It's all happening at The Arts House! - Events in Dec 2013 & Jan 2014
When I was young,
my homesickness was a small stamp,
I was here,
my mother was over there.
After I had grown up,
my homesickness was a little boat ticket,
my bride was over there.
my homesickness was a little tomb,
I was outside,
my mother was inside.
my homesickness is a shallow strait,
the mainland is over there.
Homesickness, Yu Kwang-chung
Homesickness《乡愁》is one of the most well-known and popular poems by world renowned poet Yu Kwang-chung 余光中. Through the use of simple objects like the stamp, boat ticket and tomb, he is able to express succinctly yet acutely his deep desire to be united with his family, as well as his country of origin. We perhaps feel this sense of longing and nostalgia most palpably when we cross the threshold from the end of the year to the start of a new year. Aptly, the theme of home and family – a site of recollection, contention or even rebellion – runs through many of our programmes this December and January.
We kick off December (and begin our countdown) with a celebration of the words of Yu through music and film. Many of Yu’s poems have been turned into songs by composers from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. For the first time in Singapore, audiences here can listen to these songs at the special concert, A Poet and His Muse – Yu Kwang-chung’s Poetry in Music. In addition, we will be convening a forum to discuss his impact on poetry and music, as well as showing a documentary about his life.
Employing lyrical prose and evocative imagery to a different effect, Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng has been collecting prestigious prizes from all over the world for his second novel The Garden of Evening Mists. Like his first book The Gift of Rain, Mists is also set in a historical past in Malaya, transporting the readers to a different world. We are very excited to feature him in World Voices in December.
A home does not feel quite complete without a dose of mayhem and drama. Roald Dahl is very much loved for his child protagonists who dare to stand up to authority figures and rebel against the frowning adults. But Is The Book Better celebrates his magic and the pluck and resourcefulness of his heroes and heroines. Finally, get ready for the Chinese New Year with the heartwarming comedy Firecrackers & Bombshells by local playwright Jacke Chye, but not before a showering of catfights and insults!
Happy holidays, and look out for our 10th birthday celebrations in March 2014! See you at The Arts House!
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January 2014 listings
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