Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Electra, again

When I first started this blog, I mentioned in an early post a staging of Elektra in Singapore. I was able to attend another during the recent Singapore Arts Festival, this one by a Japanese troupe, The Suzuki Company of Toga, that included some Korean actors. It was quite a breathtaking performance.

The staging of Electra this time around was set in a mental hospital. It turned out to be an appropriate enough setting. I loved how it emphasized the wounded nature of all of the characters. Electra's own inability to speak was very thought-provoking, as was the projection of her thoughts by use of the wheelchair-bound chorus. The chorus was, in fact, one of my three favorite parts of the show, the others being the percussionist (Midori Takada) and Clymenestra. And I have to say that they really stole the show.

Clymenestra, played by Chieko Naito, first came onstage standing atop her wheelchair, as if riding a chariot. Even in her wounded state, she was proud and unbending. She was powerful, evocative, and sometimes funny. I really found her performance moving, even though I don't understand Japanese at all.

The choreography of the piece was amazing, and it was the percussion that really tied it all together. There was a good blend of the sort of frenzy that Electra played almost without stopping, and a quieter, more subtle force. It was amazing to watch the performance.

It seems that Electra can't miss with me. And I especially love these sorts of adaptations that take the play in creative directions. I will be looking forward to the next time it is staged in Singapore. And, for that matter, won't want to miss anything the Suzuki Company brings our way either.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

The Farnsworth Invention

It's another preview night at the Alley Theater!

Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention will run June 10 - 28, and it previews tonight on the Hubbard Stage. David Cromer is directing the tale of the invention of television with Sorkin's ambitious new play.

It is a David and Goliath type tale, and it looks like it should be loads of fun, and perhaps even challenging. Do get your tickets now, and get set to enjoy the show at the Alley Theater!

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Flute Festival

Make your plans to attend the Flute Festival in Singapore. It runs from June 11-14, with events held at the YMS Auditorium.

Events will include
1.Flute competition - 1st Flute competition in Southeast Asia.
2. Concert - Come hear and be captured by these fascinating performances for flute and harp, flute and piano, flute quartet and ensemble.
3.Masterclasses - Be taught by the master flutist on flute technique and interpretation skill.
4.Workshops - Band masters will bring insights into band dectionals and foundations technique.
5.Exhibitions - Free testing of flute from Altus, Azumi, Evida and accessories.

Tickets run from $10 to $150. Get yours today!

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