River Nights 2015 Illuminates Empress Place From 23 – 31 October 2015

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River Nights 2015 Illuminates Empress Place From 23 – 31 October 2015

River Nights 2015 Illuminates Empress Place

The Empress Place Precinct bursts forth an artistic extravaganza with River Nights 2015. Presenting a creative playground for both artists and visitor, filled with spectacular performances, magical art installations, and light shows, it celebrates Empress Place and Boat Quay as the nexus where cultures meet. Organised by the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) in collaboration with the National Arts Council, National Parks Board, Singapore RiverOne, and Hermès, River Nights has rallied local and international artists for a stellar showcase set to the theme of “Colours of Life”.

River Nights 2015 will take place from Friday 23 October to Saturday 31 October, 7pm till late. More information on the full programme can be found in the accompanying factsheet, and is also available on the website at www.acm.org.sg.


International Artists Work 

River Nights 2015 Yves Moreaux’s Delight

Yves Moreaux’s Delight

The regal façade of ACM serves as a canvas for French artist Yves Moreaux’s Delightan imaginative and colourful lightshow specially created for River Nights 2015. Inspired by motifs from ACM’s collection and accompanied by a dramatic original musical score that pay homage to Singapore’s multicultural heritage and our Jubilee Celebration.

Li Hongbo’s Ocean of Flowers

Li Hongbo’s Ocean of Flowers

Chinese artist Li Hongbo’s Ocean of Flowers presents a sprawling landscape made of thousands of brightly coloured paper flowers. Made of paper – one of the key inventions of Chinese civilisation –  these sculptures breathe fresh air into traditional Chinese arts and craft. They also hold a hidden surprise. When flattened, the sculptures are revealed as weapons such as bullets, handguns, and AK47’s. The work speaks of power, peace, destruction, and beauty.

River Nights 2015 Pierre and Joël Rodière's 160

Pierre and Joël Rodière’s 160

The riverfront entrance of ACM will house 160, an interactive light and sound installation consisting of 160 light bars spanning over 50 metres. Designed by brothers Pierre and Joël Rodière, the duo behind French creative agency TRAFIK, the public is invited to interact with the artwork to create a visually stimulating and sensory experience.   

River Nights 2015 Cédric Le Borgne's Les Voyageurs

Cédric Le Borgne’s Les Voyageurs

River Nights 2015 Cédric Le Borgne's Les Voyageurs

Cédric Le Borgne’s Les Voyageurs

Constructed out of chicken wire, Les Voyageurs by Cédric Le Borgne, features seven larger-than-life “travellers” suspended at various locations along the river. The transparency of the material, when teamed with the lighting, imbues these sculptures with an ephemeral quality that will fill viewers with a sense of dreamy wonder.

River Nights 2015 Walter by Dawn Ng

Walter by Dawn Ng

Walter will also make an appearance at River Nights 2015, offering a new perspective on Empress Place as it interacts with the old colonial buildings, inspiring visitors to reflect on art and history, the old and new.


A Taste of the High Arts           

Exclusively for the first weekend, visitors to River Nights 2015 can also look forward to a wide repertoire of performance arts under the stars at the Empress Lawn in front of ACM. Presented by emerging and renowned local artists, the players not only pay tribute to the history of Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall as a bastion in the performing arts, but also celebrate the newly refurbished theatre and concert hall.

River Nights 2015 Pierre and Joël Rodière's 160

Public can interact with some of the artworks at River Nights 2015

In a performance titled Music, Movies & Magic, the acclaimed T’ang Quartet will accompany the short silent film classic, The Haunted House(1921), by Buster Keaton – taking visitors back in time.

Other highlight performances include a selection of arias by New Opera Singapore, including a rendition in Mandarin of Habanera from the opera Carmen; an avant-garde dance performance by contemporary dance troupe Frontier Danceland. The public can also dance along with NADI Singapura as they parade and perform on Malayan drums, or dive into Sailing Past, a play by actor, director, and playwright Jonathan Lim.

River Nights 2015 New Opera - Rebecca Li and David Charles Tay in Die Fledermaus

New Opera – Rebecca Li and David Charles Tay in Die Fledermaus. (Image courtesy of New Opera Singapore)

ACM has also collaborated with iconic French luxury brand Hermès to present Little Room of Wanders. This is an exhibition of a spectacular array of enchanting curiosities, ingenious mechanisms, and rare albums and paintings from the collection of Emile Hermès, which have become a permanent source of inspiration for the house’s designers.

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