SINGAPORE – The Esplanade’s mid-autumn celebration, Moonfest, returns this year from September 17 with free live performances as well as paid workshops and digital programs.
All audiences will be required to show their vaccination status or undergo pre-event testing at their own expense, with the exception of two shows at the Concourse: The Tiger Hero and Laugh Out Loud: A Crosstalk Showcase.
The Tiger Hero, presented by local puppet troupe Paper Monkey Theater, tells the story of Wu Song and his encounter with a man-eating tiger.
The cross-showcase of the Young People’s Performing Arts Ensemble will offer a light selection of well-known and new works.
These shows will also not limit the number of children under 12, although seating is limited to 50.
As part of security management measures, the number of children will be limited to 40 at the Théâtre de Plein Air, with a maximum capacity of 200.
Paid workshops, however, will have no restrictions on the number of children although capacity is limited.
Moonfest producer Desmond Chew, 35, says the Esplanade has increased the variety of workshops this year in anticipation of demand.
There are three workshops for parents and children, including a lantern-making session, as well as two workshops for young adults, including a Chinese opera movement class.
In line with the new pandemic normal, there are also digital programs like The New Mulan Ballad, a performance recorded by Lu Jinhua of the famous Shanghai Pingtan Troupe.
Lu, in his thirties, says in Mandarin that this story of the Chinese heroine who goes to war in place of her father is a “classic among classics”.
She adds, “This ballad has always retained its traditional charm, so no matter how many times it’s performed, it can still retain its richness and appeal. Sometimes a traditional classic doesn’t need to be deliberately changed. more beautiful presentation. “
The heroine, she observes, is also eternal. “Hua Mulan represents the collective spirit not of one woman, but of the female gender as a whole. Therefore, the story continues to resonate with people to this day.”
Her 10-minute performance will premiere on the Offstage website and Esplanade Facebook page on September 17 at 3 p.m. ET.
Online orders are short works, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes. Mr Chew said, “It’s a comfortable line for viewers online. It’s just enough to pique their curiosity and encourage them to finish watching the video.”
Book it / Moonfest 2021
Or: Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive and Online
When: Sept 17 to Oct 3
Admission: Free and from $ 18 for workshops
Info: The Esplanade site
Journey West: Tongtian River
What: The Taipei Puppet Theater presents a clip from the Chinese classic Journey To The West, which tells how Monk Sanzang and his three disciples freed a village from a demon fish.
Or: Esplanade Offstage website and Facebook page
When: Premiere on September 17, 3 p.m.
Admission: To free
An ode to Chinese opera
What: The winners of the Singapore Chinese Opera Orchid Awards will present excerpts from classic operas from different genres in this live performance.
Or: Esplanade open-air theater
When: Sep 17, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free on a first come, first served basis. Limited to 200 people
Ink, music and spirit
What: Learn Indian ink painting with accents of pipa and guzheng music during this mindfulness workshop for young adults.
Or: Studio Annex Esplanade
When: Sep 18, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $ 18
The tiger hero
What: Wu Song’s story is told through traditional metal-rod puppets in this show by local puppet troupe Paper Monkey Theater.
Or: Esplanade Hall
When: 18, 2, 15 and 16 Sept.
Admission: Free on a first come, first served basis. Limited to 50 people
Manufacture of paper lanterns
What: This parent-child workshop is for children aged 6 to 9. Children under the age of four will not be admitted and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Or: Esplanade Studio 219
When: Sep 18 and 19, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
| Entrance: $ 36 for a parent-child pair