Last year’s The Henderson Project was an offbeat exercise in theatre.
Dreamt up by theatre stalwarts The Dream Academy, 2014’s edition showcased 'The Last Five Years' (a Tony-award-winning musical written by Jason Robert Brown) and ‘Happy Robin’ (a solo jazz showcase by Robin Goh) in the production company’s studio-turned-black-box-theatre, bar and mechandise store housed at Henderson Industrial Park.
This year, the team, together with creative consultancy Present Purpose, is turning the project on its head, pulling out all the stops with a totally different approach.
On 6 and 13 February, the same space in Henderson will transform into a multi-disciplinary venue showcasing film, audio-visual art and music.
Here are two reasons why you should make a beeline to there this February:
'Our Hobby is Depeche Mode': See crazy Depeche Mode fans from around the world
It is not often you get a chance to take a visual trip to places across the globe and see the way people imbibe a particular band’s music, in this case, that of Depeche Mode. Yes, that ’80s synth-pop group.
Catch the debut screening of ‘Our Hobby is Depeche Mode’ (6 Feb). The documentary is co-directed by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and filmmaker Nicholas Abrahams, whose work has included music videos for Leftfield and Manic Street Preachers, as well as shorts and features.
From being a symbol of hope in Soviet-era Eastern Europe to acting as a form of rebellion for youth in Iran, Depeche Mode have exerted a powerful influence on their fans worldwide. This documentary meets the fans and hears their stories of loyalty and devotion.
The screening will be followed by an after-party with DJ Aldrin & KFC on decks, with live visuals by motion graphics team Non/Aligned.
'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised': Bob to the beats at this funk party
London-based Lazy Habits, a seven-piece band that mix beats, rhymes and brass, have been known to take the house down at many a venue across the UK and some of the best festivals such as Glastonbury, Big Chill, Edinburgh Fringe, Electric Picnic and Secret Garden.
Their brass and bass performances with guest MCs, beatboxers and freestyle sections have been influenced by the sounds of the ’50s big bands, and they are one of the tightest and most blistering live acts around.
Performing as well will be Singapore artistes such as soul vocalist Michaela Therese, musician-singer Benjamin Kheng, hip-hop artiste Shigga Shay and the Matteblacc DJs with their soul-inspired sets. Expect some electrifying vibes, we say.
‘Our Hobby is Depeche Mode’ | Date: 6 February 2015 | Time: 7pm, 9pm, 11pm followed by post-party after last screening | Venue: #02-01 Henderson Industrial Park (lift lobby A), 203 Henderson Road | Tickets: $15 for all screenings, post-party is free for anyone above 18, subject to capacity. Priority will be given to ticket holders. Call 97267866 or 62780377 or email email@example.com to book
‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ | Date: 13 February 2015 | Time: 8pm | Venue: #02-01 Henderson Industrial Park | $20 for subscribers to Dream Academy’s mailing list (http://www.dreamacademy.com.sg), $25 in advance, $30 at the door, subject to capacity | Tickets: Call 97267866 or 62780377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org