We are now in the fourth week of the Singapore International Festival of Arts! [Oh how time flies! Believe it or not, we’re already half way through the festival!]
Here are the events buzzing this week at 72-13.
In The Mood For Frankie
By Trajal Harrell
Hailed as one of his generation’s most prominent choreographers and dancers, Trajal Harrell makes his Asian debut with two hauntingly mesmerising performances, In The Mood For Frankie and The Return Of La Argentina. Each rethinks the relationship between unsettling, surrealist Japanese butoh and highly stylised Harlem voguing, two seemingly different dance forms that started more than 50 years ago. Set on a bare fashion catwalk, In The Mood For Frankie will see Harrell and his two dancers perform on a runway lined with piano benches for the audience to sit on, watching. At once, In The Mood For Frankie spills out like a park of muses settled between classical modernism and postmodern romanticism.
The Return Of La Argentina
By Trajal Harrell
In The Return Of La Argentina, Harrell addresses Butoh Founder Tatsumi Hijikata’s aesthetic and work with pioneering butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Venturing into a new realm of performativity in a solo performance that draws upon memory and invention, Harrell offers his interpretation of Ohno’s signature work, Admiring La Argentina. As much for those with no prior knowledge of Ohno’s original work, The Return Of La Argentina regards the viewer as essential in being both witness and admirer. It asks: What memories do we remember and archive? What do we forget? And what do we choose to invent in the here and now? Specially designed in Singapore as a Bonus Track for In The Mood For Frankie, Harrell invokes the ghosts of these two butoh giants in this startling work.
Kabuki Demonstration: The Art of the Onnagata
By Kazutaro Nakamura
Discover fascinating insights into traditional Japanese onnagata with kabuki actor Kazutaro Nakamura who performs as Richard III in Sandaime Richard. He will introduce this iconic art form and show why onnagata – male actors who play female roles in kabuki theatre – are still revered as cultural icons in Japan today. You will also get a chance to learn more about how the feminine is stylised and manifested in kabuki – from the vocal expressions, to the stance that suggests the female body, to the delicate movements.
In Japanese with English translation
THE KULA RING Aesthetic Considerations Of Sharing And Exchange (Last week!)
Curated By Alfons Hug
Kula Ring is a ritual exchange of gifts among inhabitants of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea. The ancient cultural practice called ‘kula’ is being taken up by artists from around the world and given a visual, tactile dimension through aesthetic means of expression. Come and experience a space of imagination where the unknown is filled in, invented and created by individual artists from diverse parts of the world.