Noorlinah revise the show. As they and their mothers grow older, new stories are added, while stories they were not ready to tell are now told in full.
Poignant and funny, Recalling Mother celebrates the joys and challenges of motherhood and daughterhood.
SINGAPORE SERIES 2015
The Necessary Stage
8 – 12 Sep | La Boite Studio, Theatre Republic
Award-winning actress Siti Khalijah Zainal takes centre-stage in this one-woman show specially created for her by The Necessary Stage’s playwright Haresh Sharma and director Alvin Tan, two of Singapore’s finest theatre practitioners.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
11 – 13 Sep | Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
In this joyous production from W!LD RICE – named Singapore’s ‘sexiest theatre company’ by Lonely Planet – celebrated theatre and film director Glen Goei casts an all-male ensemble, revealing new insights into hidden identities, institutional marriage, and the politics of choosing a partner.
8 Sep | The Spiegeltent
Charlie Lim’s music stretches across acoustic melancholia and electronic-pop; a sonic journey full of cinematic gravitas and life’s narratives. When playing live, Charlie Lim is at his finest as the captain of his ship, gently steering his audience across a sea of human experience.
CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
Performed by Margaret Leng Tan
9 Sep | Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Margaret Leng Tan, hailed as “queen of the toy piano” by The New York Times, has established herself as a major force in the American avant-garde. In Brisbane, she celebrates her 70th birthday year with a one-woman, multimedia show revolving around the bizarre, bewitching world of the carnival.
23 Sep | Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
Singapore’s premier string quartet cuts an unmistakable silhouette on the global stage. The T’ang Quartet have been pushing boundaries of classical music since 1992 with an artful blend of East and West. This concert reveals musical visions of darkness and light.
Though I am not Singaporean, I was deeply engaged with this piece... I was mesmerised and delighted as I was offered a glimpse into a world I did not know but somehow recognised. Love, family, religion, ritual and death - these universal themes struck at my heart… and it was very, very funny, a rare treat to find myself laughing and crying at the same time.”
Pip Boyce, Creative Producer, Playlab
“My heart broke into so many pieces during this incredibly heart-wrenching, powerful work. I was taken on a journey of where my life could possibly travel and I asked myself many questions of what it meant to be alive. I went home and gave my dog a massive hug and apologised for my behaviour as a human being!”
Sarah Boon, Executive Producer, SunPAC
Brisbane Festival is one of Australia’s major international arts festivals helmed by Artistic Director David Berthold.
Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling programme of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.
Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year.
Brisbane Festival aims to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit, disrupt the conventional and open the city to the world.
CultureLink is pleased to partner Brisbane Festival as co-producer for its Singapore Series, presenting snapshots of Singapore's vibrant arts and culture to Australian audiences, with the funding support of the National Arts Council.
The Singapore Series is the outcome of a three-year partnership between CultureLink and the Festival from 2015-2017.