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5 free shows to catch during Singapore Arts Festival 2012

By Patrick BenjaminEvents - 10 May 2012 5:03 PM | Updated 22 May 2012

5 free shows to catch during Singapore Arts Festival 2012

Get to meet a centaur in 'Flux'

Flux by Theatre Du Centaure

Milking up the mythological element of this year’s theme is certainly the addition of a pair of centaurs–magical half human, half horse creatures from folklore, who will be making their presence palpable in the Festival Village as well as random, surprise cameos in selected venues in the city. Who knows a hypermarket might just be their new stomping ground?  

Where: Festival Village

When: 18-23 May, 8pm

T'ang Quartet
T'ang Quartet (Photo / Aloysius Lim)

T’ang Quartet

Align to the festival’s theme, the acclaimed local quartet play a repertoire filled with melodious lullabies and folk songs from a bygone era.

Where: Main Stage, Festival Village

When: 26 May, 8pm

Also read: Poetry in artistry: Singapore Arts Festival 2012

XII–In Search of 13

Not everyone is fortunate to a Hougang resident, if you are craving for yet another opportunity to exercise your democratic right, how about this unique performance? 12 contenders will be vying and canvassing for your votes where the Lim Bo Seng Memorial stands as they present their take on what makes a national icon. Performed by a group of seven local theatre practitioners and a Hong Kong filmmaker.

Where: Festival Village

When: 18 &19 May, 25 & 26 May, 1 & 2 June, 7pm &  9pm

Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger
Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger

Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger

In this East meets West musical journey, British composer and acclaimed sarod (a classical North Indian lute) maestro Datta joins forces with Austrian percussionist to deliver two nights of lush soundscapes.

Where: Festival Village

When: 25 & 26 May , 10pm


The Book of Living & Dying

Leading local theatre troupe The Finger Players collaborate with Italy’s The Teatri Sbagliati in a production about the ties between a transvestite father on his death bed and his daughter. The work delves into the Tibetan reincarnation and karma system.

Where: Festival Village

When: 1 & 2 June, 9pm

Singapore Arts Festival 2012 runs from 18 May to 2 June.Click here to see full listings of Singapore Arts Festival.