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Unlike the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, I've been to the Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay countless times. In fact, I was one of the invited guests to sit in for an audio test of the movie "Hamlet" at the concert hall (renowned for its state-of-the-art acoustics) even before the Esplanade's official launch in 2005. I am familiar with the place that house the library@esplanade and had always known it to be prim and proper.

Of recent years, I've noticed more experimental and controversial artworks and music pieces being displayed and performed. I like the variety and fact these various art forms have an opportunity to be experienced by the wider audience in a non intimidating way. But of all the concerts I've attended... nothing comes close to Kamchàtka Theatre Company and Singapore Festival Orchestra's "The Carnival of Animals and Peter & The Wolf" in terms of truly breaking every orchestrate rule in the book.


Actor climbs along the concert hall's partitions with the orchestra stage in a mess!

With a double-bill kids / animal themed concert, you'd be expecting a 'wild' time. But who would expect the entire Esplanade Concert Hall to be covered in complete mess of newspaper and cardboard boxes. I walked toward my seat and discovered it covered by a piece newspaper! I thought WTH and laughed out loud!


There was juggling on stage and numerous funny characters working out the crowd


Kids (and kids at heart) were literally going wild tossing around trash, making newspaper balls and attempting to hit one of the wondering actors. Wendy was one of them...


Camille Saint-Saens’ renowned musical suite, "The Carnival of The Animals" was Led by Director Adrian Schvarzstein of the Kamch√†tka Theatre Company. The musicians of the SFO were literally carried onto stage. And in the casual mood of the show, they were dressed in singlets, shorts and flip flops! Totally not what you'd expect in an orchestra performance.


"The Carnival of The Animals" - Lions


"The Carnival of The Animals" - Swans

"The Carnival of The Animals" was delightful with a smorgasbord of classical music, juggling, acrobats, lighting effects, and funny performances.


The Singapore Festival Orchestra continues to provide live music accompaniment to the amazing animated film version of Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & The Wolf", directed by Suzie Templeton and produced by Breakthru Films, which won an Oscar in 2008 for the category of Best Short Film (Animated).


It is not everyday you get a chance to experience the Esplanade in such mess for art!




And it flowed out to the hall ways!

Read:
Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - Cargo Kuala Lumpur - Singapore
Singapore Arts Festival 2010 - Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Backstage Tour
Wishing I had more time at the festivals
Singapore Arts Festival 2008 Opening Celebration - Water Fools
The 2007 Arts Festival Round Up

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