WHAT TO SEE
The festival programme encompasses installations and performances in art, design, photography, film, music, dance, and drama. For those lucky enough to take up a month-long residence—yes, I’ve met several who do this every year!—there’s something of interest everyday. For the rest, here’s an exclusive selection. STRANDBEEST These majestic multi-legged sculptures are the most stunning interplay of artistry and technology. The ethereal beasts by Dutch artist Theo Jansen are powered by gusts of wind as they “march” across the installation space and into our imaginations. PEARL OF THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL Another production from the hugely gifted Singaporean husband-and-wife team of Lim Yu Beng and Tan Kheng Hua, this site-specific drama brings us tales at the E&O Hotel. This is the second offering in the 2 Houses series, paying homage to Penang (Yu Beng’s father’s place of birth). MOVED BY PADI “What one cultivates, one consumes.” The growing of a rice field on Macallum Street began months ago as multi-arts collaborators set the organic staging for Malaysian dancechoreographer Aida Redza and her Japanese partner Mao Arata. SMASHED A glorious reinterpretation of theatrical juggling, traversing lost love, and afternoon tea by the world-renowned Gandini Jugglers.
Moved by Padi, a collaborative project led by choreographer and dancer Aida Redza