Newshub - NUS' News Portal

NUS Arts Festival students and acclaimed artists share stage

02 March 2012

The NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble will be sharing the stage with virtuoso Dr L Subramaniam in The Singapore Story, the Opening Show of the 7th NUS Arts Festival

Hereafter by NUS Dance Synergy charts the emotional journey to hope following Japan's March 2011 earthquake and tsunami
Photo: Jasmine How Photography

NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences undergraduates Chen Jizhou (left), Matthew Jesse Fam (right) and Natalina Pereira (centre) are part of the cast of godeatgod by The Necessary Stage

Come 9 March, members from the NUS Indian Instrumental Ensemble will be sharing the stage with renowned virtuoso composer, conductor and Indian violinist, Dr L Subramaniam. He has been hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the "greatest of classical Indian violinists...both Paganini and Poet."

The Singapore Story, the Opening Show of the 7th NUS Arts Festival, will see the highly acclaimed artist performing with his talented son, Ambi. The original lyrical composition, written exclusively for the NUS Instrumental Ensemble, pays tribute to the history of Singapore.

The collaboration is the first of 10 successful partnerships specially forged for the Festival. Checkpoint Theatre continues its alliance with NUS Stage in City Night Songs, featuring Gani Karim and Oon Shu An, with NUS students providing creative input writing, and performing stories and songs of untold urban tales.

NUS audience can also look forward to welcoming back alumni who have made their mark in the arts profession. Alvin Tan and Haresh Sharma of The Necessary Stage, whose earliest productions took place during lunchtime concerts in NUS, present an updated version of godeatgod that casts NUS students sharing their views on global incidents (Homecoming) dedicated to NUS alumni. Also featured are alumni musicians PennyLane and Andrew Putra, as well as choreographers Basu Mallick Koustav and Zulfikar Ali in Face to Face II.

Hereafter by NUS Dance Synergy will close the Festival with a dance theatre that charts the emotional journey to hope following the devastation of Japan's March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Participating in the show has also been an eye-opener for Life Sciences freshman and Hereafter dancer, Teo Min Hui.

She shares: "It has made my school life much more interesting and enriching as I can pursue my deep interest in dance. Besides exploring different dance styles more deeply, the ample guidance and resources have provided more access to learning opportunities, and broadened my understanding of arts appreciation and events production."

Says godeatgod cast member Chen Jizhou, a double major in Economics and Chinese Literature: "A real NUS experience shall never be limited to academic success. A young man should seek other methods to prove his value in life, and being involved in the arts is my way...Ultimately, all forms of artistic expressions attempt to change and communicate. Through my involvement in the arts and especially during the Fest, I feel my value in society as an NUS student has been magnified, because I can bring change to people around me. I am very grateful to NUS for providing me such opportunities, which complete my university life."

With over 40 shows presented over three weekends from 9 to 25 March, the NUS Arts Festival promises to be a busy arts season for more than 540 students, alumni and professional artists involved in exploring the theme "Asian Cities". Look forward to premieres of new insightful works, free art installations, free films and free live performance in the courtyard.

Find out more about the NUS Arts Festival at Click here for other media coverage.

By NUS Centre For the Arts