Performing arts in Singapore: Best theatre shows, plays, stage acts, and dance performances to catch in 2020
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THEATRE | Beside Ourselves
Dates: From 10 January to 11 January 2020
About: Homegrown electronic duo .gif — which comprises Weish and Nurudin Sadali — are recognised for their brooding tunes and haunting vocals, but this January, they'll be making their theatre debut as part of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. In line with the festival's main theme of displacement, the presentation will explore various types of internal struggles through song and performance.
DANCE | Rasputin
Dates: From 20 March to 21 March 2020
About: You might best know ballet sensation Sergei Polunin from his standout performance to Hozier's "Take Me To Church" in 2015. He'll be making his debut in Singapore as Grigori Rasputin. The dance drama sheds light on the enigmatic Russian figure and is played out on a chessboard.
STAGE | Now You See Me Live
Dates: From 26 March to 5 April 2020
About: Based on the successful film franchise, Now You See Me Live features four of the top illusionists in the world: David Climent, Florian Sainvet, Sabine van Diemen, and Enzo Weyne. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionist, audiences can expect to be blown away by impressive tricks and illusions in a truly immersive experience.
FESTIVAL | Singapore International Festival of Arts
Dates: From 15 May to 31 May 2020
About: The festival will showcase new works from our beloved local theatre companies: Nine Years Theatre, The Finger Players, and The Necessary Stage, produced in conjunction with international artists. Some key shows to look forward to include Dream Under the Southern Bough produced by Toy Factory Productions and internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary production, Revisor by Canadian contemporary dance company Kidd Pivot.
THEATRE | Hotel
Dates: From 11 June to 12 July 2020
About: W!ld Rice celebrates its 20th anniversary this new year with a myriad of productions including Hotel. Set at the turn of a century when Singapore was still under British rule, the five-hour, two-part spectacle tackles resonant themes such as migration, nationhood, cultural identity, and our British colonial past in nine languages.
MUSICAL | The Full Monty
Dates: From 9 October to 25 October 2020
About: Originally adapted from the 1997 Oscar-winning British film of the same name, The Fully Monty was Pangdemonium's debut production back in 2010. In 2020, the laugh-out-loud musical comedy stars a roster of impressive theatre actors including Lim Yu-Beng, Hossan Leong, Ebi Shankara, and Xander Pang.
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