Saturday, December 02, 2006
The Esplanade, home to Singapore's arts and performance scene, was officially opened in 2002. Before this huge structure, pictured here, was completed, performances in Singapore were held in varying locales, some more suitable than others. But since this site has become the central focal point for the performing arts, the quality of venues available has improved dramatically.
One of the best performances I've seen in the last couple of years was held in The Esplanade. World-in-Theatre's performance of Elektra at the beginning of 2004 was an outstanding fusion of Indian, Greek, and English-speaking cultures. I've written my reflections on the performance elsewhere, but I failed there to mention that the facilities at The Esplanade went into making the performance so memorable for me. It was, in a word, ideal.
Not only is The Esplanade well-constructed for hosting the performing arts, but it is also situated on the Singapore River in a very aesthetically pleasing way. Facing the Merlion, which sits across the river from The Esplanade, on one side, City Hall and the Padang on another, Suntec City on a third, and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge on to the South, it sits in a scenic area downtown. And it just adds to the beauty of an already attractive area.
Another blogger's view of The Esplanade