NAFA celebrates 75 years of art education

NAFA 75th Anniversary Concert
Date: 12 April 2013
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Esplanade Concert Hall
Enquiries: 6512 4179
Admission: S$75, S$55, S$30
(S$20 Concession for students, senior citizens and NSF)
15% off full-priced tickets for PAssion Card Members


Quek Ling Kiong Conductor
Lim Yau Conductor
Janis Kelly Soprano
Jessica Chen Mezzo-Soprano
Justin Lavender Tenor
Roderick Earle Baritone

Yu Hui Yong, Hu Deng Tiao
于会咏, 胡登跳作曲
Theme of the Pioneers
Arr. Sim Boon Yew沈文友改编  
Eric Watson Pearls 《珍珠》
Phoon Yew Tian 潘耀田 Blossoms《争艳》
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

The Department of Music at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts will kick off the year-long anniversary celebrations with a rousing repertoire of Chinese and Western music that reflects the musical vocabularies taught at the academy. The NAFA Chinese Orchestra, directed by Quek Ling Kiong, will give the world premiere of “Blossoms”(爭艳), a work specially commissioned for NAFA's 75th Anniversary by prominent composer Phoon Yew Tien (former Head of Department and Cultural Medallion recipient). The programme also includes "Pearls", composed by Senior Teaching Fellow Eric Watson.

The evening will end on a high note with the NAFA Orchestra and Chorus led by maestro Lim Yau in one of the best-known works of Western classical repertoire, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. This glorious work climaxes in the famous "Ode to Joy" and its message of universal friendship and brotherhood. Joining them are vocal soloists from NAFA's degree partner, the Royal College of Music, London - Janis Kelly, Justin Lavender and Roderick Earle, and NAFA's Head of Vocal Studies, Jessica Chen.

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On the Train of Life
Date: 20 April 2013
Time: 8pm
Date: 21 April 2013
Time: 3pm
Venue: Lee Foundation Theatre, NAFA Campus 3, 151 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189656
Enquiries: 6512 4176
Admission: S$25 (S$15 concession for students, senior citizens, NSF)
S$20 for matinee (S$10 concession for students, senior citizens, NSF)
S$5 off full-priced tickets for PAssion Card Members

An encore staging of a critically-acclaimed production adapted from four stories by Anton Chekhov, ‘On the Train of Life’ tells the longing and struggle for a better life, the joy and sorrow of characters typical of ordinary people in every society. Directed by NAFA’s Senior Lecturer Zhang Jing, this delightful play with dramatic choreography received rave reviews when presented at the Asian Theatre Centre International Forum with the 2nd Asian Theatre Schools Festival in Beijing in 2012.

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Fashion Diaries: 5 alumni
Opening: 07 August 2013, 7pm
Dates: 08 August - 18 August 2013
Time: 11am - 7pm
Venue: Galleries 1 & 2, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Enquiries: 6512 4201
Admission: Free admission

Fashion Diaries: 5 Alumni is the Fashion Studies Exhibition which celebrates the individual design processes of five of our more prominent alumni, who have, since graduating started to make their mark in the national and international fashion industry. Max Tan, William Chong, JR Chan, Terry Yeo and Pricilla Tan have been asked to document the process involved in the development of their collections using a social media platform such as Pinterest, Instagram, FaceBook and Blogs which will be accessible in the exhibition, alongside pieces from their archive and current collection, and a special piece celebrating NAFA’s 75th anniversary.

Made in Singapore - Three Quarters of A Century
Dates: 29 August - 07 September 2013
Time: 11am - 7pm
Venue: Galleries 1 & 2, Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Enquiries: 6512 4102/ 6512 4110
Admission: Free admission

As the longest established arts school in incubating the art of Singapore, NAFA plays an important role in the cultural development of our society. In celebration of NAFA’s 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee, this commemorative exhibition aims to reflect the visual span in broad and pluralistic perspectives. It will feature the multidisciplinary works of NAFA alumni across generations, including outstanding visual artists who have shaped the local and regional art scene since the 1990s, and also its fresh graduates who have demonstrated remarkable energy and creativity.

Alchemy-ism the Wonder Kid
Dates: 21 September - 28 September 2013
Time: 11am - 8pm
Venue: Galleries 1 & 2, Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655
Enquiries: 6512 4139 / 6512 4142
Admission: Free. Guided tours are conducted at intervals of 30 minutes from Lim Hak Tai Gallery on a first-come-first served basis, advanced group booking is recommended.

‘Alchemy-ism The Wonder Kid’ is the fifth in a series of seven concerts, exhibitions and performances celebrating 75 years of art education in NAFA. A combined exhibition by the 3D Design + Design and Media Departments, it is a feast for the senses where the audience is led on a guided tour and taken on a narrative journey through mixed 2D and 3D media.

At the core of the exhibition’s storyline is Nature. The exhibition set is divided into three main parts: a small theatre that screens an introductory video to set the tone of the journey, and two pavilions which showcase a portfolio of work by 10 award-winning alumni.

Audiences will experience the simple beauty of Nature, and their journey through the exhibition is an attempt to reconcile them with the basic elements of the natural environment that leads to a utopia. Through the issued tablets with Augmented Reality capabilities, display panels or posters will transform into a visual spectacle. The experience enhances one’s perception of reality, and also underscores how technology complements creativity.

Date: 08 November 2013
Time: 8pm
Date: 09 November 2013
Time: 3pm (matinee) and 8pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, NAFA Campus 3, 151 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189656
Enquiries: 6512 4176
Admission: S$15 (S$10 concession for students, senior citizens, NSF)

Stories of people, who are misunderstood, controlled and restrained, have emerged in different countries and across the centuries. Franz Kafka, living in Prague in the early twentieth century, was such a person and expressed his plight as an extended metaphor in his absurd novel, Metamorphosis. In this story, Gregor Samsa, lives with his parents and sister in a small apartment. He is a salesman and the sole breadwinner. Misunderstood by his family who are frustrated with his search for purpose and self-worth, he transforms into an ugly insect...

This story resonates with many people, who recognise the isolation experienced by a creative spirit living within a family that neither understands nor tolerates his nature. It is a testament to Kafka’s great writing, that we, in Singapore today, find enlightenment in this tale.

Directed by Matt Grey, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Theatre at NAFA, the performance will feature English Drama students from the Department.

Still Waters Run Deep
Date: 29 November 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Esplanade Theatre
Enquiries: 6512 4187
Admission: S$50, S$35, S$25 & S$15*
(S$15 Concession for students, senior citizens and NSF)
15% off full-priced tickets for PAssion Card Members


An exciting triple-bill of dance showcasing the choreographic talents of Singapore Young Artist Award (1993) winner and artistic director of Era Dance Theatre, Osman Abdul Hamid, Singapore Young Artist Award (2000) winner, Jeffrey Tan and James Cousins, winner of Matthew Bourne’s inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award (2011).

SWIRLING - Jeffrey Tan
SWIRLING is Jeffrey Tan’s new choreographic work specially commissioned for the Department of Dance’s celebration of NAFA’s 75th Anniversary. The piece twists and distorts classical ballet lines to challenge norms and forms. This seemingly dystopian disregard is simply Jeffrey’s extreme exploration of pushing the boundaries of beauty. The work bears all the hallmarks of Jeffrey’s formidable fluidity in the myriad liquid lifts and lines.

ARUS MASA (Tides of Time) - Osman Abdul Hamid
Young Artist Award recipient and artistic director of Era Dance Theatre, Osman Abdul Hamid, will re-create a contemporary Malay work for NAFA’s 75th Anniversary celebrations.

Change constantly occurs without any efforts on our part to keep changing. Nonetheless, though change is constant, it will cease into nothing without the essence of self. We may have our views and opinions but ultimately we are bounded by both explicit and implicit rules. And there are times whereby we need others to assist and support us.

EVERYTHING AND NOTHING (Excerpt) - James Cousins
Everything and Nothing is an ambitious award winning work that made James Cousins the winner of the first New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA), set up by dancer and choreographer Matthew Bourne. Created in collaboration with lighting designer Lee Curran, set designer Collin Falconer and costume designer Bettina John; the dancers weave seamlessly in and out of a constantly evolving space combining James’ signature complex ensemble sequences with daring duets and emotive solos. Through the magnifying glass of the quantum world, this breathtaking piece is performed to a driving original score fusing electronic and classical sound worlds by composer Seymour Milton.

* This work was originally produced by Re:Bourne for the New Adventures Choreographer Award, and supported by Arts Council England, DanceEast and The Place.

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NAFA 75th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner and Concert
Date: 01 November 2013
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Resort World Sentosa, West Central Ballroom
Enquiries: 6512 4013 | corprelations@nafa.edu.sg
Admission: By table purchase

As a pioneer of arts education in Singapore, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is proud to celebrate this significant milestone with the NAFA 75th Anniversary Fundraising Gala Dinner and Concert on 1 November 2013 (Friday), 6.30pm at the Resorts World Sentosa. His Excellency, President Tony Tan Keng Yam will join us as our Guest of Honour for this special event.

NAFA will showcase its talents in an exclusively designed programme that promises to be a night of multi-sensory experience that highlights NAFA’s artistic legacy. Guests will be treated to a 6-course dinner specially created in consultation with Mr Peter Knipp, founder of the World Gourmet Summit.

We would like to appeal to you or your organisation to support our fundraising drive by purchasing a dinner table with the donation being entitled to tax exemption. Funds raised will go towards the NAFA Development Fund in support of the infrastructural development of NAFA, and the physical facilities and amenities of the Academy for the benefit of its students.

6-Course Dinner Menu

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Getting to Resort World Sentosa

Parking at B1 West Car Park
• Keep left upon entering Sentosa Gateway towards car park
• Upon reaching driveway, keep right to "Cars/Taxi" tunnel into carpark
• Follow the directional signs to B1 West Car Park
• Take escalator down to Compass Ballroom on B2

Via Public Transport
• Walk to Resorts World Convention Centre™ via Forum B1 drop off point
• Take escalator down to Compass Ballroom on B2