A DOLL’S LIFE
From 16 to 19 March, Singapore Dance Theatre (SDT) presents Coppélia, a three-act ballet that tells the story of the mysterious Dr Coppélius who owns a beautiful life-sized mechanical doll, Coppélia. When Franz, already betrothed to the beautiful Swanilda, becomes infatuated with Coppélia, not realising she’s just a doll, Swanilda disguises herself as Coppélia and “comes to life”. See it at Esplanade Theatre. Tickets from Sistic.
Next month, Wild Rice brings the Tony Award- winning musicalcomedy classic La Cage Aux Folles to the Victoria Theatre stage. At the centre of the story is Albin – a family man by day, and Zaza, a glittering cabaret star by night – and his partner George, who run into a dilemma when their son brings home a girl with ultra-conservative parents. Raising themes of family, love and selfacceptance, the almost 35-yearold show (on which the 1996 hit film The Birdcage was based) is as relevant as ever. Here, Artistic Director IVAN HENG, who plays Albin, tells us what we can expect from Wild Rice’s revival of the beloved Broadway masterpiece.
How is this production of 2012 show? What’s your favourite different from the
We had a very successful run at the Esplanade in 2012 and are excited about reimagining it for the more intimate setting of the beautiful Victoria Theatre. Most of the company is new, including Sean Ghazi, one of Malaysia’s brightest stars, who plays my husband, George. With new orchestration, sets, costumes and lighting, it’s an all-new production.
How has the musical been adapted to a Singapore setting?
We relocated it from France to Tanjong Pagar! We’ve kept true to the spirit and intention of the original but, with some clever tweaks, we have brought it closer to home. Audiences will get a glimpse of the colourful underbelly of Singapore. As the song goes, there’s “a lot of guts and glitter”.
What do you love most about this story, and what drew you to the role of Albin?
La Cage is a love story that everyone can relate to. It’s about family, tolerance and accepting differences. These are themes close to my heart. Albin is one of the most outrageously campy and complex characters ever written. He takes a huge personal risk, and makes a big sacrifice to keep his family together.
number to perform?
“I Am What I Am” – it’s an empowering anthem about living life on one’s own terms. It’s a song everyone can relate to.
Heart for Art
It was a feast for the eyes at Symphony in Colours, held last month at the Visual Arts Centre. Showcasing oil paintings, mixed media and more by established and upcoming Singapore-based artists including Megha Mathur, Nidhi Samani, Sonal Mathur and Aparna Patil, the event also featured a variety of workshops, including one on the mural art of Kerala. An art auction was held in support of I-india, a street children charity, and a portion of the proceeds went to Singaporean charity HOME.