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Future World at ArtScience Museum

We visited Future World: Where Art Meets Science at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands on Good Friday and it blew our minds!

Our visit didn’t start off so well. The queue to get tickets was horrendously long and after queuing for some time to get the tickets, we were told that we had to proceed downstairs and queue again to enter the exhibition! Good thing the kids were able to entertain themselves by chasing each other around the premises. After we managed to get in however, any irritation that had accumulated from the wait outside dissipated quickly.

Future World is the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum with 15 spectacular art installations that evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Future World is a collaboration with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers.

NATURE

An interactive world of flora and fauna that invites you to reflect on our intricate relationship with the environment. In Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year per Year | Ever Blossoming Life II – A Whole Year per Year; Dark | Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a combination of three different artworks, we walked through a field of luminous flowers where the flowers either blossom or fade away. The installation is supposed to evolve throughout the year with the four different seasons, so no two visits will ever be the same.

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can you see Adrian and David?

Next, we got a glimpse into the future wrought by climate change in 100 Years Sea Animation Diorama, which is based on scientific data from WWF, and we were reminded to reflect on the long-term environmental effects of the world’s rising sea levels due to climate change

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100 Years Sea Animation Diorama

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wheee!

TOWN

Connecting! Train Block gave the kids (and Adrian) a chance to design their own transportation network by using physical wooden blocks to design and connect an evolving system of roads, rivers and railways to keep the ever-increasing traffic flowing smoothly.

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Connecting! Train Block

Our favourite installation was definitely Sketch Town! The kids created their own town landmarks by colouring in paper drawings of buildings and vehicles and then scanning them so that they appeared on the wall as 3D animated objects. You can even interact with the objects by touching them and making them move. Adam was so unbelievably excited when the truck he had coloured appeared on the wall and started making its way around the town. Sketch Town Paper Craft then turns the 3D digital drawings into physical paper craft models.

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Sketch Town

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Adam posing with his truck

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making her building jump into the air

We created playful and vibrant structures from stacking blocks that glow and change colour when connected together in Media Block Chair. The high-tech blocks communicate information to each other when they are connected, changing colour with every addition or subtraction.

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Media Block Chair

PARK

Park was all about PLAY! In Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses the kids got to design their own customised hopscotch game by arranging circles, triangles and squares on an electronic tablet, which are then projected onto the floor. When you land on the same shapes in succession, beautiful colours and sounds are triggered.

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Create! Hopscotch for Geniuses

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they did this over and over!

Light Ball Orchestra consists of beachball-sized globes of multicoloured light and sound. Touch any ball to change the colour and sound of the balls around it. The kids were screaming so happily as they rolled the balls all over the place that I couldn’t hear any particular sounds coming from the balls! There’s a little section with smaller balls that is set apart for younger children who may get bowled over by the bigger kids in the main orchestra pit!

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Light Ball Orchestra

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so much fun

Sketch Aquarium follows the same concept as Sketch Town. The installation allows you to create drawings of sea creatures and watch them come to life in a virtual ocean after you scan them. The busy sea creatures swim around and interact with each other and you can even feed them by touching fish food bags on the screen!

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Sketch Aquarium

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looking for his fish

I liked Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere but didn’t get to spend much time there. You can create your own environment by touching hieroglyphic characters and watch them transform into natural elements such as wind, rain, trees and mountains. The enthralling story of creation begins when you touch the characters, and the movement of your body further changes and evolves the world around you.

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Story of the Time When Gods Were Everywhere

SPACE

We could not take our eyes off the more than 170,000 LED lights in Crystal Universe. This stunning artwork gives the illusion of stars moving in space. The light and body of the installation responds to your mass and motion. You can change the fabric of the universe itself by ‘swiping’ planets and stars from smart devices within the installation, and watch them become part of the dazzling environment around you. Simply breathtaking.

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Crystal Universe

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David lost in the lights

ADVISORY ON ADMISSION TIMES

Please note that timed-entry has been introduced since 1 April. Admission times are: 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm. I recommend getting your tickets online before heading down so that you can save some time to your visit. Apart from ArtScience Museum’s Box Office, tickets are also available at the MasterCard Theatres Box Office (B1, Marina Bay Sands).

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science
Adult : S$16
Senior Citizen (65 years & above) : S$13
Child (2-12 years) : S$9
Student (with valid student pass) : S$13

FAMILY FRIDAYS

Children go free! Every Friday, up to four children under 12 years old enter for free with every adult ticket purchased.

Cirque Eloize iD

The circus is in town! Last Friday, I took Adam to Marina Bay Sands to catch Cirque Eloize iD and we had such a good time.It was so awesome to see his face light up  with excitement with every act. He kept turning to me and saying Wow! and it was obvious that he enjoyed himself very much.

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all dressed up for Cirque Eloize iD

Adam was particularly impressed by the opening act of the very strong man who was able to lift and throw a woman with the greatest of ease and even balance her on the top of his head! He kept wanting me to try balancing him on my head during the interval.

He couldn’t tear his eyes away from the act in which one of the performers climbed up several chairs that were balancing on each other. He whispered that he was scared (so was I!) that the man was going to fall and was so relieved when the act was a great success. The bicycle stunt involving a member of the audience also had him on the edge of his seat.

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acrobatic skipping

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juggling

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spinning in a giant metal ring

I loved how the creative projections brought the set to life and transformed the stage from an urban setting of tall buildings to a busy construction site and many other eye-popping futuristic images. I was fascinated by the flexibility of the contortionist and when I thought she couldn’t possibly bend any further, she proved me wrong and blew my mind!

My favourite bits were the aerial acts of the hoop and silks and I was awed by the strength and agility of the performers. The energetic dancers that tied the acts together also made this circus act unlike any others I have seen.

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this had the audience on the edge of their seats!

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amazing control of the bike

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the most flexible person I have ever seen!

Cirque Eloize is an impressive visual spectacle that will entertain and wow the entire family. Catch it before it ends on Sunday!

CIRQUE ELOIZE iD

Season: From 27 Feb – 6 March 2016
Venue: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Wed – Fri: 7:30pm; Sat: 2pm and 7:30pm;
Sun: 1pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE:  From S$45
INTERNET: www.MarinaBaySands.com/ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Cirque Eloize.

A Spectacular Evening with Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM

I have fond memories of watching Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco more than 10 years ago when I was still in university. I couldn’t get the performance out of my head for days afterwards and till today, it remains one of the most impressive and remarkable performances I have ever seen.

And now, Cirque du Soleil returns to Singapore with an breathtaking production presented in the signature blue-and-yellow Big Top. TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The cast features 46 circus artists, actors, musicians and singers from 17 countries performing an awesome collection of astonishing acrobatic acts.

Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil’s Totem

From the moment the crystal man descended from the ceiling, I could not take my eyes off the stage. Anya was so excited to see a “human disco ball” and was completely absorbed for the duration of the show, occasionally turning to me with an awestruck expression on her face.

Anya chuckled at the lighthearted comic routines that took place between the acrobatic arts and was fascinated by the sight of acrobats on unicycles balancing bowls on their heads while also throwing and catching the bowls with great precision. It’s hard to say which segments were my favourite because everything was truly so amazing but the trapeze and rollerskates acts took my breath away.

carapace

carapace

Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil Totem

hoops

amazing what they can do with a few hoops

unicycles

balancing and catching bowls while on unicycles

trapeze

graceful feats on a trapeze

russian bars

russian bars

russian bars

impeccable timing and balance on the russian bars

rollerskates

breathtaking acrobatics on rollerskates

With mind-blowing acrobatic performances recalling scenes from the story of evolution, Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential. During the curtain call, the performers received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience. This is a show not to be missed.

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 
28 Oct – 6 Dec 2015
Venue:  Bayfront Avenue beside Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue to Fri  8 pm; Sat: 4:30 pm & 8 pm; Sun: 1:30 pm & 5 pm
TICKET PRICE:  From $98
INTERNET: www.sistic.com.sg
PHONE: +65 6348 5555
IN PERSON AT:   TOTEM Box Office, Big Top on Bayfront Avenue, beside Marina Bay Sands.

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment.

Saturday Night Fever

I’ve got a fever! I’m hot! I can’t be stopped! And it’s a… Saturday Night Fever!! Didn’t know what to expect from this production based on the highly popular movie of the same name, but we were highly entertained and enjoyed ourselves tremendously. The songs have been stuck in my head since and I’m listening to them on repeat.

The Saturday Night Fever movie came out before I was born but I love The Bee Gees and all the songs in the show are so familiar to me. Featuring catchy tunes from the film such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘More Than A Woman’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Disco Inferno’, ‘How Deep is Your Love’, and ‘You Should Be Dancing’, Saturday Night Fever is set in 1976 and follows the story of Tony Manero, a wannabe disco king from a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn. Stuck in a dead-end job, he lives for Saturday night when he rules the dance floor a local discotheque. When Tony meets Stephanie Mangano, an office worker trying to make it in Manhattan, they both train together for a dance competition, and Tony discovers that Stephanie is more than a woman to him.

From start to finish, the fancy footwork and powerful singing kept me moving to the music in my seat. I bet many in the audience wanted to get up on their feet to sing and dance along with the cast! It was especially impressive that they could sing and hit all the high notes while moving so energetically. I thought the sets were very cleverly designed and made excellent use of the space in how they managed to transform a disco to Tony’s home, to a (very convincing) bridge, and everything else in between in a matter of seconds.

Tony Manero

Tony Manero

hanging out with his gang

hanging out with his gang

burning up the dance floor

burning up the dance floor

Staying Alive!

Stayin’ Alive!

with Stephanie Mangano

with Stephanie Mangano

happy ending?

happy ending?

Saturday Night Fever is a must-watch for the the passionate singing, expressive dancing, charismatic actors, and the sizzling chemistry between the leads Brendan Rubendall (as Tony Manero) and Jenna Rubaii (as Stephanie Mangano) who are perfectly cast in their roles. Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother, catch the fever while you can!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: Fri, 25 Sep – Sun, 4 Oct 2015
Venue: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue to Fri 8pm; Sat: 2pm and 8pm; Sun: 1pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE: From $95
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
INTERNET: 
www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com or www.sistic.com.sg
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby). For more information please log onto – www.MarinaBaySands.com

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment and ATEG.

Imperial Ice Stars – Sleeping Beauty on Ice

Given enough room, I could probably skate a couple of rounds around a rink without falling down on my face. But that would be the extent of my limited ice-skating abilities. The Imperial Ice Stars are on the absolute opposite end of the scale and watching them in action in Sleeping Beauty on Ice was like nothing I’ve ever seen. I was entranced from beginning to end.

The mesmerising production features a 18-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship level skaters, with choreography by the award-winning Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice. The performers moved with such grace and ease even when attempting the most complicated manoeuvres and flourishes that we simply could not take our eyes off them for even an instance.

Set to the grand and familiar music of Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the classic fairytale love story through sublime world class skating, breathtaking high speed lifts and throws, awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics and pyrotechnics. Not a single word was uttered during the performance and yet every emotion could be felt palpably and every nuance understood. Anya was able to follow the story-line easily and was keep entertained throughout the 2½ hours performance

the king and queen

the king and queen

good versus evil

good versus evil

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Sleeping Beauty under the effects of a spell

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very impressive fire effects

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floating effortlessly 

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Sleeping Beauty and her prince

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I have no words!

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happily ever after!

The Imperial Ice Stars in Sleeping Beauty is a spectacular performance that will entranced all ages. I simply adored the bit at the end when all the performers have taken their bow and start showing off to the oohs and ahhs of the audience. Don’t miss this show!


TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Season: 24-27 September 2015
Venue:  Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Fri 7.30pm; Sat: 1:30pm and 7:30pm; Sun: 1:30pm and 6.30pm
TICKET PRICE: From $75
INTERNET: www.BASEentertainmentasia.com, www.MarinaBaySands.com or www.sistic.com.sg
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby)

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Base Entertainment and The Imperial Ice Stars.

Hi-5 House of Dreams: Goodbye, Stevie!

I can’t quite believe that Stevie Nicholson is leaving Hi-5! We have been watching Hi-5 for more than 5 years now and Stevie is so much a part of the group that we’re really going to miss him terribly. Thankfully, we get to watch him in action one last time when we catch Hi-5 House of Dreams at Marina Bay Sands on 12 and 13 September.

Stevie with Anya back in 2011

Stevie with Anya back in 2011

with Stevie and the old gang

with Stevie and the old gang

Adam with Stevie in June

Adam with Stevie in June

with the new Hi-5 members

with the new Hi-5 members

To make sure that more people get to bid farewell to Stevie, there’s a very special promotion going on. Enjoy 15% discount with every purchase of 5 tickets and above of VIP2, or B Reserve categories. This offer is limited to the first 500 tickets only so grab a friend and book some tickets to catch Hi-5 House of Dreams with your little ones!

Adam is so very excited and we can’t wait to enter the colourful and magical world of dreams with Stevie, Ainsley, Mary, Dayen and Tanika as they embark on musical journeys through a jungle, fairy garden, outer space, underwater and superheroes! We’re going to have a lot of fun singing and dancing with Hi-5 so we hope to see you there.

Hi-5 House of Dreams

Hi-5 House of Dreams

The LKY Musical

When I first heard about the LKY Musical, I wondered if it could be anything more than a glorified National Education performance brought to a larger audience. The show is indeed a quick lesson about 25 years of Singapore’s history between World War II and Independence, but it is also much more than that. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the local production and it’s definitely worth watching.

It is not an easy task to cover 25 years within 2 hours and some historical events and characters got skimmed over a bit. The Japanese Occupation seemed to be little more than young men being marched around by bayonet-bearing Japanese and the brutality of the Japanese was not seen. But Adrian Pang and Benjamin Chow were so brilliant in their roles of Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Chin Siong respectively and their battle for the hearts and minds of the people of Singapore was played out to great effect. And honestly, I never knew Adrian Pang could sing so well!

The use of space on the stage was made visually arresting by the multi-tiered performance area, the brisk sliding segments, and the projections of maps and videos. One of my favourite scenes was when the singing of Negara Ku after merger was juxtaposed with news and images about the riots and violence taking place in Singapore.

The LKY Musical is a moving performance, not just about LKY the man, but also the difficult road to independence and the beginning of modern Singapore. It exceeded my expectations and I’m glad I managed to catch it.

World War II

World War II

the start of a beautiful relationship

the start of a beautiful relationship

planning Singapore's future

planning Singapore’s future

hard at work

hard at work

friend or foe?

friend or foe?

colleagues, for now

colleagues, for now

LKY

LKY

behind every successful man...

behind every successful man…

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

SEASON: 21 July to 16 August 2015
VENUE: Sands Theatre, MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tue – Fri 7.30pm; Sat: 3pm and 7.30pm; Sun: 1.30pm and 6pm
TICKET PRICE: From $50 through to $150
THROUGH INTERNET: www.MarinaBaySands.com/Ticketing or www.sistic.com.sg
BY PHONE: +65 6688 8826
IN PERSON AT: Marina Bay Sands Box Offices (Museum, Theatres, SkyPark, Retail Mall and Hotel Tower 1 Lobby).

Disclaimer: We received two complimentary tickets to watch this performance. All opinions are my own. All photos used are from Metropolitan Productions.