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NAC’s new #SGCultureAnywhere Web series showcases best of local music and dance

From The Living Room's unique concept showcases the performances of artists in their own homes, in intimate live-stream sessions every weeknight.

The National Arts Council’s (NAC’s) ongoing #SGCultureAnywhere campaign has been continually bringing together the best of local arts to viewers at home via the A-List.Sg website. To date, its effort has been truly all-encompassing – offering links to virtual concerts; full productions by theatre companies such as The Necessary Stage, W!ld Rice and Nine Years Theatre; art exhibitions and poetry performances, among other showcases.

Its latest online offering is titled From The Living Room, a month-long series that follows 30 Singaporean artists in the local music and dance scenes. This refreshing programme brings performers from their homes directly to viewers in theirs, allowing viewers to enjoy intimate performances, engage with them and discover insights about their craft.

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The hosted sessions take place every weeknight at 8pm and will go on till June 20. The performers so far have included instrumental band The Lorong Boys, movement artist Ruby Jayaseelan, and Indian classical and contemporary dancer Sufri Juwahir, among other artists, who span a whole gamut of performance arts. To top it off, well-known hosts who are established in their fields take the lead in these homey sessions, such as theatre veterans Janice Koh and Pamela Oei and actor Benjamin Chow.

This series is produced by industry veterans Adrian Chiang (music director, conductor and producer), Andy Chia (artistic director of SAtheCollective), and Zhuo Zihao (associate artist at T.H.E Dance Company and co-founder of Dance In Situ). To view, simply visit NAC’s Facebook page, where the series is streamed.

For the week of May 25, viewers can expect the following performances:

Monday, May 25

Contemporary Dance

Hwa Wei-An presents an improvised demonstration of The Art of Falling. The movement practice starts functional, with ideas on how to fall well, as Wei-An moves in and out of dance; before presenting a method of creating movement that is exciting to watch.
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    Artist: Hwa Wei-An

    A graduate from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Hwa Wei-An worked in Frontier Danceland from 2013 to 2017, where he performed in places like France, Laos and Hong Kong. He created The Art of Falling during a residency at Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia. He has also translated the movement language of action sports - freeride mountain biking in particular - into a dance form, during a residency at Dance Nucleus in Singapore, with mentorship by Belgian choreographer Arco Renz. He is currently developing a full-length solo that further delves into falling, freeriding, and the flow state.

Tuesday, May 26

Ethnic/Fusion Music

Catch Sri Mahligai as they revisit their groundbreaking originals in a special stripped-down showcase. Their innovative music is a departure from conventions, blended with a uniquely Singaporean taste that has defined the identity of Malay folk music in early 2000, and kickstarted a whole movement for the new generation.

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    Artist: Sri Mahligai

    Sri Mahligai comprises musicians Azrin Abdullah, Ariffin Abdullah, Nizar Fauzi and Jack. The Singapore-based Malay music ensemble has an extensive repertoire of Malay traditional music, ranging from Dondang Sayang to Inang; Middle Eastern Zapin, Samrah and Masri; and the lively Joget and Ronggeng. Their repertoire also includes contemporary ethnic music. They have performed for multiple agencies and societies; various major Malay dance projects such as those by Perkumpulan and Majlis Pusat; television projects; as well as events and festivals all over the world.

Wednesday, May 27

Contemporary Dance

Inspired by the biblical text Psalm 19, Leia Ang and Wayne Ong dive into a physical exploration of three aspects: Celebration of the Awe of Creation, Celebration of Instruction, and Meditative Plea. They demonstrate how faith overflows into all aspects of their lives, their bodies a vessel through which inspiration flows.
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    Artist: Leia Ang

    Leia Ang first received her professional dance training at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. A recipient of the National Arts Council Arts Scholarship in 2010, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (USA) in 2012. She currently teaches at the Nanyang Technological University.

Thursday, May 28

Ethnic/Fusion Music

Enjoy a musical dialogue between instruments of the East and the West. Brought to you by tabla player Govin Tan alongside master violinist Kailin Yong, the pair will present exciting new works and original compositions as they break ground in the field of ethnic and fusion music.
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    Artist: Govin Tan

    Govin Tan started learning tabla - the art of Indian music - at the age of 12, and was the first non-Indian to win the National Indian Music Competition in 2006 (Tabla intermediate category) and 2008 (Tabla open category). He has performed in numerous international music events, including the World Music Choir Competition 2009. He has even recorded tracks for Eric Khoo’s My Magic. Ready to step out and venture into new territories, he is aiming to debut his solo works.

Friday, May 29

Classical Music

In Music for a(n Absurd) While, adap:chee (Jingyun Ng, Samuel Ng and Xie Zhizhong) navigates the process of living through this uncanny period. Isolation breaks the normalcy of life, forcing our work and social lives to coalesce with home. We confront and adapt to new performance practices, exploring solace in the solitude of home-quarantine, yet also the frustration that comes with it. Absurdity is reflected in songs by Surrealist composers, while music closer to home is presented through Schubert, Purcell and Korngold.
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    Artist: Soprano Jingyun Ng

    Jingyun Ng is an alumna of YSTCM and SOTA who is acquainted with stage performance, experimental collaborations and voiceover work. She has worked with local arts groups including L'Arietta, The Opera People, The Madhatter Project and Odyssey Dance Theatre, and with renowned piano collaborators Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles. Ng is also a voice teacher who will continue her Alexander Technique teacher training in 2021.