Singapore, 13 February 2006 – The Arts House will celebrate its second anniversary with VOLUME II: BIZARRE, a festival of music, dance, visual arts and films from 10 – 19 March 2006. Curated by a team of programmers who are in their 20s, the festival seeks to push boundaries of the definition of arts through unconventional art forms that connect artists with the audience in limited spaces.
Said Ms Kerrie Tan, Festival Director of VOLUME II: BIZARRE, “On behalf of the programming team, I would like to thank our General Manager Mr Colin Goh for giving us this great opportunity to programme for the celebrations. For the past two years, even though The Arts House has been experimenting and exploring to find the right art forms that will work within the small spaces of the House, we have on the whole been rather ‘safe’ in terms of programming style. With VOLUME II: BIZARRE, we are taking the risk to move away from this style for once. Not only will we be supporting alternative arts groups who will impact change in the arts scene, we hope to open a window which will allow people into the minds of under-30s through a different kind of festival with fresh and exciting programmes.”
VOLUME II: BIZARRE will feature several groundbreaking programmes including the first theatrical screening of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet in Singapore, the first commercial screening of Singapore GaGaby Tan Pin Pin, and De Flower, an unusual concert themed around the concept of flowers including Darius Milhaud’s rarely performed Catalogues des Fleurs programmed by well-known Singaporepianist Shane Thio. Other ticketed events include films like Takashi Miike’s Gozuand Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy, a multi-media performance of Tom Waits For Nobody – A Soundtrack For An Animated Film They Can’t Afford It by onistudio consisting of Zai Kuning, Leslie Low, Yuen Chee Wai and Koichi Shimizu, and a performance by local band The Observatory.
The public can also look forward to the free events including the opening party 1 + 1 ≠ II on 11 March 2006 which features local rocks bands like Electrico and Lunarin pairing up with Singapore’s premiere interpretive modern dancers like Ah Hock & Peng Yu (Aaron Khek) and Moving Arts (Ricky Sim), Hate Mail, a reading of the funniest and best (and the worst) hate mails received by Joe Public and Zero Theory a talk that unveils a theory on the creative process, as well as the exhibition in the Chamber titled Articles of Speech: Memories From a Public Life that seeks to explore issues that lie at the heart of self-censorship, and In My Face: Ass or Elbow? a photographic exhibition that prompts you to reexamine your perspectives and perceptions of what you think you see.
VOLUME II: BIZARRE will run from 10 – 19 March 2006 at various venues in The Arts House. The programmes in the festival have been made possible with the generous support from the following organisations: Tiger Beer, Singapore Tourism Board, MediaCorp TV12 Arts Central as the Official TV and I-S as the Official Magazine.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
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