Roving art performances to hit the streets in Singapore Night Festival 2016

SINGAPORE - Mad science, machines and cyborgs will dominate the streets of Bras Basah come end August.

This year's Singapore Night Festival is themed Inventions and Innovation, hailing back to the days of the industrial revolution and the advent of automation.

While light installations and acrobatic performances ruled the nights in previous editions, this year's festival will have a stellar line-up of roving acts around the streets. This will provide a more up-close and personal experience for the milling crowd.

Among the line-up of international and local actsis The Wheel House by Acrojou, a UK-based artistic company. Billed as a "tender, post-apocalyptic love story, The Wheel House is literally a rolling theatre show featuring two travellers who live out of a circular wheel.

The act revolves around the life of a couple in a dystopian world. The hand-built theatre set will also showcase a combination of acrobatic and engineering genius where the couple try to adapt to the machine for survival.

The company started touring in 2008 and have received international praises in France, Holland and even as far as Russia. This performance will take place on August 19 and 20 only.

Another interesting roving act over the same weekend is Les Aquamens by Machtiern Company from France. This performance sees two men in perfectly normal suits wandering about town with fishbowls rammed onto their heads.

The act is meant to provoke the fundamental question of communication and connection in a world where barriers are always up.

Visitors can also look forward to the dramatic street performance of Invasion by Close-Act from The Netherlands on August 26 and 27.

Quasi-mythical creatures will come alive and dance among visitors on the lawn in front of the National Museum. The act combines impressive mobile objects, air machinery and acrobatic performances.

The annual festival will also be back with its light installations on the façade of the National Museum of Singapore as well as at Singapore Art Museum (SAM).

The one on the National Museum will showcase Keyframes by Group LAPS, telling a story of Singapore's urban-scape through animated illuminated stick men.

Meanwhile, UK-based creative studio, Novak, has reimagined the inventive classics of Victorian novelist Jules Verne into a vivid light show on SAM's façade.

The ninth edition of the festival will be held over two weekends, August 19 and 20 and August 26 and 27. It will take place over five zones in the Bras Basah and Bugis precinct and run from 7.30pm to 2am.

Here are the locations for each zone:

Zone 1: National Museum of Singapore

Zone 2: Armenian Street

Zone 3: Cathay Green, SOTA, Prinsep Street

Zone 4: Singapore Management University

Zone 5: Singapore Art Museum (SAM), Waterloo Street, Queen Street, National Design Centre

debwong@sph.com.sg