Saturday, August 15, 2009

What Day is Today?

I was very pleased to attend the performance of What Day is Today? at the Esplanade earlier this week. I was not quite sure what to expect, and so was pleased to find it one of the best shows I attended in Singapore this summer (and I saw quite a number.)

What Day is Today?, with its innovative narrative structure, is a mix of music, speculation, oration, and very profound thought. I loved the way the neighbors of the protagonist were incorporated into the show, but not highlighted in any way. I thought the use of sound — whether voice, instrumentation, or whatever — was amazing. Bani Haykal impressed greatly with his performance.

It was not a huge crowd there, being the end of a holiday weekend with everyone getting geared up to go back to the office, but a good percentage of those who did show up also stayed back for the Q&A. It was one of the better Q&A sessions I've attedned too, reflecting a good engagement with the performance on the audience's part.

I'll be keeping an eye on the work of this crew (B-Quartet) in upcoming months and years. They were good, and quite worth watching.

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