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Night Festival Singapore 2017: Convolutions by EZ3kiel

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

The Singapore Night Festival returns for its 10th at the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct with a spectacular light projection, art performances and installations, and complimentary museum entry till midnight. The festival is spread amongst five zones – National Museum, Armenian Street, Cathay Green, Singapore Management University and Singapore Art Museum. New for this year, you can also go on a festival bike trail with bicycles borrowed from the National Museum.

This particular light mapping art installation on the facade of the National Museum by Frenchman Yann Nguema wowed many at the festival opening. It was one of the best light projections I have seen in Singapore. Titled Convolutions, the projection will be on for all nine days of the Night Festival. This particular piece was adapted from the artist’s iconic piece titled Evolutions that was show on Cathedral St Jean in Lyon, France, as part of the Fete des Lumieres (Festival of Lights), the world’s oldest and grandest light festival, last year. New elements added to the showpiece include a lion.

Night Festival Singapore 2017 takes places from 18 till 26 Aug, with most performances happening on 24-26 Aug (looking forward to Globe by Close-Act Theatre).

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

Night Festival 2017 - Convolutions by EZ3kiel

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Singapore Night Festival 2015 – Garden of Angels by Theatre Tol

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsI was brought into a world of fantasy and joy with a carousel of flying angels, singing birds and burlesque pigs over the weekend. No, I wasn’t dreaming. I caught the “Garden of Angels” performance by Theatre Tol (Belgium), a festival commission for this year’s Singapore Night Festival.

Inspired by the paintings of Russian-French expressionist artist Marc Chagall, Theater Tol’s latest performance merges the realms of nature, people and fantasy into one. It was the second time Theatre Tol presented their show at the festival, and they certainly mesmerized the crowd with their performance, dribbled with surprises throughout which drew countless oohs and ahhhs.  Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging Bird serenading the crowd with O Mio Babbino Caro

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat a pretty horse!Theatre Tol - Garden of Angels
Burlesque pigs! Super cute.

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsSinging chanteuseTheatre Tol - Garden of AngelsAngels with the moon. I must be in haven.

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Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsDown comes a whole load of white feathersTheatre Tol - Garden of Angels

Theatre Tol - Garden of AngelsWhat an amazing treat, gasp. Come back again soon Theatre Tol!


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Fuerzabruta @ Night Festival 2012: Argentinian Aerial Fiesta

night festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

I popped by Night Festival last weekend specially to catch Fuerzabruta by Argentina’s Ozono Producciones which featured three different stunning aerial acrobatics. Moreover, as Armenian Street would be closed to host one of the performances La Argentina, I was quite sure a performance of this scale would be worthwhile to catch, and I wasn’t disappointed.

night festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Night Festival 2012

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Armenian Street was full of visitors last weekend; I have never seen it so full of life and bustle. This road should be closed more often!

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

The Peranakan Museum blushed pretty shades of pink to welcome visitors at its Open House. It remained open till 2am during Night Festival 2o12.

~ La Argentina ~
A crane holds aloft a dancer of athletic proportions while musicians pound and strum on a variety of exotic instruments. This scene brings you to Buenos Aires in 2010, during the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Argentinean Independence. Over a million people filled the streets of Buenos Aires in joyful festivities.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

La Argentina by Fuerzabruta
A graceful aerial dancer who single-handedly got the crowd swaying to the drum beats

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

La Argentina by Fuerzabruta
She’s so smiley and full of energy! I felt mesmerized just looking at her.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

La Argentina by Fuerzabruta

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

La Argentina by Fuerzabruta

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

La Argentina by Fuerzabruta
What it takes to make a person fly – a huge crane and lots of staff to move it around.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

While the street looked to me like it just went through a Seventh Month religious rites with white strips of paper strewn all over after the performance, these kids immediately jumped in to play as if they were on snow.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

This boy was trying to bury himself  in the confetti..and his cute parents were happily helping him to.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

It was quite heart-warming to see the Indian family happily playing together with the Chinese girls. I guess that’s what racial harmony means…and you don’t need a big campaign to do it – just create opportunities like this where we can come together to play! :)

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

The back alley at Armenian Street was bustling with activity – I see food!

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Since I rushed down without dinner, I was famished. I thought putu piring would be a quick fix. I ended up waiting 35 minutes. Fortunately, it was worth the wait, and nope, I managed not to chew off any table legs or chairs during my ravenous wait.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Night Festival 2012

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

An interesting home-made contraception which made sounds when a metal ball was rolled through it. Simple yet effective.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Artistic interpretation: STOP.LOOK UP TO A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Festival goers were sitting by the roadside relaxing and taking in the festive mood. It was nice to see that cos’ the only times I have seen people sitting by the roadside was when they were drunk.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

DJ Koflow and The Analog Girl, two of Singapore’s best musicians. I love their kind of music.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Vanguard Building looking like Gotham City.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

The Great Spy Experiment

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Corredoras
A huge foil silvered curtain transforms Singapore Management University Green into a magical stage. Two elegant dancers appear, somersaulting and diving at immense speed, like dandelion seeds in the wind, while the curtain shimmers in blue and purple lights.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Corredoras

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Corredoras
The performance was extremely fast-paced, but its meaning kinda got lost on me. A bit too abstract. Or is there a meaning to start with?

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

This has to be one of the most interesting performances I have seen for a while – Mylar. It reminded me of nymphs playing by the magic pool, and I was peering into their secret little world. I could feel happiness in my heart as I watched them, and remained transfixed by the music.

~ Mylar ~
A translucent 15 metre pool suspended high overhead will slowly descend to fingertip level. Coloured lights imbue the scene with ever-changing hues and tints as a rippling puddle of water ceaselessly sloshes across the pool’s see-through bottom. Four dancers slip and slide in rapturous motion inches above your heads. A sensuous, unearthly, nearly hallucinatory experience.
Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar
Visitors got excited when the 15-metre pool descended below to only a finger-length away from them.

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar

Night Festival 2012 Fuerzabruta

Mylar
The experience was magical. I couldn’t get enough of it.

This year’s Night Festival was really enjoyable for me – I didn’t plan to, but was there all four days cos’ there was simply too much to see and take in. It has become an event which I look forward to every year. The best Night Festival thus far for me was still the inaugural one where the road in front of the National Museum of Singapore was closed for a procession worthy of The Rose Parade and an unforgettable performance by Italian troupe Studio Festi. Over the years, the content has grown to be a more balanced mix of international and local acts, and it’s great to see such platforms being created to showcase local talents. I look forward to next year’s Night Festival, and eagerly await what new surprises it will bring.


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Night Festival 2012: A Nocturnal Extravaganza worth Staying Up For

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A nocturnal extravaganza of light art, spectacular aerial performances, music and dance is set to wow visitors at the 5th edition of the Night Festival. The events will take place on the public green spaces of the Singapore Management University, National Museum of Singapore (NMS), Singapore Art Museum (SAM), SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA) and The Substation. All museums including The Peranakan Museum and The Philatelic Museum will open till 2am as part of the festival and what’s even better – all visitors can enjoy complimentary late night admission– sounds like an adventure!

Held over two weekends on 24-25 August and 31 August – 1 September, Night Festival 2012 showcases 74 acts, out of which 66 are local. The most prominent local artwork would be that of Brian Gothong Tan’s light projection onto the façade of the National Museum of Singapore. He aims to bring Singapore’s historical buildings to life – through his experimental film “WE THE PEOPLE”. Also look out for acrobats from Another highlight Circus Swingapore, the only school here that teaches Circus Arts (I didn’t know we had that!).

The most exciting part for me would be Night Lights, an outdoor showcase of spectacular light installations at Singapore Art Museum , SAM at 8Q and School of the Arts. These artworks were first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France which hosts the world’s grandest and oldest light art festival in the world. It’s a highly-coveted festival for light artists to exhibit at, so we can expect world-class standards here.

I was there both days, and there was so much to see I understood why the festival went on till 2am. Visitors sat on the grass, transfixed by the light projections on SAM and NMS, or simply merry little figures come alive on the steps of SOTA. A pity about the hot weather, else I would have thought I was on the streets of Lyon watching a beautiful art performance.

For the first time, Armenian Street will be closed on the second festival weekend (31 August – 1 September 2012), from 8pm to 2am due to planned programmes for the public along the street. I’ll certainly be back next weekend to catch this, and Argentinian group Fuerzabruta’s aerial spectacular. And loading up on the coffee to last me thought the night.

Night Festival 2012
Fri & Sat, 24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
SAM, SAM at 8Q, School of the Arts (SOTA), and various locations
Free admission
Website: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/brasbasahbugis/nightfestival

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan
24 & 25 Aug and 31 Aug & 1 Sep | 7:30pm – 2am
National Museum of Singapore Façade Projection
Combining film, motion graphics and experimental animation, Brian’s complex yet playful work, with soundscapes by award-winning composer/musician Philip Tan, is a stunning visual feast that will bring audiences of all ages on a colourful and surreal journey.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

WE THE PEOPLE by Brian Gothong Tan

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Under the Banyan Tree: Open Air Cinema (Labu dan Labi, 1962)
Directed by P. Ramlee
National Museum of Singapore, Stamford Green

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Scaling the Dome with Joe Hill‘s 3D painting

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These lively Bhangara dancers certainly drummed up a storm with the audience

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

A creative mix of LED dragon moves

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

High energy LED lion shuffling to current dance moves. It was fascinating to watch, yet a part of me thought they were a bit too cute, and lost the original majestic nature of the Chinese lions. Would you want a shuffling lion as an auspicious creature and watch over your fortunes? I wonder.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum
Mimoїd II presents a constantly evolving architecture of a building where each transformation is based on the building’s history and structure. The artwork goes beyond history, into the anticipation of paradise and the unknown. The word “mimoid” comes from Stanislas Lem’s book, Solaris. The Mimoids, which are wave formations of hundreds of thousands of pixels, have a particular fondness for all human artifacts and they imitate and ‘give variations on the theme of a given object’.Monument AIR (Mimoїd) was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2010 in Lyon, France 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Mimoїd II by Stéphane Bève, Milosh Luczynski & Philippe Rizzotti
Singapore Art Museum

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Distorted Forest by Stéphane Blanquet
Queen Courtyard, Level 1, SAM
This installation Distorted Forest plays with the use of lights and shadows. Blanquet readapts the Chinese technique of shadow play and creates a forest populated with six larger-than-life-size half-plant, half-insect elements in the Queen Courtyard of the Singapore Art Museum. With a specially designed light system, the shadows of the elements will be projected on the walls to create a stormy and haunted forest.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

These two are my favourite artworks – such simple yet arresting concepts

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Night Watch by WOKmedia
SAM at 8Q
30 giant pairs of quirky animal eyes peer out from the corridors of SAM at 8Q, illuminating the night sky. Modelled after the eyes of birds, fishes and reptiles, the eyeballs seem to be looking back at us even as we regard them, acting as colourful metaphors that cast a questioning gaze about our secure urban environment. WOKmedia is an art and design collective consisting of Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner.
Night Watch was first presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © WOKmedia

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

This is insanely cute!
Fish Tank at No. 8 by Stéphane Masson
SAM at 8Q
You simply can’t miss this live virtual aquarium with its giant red fishes! Artist Stéphane Masson specialises in using urban environments to create unexpected and poetic video installations. With Fish Tank, he modifies an ordinary space to become a site for contemplative entertainment, producing surprises and smiles.

La Voiture Aquarium was presented at Fête des Lumières 2011 in Lyon, France © Stéphane Masson.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

You can watch the fishes swim all night….really.

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

Children’s Dreams (at SOTA)
Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France

See how children’s drawings of familiar fairytales characters are gradually brought to life with sparkles of lights! The spectacle is complemented by an equally colourful musical score. Children’s Dreams is a work created by Jérôme Donna, lighting designer at Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France who has participated in numerous projects for Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France.Children’s Dreams was first presented at Fête des Lumières in Lyon, France © Jérôme Donna and Public Lighting Department to City of Lyon, France. 

Night Festival & Night Lights 2012

It was nothing technologically inspiring, just simple LED light strips forming merry figures which reminded me of childhood. And made me smile.

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It was 1.40am by the time I got to SOTA. And I was hot and dog tired. Time for me to take reference from the wolf and hit the bed…I never felt bored for a single minute with so much to see, and it was an awesome way to spend the weekend – almost free! hahaha