Inside Outdoor Theatre At Esplanade
Fronting the 300m long waterfront along Marina Bay, the outdoor theatre can seat 450 people and take up to 600 standing. The space hosts a range of performances from music to dance and theatre which can all be enjoyed under the starlit sky.
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay sits on prime waterfront land by Marina Bay, and offers a complete lifestyle experience - dining, shopping, and the performing arts.
The idea of a performing arts center was first floated some 20 years ago. In the 80's the idea picked up momentum and in 1989, the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts, chaired by the then Deputy Prime Minister Ong Teng Cheong recommended that an arts center be built for Singapore. Work began in the 90's and a steering committee was formed to plan the project.
Esplanade's crown jewel is its 1,600-seat Concert Hall, which boasts superb acoustics by world-renowned acoustician, the late Russell Johnson of Artec Consultants Inc, USA. Designed with the best acoustics in mind, it hosts a diverse range of music performances.
With a capacity of about 2,000 designed in an intimate horseshoe shape. It houses Singapore’s largest performing stage and easily adapts to performances of differing scales.
Singapore began as a boat quay at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Its early days bear few written accounts which are made more difficult to interpret due to the many names it has had. Its original name in Malay meant "island at the end" of the peninsula.In the middle ages there was a settlement here with a trading post and fishing village; today Singapore technically contains sixty-three small islands. Here's a good view of the city from Merlion Park and up close at Raffles Place.From the fifteenth century onwards Singapore's warring neighbors took turns taking over control of the city. Over the past five centuries this port city has been the property of Siam, the Majapahit Empire of Java, Thailand, Portugal, Britain, Japan and Malaysia. Singapore finally achieved its independence in 1959 and has existed as the Republic of Singapore, a UN member nation.Singapore is really interesting because it's one of only five sovereign city-states which survived the colonial expansion period of world history. (The others are Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino and Andorra.) Its history as a busy port city has brought traders from all over the world, and their influence is commemorated in some interesting works of art. For example, see the British tea merchants along the Singapore river, and the Asian Civilizations Museum.In the nineteenth century Singapore was a major port for ships traveling between Europe and East Asia. During WWII the Battle of Singapore ended with the largest British surrender in history -- nearly 130,000 troops.Next time you have the chance to pass through Singapore, make sure to visit the zoo and see the white tigers, and be glad there's a fence in between. Also note how clean the city is, even under a bridge.Text by Steve Smith.