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Review on SRT Shakespeare in the Park – Romeo & Juliet

Review on SRT Shakespeare in the Park – Romeo & Juliet

A classical tragedy of two star-crossed lovers, infused with modernity – while retaining that good ole dose of jest – marks the 400th anniversary since the death of William Shakespeare. Director Daniel Slater interprets Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) Romeo & Juliet as a play set in ‘an urban Asian world literally split in two’, with...

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Taking The Step

On February 11, NUS Dance Synergy will present The Steps, a full-length contemporary dance piece choreographed by Albert Tiong that narrates the personal tales of Synergizers about their everyday school lives — stories of romance, of joy and of heartbreak. Known for his strict and draconian style of teaching, Albert has a reputation that most...

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[Movie Review] Meet Miss Anxiety

 Starring: Zhou Xun, Tong Dawei, Eileen Zhang Rating: PG13 (Some Coarse Language and Sexual References) Language: Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles Release date: 5th February 2015 Directed by Kwak Jae Yong, Meet Miss Anxiety is reminiscent of enormously popular Korean film My Sassy Girl, also of the same director. Both have similar plot directions-...

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[Review] Martha@… The 1963 Interview

Indeed, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Named “Dancer of the Century” by Time magazine, Martha Graham’s influence and importance to modern dance has been compared to Picasso’s and Stravinsky’s impact on modern visual arts and music respectively. Based on recently discovered audio recordings, dancer Richard Move, and actress and playwright, Lisa Kron, recreate...

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[Movie Review] Sifu Vs Vampire

Starring: Ronald Cheng, Yuen Biao, Philip Ng, Kelvin Kwan, Michelle Hu, Bella Law, Kitty Jiang Language: Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles Release date: 23rd October 2014 Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes)   Riding on the trend of the recently revived Chinese Vampire horror genre, SIFU VS VAMPIRE may be classified as a horror film, but...

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Three Things Being Away From Home has Taught Me

By Estelle Ng Call me silly but I’ve been doing a lot of calculations these days. I’ve been calculating how much I’ve spent, how long it takes for me to cook, how long it takes for me to travel to classes from home (about 5 minutes), how long it takes for me to prepare my...

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[Review] Mies Julie

Bold. Daring. Intense. Tragic. Mies Julie lives up to its name, and is definitely more than worthy of the awards and accolade it has gained since its first screening since 2012. Set in the fictitious homestead of Veenen Plaas in The Karoo, South Africa, the 90 minute play does not possess a single moment that...

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[Review] Give Me Your Blood And I Will Give You Freedom

The weekend before the last (15th-17th August 2014) saw a performance carried out over 50 hours in marathon style by visual artist Nikhil Chopra at 72-13 on Mohammed Sultan Road. Trained in fine art, with many past visual performances carried out over extended periods such as Coal on Cotton and La Perle Noir, Nikhil Chopra...

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[Review] Facing Goya

  The 37th Singapore International Festival of Arts opened with Facing Goya on 12th August 2014, at the newly restored Victoria theater, a rather symbolic choice of venue as the festival had began right there in 1977. The theme of SIFA this year is ‘legacies of the 20th century’, and Facing Goya fits right in,...

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[Interview] Nikhil Chopra, Give Me Your blood and I Will Give You Freedom

Performer. Practicing artist. A performance artist who draws on both personal and collective cultural history in his work. Spare the labels. JUST WHO IS NIKHIL CHOPRA? Having had a western centric education in European art history, Chopra views his performances as a form of storytelling that intermingles familial histories, personal narrative and everyday life.  ...

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