Aug 15, 2017
This month, beautiful light projections and dazzling performances will be returning to the streets of Bras Basah and Bugis for the Singapore Night Festival. And unlike previous years, festivalgoers attending the 10th edition of this annual outdoor performing arts festival will be able to rent bikes and cycle around the Night Light installations for free.
Here are some festival highlights and performances you shouldn’t miss.
1. Globe by Close-Act Theatre
August 24-26, Cathay Green
Using circus techniques, pyrotechnics and video projection to create the visualisation of liberty and the joy of flying, Globe (main photo) is an alienating, fairy-like spectacle full of symbolism. Explore the real world from a child’s perspective as the central character creates a world that transcends religion, esotericism and cultural traditions.
2. The Bulb Heads by Sans Compagnie Fixe
August 24-26, various locations
Two roaming silhouettes topped with huge vintage-style bulbs instead of heads, struggle valiantly against their planned extinction, communicating through a flickering light. As the last of the near-extinct filament bulbs, The Bulb Heads wander through the dark, providing illumination in more than one way.
3. Flock by KMA
August 18-26, National Design Centre
Step directly into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s 1876 ballet, Swan Lake, with Flock (2017). An immersive space, it combines light, sound and projection with live motion tracking technology. Visitors will be placed within the corps de ballet, where they can explore the narrative from a unique perspective.
4. The Blinking Organisms – You Spleen Me Round X Operation 00100 by Joo Choon Lin
August 18-26, SMU School of Accountancy
As an addition to her original three-part series The Blinking Organism X You Spleen Me Round, Joo continues her exploration of the materiality of the human body and the mystery of emotions.
5. Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men) by AADN
August 18-26, Singapore Art Museum
The Standing Men call out to those strolling by to initiate a dialogue with them. Colours change and the statues come to life in an unpredictable way, transforming the installation into a ballet of light. It will feature voices of inhabitants in the Bras Basah.Bugis precinct that were recorded in August 2017.